Posts tagged as russia

Russian troops in Belarus would be an ‘early warning’ for Baltics

Monday, July 6, 2020

Russian troops traversing Belarus could be an “early warning” of Moscow’s military aggression against the Baltics, according to a report by Chatham House analyst commissioned by Vilnius Policy Analysis Institute. In the  report on Belarus and Russia, presented in Vilnius on June 23, Anais Marin from Chatham House analysed the prevailing myths on the two countries’ integration – including the military union envisioned by the Union State treaty signed in 1999.…

How Russia rewrote its coronavirus outbreak to clear a path to resetting Putin’s presidential term clock

By Kevin Rothrock on Friday, July 3, 2020

More than a month ago, on May 26, Vladimir Putin announced that Russia had overcome its first wave of coronavirus infections. That was more than four weeks ahead of the start of nationwide voting on constitutional amendments and the “zeroing out” of the president’s own term clock (potentially allowing him to serve in office until 2036). In the time remaining before the plebiscite, regions across the country reported uniform declines…

How does the Kremlin view the results of Russia’s constitutional plebiscite? Putin’s spokesman explains

Thursday, July 2, 2020

On July 1, Russia completed a nationwide plebiscite on constitutional amendments that include reforms to reset Vladimir Putin’s term clock, allowing him to run for another two terms in office. According to federal election officials, almost 78 percent of voters supported the amendments. Turnout was roughly 65 percent. Asked how the Kremlin views the results, spokesman Dmitry Peskov called the plebiscite a “triumph.” “It was easy to predict high interest…

Lithuanian president to rally EU support against Russia’s revisionism

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda will call out Russia‘s attempts to “rewrite history” that downplays Soviet crimes at the upcoming EU summit, the presidential office said on Monday. “It is necessary to direct allies’ and the international community’s attention to Russia’s attempts to systematically rewrite history to justify its policies towards neighbouring countries, question their statehood and divide the EU and NATO,” the presidential office said. “The president plans to raise…

NATO STRATCOMCOE considers Russia’s use of strategic military exercises

Monday, June 29, 2020

The Rīga-based NATO Strategic Communications Center of Excellence (STRATCOMCOE) hosts another in its series of online discussions on July 1. This time the theme will be “Russia’s Strategic Exercises: messages and implications” with Valeriy Akimenko (Research Lead on Russia and Ukraine, Conflict Studies Research Centre), Dr. Vira Ratsiborynska (Adjunct Professor on NATO and transatlantic approaches to security and Global politics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Maj. Marius Varna (Staff officer and project manager of the report on Russia’s strategic…

Nuclear particles detected in Baltics, likely from Russia

Monday, June 29, 2020

Higher than usual but harmless levels of radiation in the Baltic Sea region were detected last week, likely coming from a malfunctioning nuclear power plant in western Russia, according to a Dutch institute. Nuclear safety officials in Estonia and Scandinavia have all announced that their sensors recorded elevated levels of radioactive particles. According to Radio Free Europe, the Dutch National Institute for Public Health and the Environment said its “calculations…

A beach too far?

By Benas Gerdžiūnas on Friday, June 26, 2020

A temporary beach in a Vilnius square, complete with hipster fairy lights and quirky signs, has become  the latest battleground   for the country’s historical memory. The issue? It stands on what many politicians describe as hollowed ground for Lithuania’s independence struggles – against Tsarist Russia, Soviet Russia, and Nazi Germany. Vilnius mayor says the beach enables people to celebrate and experience freedom. Critics, meanwhile, say it degrades and makes…

Lithuanian president says ‘insurmountable obstacles’ with Russia remain

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Lithuania’s President Gitanas Nausėda delivered his first State of the Nation address on Thursday, outlining his take on the situation and challenges facing the country. Nausėda said that “there are still insurmountable obstacles” in Lithuania’s relations in Russia. “I’m talking about the Kremlin’s attempts to transform the mid-20th century history, which was tragic for many nations, into an obedient political servant,” he said in reference to Russia’s historical revisionism. Moscow…

Resuming travel to Belarus and Russia ‘very risky’, Lithuanian minister says

Thursday, June 11, 2020

Belarus and Russia are “playing a very risky game” with their coronavirus containment strategy and it would be dangerous for Lithuania to reopen borders with these countries, according to the health minister. “It would be very risky to open (the border) with Belarus as well as with Russia or a few other countries that I think are playing a very risky game,” Minister Aurelijus Veryga told the radio Žinių Radijas…

China and India are on the verge of war

By Kasparas Jankauskas on Thursday, June 11, 2020

Tensions between two nuclear-armed states China and India are not new. Both countries share the world’s longest unmarked border. They have been engaging in several encounters for ages. Recent events suggest that escalations are highly possible. On May 9 in the Naku La region near Tibet, soldiers from both sides came to blows and threw stones at each other mostly in efforts to induce the Indian troops to move back…