How Moscow manipulates the Russian diaspora in Eastern Europe to gain influence and sometimes territory.
Pipeline Politics What TurkStream Means
Turkey gets discount gas, but Russia gets to turn the screws on Ukraine while securing its hold on the European market—for now.
The Sanctions Dance The Battle Lines are Being Drawn
Putin’s threat of violence is triggering an appeasement reflex across European capitals: Slovakia’s Fico says EU sanctions on Russia should be lifted.
Turkey Sets Its Sights on the Kurds
Turkey has sent tanks and special forces into Syria, ostensibly to punish ISIS, but perhaps more importantly to halt the Kurds. And neither the U.S. nor Russia are complaining about it.
Of Temper Tantrums Europeans Give Putin Just What He Asked For
Two weeks ago, Putin gave a speech where he pretty much demanded Ukraine’s leaders not be included in future discussions of its fate. The Europeans appear to have given in, at least for the next meet-up.