Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė and NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen

Opinion: NATO promises to Russia? Which promises?

Alea iacta est. NATO has agreed on the formation of a special ‘spearhead force’ (officially: Very High Readiness Joint Task Force) that, if necessary, will offer the eastern member states (additional) protection against Russia’s imperialist whims. After twenty years of peace keeping operations and crisis management on the Balkans and in exotic places further away, the alliance will refocus on its original task, as anchored in Article 5 of the Washington Treaty: collective defence. […]

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Belarus and the “end of peace” in Europe

On 31 July, the international Contact Group, which aims to resolve the crisis in Ukraine, met in Zaslavl, Belarus. It was attended by former Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, some representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, and Adelheid Tagliavini, the representative of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE). […]

MH17 crash site

Investigators struggle to reach MH17 crash site as Ukraine fighting intensifies

Eleven days after it crashed, the wreckage of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 remains out of reach for international investigators. […]