Russia’s Novatek Signs Deal With Japan’s Gas Company

Russia’s Novatek Signs Deal With Japan’s Gas Company

Novatek’s development and its income from Arctic LNG projects seem to depend on its regular, rapid and increasing supplies to Asian-Pacific markets. Russia’s largest private-owned gas firm aims at expanding its transport infrastructure on the Northern Sea Route, which explains the company’s plans to build a trans-shipment terminal in the Kamchatka Peninsula and a recent Russian-Japanese deal.

Presidential Campaign. An Oligarch Betting on Two Candidates

Presidential Campaign. An Oligarch Betting on Two Candidates

The declaration of the participation of Volodymyr Zelensky was the main event of the beginning of the official campaign before the March presidential elections in Ukraine. The popular actor and producer now plays the role of “a person from outside the establishment”. Generally, he occupies the third place in polls and his chances to enter the second round are not high.

Gazprom Diversifies Gas Sales on EU Market

Gazprom Diversifies Gas Sales on EU Market

In mid-January, Russia’s state-owned company Gazprom announced the beginning of gas sales to Europe’s biggest gas hub in the Netherlands. Since last autumn Russia’s gas giant has been gradually changing its sales strategy on the EU market and it began to sell its raw material making spot transactions through the electronic trading platform.

Anti-Hungarian Provocation: Polish Process, German Clue

Anti-Hungarian Provocation: Polish Process, German Clue

A trial of three Polish citizens accused of the arson attack on the Hungarian minority centre in the Ukrainian Zakarpattia has started in Cracow. This provocation was aimed to aggravate relations between Kiev and Budapest. Ukrainian authorities immediately suggested that Russian secret services might be responsible for the attack.

Nord Stream 2: US Warns Germany of Potential Restrictions

Nord Stream 2: US Warns Germany of Potential Restrictions

The United States may impose further sanctions on Western companies that finance the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline and those that are in charge of carrying out pipe-laying operations on the seabed. Both media reports and an open letter sent by the U.S. Ambassador to Germany caused some nervous reactions amid Germany’s decision-makers.

Finland: Army and Banks Versus Putin’s Friend

Finland: Army and Banks Versus Putin’s Friend

Finland has decided to move from words to actions regarding the issue of Russian-owned real property located near Finnish strategic points. The Administrative Court in Helsinki agreed with the Finnish Army on the matter and prohibited Boris Rotenberg, a Russian billionaire, from expanding the construction of property in close proximity to an important military training ground.

Russia Monitor Monthly 12/2018

Russia Monitor Monthly 12/2018

All December Russia Monitor articles, which include reviews of the most important events related to Russian security and its foreign policy, available in one file.

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Russian Policy Towards the Arctic

Russian Policy Towards the Arctic

From Russia’s perspective, all ongoing climate changes “pave the way” for the development of shipping and profitable exploitation of energy resources in the Arctic region, though, due to the melting permafrost, they may pose a threat to the local land infrastructure.

Development of Defence Policy and Armaments Industry in the European Union

Development of Defence Policy and Armaments Industry in the European Union

The aim of the following report is to analyze the development of the EU’s common security and defence policy (CSDP) as well as Europe’s armaments industry. The study involves a geo-economic perspective, pointing out how economic instruments may facilitate achieving geopolitical goals.

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