The week-long exercises, which kicked off yesterday, are intended as a show of might. But the country is in no position to wage a real conflict.
Tougher sanctions will only make him double down on antagonizing the West.
The Russian leader knows Trump needs to walk away claiming victory. That gives the Kremlin an advantage.
The unified international response to the Skripal poisoning shows that the West will only suffer so much provocation.
The Russian president is learning that it’s much easier to get into a Middle Eastern conflict than to get out of one.
The American president has not proved quite the ally Moscow may have expected.
Was the lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. an agent of Moscow or not? A little bit of both, maybe.
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