August 2014

German Ambassador to Russian: Trust Lost between Berlin and Moscow

German Ambassador is 60 years old, he is married and has five children. Baron Rüdiger von Fritsch comes from an old aristocratic family. Has worked in diplomacy since 1984. In course of his career he was a Deputy Head of the FRG Intelligence Service (BND). The last post before appointment for Russia – German Ambassador to Poland. He is a football fan.

Lithuanian defence minister meets with NATO and UN representatives in Afghanistan

During his trip to Afghanistan, Lithuania's Minister of National Defence Juozas Olekas on Thursday met with Ambassador Maurits Jochems, NATO Senior Civilian Representative in Afghanistan, General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr. (USA), Commander ISAF, and Jan Kubis, the Special Representative for Afghanistan and the Head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), the Ministry of National Defence said.

Kazakhstan plans to increase grain exports to Russia amid sanctions

By Altynai Zhumzhumina

Kazakhstan intends to increase the its grain exports to Russia amid the sanctions that Russia imposed on some of the agricultural products imported from the western countries supporting sanctions against Russia, Tengrinews reports citing Chairman of the Committee for State Inspection in Agro-Industry (Agroprom) of the Agriculture Ministry of Kazakhstan Saktash Khasenov.

Azerbaijan Strengthens Its Cooperation With NATO

By Leyla Aslanova

As Azerbaijan begins its fourth Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) cycle with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), tensions are on the rise with its neighbor Armenia over the breakaway Azerbaijani region of Karabakh, occupied by Armenian forces. The latest serious armed confrontations began on July 30, 2014 (see EDM, August 7)—the most serious violence since the ceasefire agreement was reached in May 1994. The increase in violent clashes could spark a new wide-scale conflict in the region. But it also suggests that Russia may be intentionally inciting provocations by ordering Armenia to make trouble in Karabakh to help further President Vladimir Putin’s regional ambitions.

RISK FOR EURASIAN INTEGRATION

The situation in Ukraine is still the center of attention of the world community. Political life of the country rages: against the military operation in the Southeast intensified political struggle in Kiev elite are preparing for early elections to the parliament, and the government was in "limbo" state after the collapse of the parliamentary coalition. Nor should we ignore the external factors - the policy of Washington and Moscow. 

SPANISH STUMPED FOR ASSISTANT OLIGARCH

By Antonio Alonso

Spain is among the countries in which the refuge people suspected of crimes. Among these people refugee from Kazakhstan Alexander Pavlov. The purpose of unfolding in some of the media campaign in his defense to prove that he is not a common criminal, but a victim of political repression at home. Attention of the media to this person in many ways provide some organizations and foundations, such as "Open dialogue." 

U.S. transit is beneficial for Lithuania

President Dalia Grybauskaitė met with General Paul J. Selva, Commander of U.S. Transportation Command of the Department of Defense (USTRANSCOM). The President and the General discussed military cooperation between Lithuania and the United States of America as well as prospects for using Klaipėda Seaport and other infrastructure in Lithuania for the transportation of military and commercial cargoes of NATO allies.