By Bill Van Auken, 16 March 2016
Moscow’s intervention was directed principally at forestalling the imposition of a US puppet regime in Damascus hostile to the interests of Russia’s ruling oligarchy.
By Andrea Peters, 8 March 2016
This, the second part of a two-part article on two years since the 2014 Maidan coup in Ukraine, reviews the role of various pseudo-left organizations. The first part was posted on March 7.
By Andrea Peters, 7 March 2016
Two years after Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych was forcibly removed from office in a US-backed, right-wing coup, the working masses of the Eastern European country face a worsening economic and social disaster.
By Nick Beams, 4 March 2016
As the “BRICS model” of economic growth disintegrates, conditions are emerging for another financial crisis.
By Roger Jordan, 4 March 2016
Both Canada and the US are moving to rapidly expand their military capabilities in the Arctic, citing heightened tensions with Russia in Eastern Europe and the Mideast.
By Andre Damon, 2 March 2016
Leading strategists of US imperialism increasingly see the fomenting of national secessionist movements as a means to destabilize and subjugate the Eurasian land mass.
By David Levine, 2 March 2016
A series of explosions at the Severnaya coal mine in Vorkuta, Russia caused the deaths of 36 people, including five rescue workers.
By Thomas Gaist, 29 February 2016
US war planes continue to strike targets throughout large areas of the country, while American commandos organized offensive operations by an array of proxy forces.
By Johannes Stern, 29 February 2016
The dispatch of warships under German leadership to the strategic Aegean Sea to deter refugees heightens the risk of NATO intervention in Syria.
By Barry Grey, 24 February 2016
The Obama administration has pushed for a truce largely to buy time and prevent a complete military rout of the Al Qaeda-affiliated al-Nusra Front and its allied “rebels.”
By John Braddock, 20 February 2016
Moves by Russia to establish itself as a Pacific power, in response to the US drive to dominate the region, will only heighten tensions in the Asia Pacific.
By Johannes Stern, 19 February 2016
NATO member Turkey is deliberately risking a military confrontation with Russia, which could rapidly develop into all-out war between the great powers.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 February 2016
The call for a major escalation of the imperialist intervention in Syria has been accompanied by a propaganda campaign over alleged Russian strikes on hospitals.
By Clara Weiss, 17 February 2016
The EU Commission has indicated that it will seek to prevent the construction of the Nord Stream II pipeline, which would supply natural gas from Russia to Germany.
By Bill Van Auken, 3 February 2016
The thrust of US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter’s speech before the Economic Club on Tuesday was that US imperialism is preparing for a new world war.
By John Braddock, 28 January 2016
The shipment underlines the deepening geo-strategic tensions in the Pacific.
By Tom Carter, 27 January 2016
The report of the inquiry, based in part on the testimony of key “expert” witness Robert Service, has been loudly advertised in the media over the past week, despite the absence of any evidence to support its findings.
By Andrea Peters, 20 January 2016
With the price of oil collapsing, the Kremlin is preparing a 10 percent across-the-board budget cut.
By Alex Lantier, 5 January 2016
The contents of the Russian national security strategy testify to the bankruptcy of the world capitalist system and amount to an indictment of the reckless policy of the imperialist powers.
By Deepal Jayasekera, 5 January 2016
While supporting the US “pivot to Asia” against India’s regional rival China, the Modi government is maintaining New Delhi’s longstanding ties with Russia.
By Andrea Peters, 21 December 2015
In his end-of-year news conference last week, the Russian president failed to cover up the disastrous state of the Russian economy and the geopolitical quagmire facing the country.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 December 2015
A Turkish fishing vessel nearly rammed a Russian warship near the Aegean island of Lemnos on Sunday, prompting warning shots to be fired by the Russians.
By Andrea Peters, 14 December 2015
Long-haul drivers in Russia have been staging demonstrations across the country for weeks to oppose a new levy that will devastate their earnings.
By our correspondents, 3 December 2015
Workers and youth interviewed by the WSWS pointed to the role of the US in stoking global geo-strategic tensions.
By Stéphane Hugues, 28 November 2015
Hollande’s meeting with Vladimir Putin took place two days after Turkish fighters shot down a Russian bomber along the Syrian-Turkish border.
By Alex Lantier, 26 November 2015
The decision to shoot down the Russian bomber was the result of a standing order issued at the highest levels of the Turkish state.
By World Socialist Web Site Editorial Board, 25 November 2015
The downing of a Russian jet threatens to provoke all-out war between Russia on the one hand, and Turkey and the rest of the NATO alliance on the other.
By Thomas Gaist, 25 November 2015
The threat to shoot down Russian planes was one of many indications that Kiev and its American backers are instigating a renewed confrontation with Moscow
By Thomas Gaist, 18 November 2015
Russia launched a new wave of airstrikes, against targets in Syria immediately after the FSB findings were released, including its first cruise missile strikes from the Mediterranean
By Thomas Gaist, 12 November 2015
The sudden eruption of an international scandal makes clear that the WADA document is to serve as a vehicle for further financial, cultural and institutional pressure against Moscow.
By Patrick Martin, 9 November 2015
Ashton Carter’s speech, delivered at the Reagan Library in California, was a deliberately staged provocation against the world’s second and third nuclear powers.
By Patrick Martin, 7 November 2015
President Vladimir Putin made the decision after a recommendation from his intelligence chief, and based on information supplied by Britsh and American spy agencies.
By Thomas Gaist, 5 November 2015
US intelligence officials made public a “tentative conclusion” that Islamic State militants smuggled a bomb on board the Russian commercial jet that disintegrated over northern Sinai this weekend.
By Thomas Gaist, 3 November 2015
Claims that the plane was destroyed by ISIS remain unsubstantiated, while the Russian government and the airline differ over the possibility of a mechanical failure.
By Clara Weiss, 3 November 2015
The deal gives German natural gas producer Wintershall access to fields in Siberia and the Russian company Gazprom with more influence in the Western European gas market.
By Bill Van Auken, 2 November 2015
Russian investigators have so far concluded that the plane broke apart in midair over the restive peninsula.
By Stéphane Hugues, 31 October 2015
Sarkozy met with Putin on Wednesday to discuss ways to end the Ukrainian crisis and sanctions on Russia, and forge a joint coalition with Russia in Syria.
By Barry Grey, 26 October 2015
Moves to step up US military intervention in Iraq and Syria are largely driven by concerns over the growing influence of Russia in both countries and throughout the Middle East.
By Bill Van Auken, 24 October 2015
The foreign ministers meeting was dominated by the clash between Washington and Moscow over the US demand for regime change.
By Bill Van Auken, 22 October 2015
Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled that Moscow is prepared to follow its campaign of airstrikes with the initiation of a political “transition” in Syria.
By Alex Lantier, 20 October 2015
Whatever the nationality of the fighter jet that nearly collided with a Russian jetliner near Geneva, it is clear that a serious diplomatic incident occurred.
By Niles Williamson, 16 October 2015
Without any evidence to back up its claim, the Times has provocatively blamed Putin for shooting down the airplane last November.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 October 2015
The source of mounting tensions lies in the diametrically opposed aims being pursued by US imperialism and the Russian regime under the common pretext of battling ISIS.
By Bill Van Auken, 13 October 2015
Just days after terminating its failed “rebel” training program, the Pentagon has airdropped some 50 tons of arms and ammunition in Syria.
By Thomas Gaist, 12 October 2015
Clashes in recent days between US and Russian-backed forces have underscored the immense danger of yet another major escalation of the Syrian war.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 October 2015
The NATO defense ministers’ meeting seized on Moscow’s airstrikes in Syria as a pretext for escalating the military encirclement of Russia.
By Bill Van Auken, 8 October 2015
With its intervention in Syria, Russia has cut across US plans which date back decades to effect regime-change in Syria and redraw the map of the Middle East.
By Patrick Martin, 7 October 2015
A series of incidents along the Syrian-Turkish border have raised the danger of military confrontation between Russia and the US-led imperialist alliance.
By Thomas Gaist, 6 October 2015
Responding to reports that Russian jets “locked on” to Turkish fighters, Western officials issued a round of denunciations against Russian military support for the Assad government.
By Patrick Martin, 5 October 2015
The Democratic and Republican parties are both split over how far to go in the imperialist intervention against the government of Bashar al-Assad, which is now reinforced by Russia.
By Barry Grey, 2 October 2015
Prominent voices within the US foreign policy and military-intelligence establishment are calling for an even more reckless US policy of escalation against both Assad and Putin.
By Bill Van Auken, 1 October 2015
Moscow’s launching of air strikes in Syria is a thoroughly reactionary intervention, aimed at defending not the Syrian people, but the profit interests of Russia’s oligarchy.
By Thomas Gaist, 21 September 2015
Obama administration officials have signaled their willingness to accept a deal with Russia that would leave Syria’s Assad in power, at least temporarily.
By Bill Van Auken, 17 September 2015
Tensions have continued to escalate over US allegations that Russia is establishing a “forward-operating air base” outside the port city of Latakia.
By Bill Van Auken, 9 September 2015
The threats to Moscow over aid to Syria underscore Washington’s overriding aim of regime-change.
By Andrea Peters, 9 September 2015
The half-truths, omissions and hypocritical expressions of moral indignation that characterize this supposed exposé of Putin are intended to make the case for regime-change in Russia.
By Clara Weiss, 24 August 2015
Poland's president is demanding permanent NATO military bases in Eastern Europe.
By Christoph Dreier, 21 August 2015
The official newspaper of Germany’s parliament has combined foul anti-Russian propaganda with an unbelievable falsification of history in regard to the Second World War.
By Johannes Stern, 20 August 2015
One of the largest multinational exercises in years on German territory, “Swift Response”, began on Monday.
By Thomas Gaist, 14 August 2015
The Russian government held negotiations this week aimed at a political settlement to end the war in Syria through installation of a transitional national unity regime.
By Patrick Martin, 13 August 2015
An expert analysis of this year’s NATO and Russian military exercises suggests that the two sides are moving closer to outright war.
By Niles Williamson, 10 August 2015
The censorship list is a cultural component of the offensive being waged by the US and its NATO allies to remove Ukraine from Russia’s sphere of influence.
By Anthony Torres, 5 August 2015
The canceling of the warship sale to Russia represents a humiliating defeat for Paris and the French military-industrial complex.
By Niles Williamson, 1 August 2015
So far in 2015, NATO fighters have been scrambled more than 250 times to intercept Russian aircraft over Europe.
By Mike Head, 30 July 2015
The UN Security Council resolution demanded an international criminal court despite no evidence being produced of Russian involvement in the plane’s downing.
By Jordan Shilton, 28 July 2015
The creation of the units is the latest sign of US-backed efforts in the Nordic and Baltic regions to ratchet up tensions with Russia.
By Niles Williamson, 24 July 2015
Military exercises in eastern and western Europe are part of a broader military buildup by the US and NATO aimed at Russia.
By Andrea Peters, 18 July 2015
After a standoff with government authorities in western Ukraine, the neo-fascist Right Sector militia is preparing “wide scale actions” in Kiev and elsewhere.
By Niles Williamson, 10 July 2015
The Obama administration’s campaign of military pressure against Russia is increasingly fraught with the danger of war between the world’s two largest nuclear armed powers.
By Julie Hyland, 3 July 2015
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon’s remarks are a significant escalation of British provocations against Russia.
By Thomas Gaist, 26 June 2015
NATO officials revealed plans for a more aggressive nuclear strategy to counter “Russian aggression,” just days after US war planners called for a new generation of nuclear weapons.
By Niles Williamson, 24 June 2015
The announcement by the US that it will deploy heavy military equipment and soldiers to Eastern Europe is a further step on the road to a US-NATO war against Russia.
By Christoph Dreier, 22 June 2015
Germany has taken the lead in the latest in a series of military training exercises in Eastern Europe aimed at escalating the war threat against Moscow.
By Andrea Peters, 20 June 2015
Implementing a ruling handed down by the Hague, law enforcement officials are working to seize billions of dollars of Russian assets in Europe and around the world.
By Alex Lantier, 19 June 2015
The sanctions are part of a broad drive by the NATO powers to isolate Russia, threatening it with bankruptcy and war, in order to reduce it to a semi-colonial status.
By Niles Williamson, 17 June 2015
Russia’s response makes clear that US plans to deploy troops and military equipment throughout Eastern Europe has increased the danger of war between nuclear-armed powers.
By David Levine, 16 June 2015
As the Russian state imposes austerity policies and the country slips into recession, indices mount of growing hardship facing the population.
By Thomas Gaist, 9 June 2015
Government heads issued new threats against Russia a day after British officials announced that US nuclear weapons may once again be stationed on British soil.
By Peter Symonds, 1 June 2015
If a Chinese aircraft carrier was in the Gulf of Mexico, Washington would be denouncing China’s flagrant aggression and acts of war.
By Alex Lantier, 1 June 2015
Escalating NATO deployments along Russia’s borders and in neighboring waters are placing the world on the verge of a shooting war between nuclear-armed powers.
By Alex Lantier, 28 May 2015
The holding of military exercises preparing for large-scale conflict demonstrates that the imperialist powers, led by the US, are gearing up for a Third World War.
By David Levine, 28 May 2015
The Russian government is preparing to slash funding for the country’s health care system, already inadequate to meet the population’s needs.
By Patrick Martin, 26 May 2015
The Arctic Challenge Exercise involves warplanes from the US, Britain, Germany, France, the Netherlands and Norway, as well as non-NATO members Sweden, Finland and Switzerland.
By Peter Symonds, 15 May 2015
The Chinese President Xi was given pride of place, seated alongside Russian President Putin, during the military parade through Red Square to mark the end of World War II.
By David Levine, 15 May 2015
For the ruling class in Russia, the question is not whether to raise the retirement age, but when it and how it can be raised without provoking a major confrontation with the working class.
By Alex Lantier, 2 May 2015
Live-fire exercises planned by Moscow and Beijing off the coast of Europe testify to escalating tensions between the major powers.
By Jordan Shilton, 16 April 2015
With the full backing of US imperialism, Norway, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Sweden are committing themselves to transforming the region into yet another flashpoint with Moscow.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 April 2015
Moscow’s lifting of its ban on delivery of defensive surface-to-air missiles to Iran has cut across US and Israeli threats of military action.
By Bill Van Auken, 15 April 2015
Aggressive maneuvers by warplanes over Europe are raising tensions amid a NATO buildup on Russia’s borders.
By Stéphane Hugues, 14 April 2015
Like the Iraq war launched by the Bush administration in 2003, the NATO drive to rearm Europe and prepare for war against Russia is based on lies.
By Johannes Stern, 11 April 2015
NATO’s military buildup in Eastern Europe is increasingly taking the form of preparation for war against Russia.
By Athiyan Silva, 11 April 2015
As the imperialist powers in North America and Europe seek to divide up markets in Russia and Asia, inter-imperialist tensions are coming to the fore.
By Robert Stevens, 9 April 2015
The moves towards Russia are seen by sections of the Greek bourgeoisie as a bargaining chip in their ongoing negotiations with the European powers over Greece's debts.
By Jan Peters, 4 April 2015
Western economic sanctions against Russia are having an effect, and workers in the Russian and European car industries are paying the price.
By Alex Lantier, 17 March 2015
Putin said that after Western-backed forces came to power in Kiev, the Kremlin feared a NATO attack on Russia and ordered its nuclear forces to prepare for all-out war.
By Johannes Stern and Alex Lantier, 13 March 2015
Washington’s moves to provide military hardware to its right-wing puppet regime in Kiev, despite sharp opposition from Russia, threaten all-out war.
By Andrea Peters, 9 March 2015
Five men were detained in the investigation into the murder of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov, while a sixth allegedly committed suicide.
By David North, 3 March 2015
The assassination of Russian opposition politician Boris Nemtsov arises out of the US-Russia confrontation and the struggle now underway within the Russian state.
By Andrea Peters, 2 March 2015
Whoever authored the killing of Nemtsov, the US government and media are using his murder to further vilify the Putin regime and whip up anti-Russian hysteria.
By Niles Williamson, 16 February 2015
The intensity of fighting declined in eastern Ukraine as the cease-fire negotiated in Minsk last week came into effect.