U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin © Reuters
Michael Crowley, Politico: The honeymoon's over for Trump and Putin
Washington and Moscow are trading sharp words over Russia's weekend political crackdown, civilian deaths in Iraq and the revival of U.S. sanctions touching Russian interests.
After months of overtures from President Donald Trump to Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Trump administration is trading harsh diplomatic words with Moscow, further dimming the prospects for a strategic alliance between the two countries.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer opened his Monday briefing by reading a statement saying the U.S. “strongly condemns” the detention of hundreds, including leading Putin critic Alexei Navalny, following a weekend crackdown on peaceful anti-corruption protests across Russia.
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Commentaries, Analysis, And Editorials -- March 28, 2017
The Myth of Putin -- Geopolitical Futures
What Russia's Latest Protests Mean for Putin -- Julia Ioffe, The Atlantic
Why Russian protests are making the Kremlin rethink 2018 presidential elections -- Fred Weir, CSM
Russia is the house that Vladimir Putin built – and he’ll never abandon it -- Dmitri Trenin, The Guardian
The Yellow Rubber Duck Is a Potent Protest Symbol -- Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg
Russia and Iran's growing cooperation hints at a new Middle East -- Clément Therme, UPI
5 reasons to watch Rouhani’s visit to Russia -- Hamidreza Azizi, Al-Monitor
In the Middle East, Russia is reasserting its power -- The Economist
Stop Saying That Trump’s Plan to Fight ISIS Is the Same As Obama’s -- Joshua Keating, Slate
North Korea: Stronger Kim, but Weaker Kims? -- Rod Lyon, The Strategist
The Taliban's New Plan for Capturing Kunduz -- Franz J. Marty in The Diplomat
Will Hamas respond to assassination of military leader? -- Shlomi Eldar, Al-Monitor
Europe Prepares for Tough Brexit Negotiations -- Spiegel Online
Why Trump’s £300B NATO Invoice Never Happened -- Stefan Soesanto, RCD
OPEC Be Warned: Russia Prepares for Oil at $40 -- Ksenia Galouchko, Bloomberg