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  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.

 
 
  The Conferment of the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon upon Mr. Rimantas Vaitkus

Embassy of Japan in Lithuania
2015 05 23

On May 22nd 2015 at the residence of the Ambassador of Japan Kazuko Shiraishi, Mr. Rimantas Vaitkus was conferred with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Neck Ribbon for his contribution to promotion of mutual understanding, and economic and technical exchanges between Japan and Lithuania.

 
 
  How Russia, the West, and China Made the World a Less Secure Place (107)

2015 05 11

The ‘Ukrainian Crisis’ has grave implications for the future of nonproliferation.

Russia’s annexation of Crimea and covert intervention in Donbas subvert the international nonproliferation regime on weapons mass destruction. The Kremlin has almost fully abrogated the Budapest Memorandum on Security Assurances, given to Kyiv in December 1994. This agreement between Ukraine, on the one side, and the United States, UK, and Russia, on the other, led to the dismantling of the sizeable Ukrainian collection of Soviet-era atomic weapons. While Kyiv’s arsenal was, after the dissolution of the USSR, technically unusable, it included more nuclear warheads than those held by China,France, and the UK combined.

 
 
  Could a Sino-Russian Alliance Be the Kremlin’s Way Out?

By Andreas Umland
2015 05 05

Russia’s current economic, foreign affairs and international image problems will not only impact relations with the West, but also its position vis-à-vis China and other important players around the world. Both the ongoing economic recession and the diminishing general trust in oral or written assurances by Russia’s leadership has effects beyond Russia-EU cooperation. Because of its erratic political behavior, clear breach of international law and low economic performance, and in light of continuing Western sanctions, Russia is becoming a more risky and less solvent partner, not just for Western partners but for everybody. This trend could continue, if not increase, over the coming years, and that could limit Russia’s growth prospects and further diminish its relative weight.

 
 
  Putin‘s friends: capricious Belarus

Viktor Denisenko
2015 04 27

In the official discourse one can hardly find a closer Russia‘s partner and ally than Belarus, but relations of the states often remind a complicated game hidden behind the masks of friendly smiles.

 
 
  Can the EU army strengthen security in the Eastern Europe?

2015 04 23

At the request of the East European Security Research Initiative, a selection of experts from Georgia, Latvia, Moldova, Slovakia and Ukraine commented on the prospects of the EU army creation, as proposed by the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, in terms of national interests and security of the East European countries.

 
 
  Russia-China cooperation: relationship of equal partners?

Diana Garmašaitė
2015 03 30

Unrest in Ukraine has become the main catalyst which gave rise to the crisis in the relations of Russia and Western world. After the United States and the EU imposed sanctions on Russia, Moscow started reorienting its entire economy toward the East and first of all toward China. With Beijing’s support Putin hopes to sustain the national economy and regime. What are the benefits of this friendship?

 
 
  Iran in Moscow‘s radar

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2015 02 23

Russia-Iran Military Cooperation Agreement was signed during the visit of Russian Defence minister Sergey Shoigu to Tehran. This is the first time an inter-governmental military cooperation agreement has been concluded in the centuries-old history of bilateral relations.  It stipulates coordination of actions in the fight against terrorism and drug trafficking, cooperation in peacekeeping operations, conduct of joint military staff exercises and organisation of training courses. The dispute on selling S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran also seemed to be settled, yet its proceedings are not clear. But here what matters most is overall aspect of Russia‘s march to the South.  

 
 
  Back to the past: 1914 revisited in 2014?

Viktor Denisenko
2015 02 09

Events of the last year overshadowed one of the major historical events – 100 years since the start of the First World War. The year 1914 is commemorated as the year of catastrophe; 2014 is over, but there is still a feeling that historical truth of 1914 revisited the world.

 
 
  Securing Peace Instead of Rewarding Expansion

Andreas Umland, Institute for Euro-Atlantic Cooperation, Kyiv (editor of the appeal)
2015 02 02

An appeal, by 142 German-speaking experts on Eastern Europe, for a reality-based and not illusions-guided Russia policy.

 
 
  Neglected Donbas – a geopolitical pawn

Viktor Denisenko
2015 01 20

The future of Eastern Ukraine where military actions have ceased by the end of 2014 is still vague. The conflict is neither resolved nor frozen, and today it is difficult to anticipate the outcome of processes taking place in this territory. It seems that nobody is interested in Donbas region destroyed by the military intervention.

 
 
  Ten Policy Proposals to Rescue Ukraine

Kostyantyn Fedorenko, Andreas Umland
2015 01 13

Towards a Paradigm Shift in the West’s Support for Kyiv’s Europeanization Attempts

The interaction between the West and Ukraine over the last twenty five years has been shaped by the conditionality paradigm. Kyiv’s rapprochement with the West, as a whole, and Brussels, in particular, was made dependent on the progress of Ukraine’s democratization, liberalization, and reformation. The ultimate rewards that the West offered for such achievements did exist. But they were small, or blurred, or both. It was a “conditionality lite” or “soft conditions” approach. Even in the case of Ukrainian reform success, larger repercussions for either Brussels or Kyiv were postponed indefinitely...

 
 
  Researching Zhirinovskii’s World War III: The German Left, the NATO Label, and the Analysis of Post-Soviet Russia (1)

By Andreas Umland
2015 01 05

Observers outside Germany may be surprised to learn that a frequent condemnation in German political debates is that a certain action, person or organization is linked to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. This reproving label is popular among startlingly many Germans although West Germany has been a member of NATO since 1955 while East Germany joined NATO in 1990 via German reunification. Almost all Germans who use the NATO label to disapprove of their opponents are citizens of a NATO member country. Most of them have spent their adult or even entire lives on NATO territory, some within the public administration of a NATO member state. Only very few of Germany’s ardent NATO critics seem to have renounced their citizenship and terminated their presence, in a NATO member state.

 
 
  Ukraine after elections

Viktor Denisenko
2014 11 24

2014 has become for Ukraine the year of challenges and serious changes; the early elections to the Supreme Rada was an important period of the above processes.

According to the exit polls, the Petro Poroshenko Block has received about 23 percent of the votes; the People's Front, led by the current prime minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk, received 21 percent. The Self-Help, led by Lviv Mayor Andriy Sadovyy received 13 percent. Thus, building of the governing coalition is in the hands of these political parties.  

 
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Ukraine has filed a lawsuit against Russia in the International Court of Justice for terrorism and racism (4)

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 (5)

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 (3)

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 (1)

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 (1)

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
Techno HUNDRED

"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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