Clearly, a nuclear option would risk long-term damage to Russia’s gas business with Europe. It would promote the construction of LNG terminals throughout Europe and drive European buyers into the clutches of American LNG.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told the annual military Victory Day parade on Thursday that the country will continue to strengthen its armed forces.
In recent months, U.S. national security officials have been preparing for Russian interference in the 2020 presidential race by tracking cyber threats, sharing intelligence about foreign disinformation efforts with social media companies and helping state election officials protect their systems against foreign manipulation.
Last Sunday, Ukrainian television comedian Volodymyr Zelensky was elected President by defeating incumbent President Petro Poroshenko.
The Kremlin rejected the Mueller report on his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, calling it inconclusive and damaging.
Russia is no stranger to Islamist extremism, having for years battled a homegrown insurgency in its majority-Muslim North Caucasus in the aftermath of two bloody wars for independence in Chechnya.
Bring it on, says Russia’s central bank. They are ready for it. In fact, Russia’s entire economy since sanctions against it began in 2014 has been based on worst-case scenarios.
The British government is frustrated by the other 27 E.U. member states’ tough line on Brexit. The British press thought that the European Union would soften its position at the recent Salzburg summit of E.U. heads of government.
When the United States enacted a series of sanctions in retaliation for Russia’s alleged interference in American elections, the goal was to punish an adversary, not to penalize friends.