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    The Deep State Takes on Tillerson
    Aug04

    The Deep State Takes on Tillerson

    Anyone who doubts the power of the bureaucracy ought to look into the quandary confronting ExxonMobil. The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) at Treasury recently announced that it would levy a $2 million fine against the company for alleged violations of Ukraine-related sanctions policy while Secretary of State Rex Tillerson served as...

    The Russia, Iran, North Korea Sanctions Bill Is Moving Ahead
    Jul27

    The Russia, Iran, North Korea Sanctions Bill Is Moving Ahead

    Lawmakers reached an agreement Wednesday for the Senate to vote on a sweeping sanctions bill that was overwhelmingly approved by the House this week, in a push to promptly get the legislation to the president’s desk. The bill targeting Russia, Iran, and North Korea faced a series of procedural and partisan disputes before breezing through...

    Russia’s War of Inches
    Jul19

    Russia’s War of Inches

    The Russian government would rather ask for forgiveness than permission. Its foreign policy for years has depended on establishing “facts on the ground.” Once the Kremlin’s forces or its allies take what they want, the Foreign Ministry is happy to commit to accords that cement their aggression in place. Take, for example, recent...

    The Trump Administration Has Forfeited the Right to be Trusted on Russia
    Jul11

    The Trump Administration Has Forfeited the Right to be Trusted on Russia

    In June, the Senate passed a bill codifying U.S. sanctions on Russia. The bill—based on a series of Obama-era executive orders retaliating for Russia’s de facto invasion of Ukraine and, later, its meddling in the U.S. elections—passed the Senate by an overwhelming margin: 98-2. The lopsidedness of that vote signified that there is...

    Trump Administration Has Not ‘Ruled Out’ Providing Lethal Aid to Ukraine
    Jul05

    Trump Administration Has Not ‘Ruled Out’ Providing Lethal Aid to Ukraine

    The Trump administration is not ruling out providing Ukraine with defensive weapons in its fight against Russian-backed separatists, a State Department official told THE WEEKLY STANDARD, though the administration is focused on a diplomatic solution to the conflict. The Kremlin has provided the separatists with military support in the face of the...

    Prufrock: Banquets in Communist China, Mikhail Bulgakov’s Tragic Life, and a History of the Rock Star
    Jun22

    Prufrock: Banquets in Communist China, Mikhail Bulgakov’s Tragic Life, and a History of the Rock Star

    Reviews and News: Why did Mikhail Bulgakov, a conservative medical doctor from Kiev, on WeeklyStandard.com …read more Source: The Weekly...

    Amid Conflict With Russia, Ukraine Moves Closer to EU
    Jun01

    Amid Conflict With Russia, Ukraine Moves Closer to EU

    Don’t look now, but Vladimir Putin’s war in Ukraine isn’t going how he expected. While the Ukrainian army and its allied militias continue to skirmish with the Russian-backed separatists (and sometimes the Russian army itself) in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions—almost 100 Ukrainian soldiers have been killed so far this year...

    EU Stands Behind Ukraine-Related Sanctions on Russia Regardless of U.S. Action
    Feb11

    EU Stands Behind Ukraine-Related Sanctions on Russia Regardless of U.S. Action

    The United States might waver on Ukraine-related sanctions against Russia but Europe will not, the European Union’s foreign policy chief said Friday, so long as a standing agreement to stop the fighting in Ukraine is not fully implemented. After meetings in Washington, D.C. with lawmakers and administration officials, Federica Mogherini...

    McCain Urges Trump to Give Ukraine Lethal Defensive Aid
    Feb02

    McCain Urges Trump to Give Ukraine Lethal Defensive Aid

    A top Republican senator is urging President Donald Trump to provide Ukraine with lethal defensive aid as the fight there against Russian-backed rebels has again intensified in recent days. “In the first of what will be many tests for your new administration, Russia and its proxy forces launched attacks against Ukrainian forces this week, killing...

    Haley Affirms: Russia Committed War Crimes in Syria
    Jan18

    Haley Affirms: Russia Committed War Crimes in Syria

    Russia committed war crimes in Syria and violated the international order with its annexation of Crimea, the president-elect’s pick for United Nations ambassador affirmed Wednesday. South Carolina governor Nikki Haley appeared to take a tougher line on Russia than President-elect Donald Trump, who has said that he will mend relations with...

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