Tag: John Kerry

Ukraine Liveblog Day 60: The Day After the Geneva Agreement

April 18, 2014

Yesterday a key group of world powers appeared to find middle ground on Ukraine at the conference to defuse the crisis in Geneva. Actions, however, speak louder than words. Will today see Ukraine move closer to or further away from ending this crisis? Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of […]

Dugin Tells Separatists in Ukraine What to Do Next

April 1, 2014

Staunton, April 1 – Aleksandr Dugin, a Eurasianist who is close to the Kremlin, has told ethnic Russians in Ukraine that they must not cooperate with Kyiv in any way, that they must be ready to “act radically,” even to the point of sparking a civil war in that country, and that Moscow will support […]

Obama is Assisting Putin in Legitimising Russian Aschluss of Crimea, Illarionov Says

Staunton, April 1 – By his actions of omission and commission, US President Barack Obama is allowing his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to strengthen and even legitimize Moscow’s occupation of Crimea, a bow to this violation of international law with far-reaching consequences, according to Andrey Illarionov. Illarionov lays out his case in four articles. In […]

Ukraine Liveblog Day 42: Diplomacy Takes Center Stage

March 31, 2014

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met for four hours today to work to find a diplomatic solution to this crisis. Differences remain, but will diplomacy have any effect? Yesterday’s liveblog can be found here. For an overview and analysis of this developing story see our latest podcast. Please […]

Syrian Peace Conference Now Certain to Fail

January 20, 2014

The Geneva II conference on Syria starts this week. The Syrian National Coalition, the internationally recognized opposition group, has decided that it will attend. The SNC also indicated last week that hopes for success were slim. But those hopes have now fallen to zero. This is not my wish, nor my opinion, but the only […]

Russia to the Rescue

September 13, 2013

The political analyst Boris Mezhuev writes, in Izvestia, about how President Putin’s initiative influences the world political climate. Note that Mezhuev implies that it was Western powers that postponed the latest meeting of the United Nations Security Council. In fact, Russia both called for the meeting and then cancelled it in light of demands from […]

Ground Operation in Syria Would Be Suicidal for the United States

September 5, 2013

The following is a translation in Ria.Ru, one that represents a lot of editorials on the Syrian issue that can be found in the Russian media. It has a few noteworthy characteristics that are common. Curiously, despite the fact that U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has specifically stated that there is no “boots on […]

Syria, S-300, Sarin and the President’s Pen

May 22, 2013

The New Times has gone to London, Moscow, Tel-Aviv and Damascus to learn about the new diplomatic duel between the Kremlin and the West, the Russian missile systems provided to Assad and its impact on regional dynamics. The talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian President Vladimir Putin with Russian Foreign Minister […]