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  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?

 

 

 
 
 
  Researching Zhirinovskii’s World War III: The German Left, the NATO Label, and the Analysis of Post-Soviet Russia (1)

Andreas Umland
2015 01 05

Observers outside Germany may be surprised to learn that a frequent condemnation in German political debates is that a certain action, person or organization is linked to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This reproving label is popular among startlingly many Germans although West Germany has been a member of NATO since 1955 while East Germany joined NATO in 1990 via German reunification. Almost all Germans who use the NATO label to disapprove of their opponents are citizens of a NATO member country. Most of them have spent their adult or even entire lives on NATO territory, some within the public administration of a NATO member state. Only very few of Germany’s ardent NATO critics seem to have renounced their citizenship and terminated their presence, in a NATO member state.

 
 
 
  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2014 12 25

Dear Readers,

Geopolitika.lt team would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Prosperous New Year.

 
 
 
  Russia: ongoing disputes over history (II)

Viktor Denisenko
2014 12 22

What historical events (including their interpretations) Moscow is most worried about, and what is a common vector of „fight against falsification“?

 

 

 
 
 
  Russia: ongoing disputes over history (1)

Viktor Denisenko
2014 12 17

Russia is often called „a country with an unpredictable past“. The Kremlin refers to history as an ideological influence tool, and in this regard the situation is very much alike the one in George Orwell‘s dystopian novel „1984“, where historical past is revised following the changes in the political conjuncture. One can easily discern similar tendencies in the current Russia‘s political realities.

 
 
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Georgia and Lithuania want to conclude an agreement on economic cooperation

2015 01 27

Governments of Georgia and Lithuania are going to sign an agreement on economic cooperation, stated the head of the Georgian Government Irakli Garibashvili at a joint press conference with his Lithuanian counterpart Algirdas Butkevièius in Tbilisi on Monday, 26 January.



Poland promises to help Ukraine to become independent from the Donbass coal

2015 01 22

Poland will help Ukraine to restructure thermal power stations for consuming different types of coal, in order to overcome the dependence on the Donbass anthracite, stated Prime Minister of Poland Ewa Kopacz during her visit to Kiev on 19 January, the REGNUM correspondent was informed at the press service of the Ukrainian president.



Anatoly Tarasov. Media: Russia invaded Ukraine

2015 01 20

Battalions of task force groups of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation, which have crossed the Ukrainian border today, consist of about 600-700 Russian military, reported to RBC-Ukraine Andrey Lysenko, ATO Speaker.



Dmitry Muzalevskiy. Germany warned about the threat of war in Europe

2015 01 16

According to the German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, the threat of a large-scale war in Europe because of the tension in the East of Ukraine remains. The Minister did not eliminate escalation of a new armed conflict in the Donbass. "The danger posed by this conflict is not yet resolved," - he warned in an interview with the newspaper Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitung, released on Thursday, 15 January.



Igor Vorobev. Rossiya strengthens borders with troops

2015 01 15

The RF Defence Ministry will strengthen in 2015 militant groups in the Crimea, Kaliningrad and the Arctic

"In 2015, main efforts of the Defence Ministry will be focused on improving the combat capacities of the Armed Forces, increasing the capacity of service in accordance with the plans of military construction. Particular attention will be given to the groups in the Crimea, Kaliningrad and the Arctic" - quoted the Chief of Staff Valery Gerasimov RIA "Novosti ".



MFA: creation in the EU of a new channel in the Russian-language against the Russian propaganda is contrary to the freedom of expression

2015 01 13

TASS

The prospect of such media may be discussed at the nearest meeting of foreign ministers of the European Union



Ian Lebedka. Belarus wants to open a consulate in the United States

2014 12 30

Belarusian authorities have for the first time decided to open two consulates on the territory of the United States. One of them will operate in Florida, another – in Texas, told Belarusian consul in Florida Michael Morgulis to the RIA "Novosti".


 

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