This is our last Daily Memo of 2018. We can’t help but be a little nostalgic, considering 2018 was the year we started this feature. We’re looking forward to covering daily geopolitical developments in this space in 2019, but in the meantime, there are still some developments in 2018 that need to be addressed.
Russia threatens retaliation … or does it? In an interview with Russian broadcaster Russia-1, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov threatened a tit-for-tat response to any U.S. deployment of new missiles in Eastern Europe. The interview has been attracting a lot of media attention – even the Russian Foreign Ministry published an excerpt on its website. But many haven’t noticed the second interview excerpt that appeared on the Russian Foreign Ministry site: In it, Lavrov said Russia understood that domestic politics had hijacked U.S. foreign policy toward Moscow and that Russia was “ready for an equal dialogue” when the U.S. was also ready for such talks. This w