RUSSIA MONITOR MONTHLY 11/2021

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Rosneft Approves New Strategy By 2030

Rosneft Approves New Strategy By 2030

The board of directors at Rosneft approved the new strategy “Rosneft-2030: Reliable Energy and Global Energy Transition.” It targets reduction of greenhouse gas emissions while further improving the operational and financial efficiency of the company.

Russia Sends “Governor” To Minsk

Russia Sends “Governor” To Minsk

Moscow is replacing its incumbent ambassador to Belarus who has been in office for just a few months. A new candidate will be tasked with ensuring that the Kremlin consolidates its grip on the regime in Belarus. A new Russian ambassador to Minsk is an experienced official and a longtime ally of Vladimir Putin.

Putin Threatens NATO With Military Drills

Putin Threatens NATO With Military Drills

The Russian leader is carrying on his information warfare against Western nations while pondering various options if they fail to meet Moscow’s demands for security guarantees. NATO offered to sit at the negotiating table on January 12, 2022, to discuss this topic, among others. Before this, the Kremlin might be using the military buildup to create a position of strength, also by comparing the standoff now to the Cold War-era Cuban missile crisis.

Putin Blames West For Stoking Tensions

Putin Blames West For Stoking Tensions

It is nothing new that the Russian president threatens NATO and the United States, a strategy that now fits into Moscow’s policy of intimidating Western nations. Moscow distorts the fact, saying the West is posing a threat to Russia that has to respond accurately. Naturally, the situation looks different: Moscow’s aggressive behavior compels the United States and NATO to act defensively.

The Potential Escalation of the Conflict Between Superpowers

The Potential Escalation of the Conflict Between Superpowers

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Donald J. Trump strongly emphasized the negative impact of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on the international standing of the United States. Actions such as theft of intellectual property, undervaluation of the real value of the currency, state subsidies, or trade deficit were the main accusations against the communist regime. Nowadays, in the context of China’s power, not only the economic actions, but also the military and aggressive moves in the region are frequently discussed.

Vostok Oil: Trafigura Investment Backed By Russian Loans

Vostok Oil: Trafigura Investment Backed By Russian Loans

Trafigura Group’s risk is limited in its investment in Vostok Oil, the company’s chief financial officer told Bloomberg News. Disclosing some details is beneficial for state-run Rosneft that is still looking to attract some foreign investors into its major Arctic project.

Ukraine Blocks the Transit of Trains from China

Ukraine Blocks the Transit of Trains from China

In early December this year, Ukraine has blocked the transit of trains from the Commonwealth of Independent States and the People’s Republic of China (PRC). These actions are an attempt to exert pressure on Poland to issue more entry permits for trucks.

Occupied Donbas: A Stronghold Of Russian Military

Occupied Donbas: A Stronghold Of Russian Military

The so-called people’s republics in Donbas are in fact under Russian occupation. Moscow appoints the “authorities” in Donetsk and Luhansk as it provides financial assistance to both rebel-held areas. However, what links the occupied Donbas and Moscow is security, as confirmed by recent reports from Ukrainian intelligence services.

European Gas Prices Jump To Record As Russia Cuts Off Flows

European Gas Prices Jump To Record As Russia Cuts Off Flows

After talking to Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Joe Biden said gas flows through Nord Stream 2 would be cut off if Russia invaded Ukraine. Nonetheless, Germany is not likely to bend to U.S. pressure. Having unfrozen the project, Biden has no longer any tool of pressure on the authorities in Berlin. Nord Stream 2 will not be a Western argument against Russia, as stated by the new Austrian chancellor.

Crisis on the Polish-Belarusian Border. Can China Help to Get Out of It? – Podcast

Crisis on the Polish-Belarusian Border. Can China Help to Get Out of It? – Podcast

The Polish-Belarusian border crisis is definitely one of the most significant events of 2021, both in the European and international arena. Not only Lithuania (which is struggling with the same situation), but also important European players, such as Germany and France, the United States, as well as international organizations, for instance, NATO or the European Union, are already showing interest in the problem. According to political and media circles, China could play a significant part in solving this situation.

Xi-Putin December Talks

Xi-Putin December Talks

A video call between Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin and Chinese Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping took place on December 15. Statements about good strategic cooperation were reiterated and coordination in the international arena was said to be maintained.

Nord Stream 2 Under Special Protection

Nord Stream 2 Under Special Protection

After talking to Vladimir Putin, U.S. President Joe Biden said gas flows through Nord Stream 2 would be cut off if Russia invaded Ukraine. Nonetheless, Germany is not likely to bend to U.S. pressure. Having unfrozen the project, Biden has no longer any tool of pressure on the authorities in Berlin. Nord Stream 2 will not be a Western argument against Russia, as stated by the new Austrian chancellor.

A Preview of the Digital Future

A Preview of the Digital Future

The last two years of the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic have led to immense changes in the way we use technology. While the coronavirus wreaked havoc in the real world, breaking supply chains and limiting the availability of services, it accelerated changes in the digital world that would otherwise have taken years. In 2020 and 2021 we have observed the rapid and massive integration of services that admittedly existed before, but we did not use on such a large scale.

Beijing, Moscow Form A New Anti-American Axis

Beijing, Moscow Form A New Anti-American Axis

The Russia-China summit confirmed their lasting alliance targeting the United States. The video meeting was vital for Vladimir Putin who has in recent months stiffened his anti-Western stance to force the United States into concessions on Ukraine and NATO’s policy in Central and Eastern Europe.

Nord Stream 2: Inverted Meaning, Russian Triumph

Nord Stream 2: Inverted Meaning, Russian Triumph

For many years now, no one ever doubted that Nord Stream 2 had served Russia while targeting Ukraine. The only difference was whether the gas link was a purely economic project, according to Germany, or political, notably for Ukraine, Poland, and some other European countries, and the Trump administration.

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