Six years ago, when Russia attacked Georgia and tore off the separatist regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia, Western countries were, as always, “very concerned”, sent out their observers, provided humanitarian support and Nocolas Sarozy, the then President of France, volunteered to mediate in settling the conflict. […]
Without much of a fervour or pomp last week saw the end of the most prominent and quite efficient couple in the Foreign Affairs Council. Carl Bildt and Radoslaw Sikorski left the stage and took up their new roles. It’s an end of an era and I am afraid also an end to their most precious pet project of the two gentlemen – Eastern Partnership. […]
The NATO summit on 4-5 September in Wales can be considered the most important meeting of NATO member state leaders since the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States of America. Paradoxically enough, at the beginning of planning the meeting, it was not entirely clear what the leaders should discuss. […]
Since the start of this year, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has invaded Ukraine, annexed Crimea and pushed for Ukraine’s “federalization.” The severe international concern caused by these actions was further compounded last month (August 2014) by Vladimir Zhirinovsky’s statement in Yalta that after Moscow subdues Ukraine, it will move against other post-Soviet countries in order to rebuild the Russian Empire. Not surprisingly, many countries in the region have thus been forced to consider where the Kremlin might move next and what means it might employ against them—from demands for “federalization” to open aggression. […]
In an interview with LRT radio the President Dalia Grybauskaitė says that the meeting of the presidents of the three Baltic States with the President of the United States of America (USA) Barack Obama means that the region has very strong support and its concerns are taken seriously. According to her, the NATO summit, which will take place in Wales right after this meeting, is vital in the current geopolitical situation. […]
Talks have begun between Russia and the pro-EU former Soviet states of Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia. The sides are assessing how recently signed free trade deals with the European Union will impact the countries’ trade relations with Russia. The effect will be muted for now, but the agreements could have a larger impact in the future if each country adopts them fully. Full implementation will be challenging because of Russia’s influence and political instability in the three nations.
At the International Conference on Georgia‘s European Way in Batumi on 10 July, the Lithuanian Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs Andrius Krivas and the Lithuanian Ambassador to Georgia Jonas Paslauskas met with the State Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Georgia, Alex Petriashvili, Ministry of Foreign Affairs informs. […]