The Future of Eastern Partnership

By Daria Khaspekova Maria Gurova

The Ukraine crisis has ruptured the talks on Eastern Partnership. We have met Vladislav Belov (RAS Institute for European Studies), Nikolay Kaveshnikov (MGIMO-University), Olga Potyomkina (RAS Institute for European Studies), Kyrill Entin (Higher School of Economics) and András Rácz (Peter Pazmany Catholic University, Hungary) who shared their views on the project's future, EU interests in Ukraine and prospects for Ukraine-Europe cooperation.

Lithuanian Governament’s deal with E.ON could give boost to talks with Gazprom

With the West imposing sanctions on Russia amid the Crimea crisis, the Lithuanian government’s negotiations with Gazprom on gas prices and other supply terms have stalled again, but experts interviewed by BNS underlined the importance of the talks for both sides and some of them said that a deal with Germany’s E.ON to buy its stakes in Amber Grid and Lietuvos Dujos (Lithuanian Gas) would give a fresh impetus to the talks with the Russian gas monopoly.

UN special rapporteur ready for further co-op with Uzbekistan

Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev received Ahmed Shaheed, special rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief of the UN Human Rights Council.

During the meeting, the sides discussed the holding of joint events in the sphere of religion and interethnic relations.

Uzbek president’s press service said in a message that the parties spokes about the development of legislation on freedom of conscience and religious organizations. Ahmed Shaheed confirmed readiness for further development of systematic, open and constructive cooperation with Uzbekistan.

Energy security is a common concern of the EU

President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with Vice-President of the European Commission Maroš Šefčovič in charge of Energy Union. With the approaching negotiations on the new Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF), Lithuania’s energy related interests, threats posed by the Atsravyets nuclear power plant and other EU instruments aimed at ensuring energy security were discussed at the meeting.

When nature is a terrorist

BILL GATES, the world’s richest man, who has devoted much of his philanthropy to improving global public health, gave a speech the other day at the Munich Security Conference that should have caught everyone’s attention. Mr. Gates insisted that world leaders think differently about public health and national security. They should listen.