On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky assured his people that a Russian invasion was not imminent, despite media “sources of mass hysteria.” Hours later, President Biden sounded a very different tune about Vladimir Putin’s intentions, one that made Ukrainians anxious.
Carlson defended Russia’s aggressive stance toward Ukraine following months of praising Hungary’s authoritarian government.
On All In With Chris Hayes Wednesday, retired Army Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, who served as Director of European Affairs for the National Security Council under former President Trump, placed some of the blame on his former boss for Russia’s recent increased aggression towards Ukraine, with an invasion now appearing imminent. “It’s mainly because of a sense of opportunity, a sense of weakness within the United States. I have every reason to believe that if we had not had [an] insurrection on January 6th, because President Trump, President Putin would not believe that there's an opportunity, there’s a vulnerability in the United States. The hyper-polarization that Trump continues to nourish in the United States helps.” Vindman also pointed a finger at Fox News opinion host, Tucker Carlson, who defended Russia on his show on Tuesday. Carlson also recently praised Hungary’s authoritarian leader Viktor Obán. “He (Putin) has major talking heads on Fox News, like Tucker Carlson, pandering to his interests, pandering to — drawing false equivalencies between the U.S. and Russia,” Vindman said. “Really kind of fanboying over authoritarianism.”
By turns blustery and defiant, reflective and hopeful, President Biden used just the second press conference of his presidency on U.S. soil to argue that his administration has hardly been the moribund and aimless affair depicted by Republicans and in some media reports.
Chris Murphy said Putin is getting “horrible advice” and believes he’ll be greeted as a liberator if Russia invades Ukraine, but that’s not the case.
As Russia appears poised to invade Ukraine, Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) joined Anderson Cooper 360 Tuesday where he said that Russian President Vladimir Putin may not know what he could be getting himself into. “There is going to be continued U.S. assistance, assistance to an army that’s ready to fight and a population that is not just going to let Russia march into the center of Ukraine,” Murphy said. “Putin seems to be getting absolutely horrible advice. People telling him he is going to be greeted as some kind of liberator in a country that has turned against Russia over the last ten years and is going to fight for its survival.” In 2014, Russia invaded Crimea, a very pro-Russia part of Ukraine, with little push-back. But Murphy said that things wouldn’t be so easy this time with the rest of Ukraine. Murphy said that 60 to 70 percent of Ukrainian citizens now favor joining NATO, exactly what Putin is trying to stop. Murphy believes that if they were to invade, it could be catastrophic for Russia, equating it to Russia’s failed invasion of Afghanistan in the 1980s. “This, to me, would be the biggest mistake of Vladimir Putin's career. He will get bogged down inside Ukraine just like his predecessors got bogged down in Afghanistan in 1980 and 1981,” Murphy said. “Ukrainians are gonna fight for their lives. There will be a long term counterinsurgency. It will be bloody, it will be drawn out, and it will be a black mark on Russia that could end up leading to Russia’s downfall, as the Afghanistan invasion arguably contributed to the Soviet Union’s downfall.”
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The increasingly warm relations between China and Russia are raising eyebrows, as well as the potential stakes, across the Western world, but the tensions with Washington have been building for months.
Russian President Vladimir Putin told British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Monday that members of the NATO military alliance were threatening Russia by expanding activity in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.
Russia is amassing troops on the Ukrainian border, but experts disagree over whether strength or diplomacy is the best tacit to prevent an invasion.
President Biden warned Russian leader Vladimir Putin that invading Ukraine would result in “strong economic measures,” national security adviser Jake Sullivan told reporters on Tuesday, shortly after Biden and Putin finished a videoconference lasting roughly two hours.
With roughly 100,000 Russian troops amassed near the border with Ukraine, warships in the nearby Black Sea, and Russian tanks coming from the north, fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin is set to launch an invasion continue to grow inside the former Soviet republic and among NATO allies.
The company’s electricity system operator (ESO) said Britain’s infrastructure will be able to get enough gas to see it through the winter period, but cut its forecast of buffer supply.
“He praised dictators like Erdogan in Turkey, and Putin, and Duterte in the Philippines. He praised brutal dictators. So who does he look up to?”
At a press conference following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Geneva, Switzerland, on Wednesday, President Biden disputed a journalist’s characterization of Chinese President Xi Jinping as an “old friend."
Before departing Geneva, Switzerland, following his meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Biden apologized for his reaction to a shouted question from CNN's Kaitlan Collins after a solo press conference.
President Biden’s much-anticipated bilateral meeting with his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin — a man he has previously called a "killer" — yielded few concrete announcements yet signaled a positive shift in diplomatic relations between the two leaders.
President Biden declined to condemn Kremlin leader Vladimir Putin or detail anticipated goals ahead of the summit between the two leaders in Geneva later this week.
NBC News asked the Russian president about the U.S. president calling him a "killer" just days before the two leaders are set to meet in Geneva.
One Twitter user said: "Good to be reminded about how much this guy sucks."
The upcoming summit between President Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin represents a major diplomatic test for the Biden administration. The June 16 meeting in the Swiss lakeside city of Geneva — an enduring symbol of political neutrality — will unfold amid frigid relations between the two nuclear superpowers.
Ben Rhodes, the former deputy national security advisor to Barack Obama, co-host of the "Pod Save the World" podcast, and author of the new book "After the Fall," joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti on this episode to discuss many aspects of domestic and foreign policy, including the conflict between Israel and Palestinians, the global influence of presidents Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin, and several of the sweeping legislative proposals before Congress today.
Russian President Vladimir Putin granted the Michigan-born "Under Siege" actor Russian citizenship in 2016.
With international pressure building over Russia’s continued imprisonment of dissident Alexi Navalny, Russian President Vladimir Putin went after his critics Wednesday in a fiery state of the nation speech, warning countries who attempt to meddle not to cross unspecified “red lines.”
Navalny has been protesting prison officials' refusal to provide him medical care.
Just days before President Biden will kick off a climate summit with world leaders, the United Nations World Meteorological Organization released a report Monday warning that "time is fast running out" to keep global temperatures in check.