Category: Russia

Russia Bets on China: Picking the Wrong Horse in the Short Term and Long

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Russians are waking up to the fact that Vladimir Putin’s much-ballyhooed “turn” to China is not bringing Russia the benefits he promised or that they expected. Not only has Beijing refused to tow Moscow’s line on a variety of international…

Russia Threatens Georgia With Renewed Trade War

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The Russian government regularly uses its agency for consumer protection, Rospotrebnadzor, for trade discrimination and blocking imports from countries whose policies Moscow does not like (see EDM, March 28, 2006; October 11, 2013; October 16, 2013). On August 4, 2015, Rospotrebnadzor issued a…

Turkmenistan Complains Gazprom Is Not Paying Its Bills

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Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 132 On July 8, Turkmenistan’s Ministry of Oil and Gas noted that Russian state natural gas company Gazprom had failed to pay for imports since the beginning of the year, stating, “The Russian…

Moscow Appears to Be Playing a Most Dangerous Game With the Islamic State

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Publication: Eurasia Daily Monitor Volume: 12 Issue: 122 By: Paul Goble In the wake of terrorist attacks by the Islamic State (IS) across the Middle East and Europe, Russian diplomats and the Kremlin-controlled media have been working overtime to suggest that…

US says Russia is building air defence systems in eastern Ukraine

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As well as conducting training exercises involving drones, it is sending extra troops to Ukrainian border, spokeswoman says  A Ukrainian volunteer fighter aims his weapon at rebel-controlled territory in Shyrokine. Fighting has picked up in eastern Ukraine in recent weeks,…

Russia’s Round 2: A New Conflict in Eastern Europe?

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A year of chaos in Ukraine has given Vladimir Putin plenty of practice in undermining the West. Vladimir Putin’s apparent vision of renewed Russian dominance is keeping NATO members on guard. Wesley Clark, the former commander of NATO forces and one-time presidential…

Putin Mobilizes Forces Preparing to Fight With NATO and US

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This week (March 16–21), the Russian military began massive, “sudden” military exercises (“vnezapnaya proverka”). The authorities initially announced that the “sudden exercises” are intended to check out the battle readiness of Russia’s Northern Fleet and the possibility of reinforcing it…