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Putin, Ukraine and Syria: Russia's Carrots and Sticks

Richard Brodsky | Posted 05.24.2014 | World
Richard Brodsky

To many in the West, Vladimir Putin seems mysterious, as well as deeply troubling. Troubling he is. But mysterious not so much.

Why Assad Will Win

Allan Topol | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Allan Topol

Now, after more than 100,000 dead and hundreds of thousands more uprooted from their homes or taking refuge in Turkey and Jordan, the muddled situation is becoming clearer.

Cutting the Salami With Putin

Allan Topol | Posted 11.30.2013 | World
Allan Topol

Imagine a large salami in the center of a table. First, Putin offers to cut the salami down the middle. He takes out his knife and cuts it. Then puts one half in his bag. He looks at the remaining salami on the table and says, "Now let's talk about how we'll divide the salami."

Poll: Putin More Effective Than Obama On Syria

The Huffington Post | Ariel Edwards-Levy | Posted 09.27.2013 | Politics

President Barack Obama gets lower marks for his effectiveness on Syria than does Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to an online Economist/Yo...

Leaders Make Renewed Push For Syria Resolution At UN

Reuters | Posted 11.24.2013 | World

By Steve Holland and Asma Alsharif UNITED NATIONS, Sept 24 (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama appealed to the United Nations on T...

Putin: Rebels Launched Chemical Attack As 'Sly' Provocation

AP | LYNN BERRY | Posted 11.19.2013 | World

VALDAI, Russia — Russia has strong grounds to believe that Syrian rebels were responsible for the country's chemical attack, President Vladimir ...

Sunday Roundup

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.14.2013 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This week brought the arrival of Op-Ed Diplomacy, as Presidents Putin and Obama (via the brilliant satiric brain of Albert Brooks) took to the New York Times and The Huffington Post respectively to address the ongoing crisis in Syria. Putin, speaking "directly to the American people," extolled international law, made a case against a retaliatory U.S. strike and chided "American exceptionalism," saying that "God created us equal." (Except, of course, for gay people). "Mr. Putin," Obama/Brooks responded, "we put a man on the moon and you barely got a monkey home safely... It's one thing to put down exceptionalism, but before you do that, you at least have to produce one Broadway show, or make one commercial airliner, or invent one type of salad." Putin, "Obama" noted, cares so much for his people, rather than see them argue, he will "graciously offer them the solace of prison." We'll happily publish President Putin's reply -- unless it's from Yakov Smirnoff.

Changing the Subject

Amb. Robert E. Hunter | Posted 11.13.2013 | World
Amb. Robert E. Hunter

At no point has the United States actively supported an effort to achieve a decisive outcome to the Syrian civil war.

Colbert To Putin: 'F*ck You'

The Huffington Post | Ross Luippold | Posted 09.13.2013 | Comedy

Stephen Colbert could barely contain his anger after reading Russian president Vladimir Putin's op-ed in The New York Times this week, calling for res...

Dem Rep Gives Putin A Taste Of His Own Medicine

The Huffington Post | Paige Lavender | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

Democratic Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) is responding to an op-ed in the New York Times by Russian President Vladimir Putin ...

What Putin Didn't Tell the American People

Anna Neistat | Posted 11.12.2013 | World
Anna Neistat

It's not what Vladimir Putin's New York Times op-ed says that's so worrisome; it's what it doesn't say. As a Russian and as someone who has been to Syria multiple times since the beginning of the conflict to investigate war crimes and other violations, I would like to mention a few things Putin overlooked. There is not a single mention in Putin's article, addressed to the American people, of the egregious crimes committed by the Syrian government and extensively documented by the UN Commission of Inquiry, local and international human rights groups, and numerous journalists: deliberate and indiscriminate killings of tens of thousands of civilians, executions, torture, enforced disappearances and arbitrary arrests. His op-ed also makes no mention of Russia's ongoing transfer of arms to Assad throughout the past two and a half years.

Menendez: Putin Op-Ed Almost Made Me Want To Vomit

The Huffington Post | Braden Goyette | Posted 09.12.2013 | Politics

Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) nearly said goodbye to his dinner when he read Russian President Vladimir Putin's op-ed in The New York Times cautioning...

Putin: U.S. Strike On Syria Could Escalate Conflict

Reuters | Posted 11.11.2013 | World

By Timothy Heritage MOSCOW, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin has found many ways and places to browbeat the Unite...

Putin: U.S. Needs To Reject Use Of Force For Syria Plan To Work

Reuters | Posted 11.10.2013 | World

MOSCOW, Sept 10 (Reuters) - A Russian proposal for Syria to place its chemical weapons arsenal under international control will not succeed unless t...

Russia: UN Resolution Proposal 'Unacceptable'

Reuters | Posted 11.10.2013 | World

MOSCOW, Sept 10 (Reuters) - Russia told France on Tuesday that a proposal to adopt a U.N. Security Council resolution holding the Syrian government ...

'Will We Help Syria? We Will'

Reuters | Posted 11.06.2013 | World

ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Sept 6 (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin made clear on Friday that Russia did not want to be sucked into a war over Syria,...

Obama, Putin Have Private Meeting

AP | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

ST. PETERSBURG, Russia -- President Barack Obama says he had a "candid and constructive conversation" with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Syria. ...

Putin: John Kerry's A Liar

AP | Posted 09.05.2013 | World

MOSCOW -- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday called U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry a liar, claiming he had denied that al-Qaida was fig...

Putin 'Doesn't Exclude' Supporting UN Resolution On Syria


NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia — President Vladimir Putin warned the West against taking one-sided action in Syria but also said Russia "doesn't exclude"...

Putin: 'Utter Nonsense' For Assad To Use Chemical Weapons

Reuters | Posted 10.31.2013 | World

VLADIVOSTOK, Russia, Aug 31 (Reuters) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin said on Saturday it would be "utter nonsense" for the Syrian government to...

Russia Calls Urgent UN Security Council Meeting On Syria

AP | PETER JAMES SPIELMANN | Posted 10.29.2013 | World

UNITED NATIONS — A meeting of the U.N. Security Council's permanent members ended quickly Thursday with no sign of progress on an agreement over...

Russia, Gays, Vodka and Foreign Policy

Daniel Wagner | Posted 10.26.2013 | World
Daniel Wagner

President Putin is masterful at intermingling nationalism and patriotism with domestic and foreign policy. He seems to have perfected his art with the passage of the recent anti-gay laws in Russia, prompting outrageous attacks on gay Russians.

Obama Putin Syria

Jeff Danziger | Posted 08.17.2013 | Politics
Jeff Danziger


Putin Warns West Not To Arm Syrian Rebels

Reuters | Posted 08.16.2013 | World

By Alexei Anishchuk LONDON, June 16 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin questioned on Sunday why the West would want to arm S...

Putin: Russian 'Game-Changer' Missiles Not In Syria Yet

AP | VLADIMIR ISACHENKOV | Posted 08.04.2013 | World

MOSCOW — President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday that Russia hasn't yet fulfilled a contract to send sophisticated S-300 air defense missile syste...