Russia and Eastern Europe

Russian Presidential Press and Information Office

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and support for rebel forces in Eastern Ukraine have precipitated a dramatic fracture in relations between between Russia and the West. In response, a broad Western economic sanctions regime has bitten into the Russian economy, and the United States has sought to shore up support among Eastern European and Baltic states. The annexation and response represent a major test-case for international governance, principles of sovereignty and the reliability of the American security umbrella, particularly NATO.

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Cybersecurity and Deterrence

After the Biden-Putin Summit, U.S.-Russia Expert Consultations Should Focus on the Financial Sector

A bilateral agreement on cyberattacks against financial integrity would be an important first step that could help build confidence to make progress on other, more challenging areas. Yet, even for this issue, there are opportunities to make progress if expert consultations begin with a more narrowly defined policy problem.

Russia and Eastern Europe

Assessing the Threat of Weaponized Corruption

President Biden has established fighting corruption as a "core national security interest" and instructed his Cabinet to recommend a new whole-of-government strategy to do so. To form such a strategy, the Biden administration will be required to assess the nature and size of the threat of weaponized corruption.

Maritime

Déjà vu—Russia’s Illegal Restrictions on Innocent Passage in the Black Sea

The Associated Press reported that the Russian military claimed one of its warships had fired warning shots in front of the HMS Defender after the British destroyer ignored a warning that it would be fired upon if it entered the Russian-claimed territorial sea off the Crimean Peninsula.

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