Tag Archives: Russia

Russia-Ukraine Crisis Episode 3

February 24, 2022 It started with satellite photos of the Russian military buildup near Ukraine in early November 2021. Ever since, Russia and the West have been fighting a war of nerves with frenetic diplomacy accompanied by mutual accusations of … Continue reading

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Ukraine Crisis: Is Diplomacy Reaching a Dead-end?

February 14, 2022 Last week, Presidents Macron and Putin had a phone call. According to the Kremlin readout of the call, “at the French side’s initiative”, President Putin once again drew attention to the absence of a substantive response from … Continue reading

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Ukraine Crisis, the Challenge for the Normandy Format

February 10, 2022 Since there is no likelihood of Russia and the West coming to an agreement soon on the Russian proposals for a new security architecture in Eurasia, the standoff at Ukraine’s borders has become a stress test for … Continue reading

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Ukraine Crisis: A Reminder from the Middle East

February 7, 2022 The Russia-West standoff over Ukraine continues. The US and its European allies are warning of a serious risk of a Russian offensive against Ukraine. Moscow is claiming that the US is trying to pull Russia into an … Continue reading

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US/NATO Talks with Russia, Episode 2 Begins

January 31, 2022 On January 26, the US and NATO delivered their written responses to Russia’s security demands in Eurasia. A day later, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the media that the responses offer grounds for serious talks only on … Continue reading

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Intermission in Russia-US Talks

January 22, 2022 I had concluded an earlier post on the Ukraine crisis with the following: “In Russia, President Putin is at the helm, steering a steady course.  “In the West, the picture is more complicated. What is clear is … Continue reading

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Russia-US/NATO Talks, Episode 1

January 17, 2022 In mid-December 2021, Russia handed the West two draft documents, “Agreement on Measures to Ensure the Security of the Russian Federation and Member States of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization”[i] and “Treaty Between the United States of … Continue reading

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Russia-West Negotiations Start

January 10, 2022 With the New Year and Christmas celebrations behind, the world is back to the realities of the day. And the new year’s first surprise was the turmoil in Kazakhstan. In their phone call of December 30, Presidents … Continue reading

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Russia Proposes a New Security Architecture in Europe and Beyond

January 3, 2022 The year 2021 is now behind us. Nonetheless, its final act will dominate the international stage in the months to come.

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The Year 2021 in Retrospect

December 22, 2021 The top foreign and security policy item of 2021 was the strategic competition between major powers. Its subtitles were “China’s ascendancy”, “Russia’s resurgence” the “waning of American power”. The rise of authoritarianism, democracy’s decline, the failure of … Continue reading

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