The failure of gas negotiations between Ukraine and Russia is a sign that the European Union just wanted to moderate rather than lead during the talks. The EU must show more leadership, writes DW's Ingo Mannteufel.
June 16 "Gazprom", as expected, still disabled gas supplies to Ukraine. Ukraine preparing for this for a long time, and take the position does not intend to Kiev intensify negotiations with Slovakia on reversing gas supplies. However, it will not be able to fully compensate for the lack of natural gas. Who started the race will pass faster nerves.
Kazakhstan is calling upon North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons, Tengrinews reports citing IA Novosti-Kazakhstan.
China is ready to cooperate with other countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in fight against terrorism, drug trafficking and transnational organized crime; to deepen cooperation in security sector; as well as to make every effort to prevent security threats and challenges, Deputy Minister of Public Security of China Huang Ming said.
Last week, NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen paid an official visit Britain. As noted in the materials posted on the organization's website, during this visit, Rasmussen met with Prime Minister David Cameron and Foreign Minister William Hague and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond. Head of the North Atlantic Alliance also made sharp statements against Russia.
Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekçi said Tuesday that Turkey should be included in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership talks between the United States and the EU.
Events in Ukraine turned the first time since World War II the center of the former Soviet Union in the field of battle can create behind Moldova and Transnistria hostile Moscow space. And to prevent the victory in the upcoming November 30 parliamentary elections in Moldova supporters Eurasian integration and the Customs Union. Armed conflict in Ukraine may weaken, isolate or even eliminate Transnistria as a state in which Washington and its allies see only outpost of Russia. Naturally, the civil war in Ukraine complicates the situation of the unrecognized Transnistrian Moldovan Republic (TMR).
Panel remarks by NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow at the Wrocław Global Forum (Poland)
For some former Soviet countries, the decision to align with Russia is not a matter of competing geopolitical strategies: it’s a necessity dictated by economic reasons and by Moscow’s massive blackmailing power. One such case is Kyrgyzstan, in Central Asia. This however does not mean that joining the Russia-led Eurasian Economic Union is necessarily bad. For some states, including Kyrgyzstan itself, the risks of being “left behind” are just too big to be ignored.
USAK experts conducted an exclusive and extensive interview with Director of the Brookings Institution, Strobe Talbott.