Last year, the authorities in Moldova went to return to the country of direct presidential elections (in 2000 was elected president of the parliament) to bring down a wave of mass protests.
The coup was planned for election day. Wearing fake police uniforms and armed with assault rifles, more than a dozen Kremlin-linked plotters were allegedly preparing to storm the parliament of the tiny Balkan nation of Montenegro and assassinate its Prime Minister. Their goal, according to the government's investigators, was to stop the country of 620,000 from joining NATO, which would give the U.S.-led alliance control of nearly every northern Mediterranean port from Gibraltar to the Bosporus. On a tip from an informant, real Montenegrin police rounded up the plotters as polls opened for the vote in October. Two ringleaders, both suspected agents of the Russian intelligence services, are now back in Russia.
Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven attend a news conference at the annual Kultaranta Talks on foreign and security policy, at the Presidential Summer Residence Kultaranta in Naantali, Finland, June 19, 2016.
It has been more than three years since Ukrainians gathered at Maidan Square in Kyiv on the night of Nov. 21, 2013, to demand closer integration with Europe and the resignation of President Viktor Yanukovych. As the protests spread and Yanukovych refused to sign the Association Agreement with the EU, a full-scale uprising forced him to flee and led to conflicts across the country that have since claimed the lives of more than 10,000 people. It also led to a de facto division of the country between a pro-European west and a pro-Russian east, as well as loss of Crimean Peninsula to Russia.
Turkey, Georgia and Azerbaijan plan to increase the volume of mutual trade up to $20 billion, said Turkey’s Deputy Economy Minister Fatih Metin at the 5th Turkey-Azerbaijan-Georgia business forum in Istanbul Feb. 17.
Government Spokesperson Zoltán Kovács takes the view that if the EU extends tough treatment to its own nationals, it must extend the same treatment to immigrants.
The continuing frenzy in Washington about contacts between members of the Trump team and Russia has diverted attention from the first real test of the new US president’s campaign pledge to improve relations with Moscow.
A draft reform of Europe’s emissions trading system (ETS) has been adopted by the European Parliament, with MEPs from coal-dependent Poland helping soften the rules.
Volodymyr Horbulin, Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies: Ukraine became a key state of Russia and the West confrontation
Volodymyr Horbulin, Director of the National Institute for Strategic Studies, twice served as Director of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine and one of the first founders of the National Security and Defense Council, rarely gives speeches in public.
Each February, Munich takes center stage in global politics. Here are eight important facts about the Munich Security Conference.