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  Lithuanian-Belarusian relations: the choice between benefits and values

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2013 05 20

Belarus has long time ago become one of the major Lithuanian policy priorities. The country is economically relevant and at the same time politically problematic partner. Importance of Belarus is determined by the dependence of the Klaipëda Seaport on Belarusian cargo transit; last year it accounted for 30,5 percent of the total cargo operations (handling). Yet, Alexander Lukashenko‘s regime which is still considered to be the last Europe‘s dictatorship hampers the improvement of the dialogue between the countries.   

  Will Germany proceed to hold Europe on its shoulders?

Inga Popovaitë, political commentator
2013 05 07

At the beginning of April German Chancellor Angela Merkel spent her vacation in the island close to Naples. She was visited by the Campania region governor Stefano Caldoro who afterwards posted a video on his website where he urged her to look at the difficult areas including youth unemployment rates 10 times those of Germany. It is not the first time when Germany is criticised by South European countries complaining that they have to apply strict austerity measures in exchange for financial assistance.  

  Could Lithuania help Turkey step up EU accession?

Viktor Denisenko
2013 05 01

The visit of the Turkish President Abdullah Gülo to Lithuania at the beginning of April was important not only for the bilateral relations but also with respect to the approaching Lithuania‘s EU presidency. Some time ago Lithuania has expressed its clear position on Turkey‘s membership in the EU.

  China’s demographic trap

Rimvydas Ragauskas
2013 04 22

A silent demographic revolution in China is determined by two main factors: the fertility rate  (35-40 years ago it was approximately 6 children per woman and now is only 1,5-1,6 children per woman) and the increased life expectancy (6 decades ago it was only about 40 years, today about 73 years; and 80 years are forecasted by 2050). The major difference of these demographic processes in China is their unprecedented speed.

  Geopolitical aspects of the BRICS Association

Viktor Denisenko
2013 04 15

Today quite a lot of attention is given to the geopolitical association BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and the Republic of South Africa (RSA). Although this is neither a real political or economic association nor an international organisation, BRICS is  increasingly being treated as an actually existing international policy entity.  

  Will robots take our jobs?

Inga Popovaitë, political commentator
2013 04 03

Nobody would argue that recent developments of computing technologies could be equalled to the industrial revolution during which human beings will create mind assistants.

  Discussion on Lithuanian-Polish relations

2013 03 28

Recently Lithuania and Poland experience notable crisis in their relationship. Though economic relations between the countries were not very intensive, they managed to avoid major problems. But tension, mutual reproaches and inability to reach mutual consensus emerged at the political level.   

  Ukraine: Energy Threats and Integration Opportunities

Viktor Denisenko
2013 03 18

Recently Geopolitika.lt wrote that Ukraine had a real chance to sign the Association Agreement with the EU and take a serious step toward membership in the EU.

  Bidzina Ivanishvili‘s Georgia

Inga Popovaitë, political commentator
2013 03 12

In October 2012 the Georgian Dream coalition led by a billionaire Bidzina Ivanishvili won the parliamentary elections in Georgia. Mikheil Saakashivili admitted that his party United National Movement (UNM) has lost the election. According to foreign media, it was a democratic transfer of power; a new Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili assured that Georgia is not going to renounce its pro-Western policy and that his party will move the country toward membership in the NATO and the EU.

  European Parliamentarians' Address to Bidzina Ivanishvili

2013 03 11

Mr. Prime Minister,

Your open letter to President M. Saakashvili shows the situation in Georgia in an utmost worrying terms. If your efforts will result in deepening of the apparent democratic backsliding, Georgia would be compromised as democracy and seized from its European perspective. Then you become a person who closes European doors for Georgia.

  Is Berlin Prepared to Support a New Democratization in Ukraine?

Andreas Umland
2013 03 06
Germany’s Eastern policies have to adapt to the novel political challenges in the post-Soviet space

In the light of today’s constellation of forces and interests in Eastern Europe, Germany needs to adopt a “new Eastern policy.” A future German approach should combine high level of attention to Russia with more care for, what has sometimes been called, “intermediate Europe” (Zwischeneuropa) – first of all, for Ukraine...

  Baikonur Cosmodrome Dispute

Vadim Volovoj, Doctor in Political Sciences
2013 03 04

Today the city of Baikonur and cosmodrom comprise a complex facility leased by the Kazakh Government to Russia until 2050 (under the 1994 lease contract). The annual cost of renting the complex is 115 million dollars. Baikonur is under Russia’s jurisdiction and is considered a federal entity within the Russian Federation.  

  Ukraine’s Historic Moment – and How It May Be Lost

Andreas Umland
2013 03 01

Will sophisticated diplomacy and shrewd lobbying make the EU sign an Association Agreement, with Kyiv?

The current Ukrainian authorities feed the illusion that Ukraine can join the European integration project without getting the country’s fundamentals right. Sweet talk, topic shifting and self-praise will not absolve, however, Kyiv from fulfilling at least some significant preconditions set out by the EU for signing the Association Agreement.

  Shell against the Arctic: the first round loss

Rimvydas Ragauskas
2013 02 26

On the eve of the New Year  the mobile Kulluk drill ship owned by the energy company Shell ran aground in the Gulf of Alaska, near Kodiak Island. This made reconsider the readiness of oil companies to pursue drilling operations under extreme harsh weather conditions. Due to Shell‘s failures Norwegian Statoil is going to postpone the beginning of drilling in the Chukchi Sea, whereas the French Total announced that the risk of an oil spill in such an environmentally sensitive area was too high to start drilling in the Arctic.  

  Israel and Palestine: stable instability

Viktor Denisenko
2013 02 11

At the end of the last year the world’s attention has again been focused on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and on the attempts of Palestine to bid for statehood at the United Nations. 

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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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