February 2016

Slovakia Signs Up to Strategic Eastring Gas Pipeline Project

By Lubica Schulczova

Four East European countries, Slovakia, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania, signed a Joint Declaration during a summit of EU leaders in the Latvia’s capital, proposing the construction of either a 832-kilometer long pipeline running across Slovakia, Hungary and Romania, or its larger 1274-kilometer long version, which should reach Bulgaria, too.

Lessons From Munich: We Need Cooperation, Not Confrontation

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By Igor Ivanov

Politicians and scholars from all over the world recently gathered at the Munich Security Conference (MSC) to discuss global security issues. Most of the attendees agreed that we have to work together to untie the tangled knot of current threats to peace and stability, with the bulk of responsibility falling on the shoulders of the leading global players — the United States, the European Union, Russia and China. However, we still seem incapable of presenting a collective response even to the most fundamental threats.

Global Ban on All Nuclear Armed Cruise Missiles Needed, Top Disarmament Expert Says

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Andy Weber, who stepped down last summer as U.S. State Department Deputy Coordinator for Ebola Response, has more than 30 years under his belt of working to counter some of the most dangerous threats to mankind posed by weapons of mass destruction. Some of his most famous exploits included working at the heart of Project Sapphire, a top secret joint Kazakh-American operation in 1994 to remove almost 600 kilogrammes of highly enriched uranium, enough to produce two dozen nuclear bombs, from eastern Kazakhstan to the United States where it was down-blended and used as fuel for power stations.

The search for new routes for Russian energy

By Daniel Rozanov

Russian power is separated from the centers of European consumption of a ring of countries that control the transport routes of Russian and Central Asian exports. Historically, the main routes of transmission of natural gas ex-USSR passed through Ukraine. In the separation of the state having a variety of political tensions between Russia and Ukraine, and the temptation to substitute the very real and objective contradictions of the distribution of revenue from gas power purely subjective approach. First of all, the effects of the transition of the Crimean peninsula under Russian jurisdiction.