US-Russia, Where Do We Go Now?

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Pro-Kremlin activists rally in support of ethnic Russians in Ukraine's Crimea in St. Petersburg, March 2, 2014. The poster reads: 'We are with you Crimea!'

At the G7, President Obama acknowledged that "Russia's actions are a problem. [But] they don't pose the number one national security threat to the United States." Angela Stent, Georgetown professor, fellow at Brookings and author of The Limits of Partnership: U.S.-Russian Relations in the Twenty-First Century (Princeton University Press, January 2014) discusses the latest from Crimea, what we don't understand about Putin, and the future of U.S.-Russia relations.

From Brian's Prep: Five Things About Russia from Angela Stent

Here are five things you might not know about the Ukraine crisis but might want to know to impress your friends and actually understand some of the history of how we got here.

1. The borders of Ukraine that we see as being violated today were drawn by Stalin.

2. In 1954, Soviet premiere Nikita Khrushchev gave Crimea to Ukraine on "a whim" (as Stent puts it).

3. When President Clinton ordered the bombing of Kosovo in 1999, Russia felt betrayed by the West in a similar way to today.

4. The Bush administration worked on a plan to invite Russia into NATO, but it never worked out...

And 5. My next guest, Angela Stent, says she spends hours every year asking Vladimir Putin challenging questions, and he allows it.