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  Riots across the Baltic States: in search for affinities

Česlovas Iškauskas, political analyst
2009 03 19

At the end of April 2007 the capital of Estonia was shaken by the mass riot which originated from the removal of the Bronze soldier, the monument built in memory to the red army soldiers perished during the war.

  Crisis management plans in Western Europe - without reinventing the wheel

Aušra Radzevičiūtė
2009 03 16

The global credit crisis affected not only the new EU Member States, but also the “heavyweight” Western European countries. On 20 January the smallest British pound exchange rate against USD was recorded during the period of 8 years – this was the response to the plan for rescue of the national financial system, the value of which totals to GBP 250 billion.

  The Gaza war – a step back from reconciliation

Jonas Motiejūnas
2009 03 12

Israel has not achieved victory in Gaza Strip. Although Hamas infrastructure was destroyed in Gaza, its reconstruction for Hamas is a question of time. The Palestinians were supported by nearly the entire Islamic world, Israel only by the United States and several other states.  The Israeli-Palestinian agreement is possible, but it does not seem that either of the parties would honestly seek it.

  Chinese economy: locomotive or the last wagon?

Aušra Radzevičiūtė
2009 03 05

The global credit crisis has stricken even the states the economic growth of which was unquestionable. Back in autumn the official Beijing asserted that it was not afraid of the global crisis: the currency reserve amounts to 2 trillion US dollars, and the bank system operates independently from foreign banks. Although in October the Chinese export increased by 19,2 percent, in November it decreased by 2,2, in December – by 2,8 percent. Imports in November fell by even 17,9 percent.

  Why Slovakia‘s example is so attractive to Lithuania (1)

Česlovas Iškauskas, political analyst
2009 03 03

The Russian-Ukrainian gas dispute in January 2009 disrupted natural gas supplies and electricity generation and made 15 of 27 EU Member States elaborate anti-crisis plans. Slovakia turned out to be the leader: it decided to resume operations of the Bohunice Nuclear Power Plant which was shutdown at the end of 2008.

  Central and Eastern Europe: dramatic economic growth is in the past

Aušra Radzevičiūtė
2009 02 18

Practically none of the states managed to escape from consequences of the global credit crisis, but economic situation and response to emerging problems varies from country to country. In this respect Central and Eastern European countries can serve as an example: Slovakia, which is glad of introducing Euro, Czech Republic, which hasn’t experienced crisis yet, and Hungary, the disappointing situation of which has become for the Lithuanian Prime Minister A.Kubilius a tool for frightening own citizens.

  “Bison Hunting” in the Belovezh forest...

Česlovas Iškauskas, political analyst
2009 02 02

The agreement signed in Viskuli village at the Belovezh forest on 8 December 1991 declared the Soviet Union dissolved and established the Commonwealth of Independent States. The document was signed by the leaders of Belarus, Russia and Ukraine (S.Shushkevich. B.Yeltsin and L.Kravchuk). The parliaments of the three states ratified the agreement on 10-12 December, and on 21 December the Alma Ata protocol was signed, pursuant to which another eight former soviet republics joined the Commonwealth.

  The Somali pirates filled up the cup of the international community

Mindaugas Gabrėnas
2009 01 29

During the eleven months of 2008 the sea pirates organized 97 attacks at the coast of Somalia. The damage was done to military, cargo and tourist vessels of France, Spain, Denmark, Saudi Arabia, Ukraine etc. Efforts of individual forces of the United States (U.S), the United Kingdom (UK), France, Russia and India, directed towards assurance of safe navigation in the region, were not effective.

  The Estonians are concerned on how the Latvians will manage the economic crisis

Aušra Radzevičiūtė
2009 01 26

The key similarity between the Estonian and Latvian budgets approved in 2009 is optimally reduced expenditures. Despite that, the scope of the economic crisis and ways for its management in the two countries are different. The Latvians apply for the international support, whereas the Estonians proposed its support to Riga.

  The attitude of big and small states towards Russia

Jonas Motiejūnas
2009 01 15

The world‘s attitudes towards Russia are different. The attitude of the states which have never had direct contacts with Russia is usually neutral or positive.

The Russian politicians are convinced that their country is a great country or at least can acquire such status. Russia’s neighbors, on the contrary,  are worried,  and this is quite natural.

  The soviet fairy tale before history falls asleep

Aušra Radzevičiūtė
2009 01 12

In May of this year 50 activists of a pro-Kremlin movement The Young Russia hanged a doll symbolizing the Latvian film director E.Shnore, who created the documentary „The Soviet Story“. During the meeting M.Leontyev, a Russian TV observer, said that the Latvian film was an extension of the war against the Russian nation. M.Mishchenka, a  deputy of Duma, was also among the protesters outside the Latvian Embassy in Moscow.

  Does „the last European dictatorship“ still exist?

Česlovas Iškauskas, political analyst
2008 12 22

Recently the official Minsk or president A. Lukashenka, who has been ruling Belarus since 1994, changed its rhetoric. It is not tough and fierce anymore, on the contrary – Belarus is more diplomatic towards East and West and even somehow dissociated from Moscow.

  The Georgian opposition: new situation, new hopes

Aušra Radzevičiūtė
2008 12 15

The recent actions of the Georgian opposition were far from constructive: it organized noisy protest campaigns, but did not manage to throw down the glove to President M. Saakashvili. Neither during the last presidential elections, nor during the recent elections to parliament. But now the situation could change not only because of the unsuccessful war with Russia but also because of the return of the charismatic N.Burjanadze to the big policy.

  Nagorno-Karabakh – part of a long and serious game (2)

Jonas Motiejūnas
2008 12 11

Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is the first serious conflict in the former Soviet Union. It has been lasting until now and it seems that for certain parties „freezing“ of this situation is very useful.

  A blow to the Monroe doctrine

Aušra Radzevičiūtė
2008 11 25

During the recent visit to Russia, president of Venezuela H.Chavez said that the United States would „get a blow beneath Mexico“: paratroops of the Russian military fleet with the heavy nuclear cruiser Piotr Veliky ahead will navigate in the Caribbean sea.

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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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