The United States and Russia are still at odds about a follow-on agreement to the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty. This pact, a cornerstone of U.S.-Russian arms control negotiations, addresses reducing nuclear arsenals and combating proliferation of nuclear weapons. Brookings President Strobe Talbott expects the new agreement to be completed soon and then go to the Senate for what is likely to be a contentious debate over ratification.
What’s next for the war(s) in Syria?
Today’s sanctions were predictable after the Mueller indictment, which identified specific Russians involved with the troll factory...However, these individuals are small fish. Yevgeny Prigozhin, the so-called ‘Putin’s chef’ in charge of the Internet Research Agency, was already on the U.S. sanctions list for his activities in Ukraine. The administration deserves credit for following through on their promise to impose new sanctions, but much more still needs to be done to realistically deter Russia.
It’s a good move by the administration to impose sanctions...but it’s still not enough to respond to growing Russian aggression.