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Episode 221

Not since the heyday of ‘The Americans’ (the TV series, not the country) has the fear of a pre-emptive strike been more present in Russia, and on the other hand not since then have more people in Western capitals been in fear that such an attack on them has already begun. Given that both sides are now just meters apart – thanks to NATO expansion to Russia's borders – and that thousands of world-ending nuclear warheads are potentially involved, no normal person would be anything but anxious. In the Western media nobody with a name like our first guest would get a look-in – unless he was a party to the prevailing Western narrative. So that’s why we invited Marko Gasic, London-based political commentator, into the Sputnik studio.

Just weeks ago it looked like missiles might be flying over the Korean Peninsula. The Little Rocket Man and the Large Orange Man were trading insults over Twitter, apparently engaged in a game of ‘Chicken-Little’ just before the sky fell in. Then, bizarrely, the two men sharing a cheeseburger and coke on the DMZ was on the menu. So what happens next? Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a very rare international trip this week to meet President Xi in China. What on Earth could they have talked about? So we asked Dr. Jude Woodward into the studio, because if anyone knows, she knows.

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