Policy Brief No.17: EU postpones new sanctions for Russia, at least for the time being

Russia Sanctions

After a waiting for an entire week, EU may refuse today to impose new sanctions against Russia. The decision to impose sanctions will be delayed for 72 hours to one week, to make sure that Russia is taking steps to solve the conflict in the Ukraine. The European Union is set to agree new economic […]

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News Alert No.15: NATO Summit in Wales: CyberAttacks, integrated in Article V


Sorin Ducaru, NATO’s Assistant Secretary General for Emerging Security Challenges, declared on September 5 that Article V of the Treaty is extended for disinformation, subversion and cyber attacks. Known as Article 5, the clause states an attack against one member of NATO “shall be considered an attack against them all”. [1] New York Times stated that […]

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Policy Brief No.10: Russia is trying to establish a direct land route to Crimea: next stop – Mariupol


On August 31, according to BBC, the Ukrainians sent in reinforcements to help defend Mariupol in the south-east of the country “as separatist rebels, who appear to have been backed by Russian troops, are now threatening to attack the city.”[1] According to Washington Post, military analysts think Mariupol could be a next target because it […]

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News Alert No.10: Putin threatened Barroso, saying that Russia can “take Kiev” in two weeks

Vladimir Putin

On September 1, the Italian newspaper La Repubblicaquoted Jose Manuel Barroso, the head of the European Commission, mentioning his telephone conversation with Vladimir Putin. In that conversation Putin allegedly threatened the European Union and Ukraine: “The problem is this, if I want to, I can take Kiev in two weeks”[1]. This direct threat was mentioned […]

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Policy Brief No.8: Russian Federation and its allies are flexing their military muscles: possible connections

military exercises

At the end of August, Nikolai Bordyuzha, the Secretary General of the Collective Security Treaty Organization has said on Ria Novosti that Russia-led military block is ready to send peacekeepers to Ukraine.[1] The Collective Security Treaty Organization is an intergovernmental military alliance which is formed by Russia, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Belarus. On August 30, 2014, […]

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News Alert No.5: Putin wants a new “statehood” in Eastern Ukraine


On August 31, 2014, in an interview on the First Channel, Putin said that in order to solve the situation in the South-Eastern part of Ukraine, there is a need to start meaningful negotiations with the political organizations, and to establish the State for Eastern Ukraine. “We must immediately get down to a substantial, substantive negotiations, and […]

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Policy Paper No.1: Some Consequences of Russia’s Import Ban: winners and losers

russia imports

Russia’s ban on a range of US and European products as a response to Western sanctions will change some important commercial relations. What other indirect consequences can we expect? In 2013 Russia’s exports to EU were in amount of 119.8 billion euro and EU exports to Russia were in amount of 205 billion euro[1]. Norway […]

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