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Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz, Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

On 26 June the Austrian holding, OMV announced that the consortium operating in Shah Deniz, the largest gas field in Azerbaijan, had not selected the Nabucco West project as its route for Azerbaijani gas to Europe. Despite there being…

Analyses | | Szymon Ananicz

On the 25 June the Council of the EU decided to formally open the “regional policies” chapter in negotiations on Turkey joining the EU. The council abstained from issuing final agreement for talks to begin with Ankara until the European…

Analyses | | Aleksandra Jarosiewicz

The launch of gas production in Tajikistan (possibly at a level of several billion m3 annually) will be of fundamental significance for the country and will change the balance of power which has thus far been in place in…

Analyses | | Wojciech Konończuk, Arkadiusz Sarna

On 21 June the leading Ukrainian media holding UMH announced that it had sold 98% of its shares to VETEK, a company owned by 27-year-old businessman Serhiy Kurchenko. UMH owns dozens of newspapers, radio stations, internet portals,…

Analyses | | Marek Menkiszak, Andrzej Wilk

US President Barack Obama used his speech in Berlin on 19 June to present a new nuclear disarmament plan. He called upon Russia to start talks on a further reduction in the US and Russian arsenals of strategic nuclear warheads – by up…

OSW Commentary | | Andrzej Wilk

The heightened activity of the Russian Armed Forces has demonstrated that they have a relatively large number of units in different service branches which have already achieved the level of combat readiness defined at the onset of the…

Analyses | | Jakub Groszkowski

On 25 June President Milos Zeman appointed an economist, Jiri Rusnok prime minister without parliamentary backing. Rusnok was minister of finance in 2001-2002 in Zeman’s left wing cabinet and since 2010 had been part of a team of…

Analyses | | Tadeusz Iwański

The presidents of Belarus and Ukraine, Alyaksandr Lukashenka and Viktor Yanukovych, met on 18 June in Kyiv and signed a protocol on the exchange of documents ratifying the Ukrainian-Belarusian agreement on the state border of 1997. The…

Analyses | | Jadwiga Rogoża

The pro-Kremlin movement, the Popular Front for Russia! (Narodny Front za Rossiyu), held its founding congress on 11–12 June in Moscow, and was unanimous in choosing Vladimir Putin as its leader. The emergence of the Front fits in with…

OSW Report |

The similarity of issues and geographical proximity have led the Visegrad 4 countries (V4) to undertake closer collaboration in natural gas policy, notably by agreeing on a common security of supply strategy, including regional…