Russia is not going to give in to Western pressures and might get even more confrontational, especially as its economy is going to the dumps, says Bruce Jackson, president of the Project on Transitional Democracies, former US military intelligence officer and diplomat.
Earlier this month, experts convened in Brussels for a conference titled 'The Second Cold War: Heating Up?' Even among the plethora of current 'New Cold War' themed events, this one stood out: the organiser, Latvian MEP Tatjana Zdanoka, has been accused of being a Russian agent of influence – a spy.
This year Vladimir Putin's annual address received particularly much attention: the leader of an aggressive state with declining economy was presenting his vision, a state that is a real headache to anyone who has to deal with it.
There are many misconceptions about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) that is being negotiated between the United States and the European Union, says Charles Ries, vice president of the Rand Corporation.
Arnoldas Pranckevičius, adviser to the president of the European Parliament, says that while the European Union might seem slow and irresolute when it comes to external challenges like Russia's actions in Ukraine, its adherence to rules and procedures is what makes it a beacon of a different and better world.
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.