AP: US sanctions Russian officials over nerve-agent attack

The Biden administration sanctioned seven mid-level and senior Russian officials on Tuesday, along with more than a dozen businesses and other entities, over a nearly fatal nerve-agent attackon opposition leader Alexei Navalny and his subsequent jailing.

WSJ: Biden’s Nominee for CIA, William J. Burns, Set to Trade Diplomacy for Spycraft

As a veteran U.S. diplomat, William J. Burns led secret negotiations with Iran and Libya over their weapons programs, served as ambassador in Jordan and Russia, oversaw U.S. relations with the Middle East and then ascended to the highest levels of the State Department.

Two Speeches, Two Visions: Presidents Joseph R. Biden and Vladimir Putin

Today we are posting two recent speeches by the presidents of the U.S. and Russia that might serve to illuminate the differing approaches each takes toward international affairs. These very different statements might also point to the underlying differences that remain a cause for the ongoing difficulty in achieving a less strained, more productive US-Russia relationship.

President Biden: Remarks by President Biden on America’s Place in the World

We must start with diplomacy rooted in America’s most cherished democratic values: defending freedom, championing opportunity, upholding universal rights, respecting the rule of law, and treating every person with dignity.

President Putin: Speech at the Davos 2021 online forum

We all know that competition and rivalry between countries in world history never stopped, do not stop and will never stop. Differences and a clash of interests are also natural for such a complicated body as human civilisation. However, in critical times this did not prevent it from pooling its efforts – on the contrary, it united in the most important destinies of humankind.

Announcement: Bulletin Virtual Program: Why is America getting a new $100 billion nuclear weapon?

On Feb. 24, join The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists to discuss Elisabeth Eaves’s newest piece “Why is America getting a new $100 billion nuclear weapon?” featuring Elisabeth Eaves, ACURA’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and arms control expert Thomas Countryman.

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