3:50 PM, Nov 13, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Russian president Vladimir Putin claims President Barack Obama is planning to visit Russia, the outlet RIA Novosti reports.
"US President Barack Obama has confirmed plans to visit Russia at the invitation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, the Russian president’s spokesman said on Tuesday," the Russian outlet reports. "Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Obama made the statement when Putin called a second time to congratulate the US president on his reelection."
RIA Novosti quotes Putin's spokesman as saying, "Obama thanked [Putin] for the congratulations and the invitation and confirmed his readiness to come to Russia at a date to be agreed by the two sides. ... Putin wished his US counterpart success in forming his new team," he said, adding that the two presidents confirmed their interest in "progressive development of bilateral relations in all spheres, including the economy."
The White House has not announced plans for Obama to visit Russia since winning reelection.
During the campaign Obama famously got caught on a hot microphone passing along a message to Putin. "This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility," Obama told then Russian president Dmitri Medvedev. "I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir," Medvedev responded in the overheard conversation.
12:12 PM, Jun 16, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
As Josh Rogin reports, almost half the members of the United States Senate joined together to write a letter to Barack Obama, urging the president to give up on Iranian talks if they fail yet again. The letter comes as American diplomats are getting set to meet with the Iranians in Moscow.
10:24 AM, Jun 6, 2012 • By STEPHEN SCHWARTZ
On May 20, Tomislav Nikolic was elected president of Serbia in a second-round runoff against incumbent Boris Tadic. Tadic, who sought a third term, and his Democratic party, have been described as victims of Serbian populist opposition to European Union financial austerity. Nikolic, candidate of the Serbian Progressive Party (SPS), calls for Serbia to join the EU but favors economic coordination with Russia instead of Western Europe. Tadic now seeks the prime minister’s post.
4:15 PM, May 30, 2012 • By LEE SMITH
Some have argued that last week’s massacre in the Syrian city of Houla, where Bashar al-Assad loyalists killed more than a hundred people, a third of whom were children, may in time come to mark the moment when world opinion turned irrevocably against the Syrian strongman, and the democracies finally decided to bring down the regime in Damascus. Perhaps, some say, it will be Assad’s Srebenica. Maybe. But not if Obama keeps deferring to the Russians.
1:00 PM, May 27, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
The other day, on a rainy night in Tbilisi, Georgian opposition leader Nino Burjanadze’s motorcade ran over a cop and sped away:
7:45 PM, Aug 11, 2010 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Foreign Policy Initiative has organized a group letter to President Obama on Russia and human rights, focusing on the recent arrest of Russian activist Boris Nemtsov.
How many Russians at the embassy in Washington and the Russian Mission to the United Nations are packing their bags?6:00 PM, Jul 2, 2010 • By JAMIE FLY
The headline of Peter Baker’s piece in Thursday’s New York Times pretty much says it all: “Despite Arrests, Working to Rebuild Russia Ties.”
But what provided the first clue to American counter-intelligence? 4:20 PM, Jul 1, 2010 • By HARVEY KLEHR and JOHN EARL HAYNES
The arrests this week of ten Russian spies in the United States (another was picked up in Cyprus, released on bond, and has been missing ever since) have provoked an outpouring of news stories and commentary, not only here but abroad.
Driving while Russian.Mar 29, 2010, Vol. 15, No. 27 • By REUBEN F. JOHNSON
Some aspects of life in Moscow have sadly not changed for the better since the fall of the Soviet Union. A telling example: Persons in positions of power or authority reserve the right to ignore (to everyone else’s peril) all traffic laws. And the corruption and incompetence of the traffic police poses an even greater danger to motorists than those drivers for whom the laws do not apply.
After condemning Israel the previous week. 11:22 AM, Mar 19, 2010 • By GARY SCHMITT
So, let’s get this straight: On a visit to Israel by Vice President Biden, a lower-level, Israeli government agency announces its intent to build more housing units in East Jerusalem and the Obama administration goes nuclear, condemning the announcement as though it was a violation of some sacred agreement between the two countries—which of course it wasn’t. The Israeli government, in turn, apologizes for the timing of the announcement but is told that this will not be enough. Israel now must, according to the administration, “prove” it wants peace.
3:35 PM, Feb 16, 2010 • By ADAM BRICKLEY
Most people couldn't find the nation of Transnistria (or Trans-Dniester) on a map, and most maps show it as part of the tiny former Soviet nation of Moldova. However, Transnistria is a very real place run by a very real government -- it merely lacks any international diplomatic recognition. The Russian-speaking region separated from Moldova in the Transnistrian War of the early 1990s, and it has been relatively quiet since. However, after developments this week, we may all soon know a little more about Transnistria.
Big win for Russia -- no European Missile Defense, no restrictions on Moscow's tactical nuclear weapons, and still no word from Putin on Iranian sanctions.12:18 PM, Feb 3, 2010 • By JOHN NOONAN
Word on the wires is that U.S.-Russian negotiators have reached an agreement in principle on a drastic reduction to nuclear forces. The cuts, part of the new START agreement, are projected to sharply cut nuclear delivery systems like subs, bombers, and ICBMs, as well as nuclear inventories. It will not address Moscow's massive inventory of tactical nuclear weapons.
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