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Dutch referendum: EU leaders say Ukraine deal will go ahead despite Netherlands ‘no’ vote

EUROPEAN UNION leaders were tonight plotting to override the democratic wishes of the Dutch people and plough ahead with a rejected plan to tighten their grip on Ukraine.. Arrogant Brussels politicians insisted the plot to bring Kiev further into their sphere of influence will go ahead, even though it was last night overwhelmingly rejected by the Dutch… Source: Dutch referendum: EU leaders say Ukraine deal will go ahead despite Netherlands ‘no’ vote | Politics | News | Daily Express Read More »

Statement: Responding to the Nagorno-Karabakh Escalation

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On the Cusp of War The worst combat along the Line of Contact (LoC) around Nagorno-Karabakh since the 1994 ceasefire seems to have subsided with a cessation of hostilities announced on 5 April. If Azerbaijan sustains the territorial gains and tactical advances it says it has made, President Ilham Aliyev would be able to claim a significant change in the… Source: Statement: Responding to the Nagorno-Karabakh Escalation – International Crisis Group Read More »

Inside the abandoned city of Pripyat, 30 years after Chernobyl – in pictures

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Tens of thousands were evacuated from the neighbouring city of Pripyat following the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in 1986. Lynn Hilton visits the deserted city – and finds homes, schools and a fairground left to decay… Source: Inside the abandoned city of Pripyat, 30 years after Chernobyl – in pictures | Cities | The Guardian Read More »

What’s Behind the Flare-up in Nagorno-Karabakh?

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict has long been regarded as a tinderbox in the heart of the South Caucasus – with serious implications for the wider region including Russia, Turkey and Iran. Each spring, when low-level violence tends to break out, policymakers worry about incidents spiraling out of control due to miscalculation or escalation by leaders in […] Source: What’s Behind the Flare-up in Nagorno-Karabakh? | Crisis Group Read More »

Separatists reject Azeri ceasefire claim on Nagorno-Karabakh

At least 30 dead as Armenian-backed troops and Azerbaijan clash over disputed region. Azerbaijan’s defence ministry has announced a unilateral ceasefire against the separatist region of Nagorno-Karabakh, but the claim was promptly rejected by rebel forces. Fighting in what has been a mostly dormant… Source: Separatists reject Azeri ceasefire claim on Nagorno-Karabakh Read More »

Azerbaijan to stop fighting Armenian-backed troops over Nagorno-Karabakh

Azerbaijan said on Sunday it would stop fighting Armenian-backed troops over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region after two days of renewed clashes killed dozens and drew international calls for an immediate ceasefire… Source: Azerbaijan to stop fighting Armenian-backed troops over Nagorno-Karabakh Read More »

Breaking the Ice: How Turkey Tries to Win Russia Over

Turkish authorities appear to be sending Russia a signal that Ankara is ready to make an effort to improve ties with Moscow, but experts warn against reading too much into it before any real and meaningful steps are made… Source: Breaking the Ice: How Turkey Tries to Win Russia Over Read More »

Russia, Turkey to Build Monuments Honoring Each Other’s Fallen Soldiers

The Turkish government has agreed to restore the historic San Stefano Russian monument in Istanbul, Hurriyet Daily News reported.. According to the newspaper, the Turkish parliament’s national defense commission said it would build the monument to commemorate fallen Russian soldiers in return for the… Source: Russia, Turkey to Build Monuments Honoring Each Other’s Fallen Soldiers Read More »

Dutch referendum on Vladimir Putin

Russia looms large in the coming vote on EU-Ukraine agreement. AMSTERDAM — The Netherlands holds a referendum next week on whether the EU should work more closely with Ukraine, but the campaign is just as much about Vladimir Putin. On the surface, Dutch voters will decide if they should accept a treaty to… Source: Dutch referendum on Vladimir Putin – POLITICO Read More »

Russia to Answer Asymmetrically to NATO Major Build–Up in Europe

Russia will not passively watch the US and NATO build-up in Europe and will provide an asymmetrical response, which will be highly efficient, not elaborately expensive and calibrated in accordance with Russia’s understanding of the extent of the military threat, Russian envoy to NATO Alexander Grushko said on Wednesday… Source: Russia to Answer Asymmetrically to NATO Major Build–Up in Europe Read More »

Ensuring the E.U.’s Natural Gas Supply

European demand for natural gas is likely to increase, but the future of the supply remains uncertain. Whether Russia or the European Union take the lead, whoever builds the best pipeline will secure access to the market for decades to come… Source: Ensuring the E.U.’s Natural Gas Supply · Handelsblatt Global Edition Read More »

The Putins of the EU by Nina L. Khrushcheva

Hungary and Poland, once beacons of hope for liberal democracy in post-communist Europe, now have leaders who are determined to emulate Russian President Vladimir Putin, hollowing out independent democratic institutions and suppressing citizens’ fundamental freedoms. The question is whether the EU will follow through with sanctions… Source: The Putins of the EU by Nina L. Khrushcheva – Project Syndicate Read More »

Russia’s Artful Exit from Syria

Moscow entered and exited the conflict all within five months. Vladimir Putin’s surprise announcement that he is withdrawing the majority of Russian troops stationed in Syria will lead to much speculation over his true motives for doing so. Has the Russian military, as his announcement claimed, actually achieved its… Source: Russia’s Artful Exit from Syria | The National Interest Read More »

Turkey must accept responsibility for downed jet to restore relations – top Russian senator

Russian is ready to resume normal relations with Turkey on condition that Ankara takes the blame for the November downing of the Russian combat jet on the anti-terrorist mission in Syria, Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko has said. “Russia-Turkey relations currently could be much better, to put it softly,” Matviyenko, whose role chairing Russia’s upper house of parliament makes her one of the country’s most influential officials, told RIA Novosti. “As you know, Russia is not… Source: Turkey must accept ... Read More »