April 2015

Way to East


By Yevgeniya Noskova

Starting from today Russia becomes a founding country of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). It was established under the initiative of China, and as expected shall operate in full capacity already by the end of the year.

Kazakhstan as mediator limited by international status: political analysts

By Dmitry Khegai, Dinara Urazova

Kazakhstan has been taking an active stance in settlement of the situation in Ukraine and has offered to serve as mediator in the conflict. The opposition in Syria has also been planning to ask the Kazakh authorities to provide a platform for negotiations with all the sides of the crisis. These are but recent examples of Kazakhstan’s involvement in the world affairs.

Turkmenistan looks to the West

Aleksandra Jarosiewicz, Józef Lang

Due to worsening relations with Russia, its increasing dependence on China and fears of destabilisation, Turkmenistan is adjusting its foreign policy and trying to bolster its cooperation with the West in the field of energy and security. This is indicated by the resumption of its energy cooperation with the European Union, and appeals for more assistance from the United States in the security field.

Kyiv Talks about Big War


By Tatiyana Ivzhenko

Ukraine is getting ready to that soon Russia may decide on fielding their peacekeepers in Donbass. The representatives of the authorities have earlier refused from Russian peacekeeping mission and asked the UNO and the EU to consider the matter about forwarding peacekeeping forces to Donbass. Kyiv is concerned that while the West is thinking Russia may make the decision. Kyiv warns that such attempt shall be estimated by Ukraine as the fact of open aggression.