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  NATO must stand up to Putin’s threat to invade Ukraine

By Kurt Volker and Erik Brattberg
2014 09 01

The Washington Post

Kurt Volker is a former U.S. ambassador to NATO and executive director of the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University. Erik Brattberg is a visiting fellow at the McCain Institute from the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

Vladimir Putin is placing a cynical bet that he can invade Ukraine just one week before a NATO summit — and that NATO will do nothing to stop him. The alliance must prove him wrong.

  Interview with sanctions expert David Lektzian: on the impact of sanctions, crisis in Ukraine and economic confrontation between West and Russia

2014 08 21

David Lektzian is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at TexasTechUniversity. His research interests are focused on the use of economic sanctions. His articles appeared in the American Journal of Political Science, International Studies Quarterly, Journal of Conflict Resolution, Journal of Peace Research, etc. David Lektzian spent 2014 spring semester at the Institute for International Relations and Political Science (Vilnius) where he was teaching a course on trade, conflict, and economic statecraft.

  India ahead of Japan

Vaiva Sapetkaitë, Institute of International Relations and Political Science Vilnius University
2014 08 07

According to the World Bank (WB), India is now the world’s third largest economy in terms of purchasing power parity, moving ahead of Japan which has been the third for a long time. The United States remains the world’s largest economy with 17.1 percent (of global output); the second is China (14.9 percent) and the third India (6.4 percent); Japan holds only a 4.8 percent share of global wealth. Presumably soon India will produce major share of global wealth, although during the recent years its economy has grown by only 5 percent.

  Old Europe: nothing new

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2014 08 01

The West tries to reach an agreement on stricter sanctions on Russia, but the Americans do not want to act unilaterally and seek support from the EU. For that it is first of all necessary to get consent of Germany and France; in case of success, it would be easier to convince the British.

  Irresistible Russia‘s propaganda machine

Viktor Denisenko
2014 07 25

Russia‘s propaganda machine in the war against Ukraine is gaining momentum. It uses diverse tools: from repetitive stereotypical concepts through Moscow-backed information channels to fact and data falsification.  

  Western sanctions against Russia: a closer look

Vaidotas Đernius
2014 07 15

On 22-24 May an International Economic Forum was held in St.Petersburg; the 21st World Petroleum Congress was organised in Moscow on 15-19 June. The analysis of the two events reveals the attitude of Western world toward sanctions against Russian Federation.

  Approaching China: Russia’s risky game

Viktor Denisenko
2014 07 11

Recently China has become a central theme of Russian political discourse. According to Moscow, having united its forces with China, Russia could squeeze out the U.S. from the dominant positions in international relations. However, according to sceptics, China is more dangerous for Russia than Western world.   


Poland refused to let the plane of Shoigu into its airspace

2014 09 01

Poland did not let into its airspace the plane TU-154 of the Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, who was returning from Slovakia after participating in the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the Slovak National Uprising, reported RIA Novosti.

Two NATO warships will enter the Black Sea

2014 08 29

The US destroyer "Ross" and the French frigate "Comandante Birot" will enter the Black Sea on 3 September, reported RIA Novosti with reference to the military-diplomatic source.

Swedish Foreign Ministry made a statement on military attacks between the forces of Russia and Ukraine

2014 08 29

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden made a statement on military attacks between the regular armies of Russia and Ukraine. The head of the department Carl Bildt wrote about this on his Twitter.

Switzerland has strengthened sanctions against Russia

2014 08 28

The Swiss Government has strengthened sanctions against the Russian Federation, reports the website of the Federal Council of the country.

Alexandra Sergeyeva. Lithuanian Foreign Minister "clarified" Angela Merkel

2014 08 27

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius decided to "clarify" the formulated by German Chancellor Angela Merkel willingness to find a solution to the Ukrainian crisis, which would not harm Russia.

Belarus will help Ukraine with petroleum products

2014 08 07


On 4 August the President of the Republic of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko and the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a telephone conversation, reported the official website of the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko.

Ukraine may impose economic sanctions against Russia this week already

2014 08 06


Kyiv is preparing its own package of sanctions against Moscow. The first measures can be introduced already in the coming days.


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