More Information about Montenegro Coup Trial Is Revealed

More Information about Montenegro Coup Trial Is Revealed

One of the suspects on trial over a failed 2016 coup attempt fled to the Serbian Embassy. Branka Milic is among the twelve people whose trial is currently taking place in Podgorica while two alleged suspects, officially identified as Russian GRU military intelligence officers, are to be judged in absentia for organizing the failed coup plot. Media recently reported on the real personal details of the second of them.

Russia’s GRU: New Chief, Same Goals

Russia’s GRU: New Chief, Same Goals

Vice Admiral Igor Kostyukov is the first naval officer nominated to head the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation. He was appointed the acting head of the Russian GRU following the death of his predecessor Igor Korobov on November 21, 2018.

Dispute Over Ministers

Dispute Over Ministers

A serious dispute between the government and the president. The Social Democratic Party (PSD) accuses the head of state of blocking nominations to the posts of ministers of Transport and of Regional Development. According to politicians from the ruling party, this disables the further development of motorways.

Rosneft Afraid of Sanctions

Rosneft Afraid of Sanctions

Russia’s largest oil firm is looking for solutions to minimize the potential impact of new sanctions. Starting from 2019, Rosneft would want its Western clients to accept new terms of cooperation as well as to pay penalties – if they appear to be unable to pay for Russian oil supplies due to new U.S. restrictions against Russia’s energy sector.

Another Amendment to the Romanian Budget. More Influences, a Larger Deficit

Another Amendment to the Romanian Budget. More Influences, a Larger Deficit

The Romanian government presented the newest version of the budget allowing for the changing economic conditions of the state. The incomes were estimated at 272 billion lei which with the three percent deficit amounts to about 300 billion lei (about USD 73 billion/EUR 64 billion) of expenses. This is 10.7 billion more than it was initially planned

Russia Monitor Monthly 10/2018

Russia Monitor Monthly 10/2018

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

Rasmus Sinnemaa Quotes Russia Monitor in His Article

Rasmus Sinnemaa Quotes Russia Monitor in His Article

Rasmus Sinnemaa, visiting scholar at the Foreign Policy Institute of Johns Hopkins University SAIS in Washington D.C., specialist on transatlantic issues, in his article for Medium.com – Russian GPS interference present in Lapland during extensive NATO exercise, refers to one of the texts that was published in the Russia Monitor program.

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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.

Russia’s Strategic Considerations on the Sea of Azov

Russia’s Strategic Considerations on the Sea of Azov

On November 25 all eyes turned towards the Azov Sea. An incident in the Kerch strait between Russian and Ukrainian vessels was commented by some experts to be the start for the next stage of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

Western Balkans between China, Russia, EU and Turkey

Western Balkans between China, Russia, EU and Turkey

The region of the Western Balkans comprises the countries of the Balkan Peninsula that found themselves surrounded by the EU Member States after the accession of Hungary and Slovenia (2004), Bulgaria and Romania (2007), and Croatia (2013) to the European structures. Outside the EU structures are Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), Montenegro, Serbia, and Kosovo.

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