Before the war the villages of Kriakovka, Orechovo-Donecke and Kalaus were all part of Slavianoserbsk district's Triochizbenka county. Now a demarcation line has been drawn through these villages. Slavianoserbsk is occupied by the military of unrecognized republics, meanwhile the Ukrainian government assigned the closest villages to Novoaidar district, and the village council turned into a civil-military administration.
Russia doesn’t want to just bring down Hillary Clinton but rather the United States itself.
TALLINN — The revelation that Russia’s intelligence services hacked the computer systems of Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign in what appears an attempt to weaken her in the U.S. election against Donald Trump may seem like the stuff of conspiracy.
Embassy of Japan in Lithuania 2016 07 27 Press Release
On the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the Establishment of New Diplomatic Relations between Japan and Lithuania, the Japan Training Squadron will visit Klaipeda Port at Pier 80 from 8 to 11 August 2016. It is for the first time that Lithuania receives the Japan Training Squadron. As a Commander of the Japan Training Squadron, Rear Admiral Hidetoshi IWASAKI leads the Training Squadron which organizes three ships “JS KASHIMA, TV 3508” (Captain Josuke Nakamura), “JS SETOYUKI, TV3518” (Commander Ken SAKAI), and “JS ASAGIRI, DD151” (Commander Hiroyuki TERAOKA), and about 750 personnel including 190 Junior Officers are on board.
The title of this article might seem like a paradox, as Russia has an active stance against NATO expansion. Moscow is using the discourse of “NATO getting closer to its borders” for propaganda purposes and also to justify her own actions. However, Russia's actions encourage her neighbors to seek membership in the Alliance. Here we are talking not only about post-Soviet countries, but alsoabout states likeFinland and Sweden that oftentimes ponder whether neutrality is a suitable choice under new geopolitical circumstances.
■ In the coming years, national governments, opposition groups and civil society organizations will increasingly turn to popular votes to decide a broad range of EU-related debates.
■ National governments will probably use referenda (or, more likely, the threat of them) to demand concessions from the European Union, to justify domestic decisions or to increase their own popularity.
■ Votes will take place against a backdrop of growing nationalism and fear of globalization, and the results will likely freeze or reverse the process of EU integration.
In the span of just several years, strategic camouflage became the main tactic of Russia's geopolitical games. For the first time in modern history, it was used during the annexation of Crimea. Today there is no secret that the Russian forces were acting on the Ukrainian territory disguised as self-defense groups” (this fact was acknowledged by Vladimir Putin himself in the propaganda film The Crimea: Way Back Home). Today such games are continued to be played not only in the post-Soviet sphere but in Syria as well.
The Kremlin will be the main winner of a Dutch popular rejection of the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement
On 6 April 2016, the Netherlands will be holding a national referendum where the Dutch people will be asked speak out for or against the EU’s Association Agreement with Ukraine – a large treaty between Brussels and Kyiv, signed in 2014 and ratified in 2015. For everybody who knows a bit about the EU, the upcoming Dutch plebiscite on this EU-Ukraine contract looks odd...
Lithuanian - Polish relationship has recently become quite ambivalent. On the one hand, both countries are members of the European Union and NATO responding negatively to Russia‘s aggression against Ukraine and treating Russia as a danger to the stability of the entire region. On the other hand, bilateral relations are aggravated by Poland‘s reprimands concerning the situation of local Polish community in Lithuania: spelling of Polish names in Lithuanian identity documents etc.
Last year, on the 25thof October the elections of Poland’s lower house of parliament (the Sejm) were won by a significant majority – 235 seats of a total of 460 – by the Law and Justice party (Prawo i Sprawiedliwoúã or PiS). If we consider the fact that the presidential elections in May were won by Andrzej Duda, who temporarily resigned from party membership, we can state that the highest ranks of power belong to this party.
Seemingly implausible alliances become possible in the ever-changing world. One could say that Ukraine and Turkey are neighbors, the Black Sea being the geographical connection point. Besides, both Ukraine and Turkey have already become “hostile” states in Russia’s political and public spheres. Thus, Kiev and Ankara might cooperate on the basis of the “enemy of my enemy is my friend” paradigm. Let us explore the possibility of bilateral relations between Turkey and Ukraine.
Kremlin devises its strategy accordingly, as we can see from the events described in the beginning of the article. Ukraine might face a terrorist threat that would not be limited to the border zone or eastern Ukraine. “War” might spread to the rest of the country's territory. As we saw, for now the capital is being targeted, which is predictable, as the goal of such “war” is to destabilize the country. Successful diversion would demonstrate that the country's government and power structure are unable to secure their people's safety.
Recently Ukraine marked the 2nd anniversary of Maidan. This provided for reflection of a two-year road pursued by the state, including the escape of Viktor Yanukovich, annexation of Crimea, the war in Eastern Ukraine, the two Minsk agreements and fragile situation of the frozen conflict.
The changes which Chechnya underwent in the 21st century are paradoxical. During the recent decade a separatist region referred to by Russians as the “inner abroad” during Ramzan Kadyrov’s rule has become a close Vladimir Putin’s ally. Although officially Chechnya is a part of the Russian Federation, its current leader managed to reduce the impact of Russia and to govern the republic on his terms. Moscow closes eyes to Chechen issues and receives, in exchange for its financial support , false election results and Kadyrov’s support on foreign policy issues. So far Kadyrov’s and Putin’s coexistence seems to be mutually beneficial; life in Chechnya is rather calm, whereas Russian propaganda can use these relations as an example of a “dialogue among civilizations” inside the country. But will this last forever? What could be expected from a former separatist suspected of corruption and killing of opposition politicians?
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.
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 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.