The reputable Russian business newspaper Kommersant cited unnamed Kremlin sources over the weekend to report that President Putin offered his American counterpart access to his country’s bases in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan during last month’s summit in Geneva for the purpose of obtaining drone-derived anti-terrorist intelligence about Afghanistan, which if true would strongly suggest that the Russian leader is serious about reaching a so-called “non-aggression pact” with the US.
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On 2 July 2021, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed the country’s new National Security Strategy. It replaces the previous document dated 31 December 2015 and has already entered into force. It is noticeable from the very first pages that the wording is less abstract, and many provisions have been elaborated […]
The morning after a Russian-American summit is most critical to know whether the previous day’s bonhomie was real, surreal or unreal. Surveying the Geneva Summit (June 16) between presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin, I cautiously assessed the next day, “Does Biden have the political capital to press ahead with […]
The United States, defeated in Syria, went to Geneva to accept the conditions of the winner, Russia. The summit of June 16, 2021 should put an end to hostilities on the condition that the Biden Administration holds its troops. Western Europeans will have to pay the bill. China is confirmed in its position as Russia’s partner.
On the diplomatic stage, there is nothing to beat Russian-American summits in sheer theatrics. When the leaders of the two most powerful nuclear powers on earth sit face to face, anything can happen. What happened in 1985 is a classic example. In the shadows of Ronald Reagan’s famous characterisation of […]
The first-ever meeting between President Putin and President Joe Biden held on 16 June 2021 in Geneva carries high importance. Being realistic, one should not have expected any major breakthrough, but being optimistic, we must believe that it is just beginning and hope such high-level contacts will lead to better […]
The highly anticipated Putin-Biden Summit resulted in very few tangible outcomes, but obsessing over that fact misses the most important point, which is that their leaders confirmed that there’s a mutual will to improve their relations. Presidents Putin and Biden went into Wednesday’s summit with the intention of rescuing their […]
On March 17, on the eve of the first scheduled meeting in Alaska of senior Chinese and American diplomats since President took office, the United States sanctioned twenty-four Chinese officials for undermining Hong Kong’s democratic freedoms, including a member of the Communist Party’s Politburo, Wang Chen. In diplomatic terms, the timing […]
The Colossus in modern European history with whom Russian President Vladimir Putin would draw comparison might be Otto von Bismarck, the first Chancellor of the German Empire who unified his country out of the scattered pieces. Putin is very familiar with German history, culture, society. Such analogies would always have […]
Russia’s decision to assemble a list of unfriendly states whose diplomatic missions would be prohibited from hiring locals and perhaps also subject to other restrictions is long overdue and shows that the country is finally taking the New Cold War very seriously approximately seven years after it first started. President […]
The American and Russian Presidents have a slew of issues to discuss in the event that they meet in person sometime in the coming future like Biden proposed doing during their last phone conversation, but the most important topics on the itinerary would arguably be strategic security and peacefully resolving […]
President Biden’s recent agreement with an interviewer that his Russian counterpart is a “killer” badly backfired after it earned President Putin sympathy across the world as the latest high-profile victim of American slander, to say nothing of how weak the American leader looked after his spokeswoman declined President Putin’s request […]