When Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered his air force to withdraw from Syria last month, geopolitical expert George Friedman said it wasn’t about Syria at all. The move was part of an elaborate US–Russia negotiation over Ukraine’s sovereignty.

Speaking in a Mauldin Economics video, Friedman said US Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Moscow last week was another step in a process that may not be going well. We know this because shortly afterward, the US said it would deploy additional forces to Eastern Europe. READ MORE