No need for this cold war

Jean-Pierre Chevènement, who served as France’s defence minister (1988-91) and interior minister (1997-2000) writes in Le Monde that the current crisis could have been averted “if the EU had, in launching its Eastern Partnership in 2009, framed the negotiation of the association agreement with Ukraine compatibly with the objective of the 2003 strategic EU-Russia partnership: creating ‘a single economic space from Lisbon to Vladivostok.'”

New Pentagon Strategy Eyes Russia, Long Fights Against Jihadis

A new national military strategy released Wednesday by Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, takes more notice of aggressive states like Russia and China and warns that the U.S. military’s technological edge is eroding in an emerging era of major power competition. It’s a sharp departure from the last policy document published in 2011, when Moscow merited barely a mention…

Panel Discussion on Ukrainian Crisis: assessing the causes and solutions

The Westminster Russia Forum held a debate in London recently on the Ukraine Crisis which featured a balanced panel to discuss the origins and the course of  the conflict to date as well as the steps needed to bring peace and stability. It featured Peter Hitchens of the Mail on Sunday; Economist writer Edward Lucas; Professor Richard Sakwa of the University of Kent and author of the new book ‘Frontline Ukraine’; and Orysia Lutsevych of the Russia and Eurasia Program at Chatham House.

Despite Ukraine crisis, Russian-US cooperation alive and well at Iran nuclear talks

Russia-U.S. relations are at a post-Cold War low just about everywhere, except at the Iran nuclear talks.

Despite a chill over the Ukraine crisis that has spread to almost every element of their relationship, Moscow and Washington continue to find common cause on one of the most pressing issues on the global agenda — a deal to prevent Iran from being able to make nuclear weapons.

Russia halts gas supplies to Ukraine after talks breakdown

Russian gas firm Gazprom has confirmed it has halted gas supplies to Ukraine after a breakdown on pricing talks.

It comes a day after Ukraine’s state energy firm Naftogaz announced it was suspending gas purchases from Russia. That announcement came after EU-brokered talks aimed at keeping supplies running for three to six months broke down without agreement.

Five things you need to know about the crisis in Ukraine

“We can make a difference … but we do need to get the funds,” said UN Resident Coordinator Neal Walker on Friday at a New York Headquarters Briefing on the Humanitarian Situation in the country, co-chaired by Ambassador Yuriy Sergeyev, Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations.

Ukraine’s Unseen Crisis: Mass Civilian Displacement

1,325,200: the number of internally displaced people in Ukraine.

This is not a story about numbers, though, or even conflict. It’s a story about people. And about people who need your help.”We’re not doing enough. This has been viewed primarily as a political conflict in the news,” says Erik Heinonen, CRS Ukraine program manager.

It seems the Pentagon can never have enough deployed nuclear warheads

Rhetoric about nuclear weapons is heating up between Washington and Moscow, but there is no need to reinstate the foolish and wasteful arms race that dominated the Cold War period. For one reason, the security challenges have changed.

Having 1,500 or more deployed U.S. nuclear warheads on land- or sea-based intercontinental ballistic missiles, or strategic aircraft with nuclear bombs or missiles, will not help a U.S. president defeat terrorists or deal with proxy wars somewhere in the world

Bill Bradley: 5 Steps for Peace in Ukraine

Given the events of the past couple of weeks, including, but not limited to: the US Senate including a provision in the Defense Authorization Act which requires that 20 percent of the funds earmarked for Ukrainian security assistance be spent on lethal weaponry for Kiev; John McCain’s denigration of the Minsk II accords in a Washington Post editorial; and NATO’s decision to place troops and weapons on Russia’s western frontier, we thought it would be appropriate to re-run Sen. Bill Bradley’s recent piece on the Ukraine crisis in Time magazine.

John Boehner: U.S. committed to countering Russia

Speaker John Boehner completed a three-day tour of Lithuania on Monday, during which the Ohio Republican stressed the nation’s commitment to countering Russia’s growing strength and political influence.

The trip comes as Russia has flexed its muscles by annexing Crimea and tightly controlling access to energy supplies. But Boehner stressed during meetings with senior Lithuanian officials that Congress is committed to countering Russian President Vladimir Putin’s strength through expanded trade, energy independence and defense assistance to Ukraine.

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