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16th July 2018 – Quoted by Kristine Frazao - Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Is Russia actually the biggest geopolitical threat for the U.S.?

Boris Zilberman

The historic meeting between President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin is now wrapped up, with the leaders of the world’s two largest nuclear powers pledging to work as a team where they can. more...

29th June 2018 – Quoted by Alex Ward - Vox

Trump wants US troops out of Syria. Putin might use that to his advantage.

Boris Zilberman

President Donald Trump is desperate to remove thousands of US troops from Syria — and may be willing to make a big concession to Russia in order to do so. more...

25th June 2018 – FDD Research

Kaspersky and Beyond: Understanding Russia’s Approach to Cyber-Enabled Economic Warfare

Boris Zilberman

One of the most iconic images of the 20th century is that of U.S. Army troops wading ashore onto Omaha Beach from their landing craft on June 6, 1944 under Nazi machine gun fire to create a beachhead for the Allies. The beachheads of the future, however, are being established today in cyber space. more...

25th June 2018 – The Cipher Brief

Don’t Underestimate Economic Side of Russia’s Cyber Warfare

Boris Zilberman

Russia knows how to spread chaos and outrage in American politics, but Russia may pose a far greater threat to the U.S. economy and the infrastructure it depends on. more...

8th June 2018 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman joins the John Batchelor show to discuss the relationship between Russia, Israel, and Syria. more...

6th June 2018 – The American Interest

Russia and Egypt are Growing Closer

Romany Shaker, Boris Zilberman

As Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi begins his second term, a new chapter in Egyptian-Russian relations is being written. Disappointed by U.S. policy, Cairo has strengthened its ties with Moscow. The new trajectory stems in part from the lack of robust American engagement, which has left an open door for Russia to make inroads at Washington’s expense. more...

15th May 2018 – FDD Policy Brief

Increasing U.S.-Ukraine Cyber Cooperation is a Step in the Right Direction

Boris Zilberman, Trevor Logan

In early May, the State Department announced a doubling to $10 million of U.S. assistance to Ukraine for the strengthening of its cyber defenses. The increased funding is an important signal that the U.S. stands with Kyiv as it faces a sustained and evolving cyber threat from Russia, yet addressing the ceaseless barrage of cyber attacks from Moscow will take more than the added funding. more...

16th April 2018 – Quoted by Nick Wadhams, Ilya Arkhipov, and Margaret Talev - Bloomberg

Syria Strikes Lock U.S. and Russia Into New Era of Animosity

Boris Zilberman

A few weeks ago, Donald Trump invited Vladimir Putin to meet -- maybe even at the White House. After U.S.-led missile strikes in Syria, the two nations’ officials can’t get into the same room without insulting each other. more...

16th April 2018 – i24 News

The Rundown

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman joins i24 News to discuss the administration's scaling back on the newest round of Russian sanctions. more...

14th April 2018 – Bulgaria National Radio

Saturday 150

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman joins Saturday 150 to discuss the new sanctions against Russia by the US targeting 38 Russian companies and politicians. more...

12th April 2018 – Quoted by Dave Clark and Francesco Fontemaggi - Agence France Presse

Syria dispute boosts risk of US and Russia clash

Boris Zilberman

President Donald Trump's threat of action against the Syrian regime places the United States and Russia at perhaps the greatest risk of conflict since the days of the Cold War. more...

5th April 2018 – FDD's CSIF Research Memo

Pushing Back on Putin: Gaining Leverage with Cheaper Oil and Gas

Pasi Eronen, Boris Zilberman

For three years, Russian President Vladimir Putin has seemed immune to the dual stresses of increasingly tighter economic sanctions and stubbornly low oil prices. He has maintained covert pincers on Ukraine sovereignty, captured a diplomatic and military foothold in Syria, and attacked the democratic systems of the U.S. and Europe. In the wake of Putin’s March 18 election to another six-year term, extending his rule through at least 2024, oil offers him the opportunity for even bolder action to come. more...

4th April 2018 – CTV News

CTV News Channel

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman joins CTV to discuss Russia's threat to Canada. more...

30th March 2018 – Quoted by Thomas Grove - The Wall Street Journal

After Expulsions, Options Dwindle in Russia and West’s ‘Diplomatic War’

Boris Zilberman

Numerous rounds of diplomatic expulsions have left Russia and the West with little capacity for more such largely symbolic measures, setting the stage for less predictable forms of escalation as the rift between the two sides grows, Russian government advisers and analysts say. more...

30th March 2018 – Syndicated

The John Batchelor Show

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman joins the John Batchelor show to discuss the escalation between Russia and the US. more...

29th March 2018 – The Hill

The US can breathe easy on Russia-OPEC deal

Boris Zilberman, Varsha Koduvayur

In their latest op-ed for The Hill, FDD’s deputy director of congressional relations Boris Zilberman and senior research analyst Varsha Koduvayur explain why a potential long-term pact extending cooperation with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) between Saudi Arabia and Russia does not threaten an abandonment of the strong Saudi-U.S. alliance – and why the agreement might actually benefit oil producers in the U.S. more...

15th March 2018 – Quoted by Dan Boylan - The Washington Times

With ‘new mandate,’ emboldened Putin to expand Russia’s adventurism abroad

Boris Zilberman

There’s little suspense about Sunday’s Russian presidential election, but a lot of questions — and concerns — over what Vladimir Putin might do next with another six-year term in his pocket and a string of unresolved confrontations with the West. more...

12th March 2018 – i24 News


Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman joins i24 News to discuss the soviet-era nerve agent used in the attack of an ex-Russian spy. more...

4th March 2018 – Salem News

America can we talk?

Boris Zilberman

FDD's Boris Zilberman joins the program to discuss President Putin's speech on Russia's nuclear capability. more...

22nd February 2018 – Quoted by Jenna Lifhits - The Weekly Standard

Trump and Russia: The Good and the Bad

Boris Zilberman

Special counsel Robert Mueller indicted 13 Russians on Friday for their efforts to interfere with the U.S. political process. In the days since, President Donald Trump has taken to Twitter, pushing back hard on suggestions that his campaign colluded with the Kremlin, denying that he said Russia “did not meddle” in the 2016 election, and slamming the Obama administration for doing “nothing” about meddling ahead of the election. more...