Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov meets with US President Donald Trump on May 10. Lavrov’s haughty and mocking behavior surrounding the Oval Office visit represented a major misstep for Moscow and exemplified how Russia’s insecurity has driven it to go about trying to gain parity with Western powers in all the wrong ways. (Photo: Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs)

Why Does Moscow’s Perennial Quest for Recognition Go Nowhere?

The rise of Donald Trump’s administration in the United States was supposed to be a boon for Russia. Instead, it has become a source of profound disappointment for the Kremlin. Russia’s expectation was that Trump’s remarkable electoral victory would enable Moscow to achieve a long-standing goal – to be regarded as Washington’s equal as a …

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Vladimir Putin Sends Message to Russia-Islamic World Conference

Russia's message to the wider Islamic world is one of peace, cooperation and respect. Kazan, the capital of the Russian Republic of Tatarstan is often thought of as a symbol of conservative multiculturalism, something distinct from the radical forced acculturation which has caused social tensions in Europe and the United States. In the Kazan Kremlin (citadel), …

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Putin Offers Washington Red Pill. Washington Takes the Blue One

In an extraordinary moment this week, Russian leader Vladimir Putin offered Washington a challenge to discover the truth over sensational US media claims that President Trump had leaked top-secret information to Russia. Washington rebuffed Putin’s offer. It was akin to the iconic scene in the sci-fi movie, The Matrix, in which protagonists are offered a …

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Putin Aligns with Xi in Crafting the New World (Trade) Order

History will record the Belt and Road Forum in Beijing marked the juncture where the 21st century New Silk Roads assumed their full character of Globalization 2.0, or “inclusive globalization,” as defined by President Xi Jinping in Davos earlier this year. I have dealt with the monumental stakes here and here. Terminology, of course, remains a minor …

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American Paranoia Deserves Russian Mockery

US politicians and media have evidently become so unhinged from Russian conspiracy theory, they are perhaps best treated with the mockery they deserve. Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov was in Washington this week to discuss serious global issues with his American counterpart Rex Tillerson. Instead of asking the pair about the Syrian conflict or the danger of nuclear war breaking out on …

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Putin’s New World Order

Is Vladimir Putin the most popular Russian leader of all time? It certainly looks like it. In a recent survey conducted by the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center,  Putin’s public approval rating soared to an eye-popping 86 percent, which is twice that of Obama’s when he left office in 2016.  And what’s more surprising is that Putin’s popularity has held up through a severe economic slump and …

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Personal Message from Xi Jinping to Vladimir Putin: Our Friendship is Unbreakable

Chinese President Xi Jinping sends personal message of friendship to Russian President Putin on China's behalf, scotching attempt by US to make trouble between them. Russia’s President Putin has met in the Oval Hall of the Kremlin with Li Zhanshu, Director of the General Office of the Communist Party of China, and chief of staff …

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Can Erdogan Juggle Trump and Putin at the Same Time?

US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin were quick to congratulate Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan over his recent referendum victory, which effectively makes him Turkey’s sole ruler. Putin’s call was expected, but Trump’s reaching out to Erdogan in this manner caught many by surprise. Trump’s call also came just as Erdogan was bracing …

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