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MOSCOW BLOG: Nato showdown – Geneva III

January 21, 2022

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov have just sat down for the third meeting in Geneva for what is probably the last round of meetings in the first phase of the Ukraine crisis.

MOSCOW BLOG: Cuban missile crisis II

January 14, 2022

The Nato expansion talks are a bust as the West has made it clear that it will not abandon its “open door” policy to Ukraine, so the Kremlin counters with suggesting it might put missiles on Cuba again.

MOSCOW BLOG: The Nato talks will fail

January 13, 2022

I think the Nato talks are actually very simple. Russia doesn't want any Nato troops or weapons in Ukraine in the same way that JFK didn't want Soviet missiles in Cuba. But not realising this means that the current Nato talks will fail.

MOSCOW BLOG: Russia won’t invade Ukraine. This crisis is more serious than that

December 17, 2021

Newspapers have been gleefully reporting about a “possible” invasion of Ukraine but analysts are almost unanimous in the belief that the chances of an actual invasion are almost zero. So what does Putin actually want?

MOSCOW BLOG: Biden agrees to Russia-Nato security deal talks

December 10, 2021

More news on the content of the virtual summit between Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Joe Biden has emerged: the US president announced that tomorrow there will high-level meetings between Russia and four Nato countries.

MOSCOW BLOG: Russia’s new hard line with the West has emerged

December 3, 2021

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov met yesterday on the sidelines of the OSCE conference and had an intense but “fruitful” 30-minute conversation.

MOSCOW BLOG: Is Russia’s build-up of troops on Ukraine’s border a new Cuban Missile crisis?

November 28, 2021

Russia has clearly been building up forces close to Ukraine’s border, but as bne IntelliNews has reported, experts are convinced that it will not actually attack. So what is really going on?