Author: Vladimir Socor/Eurasia Daily Monitor

The Russian State Duma and Federation Council were set to enact the annexation of Ukraine’s Kherson and Zaporizhia regions and the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” (“DPR,” “LPR”) to the Russian Federation, following the September 23-27 annexation “referendums” in those areas. The Duma’s chair, Vyacheslav Volodin, refered to those aggregated territories as Novorossiya (Interfax, September...

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Russia is proceeding apace to absorb the occupied territories in Ukraine’s Kherson, Zaporizhia and Kharkiv regions, already transforming them into Russia’s own image. Western powers have reacted to the prospect of Ukraine’s further amputation with a deafening silence. In a rare exception, the United States White House issued a strongly worded protest on July 19,...

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Part 2 (Part 3) The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) had blocked Ukraine’s membership track long before Russia’s 2022 re-invasion of Ukraine. The summit in Madrid (June 28-30) changed nothing in this respect. While the proverbial door remained open to Ukraine in theory, the path to it was blocked in practice by certain Western members,...

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Part 3 (Part 2) Four months into the biggest conventional war in Europe since World War II and North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) allies did not demonstrate a coherent strategy to deal with this war at their summit in Madrid (see Eurasia Daily Monitor, July 6, 7, 8, 11). While all allies agree on defining...

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Russian-Ukrainian “peace” negotiations have been in permanent session since March 14 by video conference, with a sense of urgency and in secrecy. Multiple, specialized working groups and consultative groups meet online on a daily basis, with plenary sessions scheduled to be held on Mondays from March 21 onward. On March 21, the 26th day of...

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Part 1 (Part 2) Russia imposed the Minsk “agreements” on Ukraine in 2014 and 2015 through military force. Ukraine’s government and civil society regard the terms of those documents as inimical to the national interests. They spent these seven years resisting, evading and asking to change those terms. Throughout this time, Russia has repeatedly said...

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Part 2 (Part 1) The Joseph Biden administration has recently learned the Russian Minsk-speak, chapter and verse. Following direct discussions with Moscow (see Eurasia Daily Monitor, October 20, December 8, 9, 14), the White House and State Department have adopted key parts of Russia’s specific terminology regarding the Minsk “agreements.” And based on this terminology,...

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Presidents Joseph Biden of the United States and Vladimir Putin of Russia held a one-on-one video-conference on December 7 – their fifth direct dialogue (three by telephone, one in person, one by video) in the 10 months since Mr. Biden took office. The U.S. president initiated both the in-person meeting in Geneva on June 16...

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Part 1 Russian diplomacy is testing its rogue-state practices on its Western diplomatic counterparts, and finds them malleable. On November 17, Russian Foreign Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov unilaterally publicized the confidential messages recently exchanged between himself and his German and French counterparts, Heiko Maas and Jean-Yves Le Drian, regarding a possible relaunch of negotiations in...

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Part 1 The Joseph Biden Administration has apparently decided to work with Russia toward a political solution to the conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas. On October 13, U.S. Under Secretary of State Victoria Nuland capped a three-day visit in Moscow (see Eurasia Daily Monitor, October 14), conferring with Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of Russia’s presidential administration...

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Part 2 According to Kremlin-connected analyst Fedor Lukyanov, the Joseph Biden Administration had to work hard with Moscow to make Under Secretary Victoria Nuland’s visit possible. The United States seeks a mutually accepted modus vivendi with Russia regarding the Donbas problem; and Mr. Biden’s team is prepared to exert its influence on Ukraine to cooperate...

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The Kremlin has published an open letter to and about Ukraine, replete with insults and threats. An official public document in such a style seemed inconceivable in contemporary international relations, but the Kremlin has turned the inconceivable into fact with this letter. Published in the Moscow daily Kommersant (“Why It Is Senseless to Deal with...

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