NATO members are gathering for their 2014 summit in Wales this week, and tensions are higher than usual. Topics are expected to include Russia’s destabilization of Ukraine, the Syrian Civil War, Islamic militants, and even aggressive territorial claims by China. Just in time for the summit, Vago gathered an expert roundtable to preview the discussions on Defense News…
When the Obama administration’s former top man in Moscow told Defense News that Russian leaders should apologize for the shootdown of an airliner in Ukraine, he was greeted with charges of hypocrisy. In a Twitter exchange late Tuesday evening, your correspondent asked Michael McFaul just what the “accountability” of Russian leaders he was calling for…
To borrow one of President Obama’s favorite phrases, let me be clear: The United States government will not be sending offensive, or lethal, military equipment to Ukraine to assist in its standoff with Russia. That much became crystal clear on Tuesday.
Rep. Mike Turner says the Ukrainian government has asked the Obama administration to give its military weapons in its standoff with Russian forces. And the expected candidate to take the House Armed Services Committee gavel is demanding the White House explain a few things.
When it comes to standing up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, Sen. John McCain has it all figured out. Just ask him. His plan? Simple. Washington merely has to be “strong and steadfast.”
Part of the tightrope the Obama White House and Pentagon are trying to walk on the Russia-Ukraine standoff is how to flex some American military muscles without flexing the ones that might set off Vladimir Putin. On Tuesday, US officials tried a little digital deterrence.
The Obama administration’s former ambassador to Moscow says Tuesday could be a “scary” and “bloody” day in eastern Ukraine.
How long does Russian President Vladimir Putin intend to keep tens of thousands of military troops inside Crimea or camped out along his country’s border with Ukraine? A long time, according to a senior US lawmaker who says the Bear is hunkering down.
ANALYSIS A bill that would require an increased US military footprint in Europe could put Senate Democrats and the Obama White House in a tough spot because such measures allow Republican incumbents and candidates to sound a tougher-on-Russia tone than loyal-to-Obama Democrats.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has been chesty since invading, occupying and annexing Crimea. In fact, he has portrayed himself as protecting ethnic Russians and standing up to the West. But his American partner-turned-rival says Putin shouldn’t be as confident as he appears.