Opinion: Whereto will the Ukrainian President start?

The special feature of democratic revolutionary movements is that only an active part of the citizens rises up against an outdated power and the new government is elected by all citizens. Inevitably, the casting vote had not the people at the barricades or the Maidan, but those who were waiting on the couch the way things turn out. The latter prefer intermediate options, Ramūnas Bogdanas wrote in DEFLI.

Moscow’s Dilemma: Finlandization of Ukraine or Occupation?

By Pavel Felgenhauer

Russia seems at a crossroads in the Ukrainian crisis, unsure how to proceed: to seek some negotiated compromise with Kyiv, or intensify its support for pro-Russian separatists in southeastern Ukraine? During Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s visit to Finland last week, a possibility was discussed that Ukraine might follow Cold War–era Finland in what was then known as “Finlandization”—that is, building a neutral democratic nation with a market economy, but politically under Moscow’s thumb. According to Lavrov, “We have many times proposed that all of us—Europeans and Ukrainians—come together and find a way to avoid forcing Ukraine to tear itself apart between right and left.” Since last year, Moscow was been pressing Brussels to start tri-party talks to decide Ukraine’s future status. The idea was flatly rejected by the European Union and by the Ukrainian leaders that emerged after the fall of former president Viktor Yanukovych (RIA Novosti, June 10).

China ready to cooperate with SCO member states in fight against terrorism, drug trafficking

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.

RUSSIAN MILITARY ACTIVITY AT THE BORDER OF UKRAINE RISING

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.