Karen Dawisha: Signs of rift within Putin's kleptocracy
Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Back when the future president of Russia, Vladimir Putin, was still working at the Mayor's Office of Saint Petersburg, shiny new Mercedes cars were not quite as ubiquitous on the streets of the city as they are now. However, there were two parked in the yard of a newly renovated building that was to be converted to South Africa's consulate.
Lithuania's President Dalia Grybauskaitė is scheduled to have a face-to-face meeting with her Polish counterpart, Andrzej Duda, during a regional event in Croatia on Thursday – it will be the first conversation in the format since Duda was elected to the post in August 2015.
Serious safety and geopolitical concerns about the Astravyets (Ostrovets) Nuclear Power Plant being constructed in western Belarus, at Vilnius doorsteps, dominated a conference organised by Res Publica today in Vilnius.
The Belarusian Ministry of Energy confirmed, on July 26, that an emergency situation occurred earlier that month at the construction site of the Belarusian nuclear power plant (NPP). The power station is being built 18 kilometers from the town of Ostrovets (Grodno oblast), and some 50 km from Vilnius, Lithuania.
Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius says that Russia's allegations about a Ukrainian incursion into Crimea may be aimed at creating a pretext to back away from the Minsk agreement.To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here.
Vygaudas Ušackas, the EU's ambassador to Russia, says that Russia's allegations of a Ukrainian incursion into Crimea have not been confirmed by independent observers.To read this article, try a €5.99 monthly subscription by clicking here.