Kremlinologist Lilia Shevtsova: Putin is a mediocre leader pushing his country to collapse
Monday, January 12, 2015
Lilia Shevtsova, a Russia expert at the Brookings Institution, says that Vladimir Putin is a far cry from the shrewd and effective leader everyone, friends and foes alike, take him to be. On the contrary, she says, the Russian president is a shallow mediocrity who has not got a clue how to avert his country's imminent collapse.
If Moscow forced Minsk to export its oil products via Russian railways and ports, that would be economically unviable and dangerous for Belarus, Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis said on Thursday.
Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis says that Vilnius and Warsaw are gradually moving to a new stage of better relations and hopes that Lithuanian politicians will solve the highly contentious issue of the spelling of Polish names in Lithuanian personal documents.
The leaked recordings of conversations between Poland's former foreign minister Radoslaw Sikorski and then CEO of oil company Orlen, Jacek Krawiec, about investments in Mažeikiai oil refinery in Lithuania do not reflect the position of the current Polish government, Warsaw said on Wednesday.