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Major General (ret) Volodymyr HAVRYLOV
News of an apparent Russian military buildup around Ukraine has been attracting increasingly alarming international headlines since October. These developments prompted regular statements from the leaders of the European Union and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) regarding potential threats of an imminent Russian invasion of Ukraine.
15/12/2021 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Military
Major General (ret) Volodymyr HAVRYLOV
Recent publications in the Western media about the Russian military buildup along the border with Ukraine (Kyiv Post, October 31) provoked a new round of discussions about whether Moscow intends to resolve the Ukrainian issue by force.
10/11/2021 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Military
Professor Cristian BARNA , Adrian POPA
NATO’s expansion and the Russian Federation’s intention to protect its European ‘near abroad’ are geopolitical factors of a zero sum-game.
The Russian Federation does not want the coastal states situated by the Baltic and Black Seas, that were once part of the communist bloc, to be transformed by NATO into ‘buffer states’.
17/05/2021 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Military
Vladimir SOCOR
On April 16, in Paris, French President Emmanuel Macron hosted talks with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy in person and with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who joined by video-link.
20/04/2021 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Conflicts
The multitude and diversity of the new military conflicts that have captured the international scene in recent years have produced strong reverberations over the way Russia foreign policy has been built. In an unstable geopolitical context, with increasingly strong and visible tensions in the international arena, Vladimir Putin’s election as President of the Russian Federation was a turning point, offering new meanings to security and defence concepts.
03/04/2021 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Geopolitics
Vladimir SOCOR
Moldova’s recent presidential election has been widely stereotyped by international media as a geopolitical contest between a democratic West and Vladimir Putin’s Russia. But in fact, that presumption has been disproved by all players, internal and external, in their respective messages about the just-concluded electoral race.
19/11/2020 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Geopolitics
Vladimir SOCOR
Russian President Vladimir Putin, Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev, and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian signed, over a video conference, on November 9, an armistice agreement between Armenia and Azerbaijan. Mediated by Russia between the two belligerents, this armistice dramatically changes the situation on the ground, establishing “new realities” for many years to come.
14/11/2020 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Geopolitics
Vladimir SOCOR
The Kremlin is conducting a regime-change operation in Belarus, the first-ever Russian operation of this type in its “near abroad.”
For now, the Belarusian authorities are holding out confidently against regime change on both fronts: against the domestic opposition and against Russia’s initial regime-change project.
09/10/2020 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Asymmetrical Threats
Alyaksandr Lukashenka has been ruling Belarus with an iron hand since 1994. His dictatorial leadership, frequent violations of human rights in Belarus and repeated election rigging by Lukashenka’s regime pushed an increasingly desperate population over the edge. The last electoral fraud by Lukashenka’s regime - the August 9 presidential elections - triggered mass protests largely labelled as a “colour revolution”.
18/09/2020 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Various
Vladimir SOCOR
What looks to the world as another “color revolution,” this time in Belarus after the August 9 presidential election, outgrew and overwhelmed an initial Russian operation against the disobedient President Alyaksandr Lukashenka.
Regime change remains Moscow’s political objective in Belarus. This is defined as easing out President Alyaksandr Lukashenka with his assent, as part of an internal constitutional settlement.
12/09/2020 Free Readings Region: Russia Topic: Geopolitics
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