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State of Play: Russia and the Fraying West

... control will not help. The INF Treaty is dead, and New START is likely to follow when its time is up in 2021. Thus, Moscow can only work with Washington to prevent incidents from spinning out of control; to avoid escalation of running conflicts such as Ukraine; and to minimize mutual misperceptions. Crucial here is a 24/7 US-Russian military-to-military communication link, and high-level personal contacts between their military and security chiefs. These contacts, of course, are no substitute for a ...


Andrey Kortunov Meets with Robert Serry on Addressing the Situation in Donbass

On January 18, 2019, Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, had a meeting with Robert Serry, Chairman of the University for Peace (UPEACE Center The Hague), first Ambassador of the Netherlands in Ukraine, and Renée Jones-Bos, Ambassador of the Netherlands in Russia. On January 18, 2019, Andrey Kortunov, RIAC Director General, had a meeting with Robert Serry, Chairman of the University for Peace (UPEACE Center The Hague), first Ambassador of ...


Putin is a leader made for the Russian Federation

... increase.) Russia will continue to pursue a cautious and conservative program of bolstering its military capability, with an emphasis on gradual technological modernization — including a continued buildup of forces stationed along the border with Ukraine in order to give Moscow more instruments for intervening in the course of the Ukrainian conflict. At the same time, Moscow will desist from any tangible military buildup in the European (northwestern) theater, despite the mutually belligerent ...


Crimea and Punishment

... can we explain Russia’s move to seize Ukrainian naval ships in the Kerch Strait? Andrey Kortunov I do not believe this move was a way for Russia to be provocative, given that the last thing the country needs today is an escalation of tensions with Ukraine. Although the initiative came from the Ukrainian side, Russia then responded very decisively, which definitely fuelled the crisis. Michel Duclos President Putin enjoys this kind of situation, and sees it as an opportunity to take action and make ...


Containing the Kerch Crisis

... bound to lead to a collision. Crimea belongs in the same category, only the consequences of the collision are likely to be on a much higher order. The recent naval incident off the Kerch Strait sends one clear message: the situation between Russia and Ukraine is inherently fraught with a real danger of war. Given the deepening confrontation between Russia and the United States, and Ukraine’s close relations with America and NATO, such a war, should it break out, may not be easily contained. Thus,...


Opportunities for Europe, Syria and Russia with New Approaches

... the goal being to create a globally economic successful Region including Helsinki – Saint Petersburg – Pskov – Estonia-Latvia-Lithuania – Kaliningrad – Stockholm. The participation of Danes, Poles, and Germans is welcome, but not required. Ukraine Minsk agreements are fine, but one of the reasons they have not worked in practice is, that there has been no solution in sight, how the situation could be permanently settled. Today, Russia has consolidated its position, and therefore Russia ...


The Kerch Strait was a perfect place for escalating the Russian-Ukrainian crisis

The US and the EU reactions were relatively moderate, no immediate new sanctions against Russia are likely to be introduced. A lot will now depend on whether Ukraine has an appetite for any further escalation or not. The Kerch Strait was a perfect place for escalating the Russian-Ukrainian crisis. There are no ‘red lines’ in the Sea of Azov, no OSCE monitoring missions, no entranced and fortified defense ...


The Kerch Strait Gambit

A Kiev-provoked Ukraine/Russia naval clash near the Kerch Strait, Crimea, threatens to derail the Argentina G20 Summit and to worsen US-Russia bilateral relations First, a little essential geography. The Kerch Strait, joining the Black Sea and the smaller Sea of Azov,...


Russia and Ukraine: Four Scenarios for the Future

... Built on the Same Principles as those with, for Instance, Warsaw, Bratislava or Bucharest Nearly five years have passed since the start of the dramatic events of the Maidan in Kiev that engendered a profound crisis in Russia’s relations with both Ukraine and the West. This is not a short period of time: World War I lasted a little over four years, about five years passed between the start of Perestroika and the collapse of the USSR. All wars and crises come to an end, and the more acute the crisis,...


The United States, Russia, and Europe in 2018

... experts met at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington. Their meeting, convened by CSIS and the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC), aimed to discuss four topics central to U.S.-Russian relations: the conflict in Ukraine, the future of the European security order, the war in Syria, and the question of interference in other states’ political processes. The attendees participated not as representatives of their countries or governments but rather as experts working ...


Poll conducted

  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  
     2 (2%)
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