The Obama administration is scrambling to respond to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. This is just the latest challenge for the White House in dealing with Vladimir Putin. Jim Sciutto looks at what happened since the Obama Administration's 2009 attempt at a "Russian Reset." He also explores how the Bush administration handled difficult situations with Putin.
Michael McFaul only stepped down as U.S. Ambassador to Russia a couple weeks ago. He tells Anderson he does not think Putin "thought out the endgame" on the Crimea invasion.
Anderson Cooper speaks with chess grandmaster and Russian dissident Garry Kasparov about Pres. Putin's Syria proposal.
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Once again, the West's policy toward Russia and its addiction to interfering in the affairs of other countries is having dangerous effects on the rest of the world. The seeds for the current danger were sown by NATO's expansion to Russia's borders after the fall of the Soviet Union. That deliberate, provocative, and continuing process echoes in Russia's long memory the painful experience of the Napoleonic and German armies storming across Europe into their motherland, hell-bent on conquest.
NATO's expansion was not merely an attempt to secure Russia's vast resources – the sole objective of those earlier adventures. Its other aim was to fill the political vacuum left by the dismantlement of the Soviet Union. It was "independence mania" being driven down the throats of the former Soviet republics. However, Russia perceives its encirclement – from Central Asia to the Black Sea and the Baltic Sea – to be a threat, the effects of which are now playing out on the regional stage, including the recent hostilities in Georgia.
CNN Senior International Correspondent, Moscow
Something strange and unexpected is happening in Russia. In the aftermath of the war in across the border in Georgia, I am suddenly being granted access to the country’s leadership. Remember, this is nation where Western journalists are barely given the time of day by the Kremlin. That is until now.
The call to interview Russian president Dmitry Medvedev came on Tuesday afternoon, out of the blue (although we of course have long standing requests in for a meeting). By Wednesday morning, we were on a two hour flight from Moscow to the Black Sea city of Sochi, with an appointment to have a sit down, one-on-one, interview. We have never interviewed Medvedev since he was elected in March, so we jumped at the chance.
We were corralled into the Sochi press centre, told we had 4 hours to setup our gear, and would be granted 7 minutes of the president’s time. As I struggled to decide which questions I should ask in such a short window, Medvedev appeared on Russian state television, somberly announcing his unexpected decision to recognize as independent states the breakaway Georgian regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia – obscure territories which swept to prominence earlier this month when Russian and Georgia went to war over them.
Minutes later, Medvedev was sitting in front of me, explaining why he had recognized them in the face of international, in particular American, opposition.
Ok, good days work. But there was more: the phone rang and on the end of the line was Dmitry Peskov, Vladimir Putin’s press flak. The main man, Prime Minister Putin, wanted to give us an exclusive. A full length, sit down interview.
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