The US Department of State has made another attempt to exonerate Kiev from responsibility for what's happening in eastern Ukraine.
Russian leaders should not allow the US to implement a policy of international isolation of Russia. This was stated by the head of the Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs Alexei Pushkov in an interview to "Rossiyskaya Gazeta". "Washington talks about how the United States is moving to a policy of global isolation of our country ... And now the US is trying to bring EU to this policy of isolation" - said Pushkov, according to ITAR-TASS.
US President Barack Obama officially nominated American diplomat John Francis Tefft for the post of US ambassador to Moscow. The White House said this on Thursday evening, announcing a number of personnel decisions made by the head of the American administration, reports RIA Novosti. The Kremlin confirmed permission to assign John Tefft as US ambassador to Russia.
The current crisis in US-Russian relations, bolstered recently by the Ukrainian turmoil, is caused predominantly by the Russian leadership's unjustified anti-American stance, according to the US ex-Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. He believes that there are no other reasons for confrontation between Moscow and Washington. Does Mr. McFaul present a compelling argument?
The Kremlin has approved John Tefft's candidacy to become US ambassador to Russia, as proposed by Washington, said Russian presidential aide, Yury Ushakov. "Yes, agreement has been given," Ushakov told journalists at a news conference in Moscow. "This is a high-level diplomat, a professional diplomat," he said, adding that Tefft had worked in Russia before, knows the country and speaks Russian.
A large-scale NATO Naval drill called Breeze 2014 kicks off in the Western part of the Black Sea near Bulgaria's shore. Combat and auxiliary ships from Bulgaria, Turkey, Greece, Italy, Great Britain and other countries are taking part. Mass media's special attention has been drawn by USS Vella Gulf, a guided missile cruiser. Experts are trying to guess whether the US is attempting to use the military exercise as a "pressure factor" on Russia in regards to the situation in Ukraine. Andrey Boldyrev, a senior researcher of the Turkey department of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies of the Russian Academy of Science's Institute for Oriental Studies, believes that such forecast is not quite right:
How true is the spreading belief that President Obama has ruined US foreign policy, and how does it actually work? The Voice of Russia is discussing it with Paul Craig Roberts, former assistant secretary of the US Treasury, currently the chairman of The Institute for Political Economy.
Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said on Wednesday he plans to sue President Barack Obama, accusing him of abusing his authority by going around Congress to implement his policy agenda.
Despite the political scandal unfolding in Poland because of its Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, who denounced his country’s alliance with the US as “worthless”, Radio VR's political analyst is convinced that the US will still try to save Sikorski's career rather than denounce his statements. This is because the US desperately needs access to Polish soil and there's simply no viable replacement for Sikorsky to hand.
The United States' days as the global hegemon are coming to an end, according to certain foreign policy experts but, which country is most likely to replace it?
The leaders of Bolivia, Cuba and Ecuador have urged the international community to defend Venezuela against imperialism "seeking to destroy Hugo Chavez's Bolivarian revolution," according to the ABI news agency. "They think it's time to destroy the Bolivarian revolution and depose the president of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, and they use unconventional warfare to achieve this goal," said Cuban leader Raul Castro, speaking at a meeting of social organizations ahead of the G77 + China summit.
US-Russia relations have reached a new low since the end of the Cold War, which is a huge disappointment for those who recognize how tension between these two world powers undermine global security and stability, says Edward Lozansky, President of the American University in Moscow and co-organizer of an upcoming roundtable in Washington that aims to brainstorm a solution to the problem.
The Pentagon is spending millions of dollars on programs studying factors of civil unrest around the world, journalist Nafeez Ahmed states in his article published by The Guardian this week.
The US mass media is misrepresenting the facts while claiming that working toward a nuclear agreement between the US and Iran has been a constant progression in which events and policies of a few years ago built a foundation for the diplomacy of today, notes Paul R. Pillar, a CIA veteran and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University.
Washington needs to articulate a clear and concise set of its core foreign policy principles. So thinks William C. Martel, an Associate Professor of International Security Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. The professor believes that the US is able to implement a "grand strategy," that he defines as a fundamental awareness and articulation of what a nation seeks to achieve through its foreign policy.
Potential Democratic presidential frontrunner and Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who is likely to run for president in 2016, warned Barack Obama of "difficult days" ahead with the Russians, according to the Washington Post article on Clinton's forthcoming book. "Hard Choices" is set to be released on June 10 in what could mark the beginning of a major presidential campaign.
US threats of military action follow Cold War logic, director of Veterans For Peace told RIA Novosti Thursday.
Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro is demanding that the US government explains, why American officials are involved in a conspiracy against him, Telesur TV channel says.
By declaring themselves exceptional, US in actual fact states that Americans are a supreme nation, says Dr. Craig Roberts, former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury for Economic Policy and associate editor of the Wall Street Journal, in his feature and analysis for Press TV. This turns out to be a universal doctrine that justifies whatever cruelty Washington feels like doing or actually does. "If Washington violates domestic and international law by torturing "detainees" or violates the Nuremberg standard by invading countries that have undertaken no hostile action against the US or its allies, "exceptionalism" is the priest’s blessing that absolves Washington’s sins against law and international norms. Washington’s crimes are transformed into Washington’s affirmation of the rule of law," writes Mr. Roberts.
Years ago, Goldman Sachs economist Jim O'neill coined the term BRIC for the four largest emerging countries that were threatening the global economic status quo. Now, The Times' columnist Roger Boyes is implicitly proposing a new term – RIC, for describing what he calls "Putin's anti-US alliance" because in his view, Russia, India and China are a threat to the existing world order.