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Back To The Brink In Eastern Ukraine?

Sunday April 13, 2014

US Ambassador to the UN Samantha Power fears escalating tension in eastern Ukraine will lead to another Russian invasion of the country. So do NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen, UN chief Ban Ki-moon, and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. See their comments here.

Russia denies further plans to annex any part of Ukraine. Are all those top officials worrying for nothing? Stand by.

What Is The Budapest Memorandum?

Wednesday April 9, 2014

Western countries have repeatedly mentioned the Budapest Memorandum as they've protested the Russian annexation of Crimea over the last month.

Other than sounding like a terrific title for a spy novel, what exactly is the Budapest Memorandum, and how does it affect the 2014 Ukraine Crisis? Check it out here.

Russian Navy Backs U.S. In Civil War

Sunday March 30, 2014

The image is a Winslow Homer illustration from Harper's Weekly depicting a lavish ball New Yorkers threw for Russian sailors in November 1863. Russian Czar Alexander II sent his two major fleets to the U.S. to protect them in case of war with England and France. Abraham Lincoln used the Russians' presence as proof the Czar backed Union goals in the Civil War. Check out the full story here.

Since March 2014 has been so tense between the U.S. and Russia over the Ukraine/Crimea Crisis, it's good to note that the two have been effective diplomatic allies in the past, and no doubt will continue to be.

Image courtesy Library of Congress

What Is NATO Article 5?

Thursday March 27, 2014

In his tour of Europe this week, President Barack Obama several times reaffirmed American commitment to Article 5 of the NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) charter. He mentioned in connection with Russia's takeover and annexation of Crimea from Ukraine.

Article 5 is an integral part of NATO, which, of course, was established in 1949 as a counter to Soviet aggression. But what exactly is Article 5? Find out here.

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