Also by Vazha Tavberidze
May 20, 2022
This Is Not Just 'Putin's War' And Russians Should '100 Percent' Feel Guilty: A Veteran Russian Analyst Pulls No Punches
In a wide-ranging interview, Vladislav Inozemtsev, a Russian academic who is the director of the Moscow-based Center for Research on Post-Industrial Studies, discusses Putin's health, whether Russians should feel collective guilt, and predicts how the Putin regime will end.
May 11, 2022
Ukraine's Honorary Patriarch: 'God Is With David, Not Goliath,' And Ukraine Will Defeat Russia
Russia's invasion of its smaller neighbor Ukraine is analogous to the biblical tale of David and Goliath, Ukraine's honorary Patriarch Filaret has told RFE/RL. He criticized Russian Patriarch Kirill, who has backed the Kremlin's invasion, for "embarking on a path of untruth."
May 07, 2022
Former U.K. Labour Leader Corbyn: Ukraine War Is 'Disgraceful' And Russia's 'Wrong At Every Level'
Jeremy Corbyn, the former British opposition leader, says the UN and the West should have been tougher on Russian President Vladimir Putin early on, and expanding alliances like NATO isn't "the best way forward."
April 23, 2022
Leading Strategist Questions Russian Forces' Ability To 'Act Like A Western Army'
Former U.S. Navy Admiral James Foggo III says the Russian president appears unwilling to allow time for his forces to "reset and reform," but that his new commander in charge of the Ukraine invasion needs to "fill the gaps" and "fix his armor" in light of "huge losses."
April 20, 2022
Kyiv's First Wartime Prime Minister Says Ukraine Must Win Or 'Be Exterminated'
Arseniy Yatsenyuk says there's a price being paid for misguided policies vis-a-vis Putin's Russia -- and it's being paid most horrifically by Ukrainians. But the fates of Georgians and Moldovans are at stake, too.
April 15, 2022
'Why Bother Talking To Liars?': Estonia's Former President Says No Point Negotiating With Russia
In an interview with RFE/RL's Georgian Service, former Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves questions dialogue with Russia and says that Georgia's position on the war in Ukraine is "absolutely despicable."
April 08, 2022
The Politician Who Could Be NATO's First Female Chief Says Putin Lost The Ukraine War Before It Even Started
Former Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid spoke to RFE/RL's Georgian Service about Russia's invasion of Ukraine. In the interview, she called on NATO allies to give the Ukrainians as many weapons as they can and for sanctions to continue beyond a possible cease-fire.
April 07, 2022
Former NATO Commander Says Western Fears Of Nuclear War Are Preventing A Proper Response To Putin
Philip Breedlove says the West is so concerned about the possibility of nuclear conflict with Russia that "we have allowed ourselves to be fully deterred." He also tells RFE/RL that the West likely has no possible "off-ramp" to offer Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his invasion of Ukraine.
April 05, 2022
Longtime Putin Adviser Says Russian Leader Is Obsessed With Ukraine And Has 'Stepped Into A Trap'
Gleb Pavlovsky, a Kremlin spin doctor and former adviser to Vladimir Putin who later became a critic, says the Russian leader has fallen into a trap in Ukraine. In an interview with RFE/RL's Georgian Service, Pavlovsky predicts Russia's invasion of Ukraine will cost Putin and Russia dearly.
March 12, 2022
'Putin Won't Stop In Ukraine': Former NATO Secretary-General Says Alliance Sent 'Wrong Signal' In 2008
Former NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen discusses how Vladimir Putin's views have changed over the years. Rasmussen, who was secretary-general between 2009-14, says Putin is obsessed with the idea of restoring the greatness of the Soviet Union and has turned Russia into a pariah state.
March 09, 2022
'A Madman's Dream': Former Latvian President Vike-Freiberga On Putin's Dangerous Designs On Ukraine
President of Latvia from 1999 to 2007, Vaira Vike-Freiberga was crucial in getting the Baltic country into NATO. In an interview with RFE/RL, Vike-Freiberga speaks about Vladimir Putin's "outrageous" demands and how she is fed up with being told to appease Russia and to "not annoy the bear."
February 28, 2022
Vershbow Says NATO Needs To Speak 'Putin's Language' After Invasion
Russian President Vladimir Putin's invasion of Ukraine has "surpassed all our expectations" and will have "significant implications" for Europe's security order, former NATO Deputy Secretary-General Alexander Vershbow has told RFE/RL.
January 28, 2022
NATO's Door Open To Georgia But Political Reforms Needed, Envoy Says
NATO will not compromise on its open-door policy under pressure from Russia, but prospective members like Georgia must make significant domestic reforms and resolve territorial disputes to join the club, a top alliance official said.