Russian president Vladimir Putin congratulated Barack Obama on his electoral victory by sending a telegram indicating signs of good will for future cooperation. According to the message, and as a result of Romney’s view of Russia as the US’s ‘No1 geopolitical foe’, the Kremlin sees Obama’s victory as a positive development in the countries bilateral … Continue reading
Following the announcement by the European Commission on September 4 regarding the newly-launched investigation into Russian giant Gazprom’s compliance with European anti-monopoly laws, questions have arisen about the future of natural gas imports to Europe and Russia’s role in it.
An attack in the Kakheti region of Georgia, near the village of Lapankuri, has raised tensions in the country following an armed standoff on August 29 with what the government is describing as ‘saboteurs’. The developing situation, which has been incoherently communicated during the day by state television Rustavi 2 and Interior Ministry sources, led … Continue reading
Russian President Vladimir Putin has reiterated his aim to strengthen the country’s armed forces by announcing rearmament worth 720 billion USD worth of aircraft units, submarines and technological upgrades; the move will serve to revamp the Russian military, which is has lagged behind since the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. Improvement of the military … Continue reading
On July 26 Russian Vice Admiral Viktor Chirkov claimed that his country was looking at acquiring naval bases on foreign soil, highlighting that current efforts are aimed at “obtaining naval bases in Cuba, Vietnam and in the Seychelles.” A day later, July 27, the Russian Ministry of Defence issued a press release denying these claims, … Continue reading
The Russian President Vladimir Putin signed into law the controversial ‘Foreign Agents’ bill on Saturday, July 21, an act which was met hours later by a statement from two major rights activists’ organisations stating that they would refuse to comply with the legislation.