Strategic stability talks in Geneva were 'professional and substantive,' State Department says; the yuan accounted for 17.4% of bilateral trade settlements between China and Russia in 2020; and more in this week's Russian news digest.
Do Beijing and Moscow have sufficient influence to oversee a managed transition, contain any spillover of violence, and provide reassurance to anxious Afghanistan neighbors? The whole region is about to find out.
The plane, nicknamed “Judgement Day Plane” by the Russian media, is designed to enable Russia’s military-political leadership to exercise nuclear command, control, and communications (N3) in the event of a nuclear war while airborne. The N3 plane will carry domestically made equipment only and that equipment would allow those on board to send launch commands to intercontinental ballistic missiles and submarine-launched ballistic missiles.
'A frenemy alliance with the United States to counter the material danger posed by China is highly unlikely as long as Putin's regime continues,' writes Mark Haas; worst-case scenarios have been avoided in Ukraine not because Russia has been coerced into backing down but because of the unspoken moderation of Western policy, writes Kimmage; and more in this week's analytical digest.
Moscow and Washington have already held multiple rounds of talks on cyber since the beginning of Biden’s presidency; U.S. intelligence has nicknamed the new Russian jet “Screamer,” and more in this week’s Russian analytical digest.
Russia's return to the Middle East must be assessed from the perspective of regional actors, namely how they seek to use competition between Moscow and Washington for their own strategic benefit, our latest exclusive argues.