Putin’s potential contribution to ending the U.S.-North Korea standoff
U.S. President Donald Trump will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin at the APEC summit this weekend. Although allegations of his campaign’s collaboration with Russia during last year’s election has made it hard for Mr. Trump to negotiate with the Kremlin, Mr. Putin’s assistance on the North Korea crisis could prove very useful. It would also be in Russia’s interest. The price the U.S. might have to pay in concessions could be high, but a solution where Washington and Russia cooperate to defuse the North Korea crisis is likely.
Opinion: Crimea as a freehold
What to do with Crimea is a seemingly insoluble problem. With patriotic Russian opinion firmly set in the “Crimean consensus,” returning the territory to Ukraine is out of the question. Letting it remain as part of Russia is equally unacceptable to Ukraine and the West. Perhaps the best place to start is with Crimea’s real owners – the peninsula’s 2.34 million residents.
Ukraine in limbo
Well into the fourth year after Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the outbreak of hostilities in Donbas, Ukraine finds itself in a curious state of limbo. There is good news – the economy has bottomed out, the war in the east has frozen at low intensity, and the danger of yet another revolt in Kiev has receded. There is also bad news – rampant corruption is still strangling business, the Minsk peace process is going nowhere, and hopes for reintegrating the separatist-held areas have vanished into thin air.
Freezing the Donbas conflict: who foots the bill?
The low-intensity conflict smoldering in eastern Ukraine could be politically “frozen” for an undetermined duration. Moscow and Kiev are increasingly motivated to seek such an imperfect deal, but there is an economic roadblock: the bill for reconstruction of the ravaged Donbas region will be staggering. No one, in either the east or the west is ready to pick it up.
Nato responds vigourously to Russian aggression - but is it the right approach?
It is a contrast of striking dimensions. August 1, 2015 marked the 40th anniversary of the signing of the Helsinki Accords, arguably one of the most important steps towards the creation of a new security order in Europe. Instead of celebration, however, the eve of that anniversary marked the conclusion of a set of large Nato military exercises held in Ukraine’s wes...
Sanctions against Russia – a game with no winners
Russia, in retaliation to international sanctions, has imposed an entry ban on 89 European politicians, officials and military leaders and it is courting Islamic banks seeking to attract Sharia-compliant funds. But the game of tit-for-tat between Russia and the West is proving to be of little benefit to either side. Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin, can no longer...
Review of Russian sanctions could benefit Ukraine, Russia and the West
Tensions between European countries and the United States could be raised when sanctions imposed on Russia for invading Ukraine are reviewed. There will be calls for solidarity but could there be room for an outcome which will benefit Ukraine, Russia and the West. <i>EU sanctions against Russia will be reviewed in t...