Inside the Kremlin

Just what is the Kremlin thinking these days? With war in Ukraine, heightened military activities unnerving NATO allies, and anti-Western rhetoric high, Moscow seems determined to worsen its relations with Washington, Brussels, and Berlin, even at increasing cost to Russia’s faltering economy. Then, there’s Syria, where it can be hard to tell if Russia seeks the same goals as Western countries or whether here, too, it’s acting to undermine their interests.

Olga Oliker