Putin has said that Russia had to develop the Avangard and other weapons systems because of US efforts to develop a missile defense system that he claimed could erode Russia’s nuclear deterrent.
Neither the Christmas turkey nor the plum pudding may be quite delectable in the White House later this month after last Thursday’s watershed movement forward in the constitutional history of the United States.
An 8,000 km cross-border gas pipeline project is but one example of nations looking beyond the US to shore up multilateralism and cooperation.
[Z]elenskiy had campaigned on a double promise ... the "Trump affair" is exactly at the crossroads of these two promises.
Putin ... believes that the future lies in putting national interests first. The fact that he has found a soulmate in Donald Trump makes him more assured in this belief, not less.
One does not have to be an adversary of the president to say that, regardless of whether it is Trump's intention or not, many of his decisions are extremely favorable for Putin.
Erdogan’s increasing dissatisfaction with Europe and his on-off relationship with the Trump White House can only benefit Russia.
Russia will probably encourage the Syrian government to incorporate the YPG fighters into the Syrian army.
The danger for Moscow is that, the more progress it makes with African governments, the more likely it is that its interests will collide with those of either China or the US – or both.
Mr. Putin has established himself as the most critical player in the Syrian theater.