Staunton, April 16 – Most people see annexation as something that occurs once and for all at a particular time; but in fact, it can be a creeping process in which one country gradually takes over another which like the frog in warming water doesn’t recognize what has happened until too late – and that is exactly what is happening in Belarus today, Rasa Juknevičienė says. The former Lithuanian defense minister who is now deputy chairman of her country’s parliamentary committee on national security says it is critically important to understand annexation as a process rather than a one-time event if one is to have any chance of blocking it (belsat.eu/ru/news/eks-ministr-oborony-litvy-anneksiya-belarusi-uzhe-idet-lukashenko-neset-otvetstvennost/). Moreover, she suggests, Putin has a model from the Soviet past. During the Cold War, the USSR occupied

Staunton, April 14 – The struggle over languages is “not a conflict between Moscow and Kazan but rather one between Russia and the Russian Federation as two models for the organization and development of the country, Maksim Goryunov says. The terms must not be used interchangeably because in fact, they are in near total conflict with one another. Although the Russian Constitution specifies that the two terms mean the same thing, the Moscow commentator says, people on both sides of this divide know that isn’t the case. Those who want Russia to be the model for the future may be called “the Russian party;” those who support the Russian Federation, “the non-Russian” one (business-gazeta.ru/article/420740). The Russian party thinks, Goryunov says, that the non-Russian party is “guilty of everything” because of its unjustified aspirations.

Even after a political rapprochement between Russia and NATO, Moscow saw the Alliance in terms of a hostile institution and expressed marginal interest in promoting greater cooperation within its structures. Endeavors to bring Russia and NATO closer, while deepening their mutual ties, were aimed at boosting the Kremlin’s influence on the Alliance’s activities – writes Director of Eurasia Program at Warsaw Institute. “A revisionist Russia is the primary threat to a stable Euro-Atlantic security environment,” the commander of NATO forces in Europe, U.S. General Curtis Scaparrotti, said in testimony before the U.S. Senate. He warned against an ever-growing threat from Russia while advising the U.S. administration to deploy more servicemen and naval vessels to Europe. When briefing lawmakers from the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee

Staunton, April 16 – Vladimir Putin is preparing for “war on two fronts, with ‘Western partners’ and with his own people,” Ivan Davydov says today in the New Times. But if the first has attracted enormous attention, the second has garnered far less, at least in part because the Kremlin and its media outlets talk far less about it. While some warn against interpreting capacity as an indication of intention and others say that Chekhov’s dictum that the presence of a gun in act one means it will be used by act three, the Russian commentator says “the real arms race” against Putin’s domestic opponents is almost as disturbing as his efforts against foreign enemies (newtimes.ru/articles/detail/179550). War against a foreign opponent is always a useful propagandistic tool, Davydov says. It has the effect of eclipsing and silencing all complains about problems at

Москва вынуждена менять тактику вмешательства в западные выборы после того, как её разведывательные сети были разрушены в результате высылки более 150 дипломатов-шпионов. Об этом немецкому агентству dpa рассказал источник в спецслужбах. По его словам, подавляющее большинство из них под прикрытием дипломатического статуса занимались шпионской деятельностью. «Были уничтожены сети, на которые Москва тратила очень большие деньги и усилия», – сообщает DW со ссылкой на источник агентства. По данным европейских спецслужб, Москва вновь пытается оказать влияние на ход выборов – на этот раз в Европарламент. Целью подобных попыток, как утверждается, становятся прежде всего представители молодого поколения. В то же время руководство разведслужб

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