Posts tagged as putin

What Putin really wants from Biden

By Sarah Rainsford on Monday, June 14, 2021

The Geneva summit between Vladimir Putin and Joe Biden on 16 June will not be a friendly encounter. For a start, Russia recently included the US on its official list of “unfriendly states”. Both sides describe relations as at rock bottom and neither currently has an ambassador in-country; senior Russian officials are under American sanctions for everything from annexing Ukraine’s Crimea to alleged election meddling, and two former US marines…

Ukrainian president invites Putin for talks in conflict zone

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Volodymyr Zelenskiy calls on Russian leader to meet him ‘anywhere in the Ukrainian Donbass’ amid rising tensions. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to meet him in his country’s war-torn eastern Donbass region for peace talks, amid growing international concern over Russia’s massive buildup of troops at the border. In a 13-minute speech late Tuesday, Zelenskiy began by addressing his fellow citizens in the Ukrainian language…

The United States cannot survive the corruption of its leaders and the insouciance of its people

By Paul Craig Roberts on Monday, April 19, 2021

The United States military was sent into Afghanistan two decades ago on the basis of a lie. The warmonger neoconservative George W. Bush regime lied to the American people, to US soldiers, and to the world that Osama bin Laden was responsible for the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, that bin Laden was hiding in Afghanistan, that the Afghans would not turn him over to stand…

U.S.-Russia contradictions threaten the Baltic States

By Jonas Dringelis on Wednesday, January 27, 2021

The U.S. foreign policy trends raise questions and alarm not only its opponents but also close allies. This concern is caused by a number of decisions made by the previous administration, as well as planned by the new one. Thus, the international security system has become unstable due to the U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in 2019 and from the Open Skies Treaty in 2020. Though, Mr.…

Does Putin want to talk?

Friday, December 4, 2020

LRT English Newsletter – December 4, 2020. Let’s talk,  said Russian President Vladimir Putin. But did he really mean it? Julius Palaima at LRT.lt traces the deteriorating Vilnius–Moscow relations, from Lithuania’s former president Dalia Grybauskaitė’s last meeting with Putin to her infamous “terrorist state” comment following the Kremlin’s war in Georgia and Ukraine. “We stand ready for cooperation based on principles of neighbourliness and respect to each other and would like…

Russia ready to cooperate with Lithuania, says Putin

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday that Moscow was ready to cooperate with Lithuania based “on principles of respect to each other”, according to the Interfax news agency. “It appears that our interaction with Lithuania could be more active and multifaceted, especially bearing in mind that we are close neighbours,” Putin said during the accreditation ceremony of new foreign ambassadors to Russia, including Eitvydas Bajarūnas from Lithuania. “We stand…

By not letting go of power, Lukashenko has brought Belarus to the brink of collapse

By Zintis Znotiņš on Monday, September 21, 2020

For some time, there was really nothing new to write about regarding the events in Belarus. The people continued their peaceful protests against the fraudulent presidential election, Lukashenko continued lying and law enforcement continued demonstrating that they are in good physical condition and know how to employ special equipment. The fact that at times well-prepared burly men used force against women and children is just a small detail, or –…

Tipping point in Belarus: as Minsk turns to Moscow, it’s time to act

Friday, September 4, 2020

What Alexander Lukashenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin call interference from the West, “we see as simply calling a spade a spade”, writes Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius. The crisis in Belarus goes far beyond the violent aftermath of its presidential election in August. For decades, under Alexander Lukashenko’s dictatorship, the country has witnessed successive waves of repression. With an opposition too weak and divided to overcome to the regime,…

Lithuanian president: EU asked Putin ‘to not use force in Belarus’

Thursday, August 20, 2020

EU leaders appealed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to not use force in Belarus, Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda said in an interview with LRT TV. Nausėda said mediation with the Russian president was necessary because the authoritarian leader of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, turned to Putin for support. “[EU leaders] predicted that this could happen, so we appealed to Putin to not use force and military means to resolve the situation…

How Russia rewrote its coronavirus outbreak to clear a path to resetting Putin’s presidential term clock

By Kevin Rothrock on Friday, July 3, 2020

More than a month ago, on May 26, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had overcome its first wave of coronavirus infections. That was more than four weeks ahead of the start of nationwide voting on constitutional amendments and the “zeroing out” of the president’s own term clock (potentially allowing him to serve in office until 2036). In the time remaining before the plebiscite, regions across the country reported uniform declines…