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  Russia Is Destroying Its Food

Stratfor
2015 08 18

Forecast

A Kremlin crackdown on food imports that violate Russian sanctions will continue to draw criticism throughout Russia.
If the Kremlin continues with its crackdown, protests will expand.
To limit the backlash, Moscow may opt for sporadic crackdowns rather than systematic enforcement of food sanctions.

 
 
 
  Russia and its choice

Viktor Denisenko
2015 08 05

Today configuration of Russia’s geopolitical game is more or less clear: Russia is focused on Ukraine. By stealing Crimea and fuelling conflicts in Eastern Ukraine, Russia has trespassed the red line. The West couldn’t ignore this. We could only guess Moscow’s expectations at the beginning of this game. Maybe they were the same in the war with Georgia in 2008: the West will not have unanimous position, will not take Moscow’s aggression for granted and avoid conflicts with Russia. The first cautious response of the West let the Kremlin believe that this was precisely the direction in which things were going. When Western world cautiously responded to Crimea’s annexation with the first wave of sanctions, Moscow laughed.

 
 
 
  The EU-Russian Relationship with Special Reference to the Security of the Baltic States

Vytautas Landsbergis
2015 08 04

Lecture at the meeting of Euro-Atlantic Group, London, 1 July 2015

When putting Russia-EU issue on the table, we must define the points at the very beginning. What Russia it is going about? As realists (not illusionists like many naive Westerners - Putinsverstehers, etc) we should take into consideration the current Russia of V. Putin and the quite broadly putinized population of common Russians.

 
 
 
  All Alone: Russia near Europe

Viktor Denisenko
2015 07 27

In the current political discourse everything is measured in geopolitical victories. Such an approach also correlates with a mythologized concept of victory in the Great Patriotic War. Seven years ago Russia celebrated victory against Georgia, and later geopolitical victory against the Western world which swallowed in silence the fact that Russia ignored the Medvedev – Sarkozy plan and recognised the ”independence” of South Ossetia and Abkhazia. One year ago Moscow celebrated even more important victory – the occupation of Crimea. Later efforts have been made to promote the project ”Novorussia”, but the Kremlin didn’t manage to fully realise this idea. It seems that the period of Russia’s geopolitical victories has expired, and without new victories it will eventually experience the abstinence syndrome.

 
 
 
  Heavy metal policy: allied forces in Central and Eastern Europe[i]

Robertas Ðapronas
2015 07 21

According the latest information, the United States will deploy heavy military equipment in Central and Eastern Europe. Specific figures and details have not been disclosed yet, but it seems that this equipment is meant for a ground force of 3000-4000 soldiers to be deployed in the entire region: Poland, Romania, Bulgaria and Baltic States. The U.S. is going to spread Abrams battle tanks, armoured fighting vehicles and artillery systems.

 
 
 
  ASEAN: integration challenge for the organization unified by the smallest common denominator

Þivilë Jusaitë
2015 07 09

At the beginning of this age the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) announced an ambitious goal – to establish the ASEAN community comprised of the three pillars, namely the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), the ASEAN Economic Community or AEC and the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC). It is envisaged that AEC, based on the creation of a common market, improvement of its competitiveness, promotion of economic growth and further integration of ASEAN to the global economy, is due to be established by the end of 2015...

 
 
 
  Strategic camouflage as Russia‘s political lifestyle

Viktor Denisenko
2015 07 06

Secrecy has become increasingly apparent phenomenon of Russia‘s political life.  This correlates with the trends of a new Russian authoritarian regime which has been promoted by Vladimir Putin and his team for more than a decade. Political decision-making mechanisms are stifled under a mantle of secrecy, the talks about other public related actions or processes initiated by the authorities are circumvented.

 
 
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2015 07 30

A country joining NATO puts itself at risk"



Alexandra Sergejeva. Latvia and Ukraine: strengthening of relations

2015 07 28

Latvia could increase export of fishery products to Ukraine and is, subsequently, asking Ukraine to develop a simplified import procedure for these products, stated today at a meeting the Minister of Agriculture Janis Duklavs and the Ukrainian Ambassador to Latvia Yevhen Perebiynis.



Olga Goncharova. Russia is strongly provoking NATO

2015 07 24

Each day a new incident In the Baltic region



Anatolij Tarasov. US worries: China opened the BRICS Bank

2015 07 23

The New Development Bank established by the BRICS countries in Shanghai started its operation, informed the Press TV.  It will provide funding for infrastructure projects in the countries - participants of the association and will compete with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank in Washington.



Karina Iljina. Lithuanian military go to Ukraine

2015 07 22

Military manoeuvres begin



Darius Sadkovsky. President of Latvia arrived in Lithuania

2015 07 14

Dalia Grybauskaite: Close cooperation will continue with President Vejonis



Anatoly Tarasov. Vejonis will first visit Estonia

2015 07 10

Raymond Vejonis, swearing the oath of the president of the state on 8 July, will make his first foreign visit to Estonia. He said this on the TV LNT channel «900 seconds."


 

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