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

More Russian Bases in Central Asia?

More Russian Bases in Central Asia?

Russia to a large extent provides military protection to Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan. Both republics border Afghanistan, which makes them potentially vulnerable to Islamist aggression. . Yet the threat can no longer be referred to as the one posed by the Taliban, with whom Moscow has only recently entered into cooperation.

Caspian Opportunity for the West

Caspian Opportunity for the West

The hydrocarbon-rich Caspian Sea region may constitute a real chance for global oil markets, which are currently looking solutions to increase their output. Though rich in resources and easily accessible, the Caspian Sea deposits were prevented from being extracted due to the unregulated status of the coastal sea of Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Iran, and Azerbaijan.

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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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.

Russia Falls in a Syrian Trap

Russia Falls in a Syrian Trap

Three years past the military operation in Syria, Russia managed to achieve its goal, saving the regime of its ally, President Bashar al-Assad. Nonetheless, it failed to restore control over the entire territory of the country – or at least its most important regions. The state’s main sources of income (including gas and oil) are currently occupied by Kurds who enjoy support of the United States.

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