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  Iran in Moscow‘s radar

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2015 02 23

Russia-Iran Military Cooperation Agreement was signed during the visit of Russian Defence minister Sergey Shoigu to Tehran. This is the first time an inter-governmental military cooperation agreement has been concluded in the centuries-old history of bilateral relations.  It stipulates coordination of actions in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking, cooperation in peacekeeping operations, conduct of joint military staff exercises and organisation of training courses. The dispute on selling S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran also seemed to be settled, yet its proceedings are not clear. But here what matters most is overall aspect of Russia‘s march to the South.  

 
 
 
  Orientalism, Colonial Thinking and the Former Soviet Periphery

2015 02 20

Exploring Bias and Stereotype Representations of Eastern and Central Europe, the Caucasus, and Central Asia.

Vilnius University

Centre of Oriental Studies

August 27-29, 2015

 
 
 
  Back to the past: 1914 revisited in 2014?

Viktor Denisenko
2015 02 09

Events of the last year overshadowed one of the major historical events – 100 years since the start of the First World War. The year 1914 is commemorated as the year of catastrophe; 2014 is over, but there is still a feeling that historical truth of 1914 revisited the world.

 
 
 
  Securing Peace Instead of Rewarding Expansion

Andreas Umland, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv (editor of the appeal)
2015 02 02

An appeal, by 142 German-speaking experts on Eastern Europe, for a reality-based and not illusions-guided Russia policy.

 
 
 
  Neglected Donbas – a geopolitical pawn

Viktor Denisenko
2015 01 20

The future of Eastern Ukraine where military actions have ceased by the end of 2014 is still vague. The conflict is neither resolved nor frozen, and today it is difficult to anticipate the outcome of processes taking place in this territory. It seems that nobody is interested in Donbas region destroyed by the military intervention.

 
 
 
  Ten Policy Proposals to Rescue Ukraine

Kostyantyn Fedorenko, Andreas Umland
2015 01 13

Towards a Paradigm Shift in the West’s Support for Kyiv’s Europeanization Attempts

The interaction between the West and Ukraine over the last twenty five years has been shaped by the conditionality paradigm. Kyiv’s rapprochement with the West, as a whole, and Brussels, in particular, was made dependent on the progress of Ukraine’s democratization, liberalization, and reformation. The ultimate rewards that the West offered for such achievements did exist. But they were small, or blurred, or both. It was a “conditionality lite” or “soft conditions” approach. Even in the case of Ukrainian reform success, larger repercussions for either Brussels or Kyiv were postponed indefinitely...

 
 
 
  The South Stream: is the patient on life support or really dead?

Viktor Denisenko
2015 01 12

Although after an official notice of high Russian officials on termination of the gas pipeline South Stream it would be logical to close the topic, it seems that the game is not over. This situation reminds the joke about  „the patient who is more dead than alive“, or vice versa?

 

 

 
 
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Sergey Serebrov. Ukraine may get the most terrible weapon

2015 02 26

Quite soon the Ukrainian army may acquire modern weapons that can change the balance of forces in the eastern part of the country.



Former Secretary General of NATO: Ukraine renounced nuclear weapons needlessly

2015 02 24

Example of Ukraine clearly shows that stake on nuclear deterrence and the abandonment of the nuclear potential is unjustified.



British Defence Minister: Putin is ready for destabilization of the situation in the Baltic States

2015 02 19

Head of the UK Ministry of Defence Michael Fallon warned the NATO states about the readiness of the Russian President Vladimir Putin for actions aimed at destabilizing the situation in the Baltic countries, reports Telegraph.



Saakashvili will supervise the delivery of weapons from the West to Ukraine

2015 02 17

Former Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili appointed by Petro Poroshenko the Chairman of the Advisory International Council of Reforms as aide to the Ukrainian President, will focus on the supply of arms from Western countries to Ukraine. The former president told about that on the Ukrainian TV channel EspresoTV.



Reuters: Merkel spoke about the pressure of Putin on the separatists

2015 02 12

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told about the pressure of Russian President Vladimir Putin on the separatists from the wilfully breakaway republics so as to reach agreement on signing the document on peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass, reported Reuters on Thursday, 12 February.



Igor Vorobyov. Obama proposed 117 million to Kiev for fighting with Russia

2015 02 05

The US President Barack Obama submitted to the Congress a draft budget for 2016, which provides for the allocation of $117 million to Ukraine and $51 million to Moldova and Georgia "for opposing the Russian pressure and aggression."



NATO is ready for a long standoff with Russia

2015 02 03

The West has recalled sanctions after the war in Georgia in 2008, and Russia expects it to happen again. But this time the course will remain unchanged.


 

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