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De-Escalation Zones: Russian Treason in Syria

De-Escalation Zones: Russian Treason in Syria

It is very likely that the military forces of Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad will attack the Idlib province – the last rebel-held bastion; the operation will probably take place in mid-September. The battle of the province may be the most difficult as well as the bloodiest one since both rebels and civilians have nowhere to escape.

Making the Front Longer: Russia to Strengthen Its Western Flank

Making the Front Longer: Russia to Strengthen Its Western Flank

Due to the analysis of defence and modernisation projects, as well as changes within the organisational structure of Russia’s armed forces over last two years, it may be indicated that the state’s authorities pay a lot of attention to the Western Military District.

Russia’s Head of Intelligence Service and Deputy Defence Minister in Pakistan

Russia’s Head of Intelligence Service and Deputy Defence Minister in Pakistan

The Russians seek to mark their presence in Pakistan; first, the country was visited by Russia’s Director of the Foreign Intelligence Service who took part in a meeting of leaders of intelligence services of Russia, China and Iran. The Russians tend to replace the Americans while their recent rapprochement with Pakistan may considerably affect the development of the situation in a neighbouring Afghanistan and in the region.

A Strike Against Oblivion – Oleg Sentsov’s Fight Continues

A Strike Against Oblivion – Oleg Sentsov’s Fight Continues

Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov who serves his sentence in a Russian jail, has announced a hunger strike. Despite the fact that Sentsov’s health condition is described as “disastrous”, he is not going to end the strike. Sentsov does not demand his own freedom, but the release of other Ukrainian political prisoners from the Russian labour camps.

Yandex Taxi in the Baltic States – Russians Collecting Big Data

Yandex Taxi in the Baltic States – Russians Collecting Big Data

A Russian passenger transport service has entered the market of the capital cities of the Baltic states. The Yandex Taxi application works almost in the same way as Uber and Taxify. The difference is that Russian taxies have an additional function: they gather and upload data about their passengers to the Russian servers.

Russian Problems in Gazprom-Naftogaz Conflict

Russian Problems in Gazprom-Naftogaz Conflict

Russia’s energy giant Gazprom gradually loses the possibility of raising some funds on external markets due to a deepening legal dispute with Ukraine’s Naftogaz. The long-lasting dispute with the Ukrainian giant may affect Gazprom’s financial condition and it may even hamper the implementation of export gas pipeline projects, including Nord Stream 2.

NATO Is to Invest in the Lithuanian Training Area

NATO Is to Invest in the Lithuanian Training Area

In July, the NSPA agency and the Lithuanian Ministry of Defence have signed an agreement on the development of the military infrastructure in Lithuania. The implementation of investments will be beneficial to the Lithuanian army, but also to the forces of the alliance.

Russia bets on the youth. How concept of “compatriots” is used?

Russia bets on the youth. How concept of “compatriots” is used?

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia inherited numerous Russian-speaking minorities from the Soviet Union. Despite appearances, these are not only Russians, but communities from the whole former empire. It is commonly but wrongly believed that these diasporas are politically homogenous (pro-Russian) and therefore used as a tool in the so-called hybrid warfare.

Frozen partnership: Georgia-NATO Relations After the Brussels Summit

Frozen partnership: Georgia-NATO Relations After the Brussels Summit

The recent NATO summit in Brussels once again confirmed the validity of the declaration of Georgia’s imminent membership within the structures of the Alliance that had been submitted in Bucharest in 2008. Nonetheless, it has not been specified when such an event would possibly take place.

National Orthodox Church – a Step Towards the Peace?

National Orthodox Church – a Step Towards the Peace?

Can the unification of the Orthodox Church in Ukraine and its separation from the Moscow Patriarchate help to end the Russian-Ukrainian conflict and bring peace to this part of Europe? Definitely yes. And this is the main goal of the diplomatic mission initiated by Kiev which has lasted for several years.

Ukraine exports illegal timber to the European Union

Ukraine exports illegal timber to the European Union

Ukraine is said to be fighting on two fronts. The first one is the western border where the country faces the Russian aggression. The second one is located in the very centre: here, Ukrainians struggle with corruption, the worst of all post-Soviet countries. Ukrainian forests have become a battlefield for one of the biggest battles of the second front.

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