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  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 Šapronas
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

Živilė Jusaitė
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.

 
 
 
  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.

 
 
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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."



Vladimir Buchel'nikov. Expires the first term of Latvia’s presidency of the EU Council

2015 07 09

On 7 July, Prime Minister Laimdota Straujuma officially completes in Strasbourg Latvia's first presidency of the EU Council, said the consultant of the Communication Department of the State, Chancellery Zane Leytane.


 

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