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NATO Eyes Transnistria

President Obama and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry attempted to craft a so-called "coalition of the willing" to help the United States fight the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) in both Iraq and Syria. Obama was only able to enlist the support of the fragile new Iraqi government, the battered Kurdistan Regional Government in northern Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. The latter "partner," Saudi Arabia, has been ISIL's main benefactor. Obama also foolishly said he wanted to arm the "Free Syrian Army," even though many of its original members joined ranks with ISIL and its ally, the Al Nusra Front after being trained and armed by CIA and U.S. military teams in Jordan and Turkey...

Nikolai MALISHEVSKI | 14.09.2014


 

EU twists the arms of candidates

Obediently continuing to follow America’s lead, the European Union is stepping up pressure on non-EU member countries to force them to join anti-Russian sanctions. As leverage, they are using their plans, expectations and misconceptions of European integration... It is unsurprising that the European Union has hurried to force events, although not to reduce tensions in their own relations with Moscow, but to create new dividing lines and ‘trade fronts’... According to Viktor Orban, Poland and the Baltic states are predominantly considering the Russian question in terms of security, while Hungary sees Russia as a business partner and regards other aspects of the current situation as secondary.

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 04.09.2014


 

Ukraine Threatens Transnistria

The ongoing war in Donbass is not enough for the Ukrainian government. They start to target (or to be more exact – they are made do so) the neighbors. Dmytro Tymchuk, a blogger singing to the junta’s tune, points his finger at the territory to be destabilized next - the TransnistrianMoldovan Republic (Transnistria, also called Trans-Dniestr or Transdniestria). The Kiev statements about the Moldovan territorial integrity are tantamount to the recognition of the Great Romania’s right to exist making some parts of Ukraine its territory. The contemporary Moldova is a state which pays homage to Romanian fascists and their role in history, for instance, Marshall Ion Antonescu, the Hitler’s ally, who is seen as a national hero. The readiness of Kiev to play up to Bucharest and help it implement the Great Romania project is also explained by its desire to allow NATO expand to the east and deeper into Eurasia.

Vladislav GULEVICH | 10.08.2014


 

Stepping on the Path of Open Hostility – US to Create New Military Alliance against Russia

The US Congress is doing its part to escalate the tensions with Russia over Ukraine. The Russian Aggression Prevention Act of 2014, which is introduced in Senate, has been read twice and is referred to the Committee on Foreign Relations. It provides major non-NATO ally status for Ukraine, Georgia, and Moldova. Actually, the bill provides a blueprint for US intentions in Ukraine and Eastern Europe for the coming years... The bill directs the US Department of Defense to assess the capabilities and needs of the Ukrainian armed forces. It authorizes the President, upon completion of such assessment, to provide specified military assistance to Ukraine» and «Expresses the sense of Congress that the President should: (1) provide Ukraine with information about Russian military and intelligence capabilities on Ukraine’s eastern border and within Ukraine’s territorial borders, including Crimea; and (2) ensure that such intelligence information is protected from further disclosure»...

Andrei AKULOV | 22.07.2014


 

What Common People of New EU Associate Members Have a Right to Know

On June 27 Georgia, Ukraine and Moldova signed association agreements with the EU. The move was presented as a decisive turn for democracy and human rights. But some issues related to the decision had been purposefully kept under the radar screen. Media assured the grassroots were not adequately provided information about some crucially important aspects of the step to be taken by their respective governments that have chosen the so-called European choice. So one day the people of those states may wake up to find themselves facing raw awakening they have never expected. True, the economic transition period from associated status to membership is not going to be a bed of roses. And there is a specific feature here - if there is any social discontent you’d better conceal it and keep mum... or else!...

Andrei AKULOV | 30.06.2014


 

The ‘Eastern Partnership’ is fading away before our very eyes

The EU’s Eastern Partnership summit that took place in Prague on 24-25 April was called to solve the Hamlet question of whether the programme itself is to be or not to be. It was unable to do so, however... Of late, finance and energy have increasingly been coming to the fore in the foreign policy priorities of the eastern European countries of Eastern European and the post-Soviet world, as well as post-Soviet states... The real financial and economic cost of the Ukrainian issue is well understood by many in the European Union itself, especially in the Czech Republic and Slovakia...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 02.05.2014


 

«Eurointegration Is a Myth»...

In recent days Bucharest has taken a course toward aggravating the situation in the Transnistrian Moldovan Republic. Romanian President Traian Basescu attacked Russian President Vladimir Putin for his words that Transnistrians «should be allowed to decide their own fate»... A catalyst for the pumping up of nationalist hysteria in Romania is the precipitous collapse of statehood in neighboring Ukraine, which raises the question of the fate of the Romanians living on the territory of Ukrainian Bukovina...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 01.05.2014


 

Transnistria Libre!

EDITOR'S CHOICE | 01.04.2014


 

EU Goes East: Political Offer for Economic Colonisation

...In the case of six Eastern member states of the EaP the integration idea gives priority to the strong Western Global players over relatively week Eastern competitors... What can Kyiv expect from signing the Association Agreement with Brussels? 27 pages of the written agenda of the EU-Ukraine Cooperation Council in June 2013 make it evident: the preparations for the Association Agreement do not function at eye level, the text shows a clear submission of Ukraine’s whole legislation and a political, social and military adaption to EU’s guidelines... The chapter «Economic cooperation» shows that Brussels also wants to interfere in inner politics from financial to social affairs... In ordinary language: monetary policy is going to be controlled by the ECB, and social policy is submitted to the restrictive regime of austerity packages... Energy co-operation in Brussels’ words consists of two main points: abolishment of state subsidies for electricity and gas «to ensure full payments» and «integration of the united power system of the Ukraine into the Union of Central European electricity networks»... These are the corner pillars of the EU enlargement project, interfering in all possible spheres of national and local politics and economics...

Hannes HOFBAUER | 08.11.2013


 

Transnistria: Accidental Sparks May Flare Smouldering Conflicts

On July 17 Romanian President Traian Basescu paid an official visit to Chisinau to discuss Moldova’s EU integration and stronger bilateral cooperation... Indeed, just before the Romanian President’s visit a group of Moldavian MPs made known they planned to appeal to the national Constitutional Court the treaty on defense cooperation between Moldova and Romania... The military treaty between Romania and Moldova has a serious provocative element. In 2008 the Georgian aggression against Russian peacekeeping contingent in South Ossetia did not bring up the possibility of involving NATO. Now with Romanian troops in the area an incident may become a spark to start a fire, a casus belli nobody wants...

Andrei AKULOV | 21.07.2013




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Political Manipulations with the Price of Oil

The drop in oil prices that began at the same time as Islamic State (IS) attacks in Iraq and Syria is impossible to explain with economic factors. The world has long been used to the fact that the market has reacted to every war in the Middle East, where 47 per cent of the world’s ‘black gold’ reserves are concentrated, with a sharp jump in oil prices. That is what happened during the two wars in the Persian Gulf, and that is also what happened when the Americans began their ‘mission to restore democracy’ in Afghanistan. And speculation about a possible military conflict between the US and Iran was accompanied by the expectation of a jump in oil prices of up to $200 a barrel and higher. At present, everything has turned upside down, but for how long?..

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