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  Can a Sino-Russian Entente Save the Current Russian Regime? Risks and Vagaries of Moscow’s Growing Rapprochement with Beijing

Andreas Umland, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv
2015 06 09

On March 30th, 2015, the Chairman of Russia’s Council for Foreign and Defense Policy (an equivalent of the U.S.’s Council on Foreign Relations) Fyodor Lukyanov took the unusual step to publish a political “fantasy,” as he himself called it, about the year 2025. In his article “If the Russians and Chinese March Together” for the German daily Die Welt (The World), [1] Lukyanov paints the picture of a close economic, political and military alliance between Moscow and Beijing that could emerge over the next 10 years...

  Problem of Eastern Partnership policy as an interim station

Justina Budžiūtė, Baltic Sea Region Research Centre
2015 05 26

Eastern Partnership states could be defined as the region of the EU and Russian neighbourhood, cooperation and competition. Although in 2009 it was highlighted that Eastern Partnership is not directed against Russia, that it will create the space for cooperation, that six post-Soviet countries will be invited to sign the association agreements with the EU and free trade agreements, Russia perceived this as a breach of its power in the region.  

  Baltic Security: Russia’s Threats, NATO’s Capabilities and the “Belarus Factor” (1)

2015 05 25

Upon proposal of the East European Security Research Initiative, a selection of experts from Latvia, Lithuania, Belarus, Poland and Ukraine commented on the current issues of the Baltic states security, including the threats of Russia’s hybrid and conventional aggression, NATO's capabilities to secure the territorial integrity and national sovereignty of the Baltic states, and possible role of the “Belarus factor”, given its close military cooperation with Russia.

  The Conferment of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon upon Mr. Rimantas Vaitkus

Embassy of Japan in Lithuania
2015 05 23

On May 22nd 2015 at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan Kazuko Shiraishi, Mr. Rimantas Vaitkus was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for his contribution to promotion of mutual understanding, and economic and technical exchanges between Japan and Lithuania.

  Divided by Victory: Westerplatte, Moscow, Kiev

Viktor Denisenko
2015 05 18

The Second World War was the major tragedy and lesson of the 20th century. Some European leaders took part in a ceremony marking 70 years since the end of the war on 8 May in Poland (Westerplatte), whereas Russia commemorated Victory Day – 9 May – marking the end of the so called Great Patriotic War. But the atmosphere and focal points of the two ceremonies differed.

  How Russia, the West, and China Made the World a Less Secure Place

2015 05 11

The ‘Ukrainian Crisis’ has grave implications for the future of nonproliferation.

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and covert intervention in Donbas subvert the international nonproliferation regime on weapons mass destruction. The Kremlin has almost fully abrogated the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, given to Kyiv in December 1994. This agreement between Ukraine, on the one side, and the United States, UK, and Russia, on the other, led to the dismantling of the sizeable Ukrainian collection of Soviet-era atomic weapons. While Kyiv’s arsenal was, after the dissolution of the USSR, technically unusable, it included more nuclear warheads than those held by China,France, and the UK combined.

  Could a Sino-Russian Alliance Be the Kremlin’s Way Out?

Andreas Umland
2015 05 05

Russia’s current economic, foreign affairs and international image problems will not only impact relations with the West, but also its position vis-à-vis China and other important players around the world. Both the ongoing economic recession and the diminishing general trust in oral or written assurances by Russia’s leadership has effects beyond Russia-EU cooperation. Because of its erratic political behavior, clear breach of international law and low economic performance, and in light of continuing Western sanctions, Russia is becoming a more risky and less solvent partner, not just for Western partners but for everybody. This trend could continue, if not increase, over the coming years, and that could limit Russia’s growth prospects and further diminish its relative weight.


Latvia will take part in military exercises in Ukraine and Georgia

2015 07 01

Units of the National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia are planning to participate in military exercises to be held in July in Ukraine and Georgia.

PACE called Russia's actions in Ukraine "aggression"

2015 06 30

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution on missing persons during the conflict in the east of Ukraine, and in one of the amendments to the document actions of Russia are recognized as "aggression". The text of the resolution and the voting data of MPs are published on the official website of PACE.

Elena Usova. Lukashenko got alarmed at NATO activity

2015 06 18

The Head of State advises to keep gunpowder dry

Andron Kononov. The army will receive more than 40 new intercontinental ballistic missiles

2015 06 17


The share of modern weapons in the Russian Armed Forces will reach 70% in 5 years. On Tuesday, 16 June, Russian President Vladimir Putin made several important statements at the opening of the international military-technical forum "Army 2015". Namely, he announced that over 40 intercontinental ballistic missiles will be delivered to the arsenal of the Russian Army in 2015.

Japanese Experts of Nuclear Safety Visit Lithuania for Cooperation in The Field of Nuclear Safety

2015 06 12




The Embassy of Japan in Lithuania

On June 11th and 12nd 2015, the delegation of the Nuclear Regulation Authority of Japan (NRA)  headed by Mr. Kenichi Fujita, Director of International Affairs Office, paid a visit to Lithuania to discuss the cooperation of nuclear safety with the State Nuclear Power Safety Inspectorate of the Republic of Lithuania (VATESI).

Olerex concluded cooperation agreements with refuelling networks in Latvia and Lithuania

2015 06 12

Estonian fuel company Olerex signed cooperation agreements with a network of refuel companies in Latvia VIRŠI-A and with EMSI and Ventus in Lithuania, within the framework of which cards of customers and fuel cards at the level of the three Baltic States will be integrated into a single system of the three Baltic countries.

Lauri Laazi: Threats with the help of nuclear weapons are needed for deterrence

2015 06 11

Britain is ready to deploy nuclear missiles of the United States on the island, stated the head of the Foreign Office, Philip Hammond. He added that the Foggy Albion is going to send "clear signals to Vladimir Putin" against the backdrop of increased military activity in the Russian armed forces. Answer to the question given by the portal stolitsa.ee, what kind of threat the nuclear contraposition between Russia and NATO endangers, gives the Riigikogu deputy and a member of the commission on national defence Lauri Laazi.


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