Russia and the Middle East
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Russia has repeated that no American threat would force it to hand over US whistleblower Edward Snowden. The head of the Foreign Affairs Commission in the Duma (the Russian parliaments lower house), Alexeï Pouchkov, wrote on Twitter that the US intelligence leaker and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange were the new dissidents.
26 june 2013
Russia has praised Americas decision to scrap proposals for a missile defence shield in eastern Europe. The plan, which was a cornerstone of the Bush administration, was intended to counter threats from what it called rogue states like North Korea and Iran. But Barack Obama decided it was not the right way to provide safety.
18 september 2009

Iraqi documents captured by U.S. forces in 2003 say Russian intelligence had sources inside the American military that enabled it to feed information about U.S. troop movements and battle plans to Saddam Hussein. The unclassified report does not assess the value or accuracy of the information Saddam got or offer details on Russia's information pipeline. It cites captured Iraqi documents that say the Russians had "sources inside the American Central Command" and that intelligence was passed to Saddam through the Russian ambassador in Baghdad.
15 may 2021
I doubt Condy Rice or any other responsible politician would ever state that we cannot work with the Kremlin unless Russia passes an American test on democracy. U.S. cooperation with Russia is not a reward for a good behavior or a charity enterprise. We deal with Russia because it is in our national interest. There are countries which we consider to be our allies, for example Egypt or Pakistan , whose record on democracy is pretty dismal but who somehow manage to avoid constant lecturing from Washington or U.S. media bashing. Comparing to these countries Russia can be called a beacon of democracy but for some reasons it gets a big chunk of arrogance one can find inside the beltway. I feel really sad when I see how highly respectable political leaders like Condy Rice are yielding to the pressure of anti-Russian lobby. This lobby wants Congress and the White House to return to confrontation with Russia and it is motivated by narrow, selfish objectives to the detriment of wider U.S. national interests. If they succeed we will not only lose a reliable partner in the war on terror and potential energy supplier but will push Russia East into the arms of China with its booming economy and 1,3 billion population. Combined with Russian military and natural resources this union can completely change the world's geostrategical balance. We can only pray that this does not happen soon, believes Edward LOZANSKY, president, American University in Moscow.
15 may 2021