Vladimir Putin

Vladimir Putin: "Don't Back North Korea Into A Corner"

"Whether one likes the North Korean regime or not – it should not be forgotten that the Democratic People's Republic of Korea is a sovereign state. Any contradictions must be resolved in a civilized manner. Russia has always been calling for such approach..."

Buchanan: Is War With Iran Now Inevitable?

"With his declaration Friday that the Iran nuclear deal is not in the national interest, President Trump may have put us on the road to war with Iran...Indeed, it is easier to see the collisions that are coming than to see how we get off this road before the shooting starts."

Frontrunning: October 16

  • Iraq-Kurd Fighting Threatens to Undo Anti-ISIS Coalition (WSJ)
  • Oil rises as fighting escalates in Iraq's oil-rich Kirkuk (Reuters)
  • Madrid moves towards direct rule over Catalonia (Reuters)
  • Central Bankers Cling to Stimulus Amid Weak Inflation (WSJ)
  • White House pitches corporate tax cut as win for workers (Reuters)

The Underlying Reasons For Turkey's Disengagement From The US

" The post-war threats to Turkey’s security that at one time prompted its close integration with Western institutions, including NATO, simply do not exist today. And they are unlikely to reemerge. The real dangers for Turkey all come from a completely different direction - the Middle East..."

What Saudis Hope To Get Out Of Russia Ties

The Russian-Saudi entente is not going to be smooth. The climactic event last week drawing Saudi Arabia into President Vladimir Putin’s Middle East sphere of influence, must be assessed with a sense of proportions.