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The agreement between Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin offers the best chance to end hostilities and avoid a slide into total war in Ukraine. After months of bloody fighting bet...(full article)

Now all these migrants are looking for alternatives to Russia, although it's clear that no single country can absorb those fleeing. "Last year, 80% to 90% of migrant workers from C...(full article)

Russia and the West are once again locked in a bickering match marked by mutual accusations and name-calling. At the same time, both sides consider themselves the very acme of civi...(full article)

Thanks to determined diplomacy by Germany and France, Russia agreed Wednesday to a new cease-fire in Ukraine, to begin Sunday. But German Chancellor Angela Merkel was anything but ...(full article)

Our central point is that Ukraine is actually just one battleground in a broader struggle between Russia and the West over the regional order in Europe. The Western concept of the ...(full article)

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Putin May Be the Lesser of Russian Evils - Rob Garver, Fiscal Times

As fighting continued in Eastern Ukraine on Monday, despite a ceasefire that was supposed to have gone into effect at 12 a.m., the United Kingdom’s former top spy said Russia...

The Next European Flashpoints - Bond/Corboy/Courtney/Yalowitz, TNI

The most pressing task for the West is to help Ukraine defend itself and survive economic catastrophe. But the West also needs a broader strategy to discourage future Russian coe...

Putin Notches a Big Win - Paul Roderick Gregory, Forbes

Vladimir Putin was the winner of the Minsk II peace accords. Territory gained by the rebels in violation of Minsk I appears to be conceded; there is no deadline for the pulling out...

European Security After Ukraine - Jan Techau, Carnegie Europe

The war in eastern Ukraine is about more than the future of the European geopolitical order. It is about the role of the United States in Europe....

Greece's Plan B Is Russia - Kevin Lees, Suffragio

It may have seemed odd that, within hours of taking office, Greece’s new prime minister Alexis Tsipras struck out at the European Union to delay and ultimately weaken the blo...

The Enemy of a Syrian Enemy Is Still an Enemy - Colum Lynch, FP

U.N. leaders thought the rise of the Islamic State could push Assad and the country's moderate rebels closer to a deal. They were wrong....

The Kremlin's Middle East Charm Offensive - Alan Philps, The National

For a man whose country is under crippling western sanctions, Vladimir Putin has been doing a lot of travelling. He has visited India, Turkey and, at the beginning of this week, Eg...

What Really Scares Russia - Fareed Zakaria, Washington Post

The deal announced Thursday to end the fighting in Ukraine will face the same obstacle the previous such agreement has faced: how to ensure that Russia will abide by it. Frustrated...

Putin Is Finished - Alexander J. Motyl, Foreign Affairs

he longer the Russian war against Ukraine continues, the more likely it is that President Vladimir Putin’s regime will collapse....

Russia Wades into the Mediterranean - The National

Countries operate with their own interests in mind. This is no great secret. With the end of the Cold War and its myriad regional and international alliances, the principle of self...

The West Must Decide What It Wants in Ukraine - D. Gorenburg, MT

Such a course of action greatly raises the stakes and the possibility of a major war. The real question that Western leaders need to answer for themselves is whether they are willi...

Vladimir Putin's Goal Is To Destroy EU and NATO - The Economist

HE IS ridiculed for his mendacity and ostracised by his peers. He presides over a free-falling currency and a rapidly shrinking economy. International sanctions stop his kleptocrat...

A New & Unimproved Ceasefire in Ukraine - Adam Chandler, Atlantic

There are plenty of reasons to be pessimistic about the new Ukrainian ceasefire that was signed in Minsk, Belarus, on Thursday morning after nearly 17 hours of negotiatio...

Five Reasons Arming Ukraine Won't Work - Paul Saunders, TNI

With Secretary of State John Kerry joining incoming Secretary of DefenseAshton Carter as well as Republican Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham in publ...

Germany Emerges, Powerful but Insecure - George Friedman, Stratfor

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, accompanied by French President Francois Hollande, met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Feb. 6. Then she met with U.S. President Barack Oba...

No Proxy War Against Russia - Michael Totten, World Affairs Journal

Senator Ted Cruz thinks the United States should arm Ukraine so it can beat Russian-backed separatists in the east. As much as we’d love to help plucky Ukraine resist the g...

DPRK-Russia Council to Hold Inaugural Meet - Leo Byrne, NK News

Bilateral council's inaugural meeting will coincide with Moscow visit by DRPK's foreign trade minister....

Washington Is Addicted to Mayhem-by-Proxy - Tony Karon, The National

There is a new campaign within the foreign policy establishment in Washington for arming Ukraine’s military to better confront the Russian-backed separatist forces. There is ...

Don't Leave the Last Laugh to Russia - Bloomberg View

Part of the problem is that the West is deluding itself, too -- about the level of commitment necessary to drive Russia out of Ukraine. A failure to recognize this could result in ...

Europeans Laugh at Russia's Foreign Minister - J. Rogin, Bloomberg View

In the span of 45 minutes today, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov rewrote the history of the Cold War, accused the West of fomenting a coup in Ukraine and declared himself a ...

Syria, the Ultimate Example of Realpolitik - Marc Pierini, EU Observer

With the roar of conflict in eastern Ukraine, some disquieting developments in the Middle East might have been recently overlooked. Yet, interviews by Syrian president Bashar al-As...

What Cuba Has Cost the World - Carlos Alberto Montaner, RealClearWorld

Cuban leader Raul Castro has presented to U.S. President Barack Obama a set of conditions to re-establish diplomatic relations. Among those conditions, Castro demands compensation ...

Don't Sell Out Ukraine - Kyiv Post

The West remains torn about whether to supply Ukraine with lethal defensive weapons. We are in the camp that says Ukraine deserves to defend itself militarily within its own border...

Putin Shrugs at the Oligarchs' Discontent - P.R. Gregory, Forbes

Russia’s oligarchs have let it be known they are not happy with Putin’s holy war against Ukraine and the West, which has cost them one quarter of their wealth. Putin is unimpre...

Ukraine is Fighting the War for Europe - J. Fischer & H. Enderlein, PS

Russian President Vladimir Putin wants to restore an international order based on exclusive spheres of influence controlled by major powers – the system that prevailed in Eur...

China Has no Need to Confront the West - Wang Yawei, Asia Sentinel

Many observers ponder Russia’s international isolation following its annexation of Crimea and intervention in Ukraine and the increasing dependence on China – and are p...

Let's not Start a U.S.-Russia Proxy War - Michael Kofman, National Interest

Arming the Ukrainian government would be a bad idea, no matter what the next defense secretary says....

Preserving Ukraine - Atlantic Council, Brookings, Chicago Council

fighting along the line of contact in eastern Ukraine in mid-January, with Russian/separatist forces launching attacks on the Donetsk airport and other areas. Instead of a politica...

The War in Ukraine Is Getting Worse - Dan Peleschuk, Global Post

US Secretary of State John Kerry heads to the Ukrainian capital on Thursday for talks with the fledgling pro-Western government here, currently mired in an intensifying war against...

An Embarrassment for Russian Intel - Samuel Bendett, RealClearWorld

Russia is embroiled in a spy scandal, and it all started with a simple phone call by a concerned citizen. Svetlana Davydova, a resident of the city of Viazma, was arrested by the F...

Putin's Grip Loosens as Russia Destabilizes - David Satter, WSJ

The upsurge in fighting in Ukraine, with Russian troops and equipment pouring across the border, is a sign that Russian President Vladimir Putin has decided to engage the West in a...

Who Solzhenitsyn Really Was - Brian Anderson, New Criterion

Daniel J. Mahoney, a political scientist at Assumption College, has labored in recent years to reestablish Solzhenitsyn’s rightful place as a novelist, historian, and moral a...

Ukraine Brutality Is a Soviet Military Legacy - Anna Nemtsova, Daily Beast

“First we work with massive artillery fire to clean up space and then infantry and tanks roll in.”...

Raise the Stakes for Russia - Washington Post

WESTERN NATIONS are creeping in the direction of additional sanctions on Russia in reaction to the latest offensive it has launched in eastern Ukraine. But the steps being consider...

The Rape of Ukraine - Rich Lowry, New York Post

In his State of the Union Address, President Obama touted his Ukraine strategy as a demonstration of “the power of American strength and diplomacy.” Word of this stirring suc...

Arm Ukraine - Max Boot, Commentary

It’s nice to read that the White House is “open” to reopening discussions about whether to send military aid to Ukraine. But the time for debate is past. There is no time ...

The Dangers of Asian Multipolarity - Julian Snelder, The Interpreter

'The US has played a great power role in the western Pacific since at least 1898. Indeed its unwillingness to cede to the Japanese exclusive control over the region helped to prese...

Only Guns Can Stop Putin's Guns - Timothy Garton Ash, The Guardian

The time for diplomacy will come again, but it is not now: Ukraine urgently needs military support, and a counter to Russian propaganda....

Russia's Plan to Enhance Its Naval Capabilities - D. Gorenburg, WOTR

Is the Russian Navy about to collapse? In a recent article on War is Boring, David Axe made this argument largely based on data from my recent articles on the Russian shipbuilding ...

How Putin's High Ratings Are Molded - Walker & Orttung, WaPo

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s popularity appears to resist the laws of political physics. Despite the price of oil sinking below $50 a barrel and the Russian economy fal...

A new Chill in Arctic Enthusiasm - Economist

“THE Arctic is hot,” joked a Swedish diplomat in 2012. Not any more. In the past six months, the trends that had made it a centre of global attention have changed. It still mat...

Britain Must Hold Russian Elite to Account - Anne Applebaum, FT

Litvinenko’s murder has been treated as a spy story - but it is terrorism...

Why Devaluation Helps Putin - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg View

Russia's central bank lowered its key interest rate from 17 percent to 15 percent today in a move few had predicted, causing the ruble to dip. This sequence of events shows the Kre...

Russia Will Survive the Economic Downturn - James Beadle, Moscow Times

While Russia is far from able to turn this crisis into an opportunity to soar to new highs, it is not doomed as many have suggested either. True, the ruble has fallen by about 50 p...

About Russia

  • Russian Federation
  • Population: 142,008,000 (9th)
  • Area Size: 6,592,800 sq mi (1st)
  • GDP: $1.78 trillion (8th)
  • Currency: Ruble (RUB)
  • Official Language: Russian
  • Capital City: Moscow
  • Largest City: Moscow

Russia Prosperity Rank: 59

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NATO urges Russia to 'withdraw all

NATO on Wednesday urged Russia to withdraw all forces from eastern Ukraine and to end its support fo...

Azerbaijan extends detention of hum

An Azeri human rights activist held without trial since July had her detention extended for five mon...

Ukrainian forces quit besieged town

By Gleb Garanich and Anton Zverev ARTEMIVSK/BULAVYNE, Ukraine (Reuters) - Government forces were pul...

NATO chief concerned over continuin

RIGA, Latvia (AP) — NATO's secretary general says that he is "deeply concerned" on the deteriorati...

Embattled Debaltseve falls to Ukrai

ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine (AP) — After weeks of relentless fighting, the embattled Ukrainian rail hub of ...

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