Not too long ago, members of the Chinese policy elite were still debating whether China’s ties with the United States would constitute their most important bilateral relationship. There was a consensus that China could become mostly trouble-free in its rapid rising to global power, as long as the U.S.-China relationship was stable. The idea that China should start pursuing a westward geopolitical strategy across the Eurasian continent toward Europe, and downgrade its heavy reliance on the geopolitical structures of the Asia-Pacific, was viewed in Beijing with much skepticism only a decade ago. But not anymore.
Russia's controversial South Stream pipeline, which would transport gas via the Black Sea into Europe towards the end of the decade, received support from Turkey on Wednesday when Ankara said it may let the conduit pass through its territory.
What you see depends on where you are standing…and the view of energy security from here on the banks of the Potomac River, is surely quite different from that on the banks of the Seine, the Thames, the Vistula, or of Faxafloi Bay.
On 15 April, the Foreign Minister of Latvia Edgars Rinkēvičs travelled to Finland, where he met with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö and his counterpart, Erkki Tuomioja, among other high-ranking Finnish officials, and discussed Latvia’s upcoming EU presidency and ways to increase Baltic-Nordic cooperation, reports the Latvian Foreign Affairs Ministry.
Russia’s aggression against Ukraine has led to Russia’s international isolation, including NATO’s suspension of all practical cooperation with Russia. To divert attention away from its actions, Russia has levelled a series of accusations against NATO which are based on misrepresentations of the facts and ignore the sustained effort that NATO has put into building a partnership with Russia. Russia has also made baseless attacks on the legitimacy of the Ukrainian authorities and has used force to seize part of Ukraine’s territory. This document sets the record straight.
Catherine Ashton, EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission appointed Janos Herman, a senior EEAS official, as Special Envoy to Central Asia with the task of ensuring continued EU high-level engagement in the region, following the recent resignation of Patricia Flow, EU Special Representative for Central Asia, the press service of the EU External Action reported on April 9.
Vilnius finished up its two-day Conference on NATO’s open door policy. The Conference attendees not only marked the 10th anniversary of the accession of Lithuania and six other Central European countries to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, but also discussed the emerging challenges facing the Alliance and its partner countries in the light of Russia’s actions against Ukraine, as MF of Lithuania reports.
The goal of Russia is to gain control over the Ukrainian pipe… EU has attracted Turkey into the game against Russia… Our position in the negotiations with RF is getting stronger… Opinions of the experts…
Thursday, April 10, Stockholm - President Dalia Grybauskaitė, who is in Stockholm for an official visit, discussed topical bilateral and regional issues with Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt of Sweden. During the meeting, the Lithuania-Sweden maritime boundary agreement was solemnly signed.
The events in Ukraine are being perceived in different ways throughout the former Soviet Union. Central Asia is no exception: their implications can be hardly underestimated by local leaders and populations alike. The former in particular have to carefully balance multiple, conflicting interests when reacting to the unfolding of events.
Exclusive interview with Tevan Poghosyan, Member of the Parliament, National Assembly of Armenia.
Russia's annexation of Crimea has prompted non-aligned Sweden and Finland to weigh defense options such as beefing up partnership with NATO or formally joining the alliance. Analysts say it's up to Russia what's next.
As the West prepares economic sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine, the head of the government-owned State Atomic Energy Corporation (Rosatom) nuclear complex, Sergei Kirienko, said that Russia’s nuclear industry contracts with other countries could be affected, observing, “Considering an array of comments about possible restrictions on economic cooperation, we understand that some of our [international] contracts could fall under political curbs” (RIA Novosti, March 27). Kirienko added that Rosatom is bidding on international tenders for constructing nuclear power plants (NPP) in an environment of fierce political competition from the United States, with the State Department lobbying for Westinghouse to receive contracts.
Speech by NATO Deputy Secretary General Ambassador Alexander Vershbow to the 21st International Conference on Euro-Atlantic Security, Krakow, Poland
Liepaja Mayor Uldis Sesks is positive towards the possibility of stationing NATO ships at the Port of Liepaja, reports LETA. ''If we have the opportunity to station NATO ships here, this would be good,'' Sesks said in an interview to Rietumu radio.