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Why is Russia limiting its gas supply to the EU instead of stopping it altogether?

Recently, Russia has markedly reduced gas sold to European nations in their gas pipelines. This seems very strange to me. In my opinion, the only two logical amounts of gas to sell would be "as ...
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How are Russian elite military forces performing in Ukraine? [closed]

From mainstream media and social networks, we hear about a lot of failures by the Russian military in Ukraine. We also hear that their artillery bombing is overwhelming the Ukrainians because of its ...
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Why do many People (who are politically oriented towards Russia) consider Germany's Green Party as "Symbol of Devil"? [closed]

In my subjective perception many people who are politically oriented towards Russia see Germany's Green Party with huge scepticism. They often claim that: Germany's Green Party is full of academic ...
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What does Ukraine gain by having Western countries ban all Russian visa?

Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky said earlier in an interview with the Washington Post that Western countries should ban entry to all Russians. Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas, in turn, ...
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Which countries (if any) does Russia characterize as its allies?

When discussing foreign policy, at least in English, many political leaders will mention the importance of working with their country's allies. A case in point would be the US and recent statements ...
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What happened to triangular diplomacy (exploiting rivalry betweening dominating communist powers China and Russia)?

From Wikipedia article on triangular diplomacy In political science, triangular diplomacy is a foreign policy of the United States, developed during the Vietnam War (1955–1975) by Henry Kissinger, as ...
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Is the EU a relevant political threat to the Russian federation (post 2022 invasion of Ukraine)?

Russia has stated (prior to the formal invasion of Ukraine) that NATO poses an "existential threat" to itself. Interestingly, a paper from 6 years prior evaluates whether Russia is an ...
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Has any current western politician expressed concerns about a possible alliance between China and Russia?

At the moment we are witnessing a new conflict between Russia and the West which some people could compare and call a new Cold War. At the same time, the relations between China and the West are also ...
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Why do exports need checking in the Black Sea Grain Initiative?

In the Black Sea Grain Initiative, grain ships going to and from Ukraine are inspected in Istanbul for the presence of unauthorised cargo such as weapons. On the 3rd of August, 2022, a first ship was ...
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ELI5: Why is Russia's requirement for oil to be paid in Roubles abnormal?

There seem to be various stories of Russia cutting off various neighbouring and other Euro states from its oil over failing to pay for the oil in Roubles (this is independent of the Ukranian war and ...
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For how long has Putin been denying that human activity is a major contributor to climate change?

According to a 2020 DW article: President Vladimir Putin has repeatedly denied the scientific consensus that climate change is caused by man-made emissions. Last month, in his year-end press ...
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Did Kazakhstan sit in the UNSC for the 4 days where it was the last member of the USSR

Basically the title. But to elaborate, Kazakhstan was the last member to be a part of USSR. Since USSR had a seat at the UNSC and the veto power that comes with it, is it technically correct to say ...
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What are the chances of Georgia and Chechnya rebelling while Russia is occupied in Ukraine? [closed]

If Georgia and Chechnya want to reclaim any of the territory they recently lost to Russian aggression, now seems like the best chance they will get in a while now that Russia is occupied in Ukraine. ...
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Have there been any legally held demonstrations against the war (or against the "specially military operation") in Russia?

I'm well aware that Russian authorities have cracked down on spontaneous/illegal anti war demonstrations. Whereas for the pro-military-intervention ones, e.g. using the "Z" sign... Have any ...
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Is there a political faction in Russia publicly advocating for an immediate ceasefire?

Analogous to the corresponding question about Ukraine: All the official news coverage I've seen have indicated most of Russia is determined in continued fighting in Ukraine, saying things like that ...
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How do those who claim it envision that Ukraine would destroy Russia as a country?

I have seen the declarations like "For Russia this conflict is about preservation not only of its elites, but the country itself". It looks that there are people who think that Russia can be ...
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Is there a faction in the Ukrainian parliament favoring an immediate ceasefire?

All the news coverage I've seen have indicated most of Ukraine are united in fighting Russia, saying things like "we will win eventually". Still, recently in the news was Ukrainian president ...
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Have Donetsk and Luhansk recognized each other as independent states?

The Donetsk People's Republic and the Luhansk People's Republic, fighting alongside Russia against Ukraine, have been recognized as independent states by Russia, Syria, and North Korea (as well as by ...
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It seems Russian public messaging uses false or mutually inconsistent claims, why do they use that messaging strategy?

To someone following Western media summaries of Russian public diplomacy and state-supported media, it appears that they are putting out both obviously false claims and mutually inconsistent ones, e.g....
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Did the governments of the US and European countries attempt to negotiate with Russia prior to the invasion of Ukraine?

I am aware that the US began warning other countries regarding the military buildup on the Ukrainian border in November of last year, and that the Russian Government denied that they were going to ...
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Why does the US Government continue with the strategy of imposing economic sanctions when it does more harm to the US? [closed]

I'm at a loss for understanding the current US government strategy of continuing economic sanctions as it seems to do more harm to the US and help countries that the US is attempting to curb the ...
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Why does Russia not declare war on Ukraine in order to incorporate their conscripts into the war?

Russia has been saying that there is no war in Ukraine, just a "Special military operation". Their laws prohibit them from sending conscripts to military operations outside Russia. The war ...
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Why is Saudi Arabia "sitting on the fence" on Ukraine?

For the first time in twenty-five years, China, India, and Pakistan took a similar position on a global issue, choosing to abstain from voting on Ukraine, like so many others, including Indonesia, ...
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What was/would be the impact of the Russian's Invasion of Ukraine on U.S. strategy in middle east? [closed]

Several months after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, not much seems to have changed for US strategy in the Middle East. It still seems as if the United States wants to withdraw completely from the ...
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Pacifist position on Ukraine

What/who are the prominent pacifist movements/organizations/thinkers in XXI century and what is their position on the conflict in Ukraine? Much of the public and political discussion about the ...
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How are the European countries paying Russia in Rubles?

As far as I understood, for the purchase of Russian gas, European countries can't pay Russia in EUR because of their sanction on Russia. On the other hand, as per Putin's decree, Russia only accepts ...
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What might be dissuading Russia to sell advanced nuclear and military technologies to North Korea after the economic sanctions imposed against Russia?

What might be dissuading Russia to sell advanced nuclear and military technologies to North Korea after the economic sanctions against Russia? Since Russia feared NATO sanctions from weapon sales and ...
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Is Putin far right? [duplicate]

Putin's regime is authoritarian and unfair, in my humble opinion. But he is being called a fascist, and of course, he can be as evil as anyone and not be fascist. But is his regime far right? In other ...
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What does 'Donbass, whom the Ukrainian army has been bombing for the last 8 years' refer to?

Russian chess supergrandmaster Sergey Karjakin (Pro-Putin, but Ukrainian-born) says in tweets here and here to international master Kostya Kavutskiy: Have you also collected money for the residents ...
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Are there any signs that Russia intends to delay NATO's admitting Finland and Sweden by preparing for a military attack against Finland and Sweden?

Are there any signs / military observations that Russia is preparing for a military attack against Finland and Sweden to delay NATO's admitting Finland and Sweden?
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Would Canada seizing Russian assets set a dangerous legal precedent for rich Chinese investors?

https://www.eurointegration.com.ua/eng/news/2022/07/4/7142525/ Canada was the first Western country to legislate the possibility of seizing sanctioned Russian assets for Ukraine's reconstruction. ...
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How many Russians say Alaska is rightfully theirs?

There is a theory proposed by at least one Russian political scientist that the treaty by which the Russian Empire sold Alaska to the US is actually void, on the argument that the US subsequently ...
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What is the equivalent of the "President's Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition" in other G20 countries such as China?

The President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition (PCSFN) is a federal advisory committee that aims to promote healthy eating and physical activity for all Americans, regardless of background ...
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Can the IMF technically kick Russia out of the organization?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Monetary_Fund Voting power in the IMF is based on a quota system. Each member has a number of basic votes (each member's number of basic votes equals 5.502%...
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To what extent can the Russian war in Ukraine be seen as an attempt to resolve a food crisis?

The history of Stalin's rule is notorious for the oppression of large sections of the Soviet peasantry, who were executed in their hundreds of thousands, as the expropriation of grain supplies to the ...
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What did Putin do to ensure that he doesn't get overthrown by a military coup or to reduce the likelihood of it?

What did Putin do to ensure that he doesn't get overthrown by a military coup or to reduce the likelihood of it? https://www.usnews.com/news/world-report/articles/2022-05-25/new-punishments-await-...
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On what basis may yachts be expropriated by the West?

From a recent answer: ...but owner was recently included in sanction lists and had his yacht expropriated I've heard from the news that the West is "hunting" for ships belonging to "...
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What does the West have to gain by not allowing Russia to pay its debt?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8PXkkNJ2_o Bloomberg reports that the default is largely symbolic and Russia is simply defaulting since Western financial institutions won't accept Russia payments. Is ...
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Has Russia detailed what violations of law it accuses Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to have committed?

According to an Amnesty press release from April: On 8 April, the Russian Ministry of Justice delisted Amnesty International’s Moscow Office from the register of the representative offices of the ...
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Is there any sign "the West" is deliberately trying to prolong fighting in Ukraine for the sake of fighting?

In a recent answer, user kandi made this statement: the war probably could have been ended by now if the West wasn't passionatly supporting the bloodshed by provided just as much arms as to keep ...
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Was there more tension during the cold war or now? [closed]

I was born shortly after the so called cold war ended. Now we are again with the two giants (Russia and USA) barking at each other. Is it now worse than then?
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Short of attacking a NATO country, is there any other thing Russia can do to trigger direct American military confrontation?

Short of attacking a NATO country, is there any other thing Russia can do to trigger direct American military confrontation? The key section of the treaty is Article 5. Its commitment clause defines ...
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How strong is public opinion that the West is too soft on Putin?

What are the poll results regarding how many people think that the international community and the West are too soft on Putin by more or less allowing Russia to destroy Ukraine and Ukrainians?
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What are the possible mechanisms that can be used to settle territorial disputes between Ukraine and Russia should the hostilities cease?

What are the possible mechanisms that can be used to settle territorial disputes between Ukraine and Russia should the hostilities cease? I heard that most disputes are settled through bilateral ...
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What possible retaliation could Russia take against Lithuania for enforcing the EU sanctions?

Russia has today threatened Lithuania with retaliation after Lithuania enforced the EU sanctions blocking certain products from transiting Lithuania from Russia to Kaliningrad. Russia refers to this ...
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How did Russia end up becoming an opposing power of the West?

I am talking about pre-Ukraine War situation. Especially from 1990 to 2021. At present there are only two major powers that are posing themselves as an opposing force to the US leadership. I admit ...
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Did Russia significantly reduce economic aid (or subsidies) to Belarus around/after 2014?

According to one Western source Russia was subsidizing 10–15 percent of Belarus' GDP around 2013 or so. Another source source quantifies that differently as "Between 2005 and 2015, Moscow pumped $...
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Did the OSCE logs show that Ukraine was amassing troops near the Donbass region prior to Russia moving in? [duplicate]

In a podcast with Lex Friedman, Oliver Stone mentions (at around 57:20 here) that the OSCE logged a buildup of 110,000 Ukranian troops on the border with Donbass prior to Russia sending it's troops to ...
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Why does Ukraine desire EU membership?

On the 28 February 2022, four days after the Russian invasion had started, Ukraine applied for membership in EU. What were the long and short term causes behind, and the trigger of, Ukraine's resolve ...
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Why hasn't Israel imposed sanctions on Russia?

As stated by Jake Sullivan, a main goal of the US in the current Ukraine war is to "weaken and isolate Russia". Considering that the US has been a major and frequently sole ally of Israel on ...
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