If the end result in 2008 is for Russia to be more prosperous but to have simply traded one group of “the powerful” who are unaccountable and operate above the law for another, that may not be the legacy Putin is looking to leave behind.
With the legacy of genocide in Rwanda, acrimony over the Iraq War and the oil-for-food scandal, U.S. attitudes towards the UN are close to their nadir. But taking a more pragmatic approach to the UN in pursuit of American interests is the right p
Russia’s First Deputy Press Secretary to President Putin Dmitry Peskov lays out the stakes for Russia with a nuclear-armed Iran and makes clear that Russia sees the gas pipeline running through Belarus as Russian property.
The willingness of some NATO countries to put their own troops in the line of fire and take the political heat can probably survive Taliban attacks—but not the perception that they are being played by more cynical allies.