As news stories pile up about the Trump campaign's alleged Russia ties, a potentially scandalous report about the Obama administration competes for attention. This and much more in the latest Russia in Review.
Russian-Saudi Rapprochement? Iran and Economic Strain Will Make It Tough
Mark N. Katz
Ties between Moscow and Riyadh remain fragile. Saudi Arabia’s main concern is Iran, while Russia wants both investment and sway in the Middle East. Balancing their geopolitical and economic interests will not be easy.
Outgoing US Ambassador to Russia Reflects on Troubled Relationship and Key Issues
John Tefft speaks with Russian newspaper about interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the conflicts in Ukraine and Syria, tit-for-tat diplomatic expulsions and cooperation on North Korea.
Russian Military Buildup in the West: Fact Versus Fiction
Until 2014 Russia was largely cutting the number of troops on NATO's borders to move them elsewhere. The war with Ukraine changed that, reawakening Moscow to the possibility of a large-scale war on its western front.