Russia

What is Russia-Belarus’ Zapad 2017?

The joint Russian-Belarusian strategic military exercise called Zapad 2017 is scheduled for 14–20 September 2017, and will be mainly held in Belarus and Russia’s Kaliningrad Oblast. Запад-2017 means West-2017 in English, and is clearly aimed at demonstrating…

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Moscow Responds to US Sanctions

Moscow ordered the United States to cut its diplomatic staff to 455 personnel by Sept. 1 in a retaliatory move after the US Congress voted for new sanctions.  The measures will reduce the amount of…



US Congress Approves New Sanctions

The House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a new bill to impose new sanctions against Russia, North Korea, and Iran. The vote was 419-3 and the legislation moves to the Senate where it will be once…



Moscow Ready to Expel US Diplomats

Russia is ready to significantly trim the amount of personnel at the U.S. embassy in Moscow as a response to the seizure of its diplomatic compounds in the United States and the expulsion of 35…




S-400 Air Defense Missile System

Russia’s A2/AD in Crimea

Russia has been actively upgrading its anti-access/area-denial — commonly known as A2/AD — capabilities in Crimea since the reunification in 2014. Strategically, Crimea is of vital importance to Russia due to its naval base in…