More than two years after the Maidan revolution, it is fully justified to say that the oligarchic system remains a key mechanism in Ukraine’s political and economic life. The oligarchs have been able to hold on to their influence thanks to the weakness of the government in Kyiv and the fact that they still possess powerful instruments to defend their positions.
Russia wants to place part of the responsibility for the deterioration of air safety in the region on NATO member states.
Turkey is regaining its ability to act in Syria, although it is proceeding as the weaker partner, one which is dependent on Russia.
Natural gas, after crude oil, is the most important energy carrier in the German economy.
A dispute between EU and China regarding the interpretation of the conditions of Beijing’s accession to the WTO and the future of trade relations.
The dissatisfaction with Angela Merkel’s migration policy has hit a new high after the July attacks in Germany.
It may be assumed that Russia intends to use the present escalation of exchanges of fire to put more pressure on Kyiv, and mainly on the West.