Tag: Vladimir Putin

Biden welcomes France’s Macron for first state visit, rebukes Putin

President Biden welcomed French President Emmanuel Macron to the White House on Thursday for his first state visit since Biden took office, with the two leaders using the moment to reiterate their condemnation of Russia’s war in Ukraine. “As allies in NATO, together with our European Union and the G-7, and partners around the word, […]

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Biden’s diplomatic nominee to Moscow calls on lawmakers to maintain pressure on Russia

President Biden’s nominee for ambassador to Russia told senators on Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin is cracking under pressure from the U.S. and its allies, urging lawmakers to stay the course on supporting Ukraine. “My impression of President Putin and his mindset is he thinks that he is more patient than we are,” Lynne […]

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Russian Officials And Military Brass Disgusted By Putin’s Disastrous Invasion Of Ukraine Are Now Reportedly Targets Of A CIA Campaign To Recruit New Spies

One government’s trash is another government’s treasure. At least that seems to be the thinking of David Marlowe, the CIA’s deputy director of operations, who is using Russia’s botched invasion of Ukraine as a way to possibly recruit new spies to the agency from among the ranks of Vladimir Putin’s progressively disillusioned top officials. On […]

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Welcome to the Disheartening 2022 World Cup

Sepp Blatter, the oily Frenchman who oversaw soccer’s global governing body for nearly two decades and treated it like a private fiefdom, has been banned from the sport since 2015. We still don’t know precisely who bribed these officials, but we know why they did: Both Russia and Qatar have extensively used sports to distract […]

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Europe relaxes after US midterms, but fears of a 2024 Trump win run high

America’s allies in Europe breathed a sigh of relief as the U.S. midterm contests come to a close. U.S. allies believe slimmer margins of control between Democrats and Republicans in Congress will not jeopardize American support to Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression.   From Kyiv to Berlin and Tbilisi, Georgia, fears that a larger […]

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Putin And His Pals Are Reportedly Hoping For Republicans To Take Power Because ‘Trump Generates A Lot Of Hatred In America’s Society’

America looks — and feels — a lot different today than it did six years ago, when Donald Trump was running for president for the first time. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is Russia’s interest in our democracy, along with their wish to see sh*t-disturbing Republicans like Trump in office in order to create […]

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Is Washington Learning Its Lesson on Sanctions Policy?

The expectations that economic sanctions could deter Putin’s invasion or “bring Russia to its knees” were always a pipe dream, driven by unrealistic expectations that anyone who had paid attention to past sanctions regimes would have known were unrealistic. Sanctions can be used to send a message of disapproval or as a leverage tool to […]

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Putin’s Army Is Hanging On At Staggeringly Low Numbers As His Dismal War Drags On In Ukraine

No one knows how Vladimir Putin’s Army is hanging on in Ukraine, although it still doesn’t sound like it’s going well for Russia. The past several months have given Ukraine a lot of unplanned firepower after Russian troops simply abandoned artillery while fleeing for the horizon. And it’s no wonder, considering that half of Putin’s […]

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House Progressives’ Ukraine Letter Was a Self-Inflicted Disaster

To a large extent, this is merely a tempest in a teacup. The letter is mostly an anodyne affirmation of positions that most Democrats and the Biden administration already champion: support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and its leader, Volodymyr Zelenskiy; the belief that the U.S. should do all it can to end the war. But by […]

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Congressional Republicans Look to Sow Chaos in Ukraine if They Retake Congress

The Biden administration has said that it welcomes Republican opposition to the war—an understandable position, given the unpopularity of Vladimir Putin and the overall level of sympathy toward the people of Ukraine. Politico reported that the administration believes that “political blowback would singe the GOP if the money stopped, Ukraine suffered, and Russia emerged triumphant.” […]

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Kyiv Was Feeling Safe Again. Then Putin Bombarded Us With Missiles.

While I was on the road back from Kramatorsk to Kyiv, Putin announced that the attacks were revenge for Ukraine’s recent bombing of the Kerch bridge, a 12-mile-long bridge connecting Russia to Crimea, which Russia illegally annexed from Ukraine in 2014. In a head scratching twist, Putin labelled the attack on the militarily important bridge […]

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The Best Time to Change the U.S.-Saudi Relationship Was Decades Ago. The Second Best Time Is Now.

In an op-ed for Politico published on Sunday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal made the case that ceasing arms shipments to Saudi Arabia would provide necessary leverage. “Today, Saudi Arabia is hugely dependent on U.S. defense assistance, purchasing the vast majority of its arms from the United States. The country cannot substitute defense suppliers unless it wishes […]

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G-7 leaders promise ‘severe consequences’ if Russia uses chemical, nuclear weapons

The Group of Seven (G-7) leaders met virtually on Tuesday with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky hours after Russia launched its latest barrage of strikes against the country, vowing to hold the Kremlin accountable if it follows through on its threats of using nuclear weapons. Russian President Vladimir Putin launched dozens of missiles that landed in […]

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US faces increased pressure to help Ukraine with air defense

The pressure for the United States to send Ukraine more advanced air defense systems reached a new high Monday after Russia escalated its war on the country with a barrage of deadly missile strikes.   The Kremlin attacks, which targeted civilian areas that for months had enjoyed a relative calm, has produced anew the argument that the West […]

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The Memo: Biden’s ‘armageddon’ warning raises fresh questions

President Biden’s warning about the possibility of ‘armageddon’ rumbling from the battlefields of Ukraine has scrambled an already complicated picture in the eight-month conflict. Biden made the sharp warning during an appearance at a Democratic fundraiser on Thursday.  But White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, asked Friday if there were any new intelligence assessments that […]

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The Kremlin Hired Mercenaries Who Are Reportedly Clashing With (And Even Accidentally Shooting) Russia’s Own Soldiers

Vladimir Putin’s tactical blunders in his Ukraine war continue to stack up with the Russian president theatrically signing annexation papers for regions of Ukraine that are increasingly being liberated from Russian control. The regime’s soldiers don’t want to be fighting in this conflict, and no one can blame how more citizens fled to other countries […]

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Alexei Navalny Has a Crimea Problem

Navalny, to his credit, has repeatedly condemned the method with which Putin seized this swath of southern Ukraine. As Navalny rightly said, Putin grabbed Crimea “with egregious violations of all international regulations.” And those responsible for this brutalizing of international norms should be held to account, he says, calling for specific sanctions against Russian officials […]

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CIA director says it’s ‘hard to say’ if Putin ‘bluffing’ on nuclear weapons

CIA Director William Burns said on Monday that it’s “hard to say” if Russian President Vladimir Putin is “bluffing” when it comes to threatening the use of nuclear weapons in Ukraine. During an interview on “CBS Evening News with Norah O’Donnell,” the host asked Burns if there are any signs that Russia will deploy nuclear […]

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Elon Musk Received A (Diplomatic) ‘F*ck Off’ From A Ukrainian Ambassador After Suggesting Peace With Russia

At this point, Vladimir Putin’s war on Ukraine isn’t going well, and that appears to be something that he won’t accept. He recently persisted in mobilizing a vast chunk of fighting-aged Russian men, a move that Putin eventually sort-of admitted that he botched, but from there, he hasn’t decided to stand down. Instead, Putin’s proud […]

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A Cornered Putin Is Capable of Anything

When we think of nuclear bombs, we think, naturally, of Hiroshima and Nagasaki first, and secondarily, the kind of hypothetical nuclear Armageddon—goodbye, New York, adios, Moscow—that Hollywood has regularly served up over the last 60 years. (By the way, the most underrated nuclear Armageddon movie of all time? Miracle Mile from 1988—it has 91 percent […]

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Putin puts US officials on edge with nuclear saber rattling

U.S. officials are on edge over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recent threat to use nuclear weapons, ahead of his illegal and contested move to claim huge swathes of Ukrainian territory. Current and former U.S. officials on Sunday said that although there is nobody in Russia who could stop Putin from deploying nuclear weapons, such a […]

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Putin’s Top Russian State TV Propaganda Peddlers Are Freaking Out Over The Furious Backlash To His ‘Partial Mobilization’ Plan

Vladimir Putin’s decision to launch a “partial mobilization” of Russia’s reservists has been met with such forceful resistance that even his most prominent supporters are worried he might have a mutiny on his hands. After several humiliating defeats and the loss of tens of thousands of soldiers, Putin’s military is in dire need of more […]

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Blinken: US has told Russia to ‘stop the loose talk’ on nuclear weapons

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said the U.S. has told Russian officials to “stop the loose talk” on potential use of nuclear weapon, following reports that the Biden administration has privately warned the Kremlin to stamp out the escalatory rhetoric. Blinken told CBS “60 Minutes” host Scott Pelley in an interview aired Sunday that the […]

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An Old Clip Of Anthony Bourdain Being Asked For His Opinion Of Putin Has Resurfaced, And Of Course It’s Devastatingly Spot-On

The late Anthony Bourdain recently made headlines for his resurfaced view on the British monarchy, and he also nailed it (in a resurfaced clip) after he was asked for his perception of what’s going on with Vladimir Putin. That clip’s making the rounds in light of Putin’s latest chaotic move, which is to send 300,000 […]

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‘How To Break An Arm At Home’ Became A Major Google Search In Russia After Putin Announced He Was Calling In Reservists

On Wednesday, Vladimir Putin was so desperate to save his disastrous war with Ukraine that he took it to a new, more terrifying level: He threatened to use nukes. But he also had another desperate plan up his sleeve: He announced he was calling in hundreds of thousands of reservists to go up against Ukraine’s […]

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Biden hammers Russia’s war in Ukraine in address to UN

President Biden warned that Moscow’s war in Ukraine is a threat to the foundations of the United Nations in an address Wednesday to its General Assembly, hours after Russian President Vladimir Putin dramatically escalated his aggression toward Ukraine. “Let us speak plainly: A permanent member of the United Nations Security Council invaded its neighbor, attempted […]

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Vladimir Putin Seems Worried While Telling Weapon Makers To ‘Urgently’ Ramp Up Production While Ukraine Gains Ground

Following reports that Ukrainian forces destroyed a Russian barge carrying weapons and troops to the border where fighting has intensified, Vladimir Putin is now pleading with weapon manufacturers to ramp up production. Putin’s plea also arrives after the the MOEX Russia Index — “the ruble-denominated benchmark of the Russian stock market” — fell in response […]

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Biden warns Putin not to ‘change the face of war’ by using nuclear or chemical weapons

President Biden has warned Russian President Vladimir Putin not to “change the face of war” by using tactical nuclear or chemical weapons amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.   “Don’t. Don’t. Don’t. You will change the face of war unlike anything since World War II,” Biden told Scott Pelley on CBS’s “60 Minutes” when asked […]

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The West May Get a Second Chance to Nurture a New Russia

This is just a taste of the nation’s long imperial history. Over and over, Russia followed the identical patterns of its imperial European peers, dressing up its designs in innocent claims that it was spreading “civilization” to populations in great need of correction. As scholar Mikhail Khodorkovsky wrote, Russia was “fundamentally no different from … […]

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An Ex-Kremlin Speechwriter And A Noted Russian Journalist Now Both Believe Putin Will Soon Be Taken Out By Pissed Off Russian Elites

Vladimir Putin’s wealthiest and most powerful allies within Russia are reportedly beginning to turn on him after yet another loss in his war on Ukraine. According to a report by The Daily Beast, a group of officials in St. Petersburg and Moscow have launched efforts to have Putin ousted from office, accusing him of treason […]

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Putin’s Troops Are Now Disguising Themselves And Running Like Hell As Ukraine Makes Stunning Advances In The War

It’s not looking good for Vladimir Putin or his troops (who have already reportedly been shooting themselves in recent months in order to leave hell) as Ukraine’s army regains territory. This past week has seen notable advances on that front, and over the weekend, the Russian position looked so dire that even Putin’s state TV […]

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