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Russia - EU: A Dubious Partnership Twenty Years Later

The signing of a Joint Political Declaration on Partnership and Cooperation between the Russian Federation and the European Union twenty years ago in Brussels had great significance for its time. This document laid the foundation for the further development of relations between Moscow and Brussels on key issues of European security, cooperation and development. In the following year, 1994, the parties signed a Partnership and Cooperation Agreement (PCA) which took force on December 1, 1997 and was planned to last for ten years. But the parties have not been able to sign a new document which could make Russia and the EU strategic partners for the past six years...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 14.12.2013


 

South Stream in Heat of Energy Battles (II)

...Half-truths, as everyone knows, are worse than lies. That Russia's independent policy in the energy field is not to Brussels' liking is an undisputed fact. But only if one equates the interests of all 28 member states of the European Union with the corporate interests of the Brussels bureaucracy. For Gunther Oettinger, Jose Manuel Barroso and other euroofficers who are preparing for the Europarliament elections next year, playing the Russian (or anti-Russian, to be more exact) card is essential first and foremost for their own political survival in the structures of the Euroatlantic community...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 25.10.2013


 

South Stream in Heat of Energy Battles (I)

Eurasian energy wars are on the way to the next phase. The United States and the European Commission’s leadership tried real hard to frustrate the implementation of North Stream project. Having failed at that, they refocusing their activities on the attempts to foil the plans to construct South Stream. In the case of North Stream they counted on the states that had no relation to the gas pipeline. Now they have changed the tactics to rely on recruiting influential political forces in the countries which are to become the main beneficiaries in case the project goes through. Serbia has a special place in these plans; some Serbian media outlets have already launched an anti-Russian campaign...

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 22.10.2013


 

Who is Compromising «South Stream» in Europe?

The third and fourth sections of Russia’s «South Stream» will be completed by 2018. However, supranational structures in Brussels and their representatives in Berlin still cannot set forth a predictable and unified position on this project of undisputed geopolitical importance. Bureaucratic hurdles like «Third Energy Package» or even more mysterious «Southern Gas Corridor» create non-competitive and non-transparent advantage to the EU initiatives on the energy market...

Igor ALEXEEV | 22.05.2013


 

South Stream Shapes European Energy Security, Nabucco Falls Behind

South Stream is an ambitious endeavor of Russia’s energy giant Gazprom to get direct access to the EU energy market. It is portrayed and criticized by some politicians in Europe as a «dangerous» gateway to a broader economic relationship with Moscow. Remarkably enough, Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Hungary have one-by-one opted for the project... 

Igor ALEXEEV | 05.04.2013


 

Geopolitical Context of South Stream

The South Stream project, along with the twin North Stream, are key to Russia’s strategy of maintaining completely secure energy supply to Europe, the point being to insulate the Russian gas export from the risks generated by policy swings in transit countries... The West’s heightened activity vis-à-vis Azerbaijan would bear significant impact on the Karabakh settlement, echo with shifts in the EU interactions with Turkey, and have geopolitical repercussions across the region strategically important to Russia.

Pyotr ISKENDEROV | 16.06.2012




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The latest meeting of the ministers of finance and central bank governors of the G20 countries took place April 10-11, 2014 in Washington. A key issue was the reform of the International Monetary Fund (IMF)... Through their inaction on the issue of reforming the IMF, the United States first and foremost is discrediting itself. And second, the Fund. Third, the G20. The Fund's reputation is plummeting especially fast considering that in recent years China has been giving "third world" countries loans similar in size to those offered by the IMF and the IBRD. But Beijing, unlike the IMF, does not set political conditions in the spirit of the Washington Consensus...

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