Now, as Russia continues to gobble up pieces of Ukraine under the cover of a phony cease-fire, President Obama’s outgoing Army Chief of Staff, Gen. Roy Odierno, said exactly the same thing on Wednesday:
Outgoing Army Chief of Staff Ray Odierno said Wednesday that Russia is the most dangerous to the United States.
The lavish lifestyle of Putin ally, Russian puppet and deposed Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was opulent even by kleptocrat standards.
There was the private zoo complete with an African eland that gave milk Yanukovych allegedly believed could enhance his libido.
The western military alliance is reviving cold war-style hotlines to the Kremlin and the Russian general staff in Moscow to reduce the chances of escalating military confrontation and miscalculation as the Ukraine conflict fuels east-west tension.
Angela Merkel said she expects EU sanctions against Russia to be renewed as the bloc held summit talks with Petro Poroshenko
Merkel said Monday that EU members agreed in March that removal of sanctions, which expire in July, must be tied to adherence to the Minsk peace accord.
Samir Tata argues that Berlin should try and ensure that the country 1) retains its territorial integrity, 2) adapts a dual economic system, much like Hong Kong and China, 3) adopts a federal governmental structure similar to the US model, and more.
Vladimir Putin’s annual call-in show is not where I usually look for important statements of Russian policy
Most of the four-hour event is devoted to semi-comical political pandering (Putin presenting himself as the friend of struggling dairy farmers, for example).
In a cramped cardiologist’s office in southeast Ukraine, Tatyana Ivanovna, 76, begged for sedatives.
Andrey Polyakov, her doctor, took time to listen, though he knew there was nothing he could do.