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    Nuclear Threats and Russian Trash Talk

    Russian chest thumping has reached a new high (or low, if you prefer) in the wake of Russia’s forcible annexation of the Ukrainian province of Crimea. “Russia is the only country in the world that is realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash,” television news anchor and … More

    Russia Cracks Down on Media Freedom in Ukraine

    Ukrainians rallied in the streets of Kiev to topple their former leader. Now they are facing a new threat: Russian attacks on Ukrainian media outlets. A new video released by CCTV news shows a Bulgarian journalist and other reporters being held at gunpoint by a masked assailant. The video of … More

    Exporting Natural Gas Is Part of the Solution

    One of The Heritage Foundation’s recommendations for how the United States should respond to Russian aggression against Ukraine is lifting restrictions on exporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) to all the countries with whom the U.S. regularly trades. NATO partners in the Baltics would especially benefit. Currently, the Baltic nations import … More

    Treasury Is Misinforming the American Public about Ukraine and IMF Reforms

    A U.S. Treasury Department spokesperson blogged last week about “Why IMF Quota and Governance Reforms are Urgently Needed” and implied that opponents of President Obama’s campaign to demand that Congress link passage of International Monetary Fund (IMF) reforms to any U.S. help for Ukraine are guilty of spreading “myths.” In … More

    Russia's Illegal Crimea Referendum Must Be Rejected by the Free World

    Crimea has just announced the preliminary result of its forced referendum. Unsurprisingly, 95 percent of those taking part in the poll voted in favor of Crimea seceding from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation. But the Crimea referendum was a farce, and the free world must unite in rejecting it … More

    Vlad's Excellent Autocratic Adventure

    A great deal of ink has been spilt over the evolving situation in Ukraine, and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s de facto annexation of Crimea. At present, Crimea’s parliament has called for a public referendum to consider formal secession from Ukraine—the vote will be held on March 16. The Ukrainian government … More

    Why China Is Watching the U.S. Response to the Ukraine-Russia Conflict

    As tensions in the Crimean Peninsula continue intensifying, it’s important to note who is watching. It’s not just the international press and the diplomatic corps, but also America’s biggest adversaries. Take China, for example, which made headlines over the weekend by wading into the conflict by declining to criticize Russia’s … More

    Will Obama, Kerry Cave on Ukraine Just Like They Caved on Syria?

    The Obama administration would like nothing more than to find an off ramp from the Ukrainian crisis. An unwelcome distraction from its domestic agenda, Ukraine is also dangerous territory for an administration that is unsure of its footing in foreign policy. The last thing President Obama wants is an ongoing … More

    6 Things the White House Can Do Immediately Regarding the Russia–Ukraine Conflict

    Despite issuing carefully worded statements—leaving a lot of room for interpretation—the White House has largely avoided mentioning specific consequences for Russia’s recent aggressions. Perhaps the White House will consider taking a look at our recent Heritage Foundation Issue Brief that includes a number of specific policy recommendations that, among other … More

    Don’t Count on China to Help Ukraine

    As the situation deteriorates in Ukraine, the United States and its European allies are looking for means to pressure Moscow, while recognizing that options—military or otherwise—are limited. The question has been raised: Could China be counted upon to press Vladimir Putin to limit his incursion? After all, China has long … More