Russia

Dialogue for Agreeing to Disagree

The word “dialogue” comes from Greek and means “speaking through”. Dialogue among states in various formats is usually understood as the means to communicate directly between governments in order to settle differences, relieve tensions and pave the way for solving disputes or conflicts through negotiations to reach agreements.

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Belarus. At a Crossroads Again?

On 1 February 2020, President Alexander Lukashenka, President of Belarus for 25+ years and the longest-serving president in Europe, met with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Minsk. This occasion marked the first time since 1994 that the US Secretary of State has visited Belarus.

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The Tartu Peace Treaty and Estonia’s Eastern Border

When Estonia regained independence in August 1991, it was not within the borders in which it was born in February 1920 as a subject of international law under the Tartu Peace Treaty, and in which it was occupied and unlawfully annexed by the Soviet Union in June 1940.

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When Russia Goes to War: Motives, Means and Indicators

Since Vladimir Putin declared the fall of the Soviet Union to be the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century, prompting concerns that Moscow would seek to rebuild its influence by conquering territories on its borders, Russia has deployed combat troops into Georgia, Ukraine and Syria, and inserted private military companies into the Central African Republic, Libya, Mozambique, South Sudan and Venezuela.

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Putin’s Latest Surprise

The Russian president’s annual address to the Federal Assembly is normally the most important official event of the year. This year, President Vladimir Putin upheld that tradition. He also upheld a second Russian (and Soviet) tradition: concealing his purpose until the end. Then he turned the tables – twice.

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