Interview with Stephen Cohen
For requesting evidence of Russian culpability in the poisoning of former spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter, UK Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn has been denounced by PM Theresa May and even members of his own party.
We discuss the case with Stephen F. Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Russian Studies at New York University and Princeton.
Jan Oberg comments
Corbyn is a courageous man, indeed, and you see and hear the reactions around him from the British government representatives.
We should pay very much attention when one of the West’s indisputably leading authorities on Russia says that the present situation is worse than the First Cold War and could, from various angles, be considered as dangerous as the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Professor Cohen also says that there is no one in the US who calls for a robust dialogue with Russia. No one!
I am no expert on Russia but know a bit about conflict analysis and conflict resolution. I’ve lived through the tensions – but rather ordered tension – of the First Cold War; I was 11 years old when the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962 kept the world keeping its breath. I remember my parents’ low voices and the atmosphere, the adult’s extremely serious faces, listening constantly to the radio and discussing whether it could really be all over now.
I believe we are grossly unaware of the games being played with the same values and perspectives at stake. Today.
Recommended reading after this article was published
The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Aide-memoire to clarify the state of affairs as regards the so-called ‘Skripal case’