Take a test from Russia Direct to find out how closely you’ve been following the geopolitical debate over the future of Ukraine.


Russia's UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin, left, and his U.S. counterpart Samantha Power before UN Security Council's meeting on the Ukraine crisis. Photo: AP

As the debate over Ukraine intensifies, it’s also leading to leaders in Washington and Moscow stepping up their rhetoric. Cautiously-worded diplomatic statements have been supplemented with rhetorical flourishes and clever remarks, all of which are intended to bend world opinion to a specific point of view and define how we view the unfolding events in Ukraine.

So here’s your chance to measure your knowledge of recent speeches and remarks by U.S. and Russian leaders. Tell us how you’d fill in the following sentences, compare your responses to the actual responses of current leaders in Moscow and Washington, and see how you stack up against your peers. By the end of the test, you’ll know whether you’re diplomat material or not.


9-10 Great job, Mr. Ambassador!

You’ve obviously mastered the game of modern power politics. Maybe you could give Kerry or Lavrov a few tips?

7-8 Minister, bravo!

You’re obviously ready for a prime-time appearance on a TV talk show discussing the evolving situation in Ukraine.

5-6 – Counselor, congratulations!

You’ve obviously been keeping track of the twists and turns in the debate over Ukraine! A few more years, and you might be ministerial material.

0-4 – Attaché.

You’ve got a way with words, but you may want to replace some of your policy jargon with some real rhetorical flourishes if you hope to rise in the diplomatic ranks.