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  Malta raises alarm on Russia in Libya

By Eric Maurice, Nikolaj Nielsen, and Andrew Rettman, euobserver
2017 01 16

A Russian-backed Libyan warlord could start a “civil war” in Libya, increasing refugee flows to the EU, Malta has warned.The danger comes as the Libyan commander, Khalifa Haftar, advances on Tripoli, the seat of the UN-recognised government, Malta’s foreign minister, George Vella, told press in Valletta on Friday (13 January).
  Russia Looks for an Exit in Syria

2017 01 06


Despite the shared cause of supporting Damascus, Moscow and Tehran will continue to differ in their commitment to the conflict.

As Russia concocts an exit strategy, its relations with Iran will steadily sour.

The divergences between the countries will exacerbate the differences among Syria's loyalist forces.
  The Power Vertical: Putins Perfect Storm

Brian Whitmore, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty
2016 12 30

Waging a guerrilla war

One announcement came from Berlin. Another came from Washington. And they came weeks apart.
  The Glazyev Tapes, Origins ofthe Donbass Conflict, and Minsk Agreements

By Andreas Umland
2016 12 28

What are the origins of the armed conflict that has been raging in eastern Ukraine since 2014? Which role did Russia play in the emergence and escalation of the originally unarmed confrontation, in the Donets Basin (Donbas), after the victory of the Euromaidan revolution? When, how and to what degree exactly did Moscow get involved? Which relative weight did local sources of the conflict have when compared to the impact of foreign factors, i.e. the Kremlin’s covert actions in Ukraine? These and similar questions are not only academic topics hotly debated in Ukraine and the West. The way one answers them will also have far-going implications for Western thinking, policies and diplomacy with regard to Russia and Ukraine, during the next years. Recently, new evidence and research has emerged that is clarifying the picture.
  Looking to the Orient. Overview of the Political Relevance in Asian Region during November, 2016

Irmantas Peèiûra, Asia policy expert
2016 12 27

Far East and Southeast Asia

Japan, South Korea, India and other Southeast Asian countries which associate their security and economic well-being with the role of the US in the Asia-Pacific region worry about the isolationist tendencies in the electoral rhetoric of the US president-elect Donald Trump. More than once, Donald Trump had mentioned that Japan and South Korea should put more effort into their own defence and maintaining US troops stationed on their soil, and that if they don’t increase funding, US military outfits could be recalled, giving these countries an opportunity to develop their own nuclear arsenalsand counter threats coming from China and North Korea. With the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, Japan  and South Korea had committed to refrain from buying and manufacturing nuclear weapons. This is one of the reasons why these countries seek US military aid.

  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

2016 12 25

Dear Readers,

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

  Overview of Events in Ukraine during 7-20 November, 2016

Algirdas Karijotas
2016 12 19

These two weeks have been very eventful. The International Criminal Court equating the annexation of Crimea to an international military conflict, and the Human Rights Committee under the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) adopting a resolution regarding human rights in Crimea, which refers to Russia as an occupying power and Crimea – a temporarily occupied territory, are bound to have profound geopolitical consequences.

Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice for terrorism and racism

2017 01 19

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine filed a lawsuit in the UN International Court of Justice against Russia within the framework of the International Convention for the Suppression of the Financing of Terrorism and the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, says the site of the Foreign Minister. This is done on the instructions of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, issued on 16 January.

National Armed Forces (NAF) of Latvia will deploy additional military units in three cities

2017 01 18

For effective complex defence of Latvia, the establishment of a permanent division of the National Armed Forces has started in Latgale, reported the official website of the Ministry of Defence.


In Lithuania the amount of 110 thousand Euros was collected at a concert in support of the ATO fighters and residents of Donbass

2017 01 17

On 13 January a concert "Together to the victory" was held in Lithuania, where the audience decided to support Ukraine's defence and donated 110 thousand Euros.


Belarus has established a visa-free regime for citizens of 80 countries

2017 01 10

Alexander Lukashenko on 9 January signed a decree № 8 "On the establishment of visa-free entry and exit of foreign nationals." The document establishes visa-free entry to Belarus for a period not exceeding 5 days at the entrance through the checkpoint "National Airport Minsk" for citizens of 80 countries, - reported the press service of the President of Belarus.

The European Parliament approved the recall of visas for citizens of Ukraine and Georgia

2016 12 19


The European Parliament approved the granting of a visa-free regime for short-term trips to the citizens of Ukraine and Georgia, RIA Novosti reported.


The US House of Representatives approved actions against the influence of Russia

2016 12 08

The US House of Representatives approved a bill on establishing an inter-departmental body, the purpose of which would be to resist Russian attempts of "influencing the people and the governments" of other countries, - reported the Associated Press.

Alexander Parkhomenko. The pro-Russian (not already) President of Moldova, who was seated by the Russian Federation, stated about the way towards the EU

2016 12 02

"I back up": networks got surprised with the unexpected statement of the pro-Russian President Dodon about the EU.

The newly elected president of Moldova Igor Dodon, known for his pro-Russian views, stated that his country is not going to refuse from the cooperation with the European Union.


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