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The Kremlin rejects the possibility of reforms to the current political and economic model, which is the real source of Russia's economic problems.
We should not expect a serious escalation of hostilities in the North Caucasus, or the Islamic State associated with it.
Most likely, the main reason behind Russia’s decision is Gazprom’s financial problems, which are partly a result of the sanctions.
The signing of the treaty on alliance and strategic partnership marks the culmination of the tactic Russia has been employing with regard to Abkhazia since May.
On 9 November, during President Putin’s visit to Beijing, another package of Russian-Chinese agreements regarding the energy sector was signed.
We cannot rule out the possibility that the gas ‘ceasefire’ will be violated before the date specified in the protocol.
The results of the election in Ukraine are not good for Moscow. The outcome is the price Russia needs to pay for its policy towards Ukraine.
The end of the Western military presence in Central Asia will mean the West’s influence on the security sphere in the region will be marginalised.
The reservations expressed by the UK regarding Russia taking over RWE DEA’s British assets may cause the whole transaction to fall through.
It is most likely, that Russia is behind actions conducted in the Stockholm archipelago.