Ever since President Erdogan sent in 10,000 troops to forestall the annihilation of the Syrian opposition in north-western Syria, he has faced the very present danger that his men would come into direct collision with Russia, Assad's protector. Erdogan is now paying the price for sidling up to the Russians, placing orders for military aircraft … Continue reading War with Russia? Turkey’s Dilemma, Russian Unease
Among those closest to Mikhail Gorbachev when he was in charge of the Soviet Union (1985-1991) was Alexander Yakovlev. Portrayed as the evil genius behind the collapse of the Soviet Union, he is often cited by Russians as an agent of Western Intelligence, apparently recruited when on exchange in 1958-1959 and studying at Columbia University … Continue reading Alexander Yakovlev and the KGB
So much has been made of Donald Trump as a favourite of the Russians. We were assured on great authority - of someone sensibly "let go" by British Intelligence some years past who relied upon highly dubious Russian sources - that Trump was in the grip of blackmail from Moscow and could trade off American … Continue reading Mr Bloomberg: Russia’s Alternative to Trump?
The United States is taking sanctions against the Russian oil company Rosneft, of which the United Kingdom's British Petroleum owns 20%. The Americans have been ratcheting up financial and economic sanctions against the Maduro Government for quite some time. They now accuse the Russians of colluding with the Venezuelans in the sale of Venezuelan oil, … Continue reading Russia Slams U.S. Hypocrisy: What’s Yours is Mine and What’s Mine is My Own
Moscow's commitment to Assad of Syria continues to complicate an international situation that has worked wholly to Russian disadvantage since the reckless, populist seizure of the Crimea in 2014. The West did not cave in as anticipated. And this was just the beginning of a series of decisions reached in Moscow that completely misjudged the … Continue reading The Turks Arrive in Moscow for Talks
The Russians are back at home in Cuba for the long term. Foreign Minister Lavrov visited on 10 February. Promises of financial aid amounting to a million Euros are in the air. Not much perhaps, but symbolic of a return to the good old days. The deep water port of Cienfuegos (plumbing 600 metres) is … Continue reading Cuba’s Second Home for the Russian Navy
It is interesting that opposition to President Putin's constitutional changes propose only very recently is now aired in the mainstream newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta under the title "Changes in the interests of the majority?" - 10.02.2020 20:24:00 Поправки в интересах большинства? Версия для печати Обсудить на форуме Социальные пункты закона об изменении Конституции выглядят как прикрытие для … Continue reading Russian Opposition to Putin’s Constitutional Changes