Posts Tagged ‘ Angela Merkel ’

Can the West Stand Up to Putin?

Apr 28th, 2014 | By

Judy Dempsey April 28, 2014 Before Russia’s annexation of Crimea and its insidious invasion of Eastern Ukraine, the word “West” barely figured in European or American discourse. Russian President Vladimir Putin has revived the term. During the Cold War and its immediate aftermath, the idea of the West stood for the Euro-Atlantic structures of NATO…


Germany’s Dangerous Blindness Over Russia

Apr 23rd, 2014 | By

Judy Dempsey A great and dangerous change is slowly creeping through Europe, eroding the special consensus that was established after 1945 and reaffirmed after the collapse of the Berlin Wall in 1989. That consensus, forged by the United States and especially the precursor to the European Union, the European Coal and Steel Community, was about…


The cost of Putin’s adventurism in Ukraine

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

David Ignatius April 15, 2014 As President Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin’s Russia than it does to the United States or Europe. For Putin, this is an existential crisis; for the West, so far, it isn’t —…


Russian Ruble In Trouble As Putin Says Ukraine Approaching ‘Civil War’

Apr 16th, 2014 | By

Kenneth Rapoza Russia might be its own worst enemy at this point. The government’s continued involvement in the ongoing Ukraine political crisis is hurting the economy, and pushing the currency back to its March 15 low of 36.58. On Tuesday, the currency settled at 36.20 to the dollar as violent protests continue in the city…


The Putin Doctrine: Myth, Provocation, Blackmail, or the Real Deal?

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

LILIA SHEVTSOVA When it comes to explaining Russia’s Ukrainian adventurism, the West has attempted to hide behind a wall of myths and hope its problems will just go away. Publishes on April 14, 2014 There are all sorts of reasons to be stunned and perplexed today. Stunned by the reintroduction of the fears and phobias…


You Tube Shatters Russian Lies About Troops In Ukraine: Putin Denies To Obama

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

Paul Roderick Gregory April 14, 2014 “The Russian President, Vladimir Putin, rejected in a telephone conversation with U.S. President Barack Obama charges that his regime stands behind the separatist unrest in Ukraine. These are speculations that rest on imprecise information, according to President Putin.” Statement of the Putin Administration, April 14, 2014 The facts are…


Suddenly, Europe Is Taking a Harder Line on Russia Sanctions

Apr 15th, 2014 | By

By Carol Matlack and Arne Delfs April 14, 2014 As violence escalates in eastern Ukraine, Europe is moving toward an action some thought it might never take: the imposition of stringent economic sanctions on Russia. Angela Merkel, the Russian-speaking German chancellor whose country has more at stake financially than any other, is leading the charge.…


Crimea Has Voted To Join Russia In A Vote Recognized By Few Besides Russia

Mar 17th, 2014 | By

The White House warns of destabilization. By Max Seddon Updated 6:00 p.m. ET — SEVASTOPOL, Ukraine — “SEVASTOPOL IS THE MOST RUSSIAN CITY,” read a sign draped across an overpass in the outskirts of this port city on the Black Sea, emotionally closer to Russia than even the rest of the Crimean peninsula. By Sunday…


Hey Ukraine, That Crackdown is Going to Cost You

Feb 20th, 2014 | By

With Kiev in flames, the West hopes sanctions will force the Ukrainian government to put down its guns BY JAMILA TRINDLE FEBRUARY 20, 2014 After weeks of disagreement between American and European leaders over how to respond to escalating violence in Ukraine, the mounting bloodshed and chaos in the streets of Kiev seems to have…


Washington’s Sensible Ukraine Approach

Feb 12th, 2014 | By

February 12, 2014 John Herbst Much of the international community has been titillated by the secretly recorded phone conversation between the State Department’s Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, Victoria Nuland, and the U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine, Geoffrey Pyatt. In the phone call [3] Ms. Nuland pungently criticizes the European Union and opines to…