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George F. Will: Does Putin have an eye on Baltic States?

WASHINGTON — The Islamic State is a nasty problem that can be remedied if its neighbors, assisted by the United States, decide to do so. Vladimir Putin’s fascist revival is a crisis that tests the West’s capacity to decide.

September 04, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Mulling a Ukraine policy in Colorado conference

ASPEN, Colo. — At the public kickoff of a discussion here about U.S. policy toward Russia and Ukraine, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates joked that his favorite definition of diplomacy was “petting a dog and saying ‘nice doggie’ until you can find a rock.”

August 20, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Neutral solution: A Finland model for Ukraine?

WASHINGTON — After months of war fever over Ukraine, perhaps the biggest surprise is that citizens there will be voting to choose a new government in elections that observers predict will be free and fair in most areas.

May 22, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Ukraine poses existential crisis for Obama, too

WASHINGTON — As President Obama looks at the Ukraine crisis, he sees an asymmetry of interests: Simply put, the future of Ukraine means more to Vladimir Putin’s Russia than it does to the U.S. or Europe. For Putin, this is an existential crisis; for the West, so far, it isn’t, as the limited…

April 16, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Fighting anew for democracy against pugnacious Putin

BRUSSELS — President Obama has spoken once again during the Ukraine crisis about being on the right "side of history." It's one of his signature lines, but he should stop: The phrase implies there's an inevitability to the advance of progress and justice. Would that it were so.

March 28, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

George F. Will: Geography matters more to Putin

WASHINGTON — Igor Stravinsky, the Russian composer, said of Poland, perilously positioned between Russia and Germany: "If you pitch your tent in the middle of Fifth Avenue, it is quite likely you will be run over by a bus." Poland has been run over hard and often; indeed, between 1795 and 19…

March 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Russia's (overblown) natural gas weapon

WASHINGTON — The continuing Ukrainian crisis has cast a specter over Europe: a natural gas cutoff. Russia supplies 30 percent of Europe’s natural gas. In any tit-for-tat exchange of sanctions, this seems the ultimate weapon, dwarfing almost anything Europe and the United States could deploy.…

March 27, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Guest opinion: Georgia redux: Putin tries old tactics in Crimea

Here in the Caucasus Republic of Georgia, my friends and neighbors were not surprised by Russia’s invasion of Crimea. After all, Georgia has suffered at the hands of similar Russian practices since 1992.

March 18, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

Robert J. Samuelson: Will Putin's Ukraine gamble backfire?

WASHINGTON — It’s a stunning comparison that, in some ways, explains everything about the crisis in Ukraine. Back in 1990, average per-person incomes in Poland and Ukraine were roughly equal, about $8,000 in each country. By 2012, they no longer were, reports economist Anders Aslund of the P…

March 14, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Russian revanchism: Putin's catastrophic error in Ukraine

WASHINGTON — Napoleon is said to have cautioned during an 1805 battle: "When the enemy is making a false movement, we must take good care not to interrupt him." The citation is also sometimes rendered as "Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake." Whatever the precise wording, …

March 04, 2014 12:00 amLoading…
Guest opinion: Facade of Russian progress on display in Sochi

Guest opinion: Facade of Russian progress on display in Sochi

In the mid-19th century, a Frenchman described the reconstruction of St. Petersburg’s monumental Winter Palace after a fire. To meet the czar’s deadline during a bitterly cold winter, the “unprecedented efforts” included heating the structure’s interior to almost 90 degrees. Of the thousands…

February 07, 2014 12:00 amLoading…

David Ignatius: On Syria, the plot thickened around U.S. threat

WASHINGTON — When the ancient Greek or Roman playwrights had painted themselves into a corner, plot-wise, they sometimes resorted to the device known as the deus ex machina, in which one of the gods was hoisted over the stage and dropped in to resolve the otherwise inchoate drama.

September 11, 2013 12:00 amLoading…
Eureka ranch at center of debate over adoption of Russian children

Eureka ranch at center of debate over adoption of Russian children

EUREKA – In the past year, the Ranch for Kids Project has come under scrutiny by top-ranking Russian government officials, who in June arrived at the respite care facility for troubled adopted children, many of them Russian, with a Moscow television crew in tow, criticizing the unlicensed bo…

January 13, 2013 3:43 pm Photos

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Russian adoption ban hits Broadus couple hard

Russian adoption ban hits Broadus couple hard

When Kimber and Brett Emmons of Broadus flew to Russia in November to meet the two children they were going to adopt, there was an instant connection.

December 28, 2012 11:00 pmLoading…

David Ignatius: Annan floats 1 more plan to avert Syrian civil war

ISTANBUL — Kofi Annan is tinkering with a radical idea for reviving his moribund peace plan for Syria — a road map for political transition there that would be negotiated through a “contact group” that could include, among other nations, Russia and Iran.

June 07, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

David Ignatius: Pragmatic solution for Syria is diplomacy

WASHINGTON — Maybe it’s time for Syrian revolutionaries to take “yes” for an answer from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and back a U.N.-sponsored “managed transition” of power there, rather than rolling on toward a civil war that will bring more death and destruction for the region.

March 29, 2012 12:05 amLoading…

Guest opinion: After Russia votes: Can Putin change?

MOSCOW — I was trying to interview Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov in the Cafe Manya, one of the trendy hangouts where middle-class Russians grab a drink or a $12 cappuccino. But he was besieged by young men and women eager to have their photos taken with him.

March 07, 2012 12:05 amLoading…
Montana cattle exports take off with Sputnik Ranch in Russia

Montana cattle exports take off with Sputnik Ranch in Russia

SHESTAKOVO, Russia — Darrell Stevenson knew it would take more than rugged Montana cowboys, horses and cattle to create a ranching way of life in Russia, and the Hobson-area Angus breeder figures he’s made a good start. Russian youth might help show the way.

February 05, 2012 12:00 am Photos

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E.J. Dionne Jr.: Putin's complaint reflects strength of U.S. policy

WASHINGTON — It was gratifying to hear a despotic leader blame the United States for the rise of a democratic protest movement against his regime.

December 14, 2011 12:05 amLoading…
Swiss company with Russian ties buys into Signal Peak coal mine

Swiss company with Russian ties buys into Signal Peak coal mine

The Signal Peak coal mine south of Roundup is about to take off globally.

October 18, 2011 6:15 pm Photos

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