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Ukraine’s Unlucky Town Called Happiness

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As great powers debate Russia’s place in the world, its role in eastern Ukraine’s 2-1/2-year-old war, and the Minsk peace process to end it, ordinary people living along the front line in eastern Ukraine are just as worried about many of the local leaders’ Soviet-style habits of governance, corruption and patronage. The small front-line town in eastern Ukraine is called Schastia, or Ukrainian for “Happiness”. Four grandmothers sit outside in the… Ukraine’s Unlucky Town… Read More »

Russia’s Gazprom, India’s GAIL Could Correct LNG Contract in 6 Months – CEO

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Gazprom’s CEO Alexey Miller said that Russia’s energy giant hopes to agree with India’s state-owned oil and gas company on amendments to the contract on deliveries of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) in the next six months. GOA (Sputnik) – Russia’s energy giant Gazprom hopes to agree with India’s state-owned oil and gas company on amendments to the contract on deliveries of Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) in the… Russia’s Gazprom, India’s… Read More »

US election: New president to face chilly relations with Cold War rivals Russia

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For all the bluster and bravado, accusations and denials over tapes and emails, there was a quiet but deadly serious issue raised in the second US presidential debate: what to do about Syria and, more broadly, how to counter Russia in that blighted nation and other places. Analysis By chief foreign correspondent Philip Williams In the past few weeks there has been a steady deterioration in relations between the West and… US election: New… Read More »

Lithuania readies for new government as ruling party comes third in vote

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Reuters VILNIUS: Lithuania’s ruling Social Democrats sank to a distant third place in the first round of national elections, leaving centre-right parties in pole position to form a new coalition government, surprise results showed Monday. After a campaign fought largely over Lithuania’s sluggish economy, first place went to the… Lithuania readies for new… Read More »

Why Russia Fears NATO

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Adam Twardowski takes umbrage at arguments that I and other members of the realism and restraint camp have made that NATO’s behavior over the past two decades has exacerbated tensions with Russia. Ted Galen Carpenter He begins his rebuttal with a drive-by smear that is increasingly in vogue among neoconservatives, dismissing such… Why Russia Fears… Read More »

Russia mulls restoring military bases in Vietnam and Cuba

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Russia is considering plans to resume its military presence in Vietnam and Cuba where Moscow earlier had military bases, Russian news agencies quoted Russian Deputy Defense Minister Nikolai Pankov as saying on Oct. 7. “We are dealing with this issue,” the agencies quoted Pankov as saying in the State Duma lower house of… Russia mulls restoring military bases in… Read More »

Norwegians laugh at new fence on Russian border

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“We don’t want this fence,” says taxi driver Syvonne Tucker. “We want to have this relationship with Russia in the same way we’ve been having for all these years.” By Howard JohnsonBBC News, Kirkenes, Norway Heading on the E105 highway towards the Norwegian border, she says she many other residents in her town of Kirkenes in the… Norwegians laugh at new fence… Read More »

Can Washington Confront Russia, China and Terror All at Once?

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Now is the time to invest in the future of America’s military. Rachel Zissimos , Justin T. Johnson Much has changed in the fifteen years since the 9/11 attacks. The “low-end” threat posed by terrorist organizations continues. But… Source: Can Washington Confront Russia, China and Terror All at Once? | The National Interest Read More »

Kim Kardashian takes out New York Times ad calling for recognition of ‘Armenian genocide’

Kim Kardashian takes out a full-page ad in The New York Times to hit back at people who deny the massacre of up to 1.5 million Armenians a century ago was genocide. It was in response to the Wall Street Journal publishing an advertisement earlier this year, which supported the denial of the event. The United States and Australia are among the… Source: Kim Kardashian takes out New York Times ad calling for recognition of ‘Armenian genocide’ – ABC News ... Read More »

Kalashnikov light firearms give Russia’s special forces new options

At the Army 2016 Forum the Kalashnikov Concern presented a series of new light small firearms for the Russian army, the National Guard and the FSB. In the words of Andrei Kirisenko, advisor to Kalashnikov’s general director, the new RPK-16 hand machine gun can even be used as a sniper’s weapon… Source: Kalashnikov light firearms give Russia’s special forces new options | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

U.S., Russia clinch Syria deal, aim for truce from Monday

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By David Brunnstrom and Tom Miles | GENEVA The United States and Russia hailed a breakthrough deal on Saturday to put Syria’s peace process back on track, including a nationwide truce effective from sundown on Monday, improved humanitarian aid access and joint military targeting of banned Islamist groups. “Today, Sergei Lavrov and I, on behalf of our presidents and our countries, call on every Syrian stakeholder to support the plan that the… Source: U.S., Russia clinch Syria deal, aim for ... Read More »

BP chief executive: We have no plans to quit the Russian market

On the sidelines of the 2016 Eastern Economic Forum RBTH sat down with Robert Dudley, the BP chief executive, to discuss sanctions and Russia’s ambitious energy projects… Source: BP chief executive: We have no plans to quit the Russian market | Russia Beyond The Headlines Read More »

What are Russia’s objectives in the Middle East and in the Caspian?

August was a month of active Russian diplomacy in the Middle East and the Caspian region. By Yekaterina Chulkovskaya, Russia Beyond the Headlines A meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijani President Ilkham Aliyev and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani took place in Baku on… Source: What are Russia’s objectives in the Middle East and in the Caspian? – UPI.com Read More »

Turkmenistan seeks to deliver its hydrocarbons to West

By Nigar Abbasova Turkmenistan, an energy-rich Central Asian nation with abundant hydrocarbon reserves, is keen to diversify the routes of its gas export. Being the sixth in the world for the volume of natural gas reserves, the former Soviet republic is considering Europe as one of the most promising markets for the… Source: Turkmenistan seeks to deliver its hydrocarbons to West Read More »

Brittle Uzbekistan Hopes for a Controlled Succession

Uzbekistan will most likely celebrate its 1st September independence day without long-serving President Islam Karimov, marking a potentially dramatic first for this strategic Central Asian country since it broke free of the former Soviet Union 25 years ago. Deirdre Tynan Uzbekistan will most likely celebrate its 1st September independence day without long-serving President Islam Karimov, marking a… Source: Brittle Uzbekistan Hopes for a Controlled Succession | International Crisis Group Read More »

Is Putin’s Russia Headed for a Systemic Collapse?

Putin’s plan seems to be to sit tight and await a hike in oil prices—but long periods of stagnation haven’t gone well for Moscow in the past. The durability of the Russian political and economic system molded by Vladimir Putin has been the subject of much analysis and speculation, both… Source: Is Putin’s Russia Headed for a Systemic Collapse? – The American Interest Read More »