Russia is seeking to get to the top of the antiglobalist movement on a global scale. The most important element of this policy is anti-Americanism. Apart from geopolitics, there is business at its core.
The confrontation between Putin's Russia and the West is now part of the mainstream, with political and public activists, who openly declare their support for the Russian Federation, bidding farewell to their reputation in society and even their careers.
The prolonged conflict between Moscow and Minsk is increasingly reminiscent of the Moscow-Kyiv relations before the Russian aggression. Is Lukashenka losing precious time hoping for a return to "brotherly" relations between the Union State members?
The detention of Roman Nasirov, suspended chief of the State Fiscal Service, can become the Rubicon for the authorities. Why did it happen at all, and will they learn the lesson and grow sensitive to public sentiments?
Europe and NATO's EU member states remain the main target of the Kremlin. Being unable to exert direct effective pressure on its western neighbours, Russia relies on acts of provocation to undermine the EU foundations from the inside.
Smear campaigns against Ukrainian arms makers seek to show that Kyiv is trading with the aggressor state amid European sanctions instead of sending weapons to the front line. They are also meant to affect Ukraine's position on the global arms market.
Moscow's repeat allegations about insufficient empathy among Ukrainians, this time prompted by the death of its UN envoy, sound especially cynical amid the ongoing Donbas conflict and may attest to a provocation ahead of an important UN debate.
The Maltese foreign minister has warned that Putin may wage a new "civil war" in Libya to provoke a new migration crisis in the EU particularly ahead of the elections in France and Germany. How realistic is this?