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    Putin is testing our resolve
    Nov25

    Putin is testing our resolve

    If the Turkish military shoot-down of a Russian SU-24 fighter aircraft is a “stab in the back” as President Vladimir Putin characterized it on Tuesday, then the knife wound came after some very loud footsteps from behind and shouts of “Here I come!” Following recent Russian incursions into Turkish airspace, in other words, no one should be...

    Security leaders: NATO, Russia need to talk
    Nov25

    Security leaders: NATO, Russia need to talk

    The downing of a Russian fighter jet by Turkey highlights the growing danger posed by a pattern of provocative military behavior by Moscow, U.S. and European security officials said Tuesday, calling for a revival of military-to-military talks between Russia and NATO that were shelved last year. The first-ever shoot-down of a Russian plane by a...

    Erdoğan shoots down Putin
    Nov24

    Erdoğan shoots down Putin

    What was Erdoğan thinking? One has to assume that the deliberate downing of a Russian bomber by Turkish fighter jets was no accident, that it was ordered from the top. Otherwise, we would have heard very audible diplomatic apologies from the Turkish side to the Kremlin. Nor would Putin have openly called it a “stab in the back.” This little knot...

    Russia to blame for violating Turkish airspace
    Nov24

    Russia to blame for violating Turkish airspace

    Let’s be clear: Russia is to blame for the military incident in which Turkey shot down a Russian plane. The Russian plane was in Turkish airspace — and not for the first time. Turkey has been complaining to the Russians, since the inception of Russian operations in Syria, that Russian forces are not respecting Turkey’s sovereignty....

    U.S. steps up Ukrainian combat training
    Nov24

    U.S. steps up Ukrainian combat training

    Yavirov, Ukraine — The United States began combat training for Ukrainian Army forces on Monday, expanding its effort to help Ukraine defeat Russian-backed separatists. Until now, U.S. trainers had only worked with Ukraine’s Interior Ministry, and officials say the shift to regular army training signals President Barack Obama’s growing...

    Germany wants to be a Brexit broker
    Nov24

    Germany wants to be a Brexit broker

    Germany is positioning itself as a compromise-broker between Britain and other EU countries in an effort to avoid a Brexit. Officials said Berlin is planning to use its influence with other countries to resolve potential disputes over reforms which the U.K. is demanding ahead of a referendum vote on its EU membership, including on the...

    Viktor Orbán: Putin has no personality
    Nov23

    Viktor Orbán: Putin has no personality

    BUDAPEST — Viktor Orbán and Vladimir Putin are an eye-catching couple on the international stage. Coming from starkly different political backgrounds, the men — about a decade apart in age — have built perhaps the best relationship that exists between a leader of a NATO and EU country and the Russian president. The Hungarian prime minister, an...

    Obama to Hollande: Stay the course against Russia
    Nov23

    Obama to Hollande: Stay the course against Russia

    When President Obama hosts French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday, he’ll have more on his agenda than demonstrating solidarity against terrorism. He’ll also be working to make sure Hollande sticks with the international effort to punish and isolate Vladimir Putin for his aggression in Ukraine. Privately, Obama officials say...

    ‘All the terrorists are migrants’
    Nov23

    ‘All the terrorists are migrants’

    BUDAPEST — “Of course it’s not accepted, but the factual point is that all the terrorists are basically migrants,” says Viktor Orbán. “The question is when they migrated to the European Union.” In his office at the Hungarian parliament, the prime minister points toward the flowing Danube. In another era, an aide notes, the Turks followed...

    Paris, refugees, and Europe’s hard borders
    Nov23

    Paris, refugees, and Europe’s hard borders

    This year was already set to go down as a turning point in the history of Europe’s undeclared war against illegal immigration. And now the November 13 attacks in Paris have thrown fuel on an already incendiary debate. The unprecedented collective disobedience of migrants crossing borders en masse subjected the “fortress” model of border...

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