Russia has long attempted a campaign of mainly non-military means in Latvia consisting of numerous strategies taking place both in the country and its surrounding areas. These campaigns must be viewed in light of the severe military escalation in the Baltic Sea and in Eastern Europe, says Swedish analyst Jakob Ljungman in his recent report.
Greece has railed against what it sees as German dominance since the 2010 start of the eurozone financial crisis, but antagonism between the two countries can be traced back to the 19th century.
A senior US diplomat has warned of a "dangerous" gulf emerging between US and European defence spending.
The president of the European Commission has rejected claims from within the Spanish government that the country has exited economic recession, saying the crisis still lingers for the Spaniards.
President Islam Karimov signed an agreement between the governments of Uzbekistan and Russia on the main directions of development and deepening of economic cooperation for 2015 - 2019, the official media report
Foreign Minister of Kazakhstan Erlan Idrissov urged greater global efforts in nuclear disarmament at the plenary session of the Conference on Disarmament and addressed the High Level Segment of the 28th session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva on March 4.“Today, the world is experiencing a major transformation. We have witnessed growing friction between major powers over perceived zones of influence, markets, control over energy resources and the movement of commercial minerals. This growing instability can lead to conflicts and foster a dangerous trend where states use power rather than diplomacy in world pmfa02olitics. As a result, this can lead to an arms race, as well as to the use of military force and other forms of coercion when protecting national interests,” Idrissov said at the March 4 conference, emphasising that the forum had the potential to make a major contribution to the disarmament process.
On February 16, 2015, the Russian International Affairs Council held a joint seminar with the Polish Institute of International Affairs (PISM) entitled “Proposals for the Development of Russian–Polish Partnership”.
Montenegro is planning to open one of the most challenging negotiations with the European Union this year. Chapter 27, which refers to the Environment and climate changes is to open since the Montenegrin government fulfilled the commitments of the last action plan, which are the condition for the opening of negotiations on this chapter. Up to now Montenegro has opened 16 chapters in the negotiations with the European Union.
The European Commission is looking for the possibility to hold trilateral format meeting on the Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project, a source in the European Commission told Trend on February 26.
NATO is determined to strengthen its partnership with Finland to better address security challenges to the east and south, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said during his visit to Helsinki on Thursday (5 March, 2015). Mr. Stoltenberg thanked Finnish Prime Minister Alexander Stubb for his nation’s close cooperation with the Alliance, calling Finland “one of our most active and closest partners."
The relationship between Turkey and Azerbaijan can be defined as a true strategic partnership. Since its first days of independence, Azerbaijan has always had the support of Turkey in its struggle to recover its territorial integrity. The motto of “two states, one nation” has frequently been used to define the relationship between the two states. And now, the tension originating from misconceptions surrounding around the Turkey-Armenia protocols has been swiftly resolved. The high-level visits and intense frequency of contacts between these two countries have help to preserve their strategic partnership.
Lieutenant General Frederick Hodges, US army commander in Europe, accused Vladimir Putin, the Russian president, of seeking to destroy Nato, and warned that Russia could seek to use the sort of “hybrid warfare” seen in eastern Ukraine against a NATO member to test the alliance.
Caspian states agreed on six additional points of a draft convention on the Caspian Sea’s legal status, the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ebrahim Rahimpour said March 5.
Starting from March 31 the validity term of the winter package of agreements on gas supplies between Russia and Ukraine ends. During this period Ukraine gets the fuel at a preferential price on the prepayment terms. As March 31 approaches the risks of new gas aggravation increase acutely: Russia warns that in case of no new agreements the risk of no more blue fuel supplies persists. However in the current situation another matter occurs in addition to the dispute on prices and terms of supplies: the problem of direct supplies from Russia to the LPR and DNR. Now the gas issue shall be tightly connected with the conflict in Ukraine.
The relations between Azerbaijan and NATO are strategic, the head of the diplomatic mission Daniel Ciobanu said during a round table held in the Romanian embassy in Baku.