Russia may ratify the Strategic Offensive Reductions Treaty as early as May, according to Vladimir Lukin, a deputy speaker in the State Duma. Lukin made this prediction today at a press conference on 'Russian foreign policy priorities after the war in Iraq.' He reminded journalists that President Putin has called for the treaty to be ratified.
The deputy speaker said that by delaying ratification, 'Russia is punishing itself.' The treaty will, above all, limit the US' forces, which are considerably stronger than Russia's, explained Lukin. He underlined that it was Russia which insisted on a written treaty, when the US had intended to 'confirm the agreement with a handshake.'
Ukrainian bloggers draw a parallel between the events in East Timor and the Crimea. Any comparison has a right to exist, but a detailed analysis of the situation does not give a promising forecast to Ukraine
The Armed Forces of Ukraine are preparing a terrorist act in the Donbass. To commit the act, Ukraine will use radioactive waste