April 2018

India withdraws from FGFA project, leaving Russia to go it alone


By Rahul Bedi, New Delhi and Reuben F Johnson, Kuala Lumpur

India withdraws from FGFA project, leaving Russia to go it aloneKey Points
India has pulled out of its 11-year collaborative programme with Russia to build a Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft
The decision has ramifications for both the IAF and the Russian aerospace industry
The Indian Air Force (IAF) has shelved its 11-year old collaborative Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft (FGFA) programme with Russia following enduring differences over its developmental cost and technological capabilities.

To build Europe only in French will not work

By B. Laprus

The idea of ​​President Macron of the new European sovereignty is based on the search for a consensus among the EU member states on security, economics, medicine, ecology and information technologies. In the economic sphere, it includes the formation of a special budget, the creation of the European Monetary Fund (through the transformation of the European stabilization mechanism), the establishment of the post of the European Minister of Finance, and the proposal to create a Eurogroup parliament (EU member states, in which the euro is the national currency) to give more democratic nature of its activities. As for the migration policy, Macron suggested not to continue the debate about the allocation of quotas between EU states. His position is to create a European program that will directly support financially local communities that receive refugees and ensure their integration into society.

We Will Need to Return to Dialogue

Andrey Kortunov, Director General of the Russian International Affairs Council, RIAC member
Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General of the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI)

The poisoning by nerve agent of Sergei and Yulia Skripal has dealt a sharp blow to Russia’s relations with the UK, and with Europe NATO and beyond. And things could get even worse. With further measures being announced as we write, there is increasing talk of a new Cold War.

Head of NATO Military Committee General Petr Pavel: We are heading to make Ukrainian defense forces capable and credible enough to deter any potential aggression


By Iryna Somer, Brussels

On April 18-19, the NATO Military Committee is visiting Ukraine. On the eve of the visit, its chief, four-star general Petr Pavel told UNIAN about the purpose of the visit, gave his assessment of the likelihood of the escalation in eastern Ukraine, and described how realistic it is for the Ukrainian army to start operating in line with NATO standards by 2020

Linkevičius: EU enlargement is a strategic choice of countries seeking EU membership

On 17 April, the European Commission published the annual Enlargement package, as well as assessed progress on reforms in the Western Balkans and Turkey. The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius highlighted the importance of the EU open door policy and welcomed progress made by South-eastern European countries.