Lithuania’s Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius hopes to convince his Estonian counterpart, Taavi Roivas, to agree on Vilnius’ integration into the European-standard gauge railway line Rail Baltica, Butkevicius said on LRT Radio Tuesday.
Vowing to defend ethnic Russians wherever they live, President Vladimir Putin has embarked on an aggressive campaign to rebuild the pride and assertiveness of the Russian people, which he says was lost in the breakup of the Soviet Union.
Natural gas prices will drop 20 or more by July thanks to agreements between Lietuvos Dujos and Russian gas supplier, Gazprom, Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius said Tuesday on LRT Radio.
Not for the first time, a website has reported the death or incapacitation of a Central Asian leader only to have the report swiftly taken down and denied (see the blanked out “story” at dallol.ru/news-i1221.html). Up to now, these reports have not been accurate at least since the death of Turkmenistan’s Saparmurat Niyazov (“Turkmenbashi”) in 2006. Their increasing frequency surely reflects the fears or hopes of some in the region. But just as importantly, such stories highlight the aging of the two most important leaders in Central Asia and the certainty that, at some point, they will pass from the scene.
India's prime minister-elect, Narendra Modi was mobbed by flag-waving supporters as he arrived in New Delhi Saturday.
Exclusive interview with the Defence Minister of Estonia Mr Sven Mikser.
On April 28, Kazakhstani President Nursultan Nazarbayev paid a working visit to Russia’s capital, where he delivered a lecture at the Moscow State University, twenty years after his first similar speech there in 1994. Rather expectedly, the president’s speech was dedicated to the issue of post-Soviet integration, as Kazakhstan, Russia and Belarus are preparing to sign on May 29 in Astana the founding treaty of the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU). Since the mid-1990s, Kazakhstan has been a staunch supporter of various integration initiatives in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). In 2000–2001, it played an instrumental role in the creation of the Eurasian Economic Community (EurAsEC), which would later serve as a springboard for a trilateral Customs Union with Russia and Belarus (Forbes.kz, April 28).
The occurrence of a new integration association is expected at the map of the world – the Eurasian Economic Union. Attitude towards this process is ambiguous. In the light of the last political events the attempts if the post-Soviet states to claim their unanimity are perceived with concern by everyone including the peoples of these states. The opponents to such integration state that they are attempting to restore the totalitarian USSR where there is no place for state sovereignty, but total dependence from Russia. How real are such statements?
The European Parliament (EP) is one of the EU’s main institutions; however, its authority and influence both on the EU governance structure and citizen of the EU Member States is minor. The eighth elections to EP in May of this year have already revealed Europe‘s major issues and challenges faced by parliamentism in the European Union.
Beijing will join hands with Paris to explore third-party nuclear energy markets, Premier Li Keqiang told the French foreign minister on Monday.