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Section: The American Interest (USA)

      Gazprom Accedes to Kyiv’s Gas Discount Demand
      Mar30

      Gazprom Accedes to Kyiv’s Gas Discount Demand

      The Gazprom supply agreement that kept Ukraine going through this winter (lately one week at a time) expires on Wednesday, and the two sides have been busy negotiating a new deal. Kyiv staked out its position ahead of these talks, pushing hard for a continuation of the price discount it enjoyed this winter along with an end to a take-or-pay...

      Europe’s Arc of Fire
      Mar30

      Europe’s Arc of Fire

      Europe is engulfed by an arc of fire. And this arc, existing just outside Europe, is linked to multiple crises inside Europe. While instability in the Middle East needs no introduction, Europe’s stability, too, cannot be taken for granted. To the east, Europe faces the specter of both Russian aggression and Russian weakness. Russia is a...

      Russia and Ukraine’s Shared Fate
      Mar27

      Russia and Ukraine’s Shared Fate

      Moody’s has downgraded Ukraine’s sovereign to Caa3, its third from lowest rating, indicating that the odds are on for a default. That doesn’t bode well for Kyiv as it tries to win a fight for its life on economic, military, and political fronts. But looking over to the so-called “winner” of the Ukraine crisis, Russia isn’t...

      Chechnya Threatens U.S. with Mexican Invasion
      Mar27

      Chechnya Threatens U.S. with Mexican Invasion

      If the United States arms Ukraine, Chechnya will send arms to Mexico, the speaker of Chechnya’s parliament announced earlier this week. Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty has the details: Chechen Parliament Speaker Dukvakha Abdurakhmanov said the arms would be aimed at reigniting U.S.-Mexican disputes over “territories annexed by the United...

      The Bad Optics Of The NATO Snub
      Mar26

      The Bad Optics Of The NATO Snub

      The Secretary General of NATO is knocking at the White House door, but nobody seems to be home. Josh Rogin at Bloomberg View reports: President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and won’t see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days....

      Ukraine Starts Cleaning Its Augean Stables
      Mar25

      Ukraine Starts Cleaning Its Augean Stables

      Ukraine appears to have taken some very deliberate, forceful, and very welcome steps towards fighting the corruption that has been at the heart of its state since independence. First, in a bid to end a dangerous standoff that had developed over the weekend, President Petro Poroshenko late last night fired upstart oligarch Igor Kolomoisky from his...

      Europe Ups Its Game
      Mar25

      Europe Ups Its Game

      Twin announcements from Germany and Sweden offer hope that Western Europe may finally be spooked enough to start paying more for defense. First up is Germany, which has announced a plan to increase its military spending significantly, Defense News reports: The German government under Chancellor Angela Merkel has approved plans to increase defense...

      Sorry Ukraine, You Still Need Russian Gas
      Mar23

      Sorry Ukraine, You Still Need Russian Gas

      Winter may be over, but Ukraine’s energy security is looking shakier than ever as it failed to make much progress on a new gas agreement with Russia. Reuters reports: A preliminary meeting in Brussels on Friday had never been expected to yield major progress, with the two sides still far apart as they jostle for position in the negotiations...

      War of the Oligarchs in Ukraine
      Mar23

      War of the Oligarchs in Ukraine

      It appears that the truce that has held between Ukraine’s major oligarchs since the Maidan uprising is breaking down. Yesterday evening, Igor Kolomoisky, the strongman governor of Dniepropetrovsk, who also happens to be personally bankrolling many of the militias fighting Russian-backed militants on the eastern front, sent a detachment of...

      Europe Is Teeming with Russian Spies
      Mar21

      Europe Is Teeming with Russian Spies

      Evidence of the massive size and broad scope of Russia’s spying efforts in Europe continues to mount. Due to the way Europe’s borders work, life on the continent seems to be very easy for Moscow’s operatives. The Daily Mail reports on a prime example: Swedish security service SAPO on Wednesday accused Russia of using as many as...