8:47 AM, May 11, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Secretary of State John Kerry will meet Vladimir Putin in Sochi, the State Department announced today. They are expected to discuss Iran, Syria, and Ukraine.
"Secretary of State John Kerry will travel on May 11 to Sochi, Russia, where he will meet with President Putin, Foreign Minister Lavrov, and other Russian officials on May 12 to discuss a full range of bilateral and regional issues, including Iran, Syria, and Ukraine. This trip is part of our ongoing effort to maintain direct lines of communication with senior Russian officials and to ensure U.S. views are clearly conveyed," the State Department announced.
Then Kerry is off to Turkey. "Secretary Kerry will then travel to Antalya, Turkey, to consult with Allies and partners gathered for a meeting of NATO Foreign Ministers on May 13.
"The Secretary will return to Washington to join the President’s dinner with Gulf Cooperation Council leaders that evening."
There’s no shortage of suspects. Apr 27, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 31 • By CATHY YOUNG and VICTOR DAVIDOFF
A month and a half has passed since Boris Nemtsov, the Russian political activist who rose to prominence as a dynamic young reformer in the 1990s and later became one of the fiercest critics of Vladimir Putin’s authoritarian rule, was shot dead a few blocks from the Kremlin. The shocking murder, which quickly raised questions about the Putin regime’s culpability, has largely faded from the headlines in the Western press.
8:39 AM, Feb 26, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
... “getting worse every day” and Western efforts to deter Russian intervention are having little effect …
5:28 PM, Feb 23, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The CBC reports that:
Ukraine's deputy foreign minister says he is preparing for "full-scale war" against Russia and wants Canada to help by supplying lethal weapons and the training to use them. Vadym Prystaiko, who until last fall was Ukraine's ambassador to Canada, says the world must not be afraid of joining Ukraine in the fight against a nuclear power.
5:29 PM, Feb 22, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former Texas governor Rick Perry is taking on Russian president Vladimir Putin. The possible presidential candidate says that the "peace and security of the world" depends on how America deals with Russia.
Here's what Perry recommends doing to counter Putin's recent aggression:
The perversity of not arming victims.Mar 2, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 24 • By LEON ARON
Last week’s Minsk agreement, by which France and Germany in effect codified the cession to Russia of Kiev’s sovereignty over southeastern Ukraine, has temporarily taken the issue of Russia’s aggression in Ukraine off the table and thus off the conscience of the West. But the question whether the United States and its allies should arm Ukraine (and later Georgia? Moldova? Estonia? Latvia?) is going to arise again and again in the months and years ahead.
10:08 AM, Feb 11, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
In a recent interview with BuzzFeed, President Obama mistakenly gave Vladimir Putin a promotion in the Russian president's previous career in the KGB, saying that Putin "ran the KGB."
2:30 PM, Feb 9, 2015 • By REUBEN F. JOHNSON
The 2001 film Conspiracy reconstructs the infamous January 20, 1942, Wannsee conference, during which the following exchange supposedly took place between Rudolf Lange, a Nazi extermination unit commander who liquidated Latvia’s Jewish population of 250,000 in six months, and Friedrich Wilhelm Kritzinger of the Reich chancellery:
11:01 AM, Feb 7, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden had an interesting exchange with the president of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko. The two were speaking in front of reporters at the Munich Security Conference.
The exchange was captured by the on-site pool reporter:
As the pool came in, Mr. Biden and Mr. Poroshenko made small talk over the press pool and their handlers.
9:13 AM, Feb 6, 2015 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden is in Europe today where how spoke out against Vladimir Putin's aggression toward Ukraine.
"Ukraine is fighting for its very survival right now. Russia continues to escalate the conflict by sending mercenaries and tanks and as we euphemistically say in the United States, Little Green Men, without patches in, and very sophisticated special operation soldiers," Biden said at the European Council building in Brussels.
Twenty-five years after communism, Central and Eastern Europe are in trouble. Feb 16, 2015, Vol. 20, No. 22 • By JEFFREY GEDMIN
1:40 PM, Feb 5, 2015 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
That, according to CNN, is how one “senior State Department official describes things in Ukraine. This is, the official say, because:
… Russia is "failing the test miserably" as to whether it is serious about negotiations.
11:37 AM, Jan 29, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
Ever since March 2014 when President Obama referred to Russian aggression against Ukraine as an "invasion," administration officials have avoided that word in conjunction with the ongoing conflict. In fact, U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Geoffrey R.