The latest Normandy Four meeting on May 11 in Berlin did not result in any major breakthroughs able to resolve the stalemate in Ukraine. Russia and Ukraine agreed to create demilitarized zones in separatist-held areas of eastern Ukraine, enhance information-sharing, and halt military exercises along the contact line, but these steps will not break the current deadlock in implementing the Minsk ceasefire...

It is common knowledge that more than two decades ago the European continent was mainly divided between two rival geopolitical blocs – “Western”, mostly the EU and the North-Atlantic club, and “Eastern”, dominated militarily and economically by the USSR. This Eastern Bloc occupied a geographical space spreading from the flatland of the Great East European Plain along the...

Ever since the Przino Agreement of July 2015, Macedonia’s upcoming parliamentary elections have been framed by the country’s two main political parties as the most important since independence in 1991. The incumbent Democratic Party of Macedonian National Unity (DPMNE) is convinced that voters will see through the destructive strategy of the opposition party Macedonian Social Democratic Union...

On February 19th, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic signed into law a draft agreement regulating Serbia’s relationship with NATO, following its passage in parliament on the 12th of February. The agreement calls for free passage of NATO personnel throughout Serbia as well as diplomatic immunity for all members of the alliance. News of the agreement struck a nerve in Serbia, as the country was bombed...

As Russian-Turkish relations become more strained in the aftermath of the Su-24 incident, both powers seek to demonstrate their muscles to each other. Given that more actors will be involved in this rumble regardless of their will, each belligerent side tries to be more attractive and earn more allies. The position of Azerbaijan, a tiny nation with huge oil and gas reserves sandwiched between Russia and...

  Kristijan Fidanovski, a Macedonian politics student at University College London, talks about current Macedonian-Greek relations, the debate around the Macedonian identity, and the Middle Eastern refugees stuck in Macedonia.   Interviewer: Rusif Huseynov     Huseynov: In December 2015, The Guardian spread information, according to which Macedonian Prime Minister is ready to end the...

  Maksym Khylko, political expert from Ukraine talks about Ukraine`s view of political developments around Russia, as well as political intrigues in Ukraine.   Interviewer: Rusif Huseynov      Huseynov: Lately Russia`s image has been badly hit both economically and militarily: Oil prices see decline almost every day and Russian jet was downed by Turkey, a NATO member. What...

This article belongs to Pax Russica series    Iosif Kobzon's name was once amongst the most popular singers in the former Soviet Union. The veteran performer, who is known as the “Russian Sinatra” in the West and had his name entered into the Book of Records of Russia as the most decorated artist in the country's history during the 20th century, had maintained a positive reputation...

The recent visit of the famous Russian opera singer Lyubov Kazarnovskaya to Nagorno-Karabakh without the permission of Azerbaijani authorities once more raised concern and questions on Azerbaijan`s black list. Debates on the necessity of the list of people declaredpersonae non grataein Azerbaijan because of their visits to Nagorno-Karabakh come up from time to time.   What is Nagorno-Karabakh...

GUAM: from setup to present situation In the light of the current events in East Europe, a new chance can emerge for the revival of GUAM, an organization established by Georgia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan and Moldova in 1997. The bloc that has started taking shape in the turn of the millennium The initial conceptual vision of GUAM primarily based on cooperation between the member states in creating a Euro-Asian...

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