CIA chief: Putin 'desperation' raises nuclear risk
CIA Director William Burns says "potential desperation" from Russia's Vladimir Putin to portray a victory in Ukraine increases nuclear weapons risk. None of us can take "lightly" the threat posed by a tactical nuclear weapons he says. (April 15)news.yahoo.com
Biden’s Putin remark pushes U.S.-Russia relations closer to collapse
Biden’s comments in Poland about regime change were the culmination of increasingly pointed language about Putin – “killer,” “butcher” and “war criminal.” The US-Russia relationship may be on the verge of complete collapse with serious implications for how to end the war in Ukraine and avoid a wider conflict.washingtonpost.com
Biden tries to show US as democracy beacon post-Capitol riot
(AP Photo/Evan Vucci)WASHINGTON – Less than two weeks in office, President Joe Biden is facing two critical tests of whether the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol has damaged America’s standing as a beacon for democracy. AdIn his first call with Russian President Vladimir Putin as counterparts last week, Biden raised concerns about the detention of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and the crackdown on supporters backing his arrest. “The Biden election doesn't mean much to him about his theory about liberal democracy. Adversaries such as China, Iran and Venezuela pointed to the Capitol riot as evidence of the fragility of U.S. democracy. Even some allies said the scene was unsettling and has caused them to reconsider the United States' position as the self-proclaimed beacon of democracy.
Former ambassador warns expiration of key nuclear treaty with Russia would make the U.S. 'worse off'
The Biden administration has pushed to extend the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty, or New START, with Russia for five years, which is set to expire on Feb. 5. Michael McFaul told CNBC's "The News with Shepard Smith" that the expiration of New START with Russia would make the U.S. "worse off." I say don't trust, only verify, and the New START treaty allows us to do this. He agreed with McFaul and told "The News with Shepard Smith" that the accord stabilizes relations between the two nuclear powers. McFaul told host Shepard Smith that he thinks the response against Russia will likely be sanctions, but that the Biden administration has choices when it comes to penalties against Russia.cnbc.com