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  Electricity policy in the Baltic States: On the Eve of Decisive Decisions (1)

Vaiva Sapetkaitė, Institute of International Relations and Political Science Vilnius University
2013 01 21

Several major energy projects are currently implemented in the Baltic Region. However, due to their complex nature and long implementation period the internal changes or changes in the international environment might determine long delays or even termination of project implementation.

  Fuss over nuclear issues in the region and possible threats (1)

Vaiva Sapetkaitė, Institute of International Relations and Political Science Vilnius University
2012 11 12

„We are fighting. You know that today nobody uses weapons or tanks in these latitudes. The struggle is for energy, through energy and via propaganda. Remember, when Lithuania started developing Visaginas nuclear power plant (NPP) project, immediately the two new nuclear power plant projects emerged in the neighborhood of Lithuania“.

  Ukraine’s hard road toward cheaper gas (1)

Arūnas Spraunius
2012 04 09

On 8 March Catherine Ashton, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy acknowledged that Europe has and will have to import more energy resources and that it is necessary to diversify energy supply and increase the effectiveness of energy consumption.

  The State and Prospects of the Russia-EU-Ukraine Triangle (1)

Dr. Andreas Umland, National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, Departament of Political Science
2011 10 07

As of late August 2011, these relations are in a holding pattern, as there are several options for Ukraine on the table, and no final decision has been made which one to choose – association with the EU, involvement in the Russia-led Customs Union, or continued domestic stagnation and international isolation. Neither the European nor the Russian leaders, nor even the Ukrainian leadership, seem to be clear about the path Ukraine will take in its foreign relations, in the near future.

  Project Nord Stream:  what’s next? (1)

Aivaras Bagdonas, VU TSPMI doktorantas
2011 09 12

The meeting of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Hannover on 19 July was an important event for further development of the Nord Stream pipeline project and first of all concerning Russia’s proposal to consider the construction of the third line on the Nord Stream pipeline.

  The boom of liquefied natural gas terminals in the eastern part of the Baltic Sea coast (1)

Rimvydas Ragauskas
2011 08 15

Lithuania seems to start realizing the projects leading toward energy security and reduction of dependence on one supplier (Russia). These projects (energy connections with Poland and Sweden, a planned gas pipeline between Lithuania and Poland etc.) will be realized with the EU assistance as part of the Baltic Energy Market Interconnection Plan (BEMIP).

  The Baltic Nuclear Power Plant in Kaliningrad district – dim prospects without export markets (2)

Marijuš Antonovič
2011 08 03

As nuclear energy becomes an integral part of Russia’s foreign policy, it is more often used for strategic purposes. The closure of Ignalina nuclear power plant in Lithuania and rising demand for electricity in the Baltic region creates an energy deficit that provides Russia an opportunity to increase its dominance in the region by supplying electricity.

  Is Lithuania’s energy independence realistic? (1)

Živilė Marija Vaicekauskaitė
2011 06 06

In the context of discussions and plans concerning construction of a new nuclear power plant (NPP) in Visaginas the following question arises: is Lithuania’s energy independence realistic and what measures or actions could guarantee Lithuania’s sovereignty?

  Third Energy Package: dispute between Russia and the EU (1)

Česlovas Iškauskas, political analyst
2011 03 23

During the visit in Brussels on 24 February, Vladimir Putin tried to push own energy policy model to the EU. Negotiations were indeed very difficult and parties didn’t manage to coordinate their positions. But the EU’s third internal energy market package took effect on 3 March.

  The Energy Security of Belarus (1)

Viktor Denisenko
2011 03 14

Energy security is one of the most important issues within the complex national security concept. In Belarus it is directly related not only to national security but also to the stability of the ruling regime. Especially now, when Europe has again lost faith in Lukashenka.

  Nabucco or South Stream? (1)

Arūnas Spraunius
2011 02 23

By the end of the last year Russia and Bulgaria announced an agreement to set up a joint venture for building a stretch of the South Stream gas pipeline via Bulgaria. That was the final stage of preparatory works. The pipeline will go through the territories of Croatia, Greece, Italy, Serbia, Hungary, Slovenia and Austria. Its capacity should reach 63 billion cubic meters of gas a year. According to Gazprom, construction will cost 18-24 billion USD.

  New nuclear power plant in Lithuania: utopia or realistic project? (1)

Aivaras Bagdonas, VU TSPMI doktorantas
2011 02 07

Pursuant to the National Energy Strategy which came into force in 2007, Lithuania decided to build a new nuclear power plant by retaining the infrastructure of the current Ignalina NPP. It was envisaged to finalize construction of the new NPP not later than by 2015. Realization of this project could help Lithuania to become independent on energy import in case of closure of Ignalina NPP.

  Perspectives of regional cooperation in the sphere of energy

Dr. Arūnas Molis
2010 11 22

On 8 October, the session of the third Parliamentary Assembly of Lithuania, Poland and Ukraine took place. It placed the focus on energy security challenges and perspectives in Eastern and Central Europe. All the three countries are dependent on Russian energy and are aware that it is necessary to diversify consumption of energy and import of its resources, as well as to define a more favorable regime for energy cooperation with Russia. Another question is: how to reach this goal?

  Can shale gas become a panacea for the European energy security? (1)

Aivaras Bagdonas, VU TSPMI doktorantas
2010 08 19

The shale gas fever which has changed the U.S.gas market in a decade is approaching Europe. Initial test drilling for shale gas has already been taken place in Poland and Hungary and now moves toward Romania, Ukraine and Bulgaria.

  Will Kazakhstan’s oil reach Europe? (1)

Ainis Razma, VDU PMDI doktorantas
2010 06 14

The main trend of the strategy for export of Kazakhstan’s energy resources is ultimate diversification of its roads, therefore oil export to Europe is in compliance with the country‘s interests.

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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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