Tag Archives: Putin

Downing of Russia’s SU-24 Warplane

November 27, 2015 “Syria: Only More Trouble Ahead” was the title of a piece I wrote in early May. In a region characterized by abundance of gloom and scarcity of hope that much was easy to predict. I would readily … Continue reading

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Time for Russia to Demonstrate Her Peacemaking Capacity

9 September 2015 Article 11 of the Minsk Agreement of February 12, 2015 reads as follows: “Carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine with a new constitution entering into force by the end of 2015 providing for decentralization as a key … Continue reading

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Termination of the Mistral Contract

17 August 2015 The French-Russian deal for the sale of two Mistral class amphibious assault ships was announced by President Sarkozy on December 24, 2010 and signed in his presence by Russian Deputy Prime Minister Igor Sechin and French Defense … Continue reading

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US-Russia Relations: Compartmentalization of Issues

23 July 2015 I have tried for long to underline the need for US-Russia cooperation in finding peaceful solutions to problems which top the international agenda, in particular in the Middle East. Ever since the Ukraine conflict became a major … Continue reading

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US and Russia Need to Cooperate (2)

11 June 2015 Every time they meet, Secretary Kerry and Minister Lavrov raise hopes of cooperation between Washington and Moscow on international issues; they refer to their countries’ ability to “make a difference”, “make things happen”. This was again what … Continue reading

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Ukraine: Learning to Live With a Frozen Conflict…

3 June 2015 On 12 May 2015 Secretary Kerry had eight hours of talks with President Putin and Minister Lavrov in Sochi. During the joint press conference held after the meetings Mr. Lavrov stated that the state of bilateral relations … Continue reading

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Ukraine: An Uncertain Cease-fire and Quasi Stability…

20 March 2015 It has been more than a month since Presidents Putin, Poroshenko, Hollande and Chancellor Merkel issued the “Declaration of Minsk in Support of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements” and reiterated their … Continue reading

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The Loss of Debaltseve

20 February 2015 The failure to declare an “immediate” cease-fire at the end of the last round of what one may call the “Minsk Process” was not a good sign. The fact that the “Package of Measures for the Implementation … Continue reading

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Minsk III

13 February 2015 At the end of meeting in the Belarusian capital, Presidents Putin, Poroshenko, Hollande and Chancellor Merkel issued the “Declaration of Minsk in Support of the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements”. They reiterated … Continue reading

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Western Response to Escalation in Ukraine

7 February 2015 A group of distinguished scholars and former practitioners from the Atlantic Council, the Brookings Institution, the Center for a New American Security, and the Chicago Council on Global Affairs have recently published a report (*) which outlines … Continue reading

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