The politics of energy are getting ever more interesting following the signing of a historic 30 year gas deal between China and Russia. The deal has been portrayed as Putin’s revenge for Western sanctions imposed following the conflict in the Ukraine. He’s sending a message that Russia has other options aside from exporting its natural resources to Europe. (The U.S. is increasingly energy independent and doesn’t need Russian gas.) The photo-op of Chinese president Xi Jinping and Putin downing a shot of vodka following the deal close was classic.
Five bilateral documents have been signed in the framework of Kazakhstan President's state visit to Shanghai (China).
President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Estonia's new Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas who is on his first visit to Lithuania after taking office on 26 March.
President Vladimir V. Putin said Monday that he was withdrawing Russian troops from the border with Ukraine, the second time he has said that in less than two weeks. He also praised the government in Kiev, which he had previously called an illegal, fascist junta, for its willingness to negotiate structural changes.
Lithuania’s Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius hopes to convince his Estonian counterpart, Taavi Roivas, to agree on Vilnius’ integration into the European-standard gauge railway line Rail Baltica, Butkevicius said on LRT Radio Tuesday.
Vowing to defend ethnic Russians wherever they live, President Vladimir Putin has embarked on an aggressive campaign to rebuild the pride and assertiveness of the Russian people, which he says was lost in the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Natural gas prices will drop 20 or more by July thanks to agreements between Lietuvos Dujos and Russian gas supplier, Gazprom, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius said Tuesday on LRT Radio.
Not for the first time, a website has reported the death or incapacitation of a Central Asian leader only to have the report swiftly taken down and denied (see the blanked out “story” at dallol.ru/news-i1221.html). Up to now, these reports have not been accurate at least since the death of Turkmenistan’s Saparmurat Niyazov (“Turkmenbashi”) in 2006. Their increasing frequency surely reflects the fears or hopes of some in the region. But just as importantly, such stories highlight the aging of the two most important leaders in Central Asia and the certainty that, at some point, they will pass from the scene.
India's prime minister-elect, Narendra Modi was mobbed by flag-waving supporters as he arrived in New Delhi Saturday.
Exclusive interview with the Defence Minister of Estonia Mr Sven Mikser.