The Air Is Getting Hotter: Russia and NATO focus on deterrence

By Igor Istomin

Since 2014, Russia and the West have been strengthening their mechanisms of mutual deterrence. The European Leadership Network’s recent report entitled “Towards a New Equilibrium: Minimising the Risks of NATO and Russia’s New Military Postures”, which was prepared by its Research Director Łukasz Kulesa with the involvement of a number of other specialists, is the latest in a series of publications devoted to tackling the issue of escalating tensions in relations between Russia and the West.  READ MORE

Fears that NATO summit to be taken from Poland are ‘nonsense’: FM Waszczykowski

There is no danger that the NATO summit, set to be held in Warsaw in July, will be transferred to another country, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski has said. READ MORE

State elections present a defeat for the chancellor

The populist right-wing AfD party made the biggest gains in Sunday’s state elections, apparently because the electorate felt they were not being taken seriously by the main parties writes DW’s Bernd Grässler. READ MORE

Russia to deliver S-300 to Iran in August or September

Russia will deliver S-300 air defense systems to Iran in August or September, the head of Russia’s state-owned Rostec corporation, Sergei Chemezov said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.  READ MORE

Tevan J. Poghosyan: I hope that the re-launched negotiations between the EU and Armenia will help Armenia to keep up with its reforms.

An exclusive interview with the member of the Parliament, National Assembly of Armenia and Heritage Party Mr. Tevan J. Poghosyan READ MORE

How Finland Became Europe’s Bear Whisperer

Helsinki has figured out how to stand up to Russia without provoking Putin’s wrath. Its neighbors call that appeasement. READ MORE

Poland‘s policy twists and Lithuania

By Viktor Denisenko

Lithuanian – Polish relationship has recently become quite ambivalent. On the one hand, both countries are members of the European Union and NATO responding negatively to Russia‘s aggression against Ukraine and treating Russia as a danger to the stability of the entire region. On the other hand, bilateral relations are aggravated by Poland‘s reprimands concerning the situation of local Polish community in Lithuania: spelling of Polish names in Lithuanian identity documents etc. READ MORE

NATO Deputy Secretary General discusses reform progress and strengthening of cooperation with Georgian Foreign Minister

NATO Deputy Secretary General Alexander Vershbow and Georgian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mikheil Janelidze met on Wednesday (2 March 2016) ahead of a meeting of the NATO-Georgia Commission. Ambassador Vershbow reiterated NATO’s support for Georgia’s ambitious reform agenda and welcomed Georgia’s commitment to the implementation of NATO’s Substantial Package of support to Georgia. READ MORE

Ukrainian delegation to attend Warsaw NATO summit

A delegation from Ukraine will attend July’s NATO summit in Warsaw, it was revealed on Friday following Polish-Ukrainian talks in the Polish capital. READ MORE

NATO and Kuwait take cooperation to a new level


NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg welcomed closer cooperation between the Alliance and Kuwait during his first official visit to Kuwait on 29 February 2016. Speaking at the site of the future NATO-Kuwait Istanbul Cooperation Initiative (ICI) Regional Centre, Mr. Stoltenberg praised Kuwait’s commitment and vision in bringing NATO closer to the Gulf region. As the Alliance’s first presence in the Gulf, the NATO-ICI Regional Centre will be a hub for NATO’s practical cooperation with Kuwait and other ICI partners, as well as Saudi Arabia and Oman.  READ MORE

April 2016