The John Batchelor Show, July 28.

Nation contributing editor Stephen F. Cohen and John Batchelor continue their weekly discussion of the new US–Russian Cold War. This week’s focus is on the significance of a visit by French parliamentarians to Crimea, whose annexation by Russia in 2014 has been declared by the West illegitimate and a major cause of the new Cold War. Other subjects include the failure of Obama’s announced policy of “isolating” Putin’s Russia; the growing crisis in Kiev-ruled Ukraine; a possible thaw in US–Russian diplomatic relations amid ongoing military escalation on both sides; and the possibility of major changes in the nature of Russia’s economic system as a result of the East–West confrontation.