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Contrary to earlier announcements from Russia and China during President Hu Jintao’s visit to Moscow and St. Petersburg on 16-17 June, no contract to supply Russian gas to the People’s Republic of China was concluded. The main…
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On June 21, the European Commission blocked Gazprom’s purchase of shares in the Austrian Central European Gas Hub (CEGH) gas market, deeming the transaction to contravene the regulations of the Third Package, particularly the…
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On 24 June, talks between Presidents Ilham Aliyev of Azerbaijan and Serzh Sargsian of Armenia concerning the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, conducted under Russian auspices in Kazan, ended in failure. The lack of…
Analyses | | Andrzej Wilk
While the contract of sale of the French ships to Russia – which has been commented on by the press worldwide from the very beginning – is mainly of political significance and bears no significant impact on the condition of the…
Analyses | | Marcin Kaczmarski, Piotr Żochowski
Regardless of whether Russia decides to escalate the political dispute over the shield, or whether it adopts the tactic of prolonging the negotiations, the chances of modifying the shape of the MD system or preventing the…
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Another Russia-EU summit was held in Nizhny Novgorod on June 9-10. It brought no settlement in any of the major issues for both partners (WTO membership, visa regime), thus displaying the sustained, serious divergence of interests…
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On 10 June, Yuri Budanov was shot in Moscow. Budanov was a Russian army colonel, who had been jailed for the brutal murder of a young Chechen woman during the Second Chechen War. Despite his prison sentence, Budanov was still regarded…
Analyses | | Kamil Kłysiński, Wojciech Konończuk
The loan is to be made in several tranches over the next three years. As Belarus’s sole possible creditor at this time, Moscow has presented its action as economic support for the crisis-ridden Belarusian economy. However, in return…
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On 1 June, the Russian government approved the draft tax policy for the period 2012-2014, which includes provisions for tax increases for Gazprom. The government has also decided to lift the tax on extraction for Novatek’s Yamal-LNG…
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On 6 June in Sochi, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin criticised the desirability of visa facilitation for the Kaliningrad oblast by bringing it under local border traffic (LBT) regulations. This statement represents a clear change in…