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5 events to watch before Moldova’s 2014 elections

Moldova’s upcoming elections in November present short-term and long-term political risks. Here are five specific events to watch in the coming months. 1. Short-term support for the European Union The situation in Moldova has been one of overwhelming support for accession to the European Union in the wake of the Ukraine crisis. The ruling Liberal Democratic coalition has […]

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Ukraine crisis forces US to keep military in Europe

The United States must work with a politically divided Europe to face down Russia. The Ukrainian crisis will force the US to keep a strong presence despite the wish to scale down and focus on its shift towards Asia. The US Army’s current presence in Europe is approximately 30,000 troops, mainly the 2nd Cavalry in […]

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Sino-Russian gas deal: Alliance or partnership?

Does the recent gas deal between Russia and China signal a broader geopolitical alliance between the two countries, or is it simply an economic partnership? The recent announcement of a massive $400 billion gas deal between Russia and China has rightly been taken as part of a Russian pivot eastward, alongside increasing joint military exercises […]

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Why Russia is not concerned about the G7

Russia was excluded from this year’s G7 summit due to its threatening behavior in Ukraine. However, this may not be the breakdown in international relations many fear and is probably temporary. At the height of the Cold War in the 1970s, the leaders of the world’s seven most powerful democracies – the United States, Canada, […]

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Presidential elections bring Ukraine closer to the West

The success of the presidential elections and the clean victory of the pro-European candidate Petro Poroshenko will bring Ukraine closer to the West, but the conflict with Russia is likely to continue. The Ukrainian presidential elections took place on 25 May amid the most difficult political situation since the country gained independence from the Soviet […]

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Sino-Russian natural gas deal transforms global energy markets

Sino-Russian energy deal will have profound economic consequences for global energy markets and will have an impact on relations between Russia and the West. On 21 May, Russia and China signed a decade-long negotiated deal on Russian natural gas exports to China valued at $400 billion. According to the agreement, Russia’s gas giant Gazprom will […]

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Austria-Russia energy deal exposes EU disunity over Ukraine

A recent gas deal between Austrian energy company OMV and Russian gas exporter Gazprom exposes fractures within the European Union bloc over responses to the Ukraine crisis and threatens the stability of the EU policy-making. When it comes to natural gas diplomacy, member states of the EU have always found it difficult to unite under […]

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Crimea annexation comes with host of problems for Russia

Russia will bear the brunt of recently annexed Crimea’s long-term economic, financial and political problems. President Putin made a triumphant visit to Crimea on the 9th May, as the region held its first Victory Day commemorations since being annexed by Russia. Mr. Putin extolled Crimea’s “return to the motherland” before tens of thousands of people. […]

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New sanctions hurt energy companies and Russia’s credit rating

With the situation in Ukraine entering its most difficult pre-election stage, the growing rift between Russia and the West is starting to affect everyday business. Following the ineffective Geneva Agreement and continuation of conflict in eastern Ukraine, the United States and the EU decided on April 29 to impose a fresh round of sanctions on […]

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Russia faces expanding regional debt crisis

Recent data released by Russia’s Court of Accounts indicates that the country’s regional governments are facing crisis situations with regional debts. In the past year, the level of total regional debt has doubled to 642 billion rubles, 3.3 times higher than had been expected from the Ministry of Finance. The number of regions that have […]

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