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Analyses | | Szymon Kardaś, Jadwiga Rogoża

On 17 May, during a two-day meeting in Helsinki, the Council of Europe’s Committee of Ministers (the organisation’s key decision-making body) adopted a declaration in which it supported the restoration of full voting…

Analyses | | Krzysztof Nieczypor

On 20 May, Volodymyr Zelenskiy was sworn in as the new president of Ukraine. In his inaugural address, he focussed on the need to rebuild unity of the Ukrainian nation and regain Ukraine’s lost territory. The new…

Analyses | | Joanna Hyndle-Hussein

In the first round of presidential elections in Lithuania on 12 May, none of the nine candidates won a majority, which would have provided a decisive outcome in the first…

Analyses | | Mariusz Marszewski

An offensive launched by the army of the Syrian Arab Republic and pro-Iranian Syrian militias backed by the Russian Air Force on Idlib (which is nominally the Turkish de-…

Analyses | | Marek Menkiszak

Mike Pompeo paid his first visit as Secretary of State to Russia on 14 May. He had a three-hour conversation in Sochi with the Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov; he met…

Analyses | | Mateusz Chudziak

On 6 May, Turkey’s Supreme Electoral Council (YSK) ruled to annul the election for the mayor of Istanbul of 31 March. It had been won by the candidate of the opposition…

Analyses | | Kamil Kłysiński, Jan Strzelecki, Piotr Żochowski

On 30 April, Russia’s president Vladimir Putin dismissed Mikhail Babich from the position of ambassador in Minsk and replaced him with Dmitry Mezentsev, a member of the…

Analyses | | Szymon Kardaś, Wojciech Konończuk

On 19 April, the Belarusian oil company Belneftekhim reported a significant deterioration in the quality of Russian oil transmitted to Belarus via the Druzhba pipeline. The…

Analyses | | Jan Strzelecki, Krzysztof Nieczypor

On 24 April, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin signed a decree introducing a simplified procedure for granting citizenship to the residents of the separatist republics in the Donbas (DNR/LNR). In its rationale for the…

Analyses | | Jan Strzelecki

Moscow’s official reaction to Volodymyr Zelenskiy’s victory in the presidential elections in Ukraine has so far…