Here's a well balanced and intelligent opinion piece by David Aaronovitch in The Times which focuses on recent events in Ukraine and the role played by Russia - the perfect antidote, if you ask me, to the self-serving drivel from Seumas Milne in The Guardian. Show More Summary
Presidents fail to find common ground during second phone call in six days on escalating crisis.
President Obama and Russia President Vladimir Putin spoke on the phone for 60 minutes Thursday about the crisis in Crimea. “President Obama emphasized that Russia’s actions are in violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity,...Show More Summary
It had to happen sooner than later. The US now seems to be realising that foreign affairs and international relations are best managed through discussion and dialogue rather than twisting people’s arms and invading other nations, a la Iraq, Afghanistan, and other countries. An indication to this effect came when the US President Barack Obama [...]
Evening Headlin es Bloomberg: Russia Urged to Ease Crimea Crisis Under Sanctions Threat. The U.S. and European Union put Russian President Vladimir Putin on notice that they will be united on imposing sanctions if he’s unwilling to defuse the Ukraine crisis and pursue a negotiated solution. Show More Summary
“A few months ago, when you were asked what’s the biggest geopolitical threat facing America, you said Russia. Not Al Qaeda. You said Russia. And the 1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back, because, you know, the Cold War’s been over for 20 years.” It’s OK, because Obama is taking Russia [...]
Things are moving far too fast in Kiev, Moscow and Crimea to write about events there. But the past isn’t going anywhere. Though you wouldn’t know that from the way the Obama administration talks about it. Throughout this crisis — indeed,...Show More Summary
Ukraine faces split as Crimea MPs vote to join Russia (via AFP) Ukraine stood in danger of breaking apart Friday after Crimea’s parliament unanimously voted to join Russia in a sharp escalation of the worst East-West security crisis since the Cold War. Both Kiev’s new Western-backed interim leaders and US President…
After first taking a look at some of the really bad propaganda that Russian President Vladimir Putin is feeding to Russia's state controlled press following his country's intervention in Ukraine, and comparing Putin to Jon Lovitz's character...Show More Summary
Russia has arranged for its supporters in the Crimean state parliament to vote to secede from Ukraine and join Russia, and has announced that there will be a popular referendum on the…
Wow. I really need to retire that word. The Parliament of Crimea voted to petition Russia for annexation! Gosh! Such respect for Ukraine's borders! The 'authorities' of Crimea then threatened the Ukrainian troops. They have stated they...Show More Summary
"Great. Between telling stories of a decaying, homo-fascist Europe, Dmitry Kiselyov is riding a boat around Amsterdam"
It is unclear what benefits Russia would derive from annexing the Black Sea peninsula that it does not already have.
Nine Russian soldiers who were participating in military exercises in Canada have been expelled from the country, as Ottawa continues to denounce Russia’s military intervention in Crimea, CTV News has learned.
UNITED NATIONS (TRNS) – Asked to characterize UN Security Council discussions on the Ukraine, U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power peeled back the lid on the 15-member body’s recent closed-door meetings Thursday, saying that “Russian finds itself extremely isolated.” Russia is one of the five permanent Security Council members and wields a veto that makes the passage […]
President Obama urged Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in a one-hour phone call Thursday to pursue a diplomatic solution to his military incursion into Crimea, including direct talks between Russia and Ukraine with outside observe...
Ever since the US retired the Shuttle fleet, we've been bumming rides to the ISS on Russia's old reliable spacecraft, the Soyuz. Technically, this arrangement works well, but tensions with the Russians over the Ukraine, gay rights, and other issues are making the US realize that maybe it's time for a new ride. Read more...
President Obama and Vladimir Putin had their second phone call in a week. During the call, Obama outlined the terms of a diplomatic “off-ramp” that U.S. officials are promoting. Under terms of the deal, Russia would pull back troops to bases in Crimea, allow international monitors in to ensure the rights of ethnic Russians are […]
SIMFEROPOL, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine lurched toward breakup Thursday as lawmakers in Crimea unanimously Crimea To Vote To Split From Ukraine, Join Russia - -