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US-Demanded EU Anti-Russia Sanctions Aim at Dividing Traditional Europe

The United States seeks to divide traditional Europe, which Russia is part of, by forcing EU member states to impose restrictive measures on Moscow, member of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO) Johann Gudenus said Thursday, adding that the European Union's compliance with US demands highlights the bloc's weakness and dependence on Washington. Read more about US-Demanded EU Anti-Russia Sanctions Aim at Dividing Traditional Europe

Syria and the Danger of Moral Imperialism (Patrick J. Buchanan)

“Do you realize now what you have done?” So Vladimir Putin in his U.N. address summarized his indictment of a U.S. foreign policy that has produced a series of disasters in the Middle East that we did not need the Russian leader to describe for us. Read more about Syria and the Danger of Moral Imperialism (Patrick J. Buchanan)

The West should join with Vladimir Putin to defeat Islamic State (The Telegraph)

It now seems clear to me that the West’s incoherent and woefully misjudged response to Isil ranks as the greatest foreign policy disaster of the 21st century, greater even than the invasion of Iraq in 2003 where, whatever you might think about the decision, at least the coalition achieved its main objective of removing Saddam Hussein’s tyrannical regime. Read more about The West should join with Vladimir Putin to defeat Islamic State (The Telegraph)

Life in Crimea: One year on from Russia's takeover (ВВС)

A year ago, reporting from Simferopol about the takeover of Crimea by Russia was a tense and difficult business. At any moment, as the gangs of activists who had flooded across the border swaggered through the city streets, violence seemed on the point of breaking out. Today, Simferopol is completely peaceful. Read more about Life in Crimea: One year on from Russia's takeover (ВВС)

It’s Nato that’s empire-building, not Putin (The Spectator)

Two great land powers face each other. One of these powers, Russia, has given up control over 700,000 square miles of valuable territory. The other, the European Union, has gained control over 400,000 of those square miles. Which of these powers is expanding? Read more about It’s Nato that’s empire-building, not Putin (The Spectator)

What if Putin were nice? (Politico)

As the international condemnation of Vladimir Putin and his actions continues unabated, I keep wondering: What if Putin were nice, rather than mean? What would a Nice Putin have done differently over the past decade and a half — or today? Read more about What if Putin were nice? (Politico)

Ron Paul: Post-Coup Ukraine One Year Later

It was one year ago last weekend that a violent coup overthrew the legally elected government of Ukraine. That coup was not only supported by the US and EU governments -- much of it was actually planned by them. Looking back at the events that led to the overthrow it is clear that without foreign intervention Ukraine would not be in its current, seemingly hopeless situation. Read more about Ron Paul: Post-Coup Ukraine One Year Later

What Putin learned from Reagan (Foreign Policy)

Тhere was a great power that was worried about its longtime rival’s efforts to undermine it. Its leaders thought the rival power was stronger and trying to throw its weight around all over the world. In fact, this longtime rival was now interfering in places the declining state had long regarded as its own backyard.  Read more about What Putin learned from Reagan (Foreign Policy)

Buchanan: U.S.-Russia Clash in Ukraine?

Among Cold War presidents there was an unwritten rule: Do not challenge Moscow in its Central and Eastern Europe sphere of influence. In crises over Berlin in 1948 and 1961, the Hungarian Revolution in 1956 and the Warsaw Pact invasion of Prague in 1968, U.S. forces in Europe stayed in their barracks. We saw the Elbe as Moscow’s red line, and they saw it as ours. Read more about Buchanan: U.S.-Russia Clash in Ukraine?

Seven Reasons the U.S. Shouldn’t Help Ukraine’s Fight With Russia (Newsweek)

Ukraine’s military has lost control of the Donetsk airport, and the rebels have launched another offensive. Fortune could yet smile upon Kiev, but as long as Russia is determined not to let the separatists fail, Ukraine’s efforts likely will be for naught. Read more about Seven Reasons the U.S. Shouldn’t Help Ukraine’s Fight With Russia (Newsweek)

Putin's world: In it to win it (The American Interest)

The West’s inability to comprehend how Vladimir Putin sees the world means it has trouble thinking constructively about how to deal with him. Read more about Putin's world: In it to win it (The American Interest)