Category Archives: USA

The thorny road to the Kremlin’s desired Yalta-2021

Author : Pavel Felgenhauer Source : Jamestown It has long been Moscow’s goal to put together some kind of new Yalta agreement or a “Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact 2.0” to carve up Eurasia, including Ukraine Russian top officials—in particular, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (RIA Novosti, April 27) and Security Council Secretary Nikolai Patrushev (Kommersant, April 8)—have for weeks been talking about the

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Alexander Query: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian

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Putin Questions Moderna’s ‘Best’ Coronavirus Vaccine Recognition

Russian scientists and President Vladimir Putin raised objections Thursday after an annual vaccine conference named Moderna’s coronavirus jab the best in the world. The U.S. pharmaceutical giant’s jab was recognized as the world’s best Covid-19 vaccine at the annual World Vaccine Congress earlier in the day, edging out competitors including Pfizer-BioNTech and Russia’s Sputnik V. Putin, speaking at a televised

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Biden plans to meet Putin in Europe

09:50, 05.05.21 – UNIAN The U.S. leader is set to take part in G7 summit in Britain on June 11-13. U.S. President Joe Biden says he would like to hold his proposed summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Europe this June. “That is my hope and expectation. We’re working on it,” Biden told reporters Tuesday, Reuters reports. Biden

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US should grant Ukraine Major Non-NATO Ally status

UkraineAlert by Oleksiy Goncharenko Russia’s April 22 announcement that it would begin withdrawing troops from the Ukrainian border has eased concerns over a possible imminent escalation in the simmering seven-year war between the two countries. However, Putin’s recent troop buildup served as a reminder that Ukraine remains the global front line in a new Cold War and the scene of

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U.S. Under Secretary of State Nuland to visit Ukraine along with Secretary of State Blinken

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken will visit Ukraine on May 5-6. U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland will arrive in Kyiv along with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “Under Secretary Nuland is on travel to London, United Kingdom and Kyiv, Ukraine, from May 4-6, 2021,” the U.S. Department of State said in a public schedule. Blinken’s upcoming

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Putin Failed To Achieve His Three Goals In Ukraine – OpEd

Paul Goble Moscow’s open movement of forces toward the Ukrainian border this spring was intended to achieve three goals, but because it was never intended as the beginning of a thrust that would lead to a major war between Russia and the West, Vladimir Putin failed to achieve any of his three goals regarding Ukraine this time around, Jerzy Targalski says.  

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Far Apart

Edward Lucas China has more clout than Russia. But both face pushback Did you read about Russia’s attempt to bully Hollywood? How any script that is critical of Vladimir Putin never makes it into the studio? How any actor who expresses public criticism of the Kremlin makes themselves almost unemployable? No, you didn’t. Because the idea that Russia would be

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Kremlin: time of Biden-Putin meeting impossible to set due to Washington’s hostile actions

The decision to hold a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the United States Joe Biden is impacted by hostile steps from the American side, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as quoted by Interfax. “We do not understand the situation, we see that in words there is a proposal to talk about cooperation in all areas that are of

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Russian Foreign Minister: Washington chose to live under conditions of Cold War

Russia has offered the United States to “reset” the diplomatic conflict that began under the Obama administration and start a return to normal relations, but instead Washington continues to “slide on an inclined plane” and impose new anti-Russian sanctions, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview with RIA Novosti. According to Lavrov, the problems in Russian-American relations complicate

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Rudy Giuliani’s apartment searched as part of Ukraine investigation – report

Federal investigators seized some of Trump lawyer’s electronic devices from his New York residence, New York Times reports Federal investigators have executed a search warrant at a New York apartment belonging to Rudy Giuliani, the former mayor of New York and personal lawyer to Donald Trump, the New York Times reported. Federal authorities have been examining whether Giuliani illegally lobbied

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To Deter Russia, Hit Them Where It Hurts

Ariel Cohen On Thursday April 15, President Biden imposed long-awaited sanctions on Russia, blaming the Kremlin for the SolarWinds hack that breached U.S. government agencies and American companies. The sanctions are aimed at Russia’s disinformation efforts and the occupation of Crimea, along with its recent military buildup and exercises on the Ukraine border. Ten Russian diplomats were expelled as a

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Don’t Underestimate Importance of Joe Biden’s First Sanctions Move

The U.S. has paved the way for much tougher measures in the future, should Russia not change its behavior. Earlier April, the U.S. announced sweeping measures against Russia for a series of “harmful foreign activities” — election interference and disinformation campaigns in the U.S. and elsewhere, the SolarWinds cyberattacks and Russia’s ongoing occupation of Crimea, among other transgressions. The sanctions

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One Lie Fits All

The Kremlin Media Waging a War against Russia Lately, the news has been full of dramatic reports: the situation around Alexei Navalny and the protests in Russia; Lukashenka accusing the Belarusian opposition for staging a coup. A military build-up in Ukraine and a massive diplomatic fallout between Russia and Czechia after Czech intelligence shared proof of Russian state actors’ involvement

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Diplomatic war between Russia and the West spirals out of control

Relations between Russia and the West continue to spiral downwards reaching the “bottom” of the Cold War. In just over a week, Moscow and Western countries mutually expelled more than 140 diplomats and embassy staff, breaking the record of the spy wars of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan. On April 15, as part of a package of sanctions for election

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Timothy Ash: Russian threat remains

Kind of interesting to see all these narratives now being built, out of Moscow, that Russia is pulling its forces back from the border with Ukraine, as a de-escalation move, and that somehow Vladimir Putin played a great hand. See the FT piece below I guess a good example of that. https://www.ft.com/content/65e2bdb6-6c1d-4033-b677-a07bb34716ae I struggle a bit with this narrative for

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Top secret American U-2 spy plane takes off from RAF Fairford for another reconnaissance mission on the edge of space as Russian forces withdraw from Ukrainian border

Photographs of the Lockheed U-2, nicknamed the Dragon Lady, were captured at RAF Fairford on April 16  High altitude aircraft was seen above the base in recent weeks but Ministry of Defence was unable to say why  Purpose of deployment is unclear but it could present a warning to Vladimir Putin amid tension near Ukraine  By Faith Ridler For Mailonline

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Don’t be fooled

For whatever reason, Russian President Vladimir Putin says he has decided to send 100,000 troops that he has massed for the last month on Ukrainian borders back to their home bases — for now. Why? Perhaps he got what he wanted: A display of military superiority, an attempt to bully Ukraine and President Volodymyr Zelensky, a show of hands among

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US slams Russian plan to block Black Sea amid escalating tension — manmadenews

The United States expressed its “deep concern” over Russia’s plans to block foreign naval ships The US State Department has branded as an “unprovoked escalation” reported Russian plans to block parts of the Black Sea, which could ultimately impact access to Ukrainian ports amid heightened tensions over Moscow’s military manoeuvres. The US and its European […] US slams Russian plan to

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U.S. considers more weapons shipments to Ukraine amid Russian buildup… — Hagaag.com

Natasha Bertrand and Lara SeligmanPOLITICO . Wed, April 21, 2021, 5:30 AMThe White House is weighing requests from Kyiv to send additional weaponry to Ukraine as it faces the biggest military buildup of Russian forces on its border in nearly a decade. Consideration of the request is in its early stages, according to people briefed […] U.S. considers more weapons shipments

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