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  The main topic of the conference – the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict

Information of CGS
2014 06 09

On June 3rd The Centre for Geopolitical Studies held a conference “The conflicts in the South Caucasus as a geopolitical strategy tools for strengthening the positions”. The main topic of the conference was the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and Khojaly tragedy, which is sometimes even named a genocide.

  Russia’s Eurasian Economic Union moves south: the case of Kyrgyzstan

Fabio Belafatti, Coordinator of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asian Studies (Vilnius University, Oriental Studies Centre) and lecturer of Central Asian Politics
2014 06 09

For some former Soviet countries, the decision to align with Russia is not a matter of competing geopolitical strategies: it’s a necessity dictated by economic reasons and by Moscow’s massive blackmailing power. One such case is Kyrgyzstan, in Central Asia. This however does not mean that joining the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union is necessarily bad. For some states, including Kyrgyzstan itself, the risks of being “left behind” are just too big to be ignored.

  Eurasian economic community in the mist

Viktor Denisenko
2014 06 05

Not long ago it seemed that the project of Eurasian Economic Community (EAEC), which should have become Russia‘s response to the European Union, will become reality in 2015. However, aggressive Russia‘s actions in Ukraine, disregard of the international legal norms and other political games started worrying even the closest Moscow‘s partners. In view of this the EAEC project has again lost its visible contours.

  Elections to the European Parliament: major issues and challenges

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2014 05 19

The European Parliament (EP) is one of the EU’s main institutions; however, its authority and influence both on the EU governance structure and citizen of the EU Member States is minor. The eighth elections to EP in May of this year have already revealed Europe‘s major issues and challenges faced by parliamentism in the European Union.

  Kyrgyzstan: new government, new opposition alliances and geopolitical debates

Fabio Belafatti, Coordinator of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asian Studies (Vilnius University, Oriental Studies Centre) and lecturer of Central Asian Politics
2014 05 12

Something is moving in Kyrgyzstan: a new government, a new opposition alliance and the beginning of a new phase in a long-lasting power struggle in the South of the country indicate the existence of a dynamic and more flexible political system than anywhere else inCentral Asia. Debates over international alignment of the country intertwine with local power struggles to determine the future path of Kyrgyzstan in Eurasia.

  Direct television interview to Al Jezeera from Vilnius, 31-03-2014

2014 04 11

Vytautas Landsbergis is the first president after Lithuania declared its independence from the Soviet Union back in 1990. Now he is a Member of the European Parliament. He joined us from Vilnius,Lithuania. 

Mr. President, thank you for being with us. I want to play more of what the Secretary of State said. Take a listen.

  Ukraine: perspectives from Central Asia

Fabio Belafatti, Coordinator of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asian Studies (Vilnius University, Oriental Studies Centre) and lecturer of Central Asian Politics
2014 04 07

The events in Ukraine are being perceived in different ways throughout the former Soviet Union. Central Asia is no exception: their implications can be hardly underestimated by local leaders and populations alike. The former in particular have to carefully balance multiple, conflicting interests when reacting to the unfolding of events.

  The Russians Are Coming

Michael Weiss
2014 04 01

10 very good reasons not to believe Vladimir Putin when he says he's totally not going to invade eastern Ukraine.

  Parliamentary Forum of Democracy

Vytautas Landsbergis, European Parliament, Brussels
2014 03 28

Europe of today is not the Europe of yesterday. But gradual awakening is not yet a wake.

  Ethnic tensions in Central Asia: autochthonous and Russian minorities (1)

Fabio Belafatti, Coordinator of the Centre of Contemporary Central Asian Studies (Vilnius University, Oriental Studies Centre) and lecturer of Central Asian Politics
2014 03 10

A common prophecy about Central Asia was that after independence the region would rapidly fall into ethnic-based violence that could potentially tear it apart. Over twenty years after the fall of the USSR, this is yet to materialize. Instead,Central Asia shows a proneness to small-scale tensions over resources that take an ethnic form, but seem incapable of causing full-scale security threats and state collapse. This article analyses both the dynamics of inter-ethnic tensions between local minorities and the role of the Russian minority in Central Asia.

  Maidan’s doomsday: Fierce laws, farce amnesty and furiously faithful people in Ukraine

Andriy Tyushka, a postdoctoral research fellow at the European Neighbourhood Policy Chair, College of Europe (Natolin Campus)
2014 02 27
With renewed vigor, Ukraine turned to a Maidanian republic.

After a while of the declared truce, on February 18, 2014, clashes with police special units as well as internal battle groups, flaming tires, cars and buildings ‘habitually’ completed the image of antigovernment protests whereas revealing new shades and sacrificing new victims to the people’s fight against the regime. The government failed to become responsible and responsive. Maidan became diversified and uncontrolled instead...

  Manoeuvres of Viktor Yanukovich

Auđra Radzevičiűtë-Kornelija Bradaitë
2014 02 24

When several weeks ago political situation in Ukraine has again become tense, president Viktor Yanukovych went on sick leave. But when political battles reached the Supreme Rada, he had to forget the illness and fight the fire on „own ship“: 52 Party of the Regions MP’s were ready to vote for a draft law on the amnesty of the detained protesters initiated by the opposition

  What is happening at the Maidan in Kiev

Anja Lange
2014 02 21

For the past three months people have been protesting in the center of Kiev. The protests began on the 21st of November, when Ukrainebacked out of an Association Agreement with the European Union in favor of a loan and natural gas deal with Russia. In the beginning, nobody imagined that the protests would go on for so long and that there would even be casualties.

  Correspondence from Lviv

2014 02 21

Dear friends, it has been three months since the confrontation of the President Viktor Yanukovych with the people of Ukraine began. Yesterday the conflict took on a threatening form. Current situation may result in a civil war. Thus we take it upon ourselves to inform you about the events in Ukraine. We will provide you with yet another viewpoint regarding this conflict. We will do our best to remain fair and objective.

Maidan Community Council, Lviv

  Europe and Lithuania in 2013

Viktor Denisenko
2014 02 14

European moods prevailed in Lithuania in 2013. The country was in the centre of European Union’s events: Lithuania started its first-ever Presidency of the Council of the European Union. Vilnius has successfully fulfilled the commitments, although for European Union the year 2013 was quite problematic.

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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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