It was certainly not because it posed any threat. The plane is old, and the Russians were careful not to arm it with missiles.
The threat of a nuclear disaster has greatly increased since the collapse of the Soviet Union, top Russian and U.S. experts meeting in Washington agreed.
Why are we in a standoff with a country that is not a serious threat to us, but does have the capacity to incinerate a sizable portion of the planet?
In Germany today, references to Putin evoke all too sharply recollections of German language used against every Russian leader since the start of World War I.
Troops of the government of President Victor Poroshenko push closer to Lubansk and Donetsk, and casualties rise in disaffected Eastern Ukraine.
Why are the U.S., the EU, and NATO on the road to the Russian capital? And exactly what are they hoping to accomplish?
The awarding of rights to develop a major natural gas find in the Black Sea may have strongly predisposed Russia to support the referendum which resulted in the reunion of Crimea with Russia.
Is the Russian occupation of the Crimea a case of aggressive expansionism by Moscow or aimed at blocking a scheme by NATO to roll up to Russia's western border?
Olympic figure skating champion Brian Boitano came out Thursday, two days after he was named to the U.S. delegation for Sochi along with openly gay athletes Billie Jean King and Caitlin Cahow.
We have a saying: "An injury to one is an injury to all." Diminishing the rights of gays and lesbians diminishes rights for all Russians and creates an anti-democratic mood.