... International experts have noted the opposite positions of the president and the government. While the president of the Republic of Moldova Igor Dodon is “pro-Russian”, the government of the country has traditionally expressed clearly Russophobe and pro-European positions. Within the Eurasian expert community it is rumoured that neither Russia nor Kazakhstan by some premature step wanted to provoke a situation similar to the one that happened in Ukraine, when the alleged foreign policy choice became ...
- 03.06.2018 19:12:27
... recent diplomatic talks with them on Syria had been a farce. The same officials noted that Obama “fear[ed]” additional cyberattacks by Putin, additional military harassment in the Black and Baltic seas, and further aggression in Eastern Europe.
Yes, incredulously, Obama imagined that turning a blind eye to Russian interference in domestic American elections would somehow invite Russian compromise on other fronts, frustrating some on his team. I am reminded of the scene in The Lord ...
- 17.12.2016 22:44:00
... limit Russian influence in Ukraine. Unsurprisingly, some of the disputes between Ukraine and Russia involved fighting over gas deals. This all culminated in a January, 2006, shut-off of Russia’s gas flow into Ukraine and therefore into much of Europe as well, which got the vast majority of its gas from pipes passing through Ukrainian territory.
Soon after the shutoff, a new arrangement was made: RUE would now be the exclusive and direct supplier of all natural gas coming from Central Asia ...
- 17.11.2016 16:11:00
A close look at the tangled web of relationships involving Trump, his Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort, his campaign in general, Putin, Russia, and WikiLeaks in light of the DNC and Clinton-aimed related hacking is not reassuring. Trump is fond of using the phrase: "There's something going on!" when he wants to imply a scandal without going into detail. Well, "There's something going on" here and we will go into detail in this in-depth special report, more than...
- 16.08.2016 17:46:00
... new minorities and ethnicities. It will work to tear communities and nations. It is likely to continue to cling to the idea or strategy that political boundaries should be compatible with the cultural borders internally and externally. Therefore, the European countries should be ready to deal with such crucial issues which have profound political implications.Which are closely linked with the path of the thorniest issues such as: Security, Immigration and Integration, Multiculturalism and Human rights,...
- 16.06.2016 13:14:00
... decarbonise the overall energy system, which is struggling for a sustainable, affordable and secure energy supply, the Shale Gas revolution in the USA, raises the interest towards this unconventional fossil fuel among the other gas importing countries. Europe, in particular, with its one-quarter primary energy consumption constituted by natural gas, is one of the most interested countries in new energy opportunities. Diversify European energy supply is one of the main goal that the just born Energy ...
- 18.12.2015 10:19:00
When Turkey shot down that Russian bomber, what exactly was in the message and from whom, more importantly, was it coming from? Who was it that was really saying, “Come on baby light my fire. Try to set the night on fire?”
The fact that the Turkish plane, which shot down the Russian bomber, was an American made machine – armed with American air-to-air missiles also raises questions of what possible role the US might have played in this incident. The plane, which shot down the...
- 01.12.2015 15:58:00
This was written as the Paris attacks unfolded. I have preserved the unfolding nature of the original piece to connect the reader in a deeper sense to what I was feeling as I wrote this.
As this historic terrorist attack unfolds, France, Europe, the West, and the Middle East need to really think about what they've been doing and what they are about to do before doing it. This is a time to be smart, but it is also a time to marginalize unhelpful, myopic voices, be they those of ...
- 21.11.2015 13:33:00
Why I believe that Russia is an ideal “Black Swan Robust” society
Whether or not the world is at all flattening, could be considered a mute, but very debatable point at the moment. One thing, however, which needs nor merits debate, is the rise in appearances of black swans, in the global works of things.
Robert Plant, associate professor at the School of Business Administration, University of Miami, in Coral Gables, Florida, contends that, “rather than being flat, the world is as...
- 18.11.2015 15:43:00
... similar battle cry, emanating from the various countries of the EU and it is not looking good. Something has, somewhere, somehow, gone radically wrong with the original concept of the idea’s and treaties laid down, by the founding fathers of the European Union – before and since the tearing down of the infamous Berlin Wall. Europe is under attack. And, it is not from Russia The whole concept of the EU and its original mandates are now coming under threat of attack, but not from some despised,...
- 20.10.2015 20:56:00
... a seminar on Renewable Energy in Kuala Lumpur. In the lift, a Swede, a Norwegian an Englishman, and I – Malaysian-British (although I consider myself a global citizen). There was a brief discussion, on the “Invading” refugees into Europe. It was not political or derogatory in intent, but a reflection on what the press was posting. So I interjected, “Yes we know about the Vikings invading Britain too well. And about the Norwegians and the Swedes discussions on who has the ...
- 22.09.2015 10:18:00
Just a few days ago the European Union has confirmed that the economic sanctions against the Russian Federation were extended for another year, or specifically up to 19th January 2016. Despite attempts to minimize the perceived impact of this policy on the economy of the EU ...
- 25.06.2015 13:34:00
By Brian E. Frydenborg, February 26th, 2015 (updated February 27th-28th)
Originally published on LinkedIn Pulse here
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One of the sad things about looking at current commentary about Russia, America, and the state of their relationship is the lack of measured and reasoned...
- 27.02.2015 05:12:00
During the last part of 2014, optimism steadily raised over the unusually low prices of oil and their allegedly positive economic effects on the economies of oil importing countries. Although some evidence points in this direction, a more thorough assessment leads unfortunately to different conclusions.
The Deceptive Optimism
Late in January, the International Monetary Found (IMF) had released an important update for its World Economic Outlook of October 2014 (WEO). Unsurprisingly, growth predictions...
- 17.02.2015 14:11:00
Today's attack against French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo marks a turning point in the terror threat on European soil, which could either turn out to be a long overdue wake-up call for the Western governments or on the contrary - if ignored - set up the right conditions for very dark times ahead of us.
The nature of Paris shootout is different from previous ...
- 08.01.2015 02:17:00
Undoubtedly, the plummeting of oil price is one of the most observed and debated topics of this year's end, both for its economic and political implications. These kind of events are hardly ever random, or driven by market forces alone. In this article I will examine the reasons behind this issue, as well as the behavior of the countries involved. I will discuss why widespread theories about this subject miss on some important points, and I will go over those overlooked details at length...
- 30.12.2014 21:27:00
... community. After all even the in subtly ruthless art of diplomacy you reap what you sow in the end. Therefore, any possible disappointment from her or the German establishment would more likely originate from the realization, that not every nation in Europe is so easily condescending with fulfilling any of Berlin's desires. First Among Equals? Indeed, the Russian Federation is not the only country whose relations grew cold with Berlin. If we take a look no further than inside the European Union itself,...
- 17.11.2014 18:41:00
... annual report of US State Department, despite of increased tensions in the relations between these two countries. In particular, the role of the STANDEX project diverted to detection and neutralization of explosives substances. 
In fact, on the European continent there is no adequate and effective military alternative to NATO forces yet. Besides, the former Soviet countries consider the cooperation with NATO as pledge and the guarantor of their own independence.
The unilateral policy of NATO ...
- 19.10.2014 16:20:00
... sale of military equipment to Moscow and, in particular, deliveries of two Mistral helicopter carriers. The last volley sounded on July 22 from the president of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite: "We observe "mistralization" of policy of the European Union — she noted. ‘Sale military technologies in present conditions to Russia is absolutely inadmissible" — she added. This statement was made on Tuesday when Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the European states gathered ...
- 18.08.2014 10:33:00
... critical period of transition and reform.
Protests gained momentum after students were violently disbursed by riot police on November 30. See: http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304744304579245604043272372
[v] A Ukrainian soldier was shot and killed hours after Vladimir Putin formally announced the annexation of Crimea. See: ...
- 04.07.2014 14:14:00