The World Cup from the Kremlin, by Grégoire Aitken

To entice Russia’s NATO neighbours to its side, Putin has deployed troops in the Baltic and the Balkans, at the borders of Poland, Ukraine, Romania, and Bulgaria, while aggressively courting relations with Greece and…

The World Cup from the Kremlin, by Grégoire Aitken

To entice Russia’s NATO neighbours to its side, Putin has deployed troops in the Baltic and the Balkans, at the borders of Poland, Ukraine, Romania, and Bulgaria, while aggressively courting relations with Greece and Turkey.

After boycotting the Paris climate accord, Trump announced that the US would pull out of the multi-country accord on keeping global warming at manageable levels.

Tensions have also risen in the disputed Crimea region of Ukraine, after the Ukrainian military recaptured an airbase that Russian forces used to attack the Ukrainian border.

In May, an explosion killed a Russian pastor and several people in the Chechnya region.

This drew tough reaction from Putin, who cautioned that “the people behind the acts of terrorism in this country will pay for them”. In Russian-occupied Crimea, a Ukrainian serviceman died after being injured by a car bomb while removing Russian-made anti-tank mines.

Putin announced that Moscow had de-escalated the conflict in Idlib province in northwestern Syria by halting air strikes and relaunching humanitarian aid deliveries. He did not, however, announce a permanent halt to the operations.

Vladimir Putin, Russian President – Discusses how to combat North Korea’s nuclear programme with U.S. President Trump at the White House on June 12, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Getty Images)

Putin spent June 15 overseeing a meeting of the G20 leaders in Argentina. He declined an invitation to join in the One True North walk out, in opposition to U.S. sanctions against Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin and other allies of Putin.

At this meeting, the first under the Trump administration, leaders of Japan, Canada, and South Korea invited him to be part of their defence talks, but that won’t happen until November.

Leave a Comment