Tag: Putin, Vladimir V

Russia’s Military, Once Creaky, Is Modern and Lethal

MOSCOW — In the early years of Vladimir V. Putin’s tenure as Russia’s leader, the country’s military was a hollowed-out but nuclear-armed shell. It struggled to keep submarines afloat in the Arctic and an outgunned insurgency at bay in Chechnya. Senior officers sometimes lived in moldy, rat-infested tenements. And instead of socks, poorly trained soldiers […]

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U.S. and NATO Respond to Putin’s Demands as Ukraine Tensions Mount

Mr. Blinken said the United States would not publicly release its written response “because we think that diplomacy has the best chance to succeed if we provide space for confidential talks,” adding that the United States “hopes and expects” the Russians will agree. Whether they will abide is unclear: Mr. Lavrov said after a meeting […]

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The World Awaits Putin’s Word on Ukraine, but on That, He Is Silent

“Let’s first get the response,” Dmitri S. Peskov, the Kremlin’s spokesman, said this week when asked about Russia’s stance. “Then the position will be formulated based on the conceptual guidelines provided by the head of state.” Updated  Jan. 26, 2022, 1:16 p.m. ET Behind the scenes, in the Kremlin’s telling, Mr. Putin has been busy. […]

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Germany, Apart

“By the time Biden took office, the pipeline was nearly complete,” said my colleague Michael Crowley, who covered Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s trip to Germany last week. “Biden calculated that restoring relations with Berlin after the Trump era was far too important to risk with a last-ditch and potentially futile effort to stop the […]

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Did We Miss Biden’s Most Important Remark About Russia?

Pretty much every crucial line in President Biden’s recent marathon news conference has been dissected by now — except one, the one that may turn out to be the most prescient. You had to be listening closely because it went by fast. It was when Biden told President Vladimir Putin that Russia has something much […]

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Bring Back the Free World

At some point in the last 30 years, the concept of the “free world” fell out of favor. Maybe it seemed dated once the Cold War ended. Or an afterthought in an era in which economic development, not political freedom, became the primary measure of human progress. Or too smug in an American culture increasingly […]

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U.S. to Bolster Europe’s Fuel Supply to Blunt Threat of Russian Cutoff

Russia provides about one-third of the gas and crude oil imported by the European Union. Last year, Russia provided about 128 billion cubic meters of gas to Europe, according to industry estimates, and about a third of that flowed through Ukrainian territory. Russia has reduced that flow this winter, and its effort to open the […]

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What Happens if Russia Cuts Off Europe’s Natural Gas?

While Russia masses troops and military equipment near its border with Ukraine, parallel tensions have been building in world energy markets. It is not hard to see why. Natural gas flowing through a web of pipelines from Russia heats homes and power factories across much of Europe. Russia is also one of the continent’s key […]

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Russia and Ukraine: How to Avoid a War

To the Editor: Re “As Fears of an Invasion Grow, Diplomatic Options Remain” (news article, Jan. 25): You report that there are diplomatic options to avoid war in Ukraine, but ask if there is room for compromise. Why should there be a compromise? Does Russia have any legitimate claims on Ukraine? If not — and […]

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Kazakhstan’s Longtime Leader Is Gone, but Still Seemingly Everywhere

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan — For three decades, Nursultan Nazarbayev was seemingly everywhere in Kazakhstan, the country he ruled with an autocrat’s clenched fist. The capital’s airport was named after him, as were the city’s best university, a group of elite high schools throughout the country, well-endowed foundations and wide boulevards. Mr. Nazarbayev designed a futuristic white […]

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War Looms Between Russia and Ukraine, but Diplomatic Options Remain

Defusing Ukraine It is possible that Mr. Putin’s bottom line in this conflict is simple: that he wants to stop Ukraine from joining NATO and get an assurance that the United States and NATO will never place offensive weapons that threaten Russia’s security on Ukrainian territory. On those two issues, it would seem, there is […]

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What Does Russia Want in Ukraine? The Tensions Explained

It feels like a scene from the Cold War. An unpredictable Russian president amassing thousands of troops on the border of a neighboring country, Ukraine. The threat of invasion. A possible bloody conflagration between East and West. But what may seem like a perilous episode from a bygone era is now front and center in […]

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NATO Steps Up Readiness in Eastern Europe

KYIV — NATO said on Monday that member countries were putting their forces on standby and sending additional ships and fighter jets to Eastern Europe to reassure allies in the region, as Britain joined the United States in ordering families of diplomats out of Ukraine, citing “the growing threat from Russia.” The moves signaled growing […]

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Fiona Hill: For Russia’s President Putin, It’s Not Just About Ukraine

For weeks, American officials have huddled to make sense of the official documents with Russia’s demands and the contradictory commentary, pondered how to deter Mr. Putin in Ukraine and scrambled to talk on his timeline. All the while, Mr. Putin and his proxies have ratcheted up their statements. Kremlin officials have not just challenged the […]

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U.S. Orders Family Members of Embassy Staff to Leave Ukraine

WASHINGTON — The State Department said on Sunday that it had ordered family members of U.S. Embassy personnel in Kyiv, Ukraine, to leave the country amid increasing concerns about a possible Russian invasion. The embassy will remain open for now, senior State Department officials said in a briefing with reporters, but some diplomats have been […]

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Biden Weighs Deploying Thousands of Troops to Eastern Europe and Baltics

In his news conference last week, Mr. Biden said he had cautioned Mr. Putin that a Russian invasion of Ukraine would prompt Washington to send more troops to the region. “We’re going to actually increase troop presence in Poland, in Romania, etc., if in fact he moves,” Mr. Biden said. “They are part of NATO.” […]

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U.K. Pursues More Muscular Role in Standoff With Russia Over Ukraine

LONDON — Britain seized the world’s attention on Saturday by accusing President Vladimir V. Putin of plotting to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine, a dramatic late-night announcement that instantly thrust it on to the front lines of the most dangerous security crisis in Europe in decades. British officials say its release of sensitive intelligence […]

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Britain Says Moscow Is Plotting to Install a Pro-Russian Leader in Ukraine

KYIV — The British government said Saturday that the Kremlin was developing plans to install a pro-Russian leader in Ukraine — and had already chosen a potential candidate — as President Vladimir V. Putin weighs whether to order the Russian forces amassed on Ukraine’s border to attack. The highly unusual public communiqué by the United […]

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How to Retreat From Ukraine

One of the hardest challenges in geopolitics is figuring out how to conduct a successful retreat. We witnessed that reality last summer in Afghanistan, when the Biden administration made the correct strategic choice — cutting our losses instead of escalating to preserve a morally bankrupt status quo — but then staggered through a disastrous withdrawal […]

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Anatoly Kvashnin, Russian General in a Pivotal Era, Dies at 75

Gen. Anatoly Kvashnin, the chief of Russia’s general staff from 1997 to 2004, who led a brutal crackdown on separatists in Chechnya but who also took part in an early post-Soviet thaw with the West, died on Jan. 7 in Moscow. He was 75. His death was announced by President Vladimir V. Putin. The cause […]

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U.S. and Russia Take More Measured Stance in Ukraine Talks

GENEVA — The United States and Russia scaled back their confrontational rhetoric over Eastern European security on Friday, agreeing to extend negotiations as the Biden administration pursues a fragile diplomatic path to averting a Russian invasion of Ukraine. Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken told his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey V. Lavrov, in a […]

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