Russia

  • NATO 'Concerned' About Russian Bases in Abkhazia

    Yesterday's report of a Russian naval nase to be built in Abkhazia is being greeted with displeasure by NATO,  Reuters reports:

    Representatives of the 26 NATO states discussed the issue on Wednesday and alliance Secretary-General Jaap de Hoop Scheffer will raise it with Russian Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov in February, spokesman James Appathurai said.


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  • Russian Naval Base to be Built in Abkhazia

    The ITAR-TASS news agency reported that a Russian naval base will be constructed this year in the Georgian breakaway region of Abkhazia.  An Abkhaz official said that the base will not succeed Sevastopol (the Crimean port whose lease Kyiv does not intend to renew in 2017) as the new Black Sea Fleet headquarters.


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  • Russia Offers Afghanistan Cooperation

    Like many other countries, Russia is seizing on a new administration in Washington in an effort to redefine its relationship with the United States. Denis Dyomkin for Reuters:

    Russia welcomes U.S. President Barack Obama's decision to review policy in Afghanistan and is ready to cooperate, including on supply routes for NATO forces, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday. "


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  • Russia Threatens Georgia Arms Suppliers

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    Russia is ratcheting up the stakes in its conflict with Georgia.  AP:

    President Dmitry Medvedev has ordered the Russian government to introduce economic sanctions against countries supplying weapons to Georgia.


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  • Russia and Ukraine Reach Gas Deal

    It appears, once again, that Russia and Ukraine have come to an understanding that will resume the flow of gas to Europe. AFP's Alexander Osipovich:

    Russia and Ukraine announced a gas agreement on Sunday that they said would "shortly" allow a resumption of supplies to Europe, but questions remained on how and when the deal would be implemented.


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  • Russia-Ukraine-EU Gas Talks Highlight Multiple Divisions

    Officials are hopeful that talks today will finally end the 17-day-old cutoff of Russian gas to Europe.  Aside from the humanitarian and economic issues, the crisis highlights tensions between Europe and Russia, Russia and Ukraine, and within Ukraine itself.


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  • Solving Europe's Gas Problem

    It is hard to be amused by what now is an annual Ukraine-Russia gas dispute.  What surprises, is the continued lack of readiness in Europe to protect commerce and households from this problem.  The lack of viable alternatives is particularly evident in new Europe.


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  • Gas Crisis Deal Reached

    A deal is reported to have been reached that will see the flow of Russian gas into Europe resume shortly.  Although the pricing dispute between Moscow and Kyiv seems as intractable as ever, Russia has agreed to turn on its gas if international monitors observe the pipelines at their entry and exit points through Ukraine.


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  • Pressure on Ukraine Heats Up as Europe Cools Down

    Ukrainian president Viktor Yushchenko is hoping that standing firm against Russia in the dispute over gas prices will bring him closer to Europe, Bloomberg's James M. Gomez and Agnes Lovasz argue. He may be sadly mistaken.


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  • Helping Ukraine Help Itself

    We are seeing a familiar pattern repeating itself. A dispute between Naftohaz and Gazprom leads to an interruption in Ukraine's gas supply. Deliveries to Europe are affected. Russia is criticized for its use of "the energy weapon". Then, everything is patched up, the gas flows again and the West loses interest in the matter until the next dispute flares up.


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