“…the Russian historian says that he is ‘deeply skeptical’ that the measures taken so far or even being contemplated will have an impact on Putin and his friends as their authors hope.  They are more likely to affect those Russians who have simply tried to protect their wealth by putting some of it beyond the borders of Russia.

 

 

Analyst: “… if they happen, sanctions against Germany over Nord Stream 2 will take the U.S.-Russia conflict to a higher, more dangerous level.”

NATO has accepted countries with problems concerning territorial integrity in the past. However, none of the size and strategic importance such as Ukraine. What are some of the arguments in favour of Kyiv entering the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation?


Photo: Jens Stoltenberg and Petro Poroshenko in 2017

“…the Russian Federation is projected to earn five times as much from the sale of oil and gas this year than last and have a budget surplus this year for the first time in seven years.”

“Putin may hope that Russian women will begin to have three or four children, but the number of potential mothers and their family size preferences make such hopes ‘unserious.” And the Kremlin leader may hope for economic growth but fails to talk about any systemic changes that such growth would require.

 

"He didn't really strongly gather in anything. On the contrary, he lost Ukraine. Now he seems to be gradually losing [the breakaway Moldovan region of] Transdniester, which is drifting out of Russia's sphere of influence. And Armenia is beginning to move away.... But the television view is that Putin is a victor, that he restored Crimea. But is it such an achievement to lose Ukraine with its 40 million people to gain the 2 million in Crimea?"

 

Photo: Anti-Trump demonstration in his native city of St. Petersburg, Russia

 

On Facebook, the Russian analyst for Deutsche Welle argues that once again a Russian regime is using “Cossacks with whips and black hundreds activists … to beat students.

 

As he meets the Russian president yet again in the wake of Trump's Iran deal exit and escalating tensions over Iran in Syria, Israel must confront the truth: Netanyahu's policy of kowtowing to Moscow isn't working.

 

Photo courtesy The Kremlin Press Office

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The destruction of states such as Iraq, Syria, Libya, and Iran will isolate Russia when its own turn comes

Buffett, a notorious bitcoin bear, continues to badmouth cryptocurrencies but bitcoin billionaires Jack Dorsey, Tim Draper and Peter Thiel beg to differ.

 

 

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