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  Russia-China cooperation: relationship of equal partners?

Diana Garmašaitė
2015 03 30

Unrest in Ukraine has become the main catalyst which gave rise to the crisis in the relations of Russia and Western world. After the United States and the EU imposed sanctions on Russia, Moscow started reorienting its entire economy toward the East and first of all toward China. With Beijing’s support Putin hopes to sustain the national economy and regime. What are the benefits of this friendship?

  Russian Domestic Politics, the "Ukraine Crisis" and the European Union Interview with Dr. Andreas Umland, IEAC Kyiv

Andreas Umland
2015 03 23

What did Putin’s sudden disappearance mean? Do you agree with experts who speak about the possibility of a coup d'etat?

Putin's 10-day absence was ominous and untypical. It went along with news of seeming conflict or mis-coordination in the Kremlin, for instance around the official narratives concerning the murder of Boris Nemtsov, and prehistory of the annexation of Crimea (Putin and the Russia Ministry of Affairs provided different stories about Russia's engagement in February-April 2014). In general, the Kremlin's behavior is becoming more erratic, by the month...

  Peace on Paper

Viktor Denisenko
2015 03 09

The world is still waiting for measures of the Minsk Agreement to be implemented. Ukraine experiences continual military confrontation, and situation in Debaltseve region has also worsened dramatically. According to the recent information thousands of Ukrainian troops could again be trapped in the Debaltseve boiler. The Ukrainian side denies siege possibilities, whereas separatists inform on their achievements in encircling Ukrainian troops.

  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.


Bulgaria is establishing a dialogue with Russia

2015 03 31

Bulgaria has taken a number of measures to restore the trade and economic relations with the Russian Federation.

Bomber of the Russian Federation has for the first time developed supersonic speed over the Baltics

2015 03 26

The Russian Tu-22M has for the first time during the conflict developed supersonic speed over the Baltic Sea.

It is reported by The Aviationist, referring to its own sources.

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.


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