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Is Russia a real national security threat to the west or is it only a paper tiger?

... Europe as well. It could for example move nuclear-armed missiles into Kaliningrad, a Russian enclave that borders Poland and Lithuania. Alternatively, Russia could use Kaliningrad as a base for large-scale military exercises that simulate an attack on NATO’s Baltic members and involve occupying the strategic Swedish island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea. Putin doesn’t even need to rely on his military to harm American interests either. He could choose to openly increase economic and political support ...


Looking at Tiananmen Square through the Brandenburg Gate

... America’s protectionist stance far exceed the losses of all the other US trading partners combined. In addition, Washington has a serious political axe to grind with Germany and China. Berlin is being chided for its “insufficient contribution” to the NATO budget and its unswerving commitment to the Nord Stream II gas pipeline, whereas Beijing is suspected of “hegemonic aspirations” in the Asia-Pacific and of its attempted “expansion” into the Indian Ocean. If talking common sense, Chancellor ...


Russia–Turkey Relations Need a Stronger Foundation

... cooperation and competition (hopefully, not direct confrontation) will be blended by politicians into a single sweet and sour cocktail and offered to the Russian and Turkish public. We will continue to live with numerous paradoxes. For instance, Turkey is a NATO member, but it plans to purchase the most advanced Russian air defense systems (S-400). The two countries actively cooperate on the ground in Syria, but they have very different attitudes to the current Syrian leadership in Damascus. Russians and ...


Meeting between Putin and Trump — Another Reason for Split within the EU?

There are growing fears inside the European Union that Donald Trump’s pragmatic approach of cooperation with Russia will further strengthen the position of those in EU member states who criticize Brussels The NATO Summit, held on July 11–12, 2018, gave Brussels and the EU countries good reason to fear any decisive steps that Donald Trump might take with regard to Moscow. There were even suggestions that the unrelentingly tense atmosphere between the NATO ...


RIAC and ELN Experts Discuss NATO Summit Outcomes

On July 18, 2018, at IIA Rossiya Segodnya, International Multimedia Press Center, Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) held a round table on the outcomes of NATO summit. Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, Sir Adam Thomson, Director, European Leadership Network, and Dmitry Danilov, Head of the Department of European security, Institute of Europe, Russian Academy of Sciences, took part in the event. The ...


NATO Is Too Strong to Be Destabilized by One Particular U.S. President

Interview with Christopher Harper, former Director General of the NATO International Military Staff Following the Putin-Trump summit in Helsinki, foreign policy community does not cease to discuss the aftermath of the event and the prospects for Russia – US and Russia – NATO relations. On the sidelines of RIAC ...


INF Treaty: More than Just an Agreement

... Washington win a potential nuclear conflict with Moscow. In this case, the United States could use a decapitating attack, something proposed by U.S. Secretary of Defense James Schlesinger back in 1973 [ 2 ]. Despite the fact that Russia’s Perimeter (NATO reporting name Dead Hand) automatic nuclear response system would make the applicability of this concept questionable, it should not be discounted just yet. Ivan Timofeev: Helsinki Summit: Trading Against the Trends Certain practical changes in ...


Towards a NATO-Russia Basic Understanding

... through the Baltic Sea, the Ukrainian battlegrounds and the Black Sea to Syria. The risks of confrontation are acknowledged, but not necessarily managed properly. Our objective As Russia enters a new political cycle after the 2018 Presidential elections, NATO prepares for its July summit in Brussels, and a Presidential US-Russia summit in Finland is in the cards, we aim to inject new thinking about how Russia and NATO could safely co-exist in the years to come and how Europe’s security could be improved ...


Highly Unlikely: Why Erdogan’s Idea to Jointly Produce Missile Systems with Russia is Stillborn

... successfully carried out. “Erdogan has long been playing these games with the Americans. I initially doubted that this deal could be finalized, but everything goes on like they will finally buy these S-400 systems. That is not a good signal for the US and NATO, because integration of the S-400 in alliance’s air defense system is a problem that could be solved theoretically, but NATO is not going to accept it,” he said. However, according to Buzhinsky, one cannot be sure that the Turks will not annul ...


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  1. Korean Peninsula Crisis Has no Military Solution. How Can It Be Solved?
    Demilitarization of the region based on Russia-China "Dual Freeze" proposal  
     36 (35%)
    Restoring multilateral negotiation process without any preliminary conditions  
     27 (26%)
    While the situation benefits Kim Jong-un's and Trump's domestic agenda, there will be no solution  
     22 (21%)
    Armed conflict still cannot be avoided  
     12 (12%)
    Stonger deterrence on behalf of the U.S. through modernization of military infrastructure in the region  
     4 (4%)
    Toughening economic sanctions against North Korea  
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