• What to Know Ahead of the Trump-Putin Summit

    What to Know Ahead of the Trump-Putin Summit

    On July 16, President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet for their first formal bilateral summit in Helsinki, Finland.

    Expectations should be kept at a minimum. The U.S. and Russia have conflicting interests when it comes to many of the major geopolitical issues of the day, and this is unlikely to change anytime soon.

    Trump should use this meeting to address some serious issues with his Russian counterpart.

    For one, he must make clear to Putin that U.S. policy remains that Crimea is part of Ukraine, not Russia. Crimea legally belongs to Ukraine and since 2014 Russia has been occupying the peninsula unlawfully. READ MORE...

  • US Is Right to Sanction Russia for Cyberattacks and Meddling

    US Is Right to Sanction Russia for Cyberattacks and Meddling

    The Trump administration Thursday issued sanctions on Russia for a series of cyberattacks and for its meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

    The Treasury is targeting five Kremlin intelligence agencies, including the Federal Security Service and Internet Research Agency, and 19 individuals indicted by FBI special counsel Robert Mueller for interfering in the election.

    The Treasury also cited the most costly cyberattack in U.S. history, known as NotPetya, which disabled computer networks at multinational firms worldwide last year. In addition, the Treasury referenced the Russian nerve agent attack against a former double agent and his daughter, which occurred in the United Kingdom earlier this month. READ MORE...