Reflections

Russia's Carrot-and-Stick Strategy

Apr 21, 2016 | 02:00 GMT
Russia's Game of Give and Take
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his foreign affairs minister, Sergei Lavrov, await a meeting with France's foreign minister on April 19. In its negotiations with the West, Russia balances conciliatory gestures with stern demands.
(KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP/Getty Images)

Russia has shown signs in recent days, particularly when it comes to Ukraine, that it is willing to compromise. But Russia's goodwill goes only so far. While it was discussing prisoner swaps with Kiev and delaying elections in separatist parts of eastern Ukraine, Russian warplanes were harassing U.S. vessels and aircraft in the Baltic and Black seas and Russian artillery units were moving to the battlefields of Aleppo. Moscow is also investing heavily in its nuclear force, alarming officials in Washington and threatening to undermine two decades of arms control efforts....

For Serious People Who Seek Intelligence Over News

Subscribe and Save 50% Today!

12-Month Introductory Offer.

  • High quality, unbiased analysis of global events
  • Quarterly, annual, and decade geopolitical forecasts
  • Customized notifications, newsletters, and much more

Preview Some FREE Worldview Articles Below:

Free Coronavirus Articles

Free Geopolitical Articles

Connected Content

Article Search

Copyright © Stratfor Enterprises, LLC. All rights reserved.

Stratfor Worldview

OUR COMMITMENT

To empower members to confidently understand and navigate a continuously changing and complex global environment.