MOSCOW — America, you can rejoice, at least for a while, because the Kremlin has found a new object for its vitriol: Canada. That’s right. The United States’ Mountie-loving, maple-syrup-toting neighbor to the north —the one whose flag Americans love to pin on their backpacks when they travel abroad so as to look innocuous — […]
Russia was ranked 152 out of 162 countries on the 2015 Global Peace Index. The Australia-based Institute for Economics and Peace think tank, which compiles the ranking, put Russia between Nigeria (151) and North Korea (153).
Sweden’s Air Force chief denounced provocative tactics used by Russian pilots in the Baltic region as “very dangerous” and said Swedish Air Force countermeasures, including scrambles and sensor use, are up 50 percent in the last two years.
In yet another sign that Armenia is regretting joining the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union, officials in Yerevan are playing up a trade pact with the United States.
PRESIDENT VLADIMIR Putin recently was interviewed for a fawning Russian television documentary on his decade and a half in power. Putin expressed the view that the West would like Russia to be down at the heels. He said, “I sometimes I get the impression that they love us when they need to send us humanitarian aid. . . . [T]he so-called ruling circles, elites — political and economic — of those countries, they love us when we are impoverished, poor and when we come hat in hand. As soon as we start declaring some interests of our own, they feel that there is some element of geopolitical rivalry.” Read full article >>
NATO’s top military commander warned of gaps in US intelligence gathering in Eastern Europe and its ability to understand Moscow’s intent in the wake of Russian aggression.
The Western approach to Russia assumes that continued pressure on the country will cause President Vladimir Putin’s regime to make concessions or even crumble. But, as recent opinion polls suggest, such an approach is less likely to undermine the regime than to cause Russians to close ranks in Putin’s defense.
One year after the disputed referendum to join Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula to Russia, the Kremlin is increasingly finding in Africa a welcome break from what has otherwise been its continued international diplomatic and economic isolation