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Central Asia: Diplomatic Activities Hit High Gear near Russia’s Soft Underbelly

Since mid-December till mid-January presidents, prime ministers and foreign chiefs of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Moldova and Turkmenistan held a record number of meetings, mainly in Ashgabat, some in Tbilisi and Baku...

Alexei BALIEV | 28.01.2016


 

Turkey’s Foreign Military Bases and Their Threat to Stability

Rather than view with alarm Turkey’s announcement that it is building at least three military bases abroad, the United States and NATO have welcomed Ankara’s move as a contribution to stability. Nothing could be further from the truth. Turkey’s duplicitous fingerprints are all over support for terrorist groups like the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), Jabhat al-Nusra, and Al-Qaeda in Syria and Iraq, Ansar al-Sharia in Libya, and the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and Tunisia...

Wayne MADSEN | 21.01.2016


 

Ankara vs. Russia: Caucasus Turns into New Battlefront

The NATO allies have flatly refused to side with Turkey in its conflict with Russia. Now Ankara is urgently looking for new opportunities to boost its influence in the region and divert the Russia’s attention making it face other «fronts». Turkey has no time to lose as the relations with Moscow may deteriorate further. It makes Ankara hastily take steps to enhance its energy security, establish a coalition of Turkic states it has been fostering for a long time and complicate the situation in the Caucasus to make Moscow face more problems there...

Dmitry MININ | 08.12.2015


 

West’s Indiscretion Brings Moscow and Baku Closer to Each Other

The West’s ill-disposed attitude towards the European Games taking place in Baku made Azerbaijan more cautious in its relations with Europe, as well as the United States. It’s not just wrong treatment but rather outright insults that overshadowed the event. Take the German Bundestag’s resolution criticizing Azerbaijan for human rights violations or the fact that European leaders ignored the opening ceremony (which was magnificent, by the way). It was counterbalanced by the presence of President Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan...

Dmitry BABICH | 22.06.2015


 

Russia - Azerbaijan: on track to coordinating an energy policy

On June 8, 2015, Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov announced a plan to establish a high-level working group to focus on the development of bilateral cooperation in the fuel and energy sector. «A high-level working group, specially created within the framework of an intergovernmental commission, will devote itself to developing a partnership in the energy sector», said Ushakov at a briefing in Moscow...

Andrey ARESHEV | 12.06.2015


 

Turkey and Gazprom. The geopolitics of pipelines

...The year 2019, when Russian gas will bypass Ukraine and go through Turkey, will be here soon. Somewhere that is well understood. In particular, in Hungary. The prime minister of that country, Viktor Orban, stated that anti-Russian sanctions «were in conflict with Hungary’s interests,» and that he intends, in his words, «to come to terms with Russia on a gas agreement» during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Budapest. Putin arrives in the Hungarian capital on February 17th. 

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 04.02.2015


 

South Stream to Change Direction. Russia Cannot be Squeezed Out of Energy Market

During his trip to Turkey Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the decision to give up the South Stream pipeline project in favor of a new route redirected to Turkey. An important event preceded the statement. Israel proposed that EU countries invest in a multi-billion euro pipeline to carry its natural gas to the continent. At the international conference «Building Euro-Mediterranean Energy Bridge» that ended in Rome in mid-November Israel's Minister for Energy Silvan Shalom described a project for transportation to Europe of gas produced in the Eastern Mediterranean to Vice-President of the European Commission and Commissioner for Energy Union Maros Sefcovic. Shalom ensured Sefcovic that the gas resources in the huge offshore deposits Tamar and Leviathan (240 and 480 billion m3, respectively) may be directed to Europe through Cyprus and Italy at a «special price». He openly stated that the project may lessen the EU’s dependence on Russian gas supplies...

Dmitry MININ | 08.12.2014


 

Will Ankara Continue Its Gas Games behind Baku’s Back?

...If Ankara continues its game behind Baku’s back, forcing Azerbaijan to make concessions on gas contracts previously entered into, then Azerbaijan has an alternative. Two days before Erdogan’s visit to Ashgabat, the State Oil Company of Azerbaijan announced the resumption of gas exports to Russia in 2015, which were suspended for technical reasons in August 2013. By strengthening its ties with Moscow, Baku will be able to successfully withstand increasing pressure from Turkey on the issue of gas.

Vyacheslav MIKHAILOV | 23.11.2014


 

Azerbaijan – Turkey: Caucasian Prisoner of Asia Minor

The Euro Atlantic and Eurasian integration processes have passed Azerbaijan leaving it on the sidelines. The Azeri call it the policy of «flexible alliances» or keeping at some distance from all other power centers except Turkey... Turkey has no interest in Azerbaijan’s moving to any kind of integration. Turkey wants to be a bridge that Azerbaijan has to cross in order get to the old continent. The Eurasian integration would offer great prospects for Azerbaijan but Turkey is strongly against. It firmly opposes any cooperation of Azerbaijan with Russia or Iran. There are many ways Ankara could use its leverage to impact Baku... 

Vyacheslav MIKHAILOV | 25.07.2014


 

Russia’s Parity Policy in the South Caucasus and Azerbaijan’s Eurasian Prospects

The attention of outside forces to the largest South Caucasus republic is growing steadily, with the US, the European Union and Russia all seeking to win over Azerbaijan. Events in Ukraine and the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EaEU) have raised the stakes in the game codenamed «winning the sympathy of Baku». Among the noted players targeting Azerbaijan, the US is the least consistent, and the political elite in the Caspian republic continue to regard its American partners with suspicion... 

Vyacheslav MIKHAILOV | 05.07.2014




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Why Washington Fears Britain Quitting EU

The countdown begins this week for the momentous question facing Britain: whether to exit the European Union – the so-called Brexit. While the issue seems to be primarily one for British national interests, lurking in the background is a crucial geopolitical concern for the United States. The outcome of the British referendum on Europe could severely undermine Washington’s global hegemonic ambitions and in particular its adversarial agenda towards Russia...

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