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Russia Ready to Improve Ties With Turkey But Ankara Should ‘Act First’

Moscow is ready to restore relations with Turkey, but the first step is up to Ankara, Russian President Vladimir Putin said. According to him, it is still unclear why Turkey hit the Russia’s Su-24 military aircraft. Vladimir Putin announced Russia’s willingness to resume relations with Turkey, but said the Ankara government should make concrete steps in this direction… Source: Russia Ready to Improve Ties With Turkey But Ankara Should ‘Act First’ Read More »

Could Russia’s Cold War Super-Jet Last 100 Years?

The MiG-21 is one of history’s sturdiest and most reliable aircraft.. Military aircraft can have notoriously short lifespans, especially during periods of technological ferment. The most elite aircraft of World War I could become obsolete in a matter of months. Things weren’t much different in World War II. And at the dawn of the jet age, entire fleets of aircraft became passé as technologies matured. The advanced fighters that fought in the skies over… Source: Could Russia’s Cold War Super-Jet ... Read More »

What does appointment of new Turkish prime minister mean for Moscow?

RBTH asked Russian and Turkish experts if there any hope of normalizing relations between the two countries under the new head of the Turkish government.. Turkey’s governing Justice and Development Party (AKP) elected Binali Yildirim as the new head of the party at its extraordinary congress on May 22 and, in accordance with Turkish law, appointed him as the new prime minister… Source: What does appointment of new Turkish prime minister mean for Moscow? | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

Don’t Rock the Boat: How Long Can Putin Avoid Capsizing?

What will the Russian political landscape look like a decade from now? Is Russia slipping back to the Soviet past or evolving toward greater authoritarianism and aggression? Are those predicting revolution right to see the nucleus of change in civil activism and a new wave of democracy in labor protests? For all the differences in opinion, there is no doubt that a political transition is looming. The question is when… Source: Don’t Rock the Boat: How Long Can Putin Avoid ... Read More »

Russian TV mocks royals over Prince Charles likening Putin to Hitler

Kremlin-funded news channel regaled viewers with a mocked-up family tree linking royal family to Nazis.. The row that refuses to die descended into playground idiom when a Kremlin-funded news channel hit back on Friday at Prince Charles’s alleged likening of Vladimir Putin to Adolf Hitler… Source: Russian TV mocks royals over Prince Charles likening Putin to Hitler | World news | The Guardian Read More »

Tatars remain resolute in Kremlin-controlled Crimea

Over two years have passed since Russia annexed Crimea. Tatars are feeling increasingly insecure in their homeland on the Black Sea peninsula. Juri Rescheto reports from Simferopol. Up until about a year ago, Zera Emir-Suin was one of the most well-known television journalists on the Crimean Peninsula. With her sly smile and sharp tongue, she is known as one who fights for what is right. Her fellow Crimean Tatars would call her up and ask for help. And many of ... Read More »

Russia Has Not Seen Such Amassing of Hostile Military Forces on Its Borders since 1941

Russia has not seen such a major military buildup close to its borders since 1941 when the Third Reich sent the Wehrmacht to conquer the Soviet Union, Professor Stephen F. Cohen said in his recent interview on The John Batchelor Show, referring to NATO’s increasingly assertive strategy in Eastern Europe and the Baltics. “We have been watching for nearly a month a steady buildup of American and NATO forces along near Russia’s borders – on land, on sea and in the air,” he said. “There has been ... Read More »

No Quick Fix for Russian Economy

This year got off to a bad start. Oil prices fell to below $30 per barrel and a budget deficit of at least 5 percent seemed inevitable. But now Russia’s political elite is breathing a sigh of relief. Oil is up to more than $40 per barrel and experts are predicting that prices are more likely to continue climbing than to collapse, as they did in winter. Of course, oil price trends cannot be forecast with any certainty. But financial officials recently stated that if oil ... Read More »

Putin calls for non-aligned international security system in face of global terror threat

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Vladimir Putin said Russia is all for creating a non-aligned system of international security to counter global terror. The president, speaking at the V-Day parade in Moscow, called on all nations to learn the lessons of WWII… Source: Putin calls for non-aligned international security system in face of global terror threat — RT News Read More »

Russia beams message into Georgia: ‘You belong to us’

With EU membership a distant prospect, Moscow fires up its propaganda machine in Tbilisi… TBILISI, Georgia — The EU used to be seen here as a beacon of democracy and prosperity. After the collapse of the Soviet Union, the prospect of membership fueled reforms all over the region. The allure of today’s European Union, plagued with crisis, appears to be waning… Source: Russia beams message into Georgia: ‘You belong to us’ – POLITICO Read More »

Who Started the Second Cold War?

Friday, a Russian SU-27 did a barrel roll over a U.S. RC-135 over the Baltic, the second time in two weeks. Also in April, the U.S. destroyer Donald Cook, off Russia’s Baltic enclave of Kaliningrad, was twice buzzed by Russian planes. Vladimir Putin’s message: Keep your spy planes and ships a respectable distance away from us. Apparently, we have not received it… Source: Who Started the Second Cold War? | The American Conservative Read More »

NATO’s Dangerous Game: Bear-Baiting Russia

After the Cold War ended, many of the safeguards preventing war between Russia and the West have been allowed to lapse.. “Aggressive,” “revanchist,” “swaggering”: These are just some of the adjectives the mainstream press and leading U.S. and European political figures are routinely inserting before the words “Russia,” or “Vladimir Putin.” It is a vocabulary most Americans have not seen or heard since the height of the Cold War… Source: NATO’s Dangerous Game: Bear-Baiting Russia – FPIF Read More »

A Hidden Opportunity for Russia and Japan

A territorial spat over the Kurils could bring Moscow and Tokyo together.. Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida recently met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov ahead of an upcoming meeting between Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Russian president Vladimir Putin. The main item on the agenda will be working toward resolving the ongoing dispute over the Kuril… Source: A Hidden Opportunity for Russia and Japan | The National Interest Read More »

The Kremlin Is Entrenching Itself

Traditional opposition in Russia, negligibly small and weak, is no longer a target of the Kremlin’s designs. Putin is now dealing with challenges that are invisible to the naked eye… Source: The Kremlin Is Entrenching Itself | Wilson Center Read More »

Global donors pledge more money for nuclear safety on Chernobyl anniversary

Ukraine has commemorated the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Global donors have used the occasion to pledge additional funds to help keep the area safe for generations to come. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko placed flowers at a memorial in Kyiv Tuesday honoring the “Heroes of Chernobyl” following the… Source: Global donors pledge more money for nuclear safety on Chernobyl anniversary | News | DW.COM | 26.04.2016 Read More »

Russia’s embattled economy pushes more into poverty

As their economy stalls, more Russians are being pushed into poverty. Over 19 million were living below the poverty line last year, making less than $180 a month. In St. Petersburg, CBC’s Susan Ormiston and Corinne Seminoff met a group of social workers trying to feed and house the homeless. Source: Russia’s embattled economy pushes more into poverty – World – CBC News Read More »