RUSSIA MONITOR MONTHLY 11/2021
Moldova Again On The Brink Of New Gas Shortage

Moldova Again On The Brink Of New Gas Shortage

Moldova’s gas distribution company, Moldovagaz, says it has paid Russian state-owned gas giant Gazprom for natural gas supplied in December 2021. By January 20, 2022, the company has to make a down payment for this month’s gas bill. But the price of Russian gas has risen since the beginning of this year, making Moldova unable to pay its commodity bill and forcing the country to ask Gazprom for an extension. If no agreement is reached, Russia may again cut off its gas supplies to Moldova.

Is Revival Of Normandy Format Possible?

Is Revival Of Normandy Format Possible?

Talks in the Normandy format, which brings together Ukrainian, Russian, German, and French officials to help end the conflict in Donbas, have stalled. It is painful for Moscow whose top officials expected that Berlin and Paris would force Kyiv into putting the Minsk agreements into practice. As the Kremlin is seeking to turn to Washington to solve the problem, Ukraine is looking for some balance, highlighting the importance of the Normandy format. What poses a bigger threat to Kyiv is a pile of potential concessions from the Joe Biden administration.

Russian Forces Begin Apparent Kazakhstan Withdrawal

Russian Forces Begin Apparent Kazakhstan Withdrawal

Russian-led forces have begun their gradual withdrawal from Kazakhstan, the Russian defense ministry informed. No details are known how long the pullout will take and whether any Russian troops will stay in Kazakhstan. Importantly, Moscow and ex-Soviet nations deployed more than 2,000 to help Kazakh officials not to stop the revolution, but to consolidate Tokayev’s grip on power against people close to Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Wang Yi in East Africa

Wang Yi in East Africa

Chinese Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi visited Eritrea, Kenya, and the Comoros between January 4 and 7. It was an opportunity for further declarations of support in many domains of African countries and the presentation of new initiatives.

China Offers Support to the Kazakh Government

China Offers Support to the Kazakh Government

The protests in Kazakhstan, which have led to mass unresti and the resignation of the governmentii, have caught the attention of its neighboring states. The Russian Federation even sent its troops to Kazakhstan, aiming to bring the situation under control.iii Even though the People’s Republic of China (PRC) did not do likewise, its representatives have widely commented on the current events.

Analytical articles
Moldova Again On The Brink Of New Gas Shortage

Moldova Again On The Brink Of New Gas Shortage

Moldova’s gas distribution company, Moldovagaz, says it has paid Russian state-owned gas giant Gazprom for natural gas supplied in December 2021. By January 20, 2022, the company has to make a down payment for this month’s gas bill. But the price of Russian gas has risen since the beginning of this year, making Moldova unable to pay its commodity bill and forcing the country to ask Gazprom for an extension. If no agreement is reached, Russia may again cut off its gas supplies to Moldova.

Is Revival Of Normandy Format Possible?

Is Revival Of Normandy Format Possible?

Talks in the Normandy format, which brings together Ukrainian, Russian, German, and French officials to help end the conflict in Donbas, have stalled. It is painful for Moscow whose top officials expected that Berlin and Paris would force Kyiv into putting the Minsk agreements into practice. As the Kremlin is seeking to turn to Washington to solve the problem, Ukraine is looking for some balance, highlighting the importance of the Normandy format. What poses a bigger threat to Kyiv is a pile of potential concessions from the Joe Biden administration.

Czech and Slovak Intelligence Report on China

Czech and Slovak Intelligence Report on China

Czech and Slovak intelligence and counterintelligence agencies mention the threat from China in their reports more and more often. The growing importance of the PRC and its attempts to influence these countries are closely monitored. The degree of danger is frequently compared to Russian actions

US-China relations in 2021

US-China relations in 2021

The United States entered 2021 with a newly elected President Joe Biden. The summary of China’s policy is also an assessment of the first year of the new administration at the White House. It was clear from the beginning that the key issue for the new president would be relations with the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

Special Reports
The Situation on the Poland-Belarus Border: Background, Geopolitics, Narratives

The Situation on the Poland-Belarus Border: Background, Geopolitics, Narratives

What is now taking place on the Poland-Belarus border was triggered by a political crisis in Belarus that has unfolded since August 2020. Back then, Belarusian strongman Alexander Lukashenko, in power since 1994, was declared winner of a presidential election that opponents and the West said had been rigged.

Kosovo in foreign policies of Poland and Hungary

Kosovo in foreign policies of Poland and Hungary

Poland and Hungary are two Central European states, who thanks to their similar geopolitical positions and historic experiences have approximately the same vision about several matters from security policy, through economy to European politics. One of these are the Western Balkan policies and within that the recognition and support of the statehood of Kosovo. Or is it?

U.S.-China Trade War: Origins, Timeline and Consequences

U.S.-China Trade War: Origins, Timeline and Consequences

The first version of this report was published in early April 2020, during the early period of the COVID-19 pandemic and after the „phase one“ deal was signed. The situation worldwide and U.S.-China ties have both gained momentum since the report was first released, to which added up the intense presidential campaign in the United States and the worsening recession across the globe.

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