Tag: Russian annexation of Crimea

The Power Vertical: Beyond Containment

February 12, 2016

You’ve gotta love it when a Kremlin official gets caught telling the truth. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova this week called a NATO plan to station air, naval, and ground forces in six Eastern European countries — Bulgaria, Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania — part of a strategy to “contain” Russia. Well, yeah. That’s exactly […]

Putin Will Invade Baltics Only If He Faces Collapse of His Regime, Kasparov Says

November 7, 2015

Staunton, November 5 – Only if he is facing the complete collapse of his regime, Garri Kasparov says, will Putin consider invading the Baltic countries because NATO has made it clear that it will defend them and Moscow is unprepared to go to war with the West. Instead, the Kremlin leader is more likely to […]

Russian Occupation Alienating Even Crimean Tatars Ready to Cooperate with Moscow, Amelina Says

May 19, 2015

Staunton, May 19 – The Russian occupation authorities are now alienating even those few Crimean Tatars who had been ready to cooperate, an indictment of Moscow and the Sevastopol regime that is especially telling because it comes from Yana Amelina, an analyst who has gained notoriety for her often impassioned defense of Russian imperialism. Moreover, […]

What Stopped Putin in Georgia in 2008 Won’t Stop Him in Ukraine, Georgian Diplomat Says

February 27, 2015

Staunton, February 27 – “Ukraine is where Georgia was six years ago, but Russia has been transformed into a second North Korea,” according to Sergi Kapanadze, a former Georgian diplomat and negotiator. As a result, what stopped Vladimir Putin in Georgia in 2008 won’t do so again in Ukraine, he says, but if Kyiv recognizes […]