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  The United States and China: friends under compulsion

Stanislovas Stasiulis
2011 11 21

The United States and China could be considered the two super powers, but one is dealing with the financial crisis and seeks to keep its dominant position in global politics, and the other pursues economic growth and expands its military power.

  The U.S. and Russia: geopolitical winners of Libyan campaign (1)

Maksym Khylko, Research Fellow at Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, PhD in Philosophy and MA in International Relations
2011 11 15

Completion of the main phase of armed struggle in Libya gives the opportunity to make some geopolitical conclusions, among them the conclusion on the U.S. and Russia excellent abilities to get geopolitical benefits even in uncomfortable circumstances.

  A jump of the Asian “tiger” to Eastern Europe

Česlovas Iđkauskas, political analyst
2011 10 31

For China is not enough to conquer all of the Far East and Asia’s neighbors. According to the Russian journal Vlast, China seeks to consolidate its influence in the countries which are considered by Moscow as the zones of its influence: Ukraine and Belarus. Beijing started investing to the economies of the above post-soviet countries.

  20 years after the putsch: Russia and Lithuania

Viktor Denisenko
2011 10 03

Twenty years ago Lithuania was fighting for the recovered independence which was not recognized by the soviet authorities. There were efforts to bring Lithuania back to the “international soviet family” by force: in January 1991 armored vehicles and tanks rolled down Vilnius streets, and soviet troops occupied the Press Building, Radio and TV committee building and TV tower. Fourteen peaceful civilians were killed; one of the Alfa group officers was shot by mistake by counterparts.

  Silent revolution in Belarus: inanticipation of changes

Liudmila Kazak
2011 09 28

The actions of national authorities which resulted in the devaluation of Belorussian ruble and sharp jump of prices brought the most active citizens into the streets where they arranged a new form of protest campaigns. No slogans, no banners against the current regime, and strictly non-verbal gatherings: just clap, every two or three minutes. The first protest campaign organized by a group of activists took place on 1 June via the social networks VKontakte and Facebook, but then law enforcement institutions seemed not to notice that.

  Elections in Abkhazia – the auction for loyalty to Russia

Česlovas Iđkauskas, political analyst
2011 09 19

The results of elections held on 26 August in Abkhazia didn‘t surprise. They showed that Alexander Ankvab who has been acting vice president of the republic for only three months (after the former leader of Abkhazia Sergey Bagapsh died after the lung operation in Moscow) was elected with nearly 55% of the vote. He was competing with Prime Minister Sergey Shamba and the leader of opposition Raul Khajimba.

  The European New Right: high time to ring the alarm!

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2011 09 05

The tragic events in Norway require to take a closer look at the extreme right-wing parties and movements in Europe which are becoming increasingly popular. The success of Jorg Haider’s Party for Freedom in the 2008 Austrian Parliamentary elections and 2009 elections to the European Parliament (EP) when the extreme right-wing parties won about 7-8 percent of seats sparked European-wide resonance.

  Information warfare has been replaced with information terrorism

Viktor Denisenko
2011 08 30

Society started speaking about the information warfare two decades ago. Today information aggression becomes reality. It might be expressed in different ways, the aggressor has a possibility to retain anonymity, though quite often it is possible to discern who is standing behind the attack.

  Georgia: new revolution, overturn or ordinary disorders?

Marius Ëmuţis
2011 07 25

During the first decade of Independence Georgia didn’t become a liberal democracy and now pursues the same goal of having peaceful revolutions. The Rose, Orange and Tulip revolutions seemed to bring certain post-Soviet states to the embrace of the West, but the winners of these revolutions didn’t manage to ensure neither political nor economic stability of their countries.

  The reason for the deadlock over Nagorno-Karabakh

Česlovas Iđkauskas, political analyst
2011 07 21

Although in 1994 the armistice treaty was signed by Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno Karabakh (NK), the countries didn’t stop fighting. The meeting of Azerbaijani and Armenian leaders Ilham Aliyev and Serzh Sargsyan with Russian leader Dmitry Medvedev’s mediation in Kazan was one more step of the international community toward resolving the conflict.

  Information war: sad memories and funny implications

Matas Jakaitis
2011 07 11

Several weeks ago Lithuania commemorated the painful events marking 70 years since the start of mass deportation to Siberia, therefore the reaction toward everything related to those events was overly sensitive. Some of the ideas expressed on Russian TV channel RTVi (broadcast “Grani nedeli”) about the deportation of citizens of Baltic States in 1941 shocked me and, I hope, many Lithuanians.

  Russia and Baltic States: silent “reset” of relations?

Viktor Denisenko
2011 07 04

Today the ”reset” of transnational relations (e.g. with the United States or Poland) is quite a popular subject in Russia. Certain “reset” of relations between Russia and Baltic States could also be suspected but so far these are only unofficial talks.

  What does Lukashenka need? A whip or a candy?

Česlovas Iđkauskas, political analyst
2011 06 20

Although Belarus tried to demonstrate its resistance to the global crisis, now the country appeared in the epicenter of crisis: primary commodity prices increased, the standard of living declined and there is apparent lack of foreign currency. Minsk is feverishly looking for creditors and is forced to apply to Moscow and the West for help.

  Fatah-Hamas Reconciliation: where does it lead to?

Aivaras Bagdonas, VU TSPMI doktorantas
2011 06 13

While international community has been watching the events in Libya, Syria and other Arab countries, Palestine released a worrying message: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party and the radical Islamist Hamas movement declared reconciliation. On 3 May 13 Palestinian fractions, including Fatah and Hamas representatives, signed the Palestinian unity agreement in Cairo.

  Ukraine, Customs Union and EU

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2011 05 30

The economic and geopolitical future of Ukraine has again become the focus of attention. Kiev has two choices: to join the Customs Union (CU) patronized by Russia or to complete the Free Trade Zone negotiations with the EU. According to Ukrainian authorities the priority is given to European integration, but the country also seeks cooperation with the CU (i.e. with Russia) which is beneficial for Ukraine. What results can we expect?

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Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice for terrorism and racism (41)

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 (67)

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 (23)

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 (2)

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 (3)

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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