Ben Hodges

US general says NATO must take initiative in Baltic

During a press conference in Vilnius, Ben Hodges, the commanding general of the US Army in Europe, said that the US and other NATO countries were tired of responding to unexpected moves from Russia and that they would have to take the initiative. […]

Heidi Tagliavini

Opinion: Spark of hope that Russia’s aggression will not pass this time

The German daily Berliner Zeitung was the first one to report about the resignation of Ambassador Heidi Tagliavini as OSCE special envoy in Ukraine and OSCE representative at the Minsk peace talks. This lady made her name in political and diplomatic quarters when the international commission she led published a report on the 2008 Georgian-Russian war. Her departure gives one hope that the conflict between Ukraine and Russia will not be given a Tagliavini treatment. […]

Aivaras Abromavičius

Lithuanian minister in charge of making Ukraine economy more efficient: 400 ministry staff gone in 7 months

Many Lithuanians follow closely developments in Kiev, where Aivaras Abromavičius, a 39-year-old Vilnius-born businessman, has been put in charge of Ukraine‘s ministry of economy and trade. He is one of several foreigners invited by Ukraine’s current leadership who decided it takes an outsider to tackle corruption and inefficiency that plagues the country’s economy. […]

Jovita Neliupšienė

President Grybauskaitė’s advisor: No place for appeasement politics in Ukraine

Chief foreign policy advisor to Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, Jovita Neliupšienė, says that Russia‘s direct involvement in conflict in the Donbass region is becoming more and more obvious, while the current ceasefire is only relative. […]

Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko

Opinion: So long sucker or how Putin’s propaganda succeeded in playing the extremists

In the 1950s, Nobel Prize winning mathematician John Forbes Nash invented a Machiavellian game entitled So Long Suckers. To win, a player had to game, and ultimately betray, his adversaries. Today, as they sit in frozen trenches in what was once aptly named the Wild Fields, it looks as if the soldiers of the ‘Union of People’s Republic’ are the ones that have been played. […]

No Picture

Opinion: More than meets the eye or the case against a ‘frozen conflict’ in East Ukraine

Currently it seems that the on-going Ukrainian–Russian conflict in the East of Ukraine is drawing to a possible end. However, it looks as if a newly minted ‘frozen conflict’ zone is poised to appear on the world map. While the end of active fighting might seem as a positive development, a ‘frozen conflict’ might actually pose even greater threats to international security. […]

No Picture

Marshall plan for Ukraine: What should be done a year after Maidan?

The new Ukrainian Government has been appointed one year after the Euromaidan revolution began in Kyiv. In November 2013, those who felt mostly betrayed by President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych crowded in the Maidan of Kyiv. […]