Reuters: Russia’s far east aims for unexpected climate target: net zero by 2025

Fossil fuel-rich Russia may not be known as a leader on climate action – but in the country’s remote far east, authorities have launched an unexpected experiment: an effort to try out carbon trading and reach net-zero planet-heating emissions by 2025.

Paul McLeary: No Growth, No Big Cuts Likely For First Biden Defense Budget

The full budget, set to be released on May 3, should spark heated debate in Congress between an emboldened progressive wing of the Democratic party looking to cut defense budgets, and Republicans and conservative Democrats who say spending must increase to stay ahead of the Chinese military buildup.

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.

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