The awards by the Arbitral Tribunal have radically changed the model of Ukrainian-Russian gas relations.
In 2017, Belarus’s GDP went up 2.4%, the first positive result since 2014.
January 2018 saw the first celebrations commemorating the centenary of Ukraine’s fight for independence (1917–1921).
The war in Donbass and the loss of control over part of the country’s industrialised areas resulted in the significance of Dnipropetrovsk Oblast increasing for Ukraine.
On 29 January, the US administration sent Congress a batch of documents which provide the basis for a possible further expansion of sanctions against Russia.
Since the end of 2015 Vlad Plahotniuc, an oligarch and the richest man in Moldova, has been de facto the only person who counts in Moldovan politics and business.
The annexation of Crimea and Russia’s military action in the Donbas in 2014 have revealed a major potential for a revival of nationalist sentiments in Russian society.
On 6 December Vladimir Putin announced that he will run in the presidential election to be held on 18 March 2018.
2017 has seen a wave of dismissals of the heads of Russia’s regions – the largest in the past five years. This is linked primarily to the preparations for the presidential election.
Much seems to indicate that the Ulyukaev case is an element of the rivalry of opposing groups of interest inside the Russian ruling elite.