On 14-20 September 2016, the Belarusian Armed Forces conducted large-scale military drills. Despite the fact that these military exercises were planned, they demonstrate a significant shift in security policy as Minsk increasingly takes into consideration possible risks and challenges from Russia. It seems that the Belarusian Armed Forces are preparing for a possible Donbass-like hybrid...

  The Presidents of Azerbaijan, Russia and Iran—Ilham Aliyev, Vladimir Putin and Hassan Rouhani, respectively—met in Baku, on August 8, and signed a Joint Declaration committing their countries to deepening cooperation on energy. In particular, the three sides pledged to collaborate on exploring oil and natural gas deposits, sharing technology on energy supply and...

The European Union is the world’s largest importer of energy resources. Formation of a common energy policy is one of the most important issues on the daily agenda of the Member States, probably because coal, gas and oil remain the dominant energy sources for the Union despite its efforts to develop renewable energy. Adoption of the second package of directives that called for opening of the gas and...

Karimov was a problematic partner for all, but still managed to serve as the chairman of SCO and to involve in the organization of such nuclear "friends” as India and Pakistan. This achievement of Karimov was mentioned by Putin as well… A president with complicated personality  New presidents in the post-Soviet area have emerged, all of them more frequently declaring multi-vector...

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