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Need for Speed: Can Russian Participation in Rail Baltica Help Boost the Economy of the Russian North-West and Improve Cultural Connectivity with Baltic States in the Post-Pandemic World?

The current pandemic has had a significant negative impact on all countries around the world. While border closures are undermining cultural connectivity between countries, they do not help improve the already wounded relations between Russia and the Baltic States. New economic stimuli are in need to boost the wounded economies. And the faster and more comfortable ways of traveling are becoming even more paramount in building cultural bridges. Can Rail Baltica be one of such economic boosters and ...

Shedov Yaroslav
11.10.2021 18:39:16

The Chance for Perezagruzka: Why do the Baltic States and the EU Need Russian Participation in Rail Baltica?

1. Two Sides of The Same Coin: From Russian to Chinese Dependence As it has been discussed in my previous article on Rail Baltica, one of the primary aims of this project is to ensure that the Baltic States will become less dependent on Russia. Will this task be so trouble-free? Will the Baltic States have enough economic power to be independent of any non-EU countries, and will Rail Baltica have enough financial feasibility to be fully independent ...

Shedov Yaroslav
22.09.2021 13:47:09

The Stability of NATO Under Trump

... in Wales.[2] At the summit, NATO leaders agreed that all member states should meet a “guideline” of spending a minimum of two percent of their gross domestic product (GDP) on defense, a goal originally conceived in 2006.[3] Of the three Baltic states, only Estonia meets that goal with currently 2.16% of its GDP being spent on defense. Lithuania and Latvia lag behind, spending 1.49% and 1.45% respectively.[4] If this parameter is part of Trump’s would-be requirement, it makes ...

Allen Kyle
10.08.2016 10:30:00

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