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    Why Moscow’s anti-Maidan protesters are putting on elaborate pretence
    Feb26

    Why Moscow’s anti-Maidan protesters are putting on elaborate pretence

    Analysis: if enough B-list celebrities gather in one place and shout ‘fire!’ ordinary Russians will start to believe they are at risk, says Allison QuinnAs tens of thousands of people gathered in central Moscow for an “anti-Maidan” rally recently, the Russian public was being asked to swallow an unsavoury pill: apparently the country is in...

    Gazprom puts the squeeze on Ukraine
    Feb26

    Gazprom puts the squeeze on Ukraine

    Russia has opened up a new front in its battle to undermine the Ukrainian government, testing the European Union’s commitment to Kiev by threatening to cut off gas supplies. The chief executive of the Russian state-controlled gas giant Gazprom, Aleksei Miller, warned that the halt to supplies would create “serious risks for gas transit to...

    Ministers to respond to energy union plans
    Feb26

    Ministers to respond to energy union plans

    Energy ministers from the European Union’s member states will next week assess the European Commission’s energy union strategy, which was adopted yesterday, and prepare a response to be backed by EU leaders at a summit on 19-20 March. All member states have been broadly supportive of the energy union concept, with one exception:...

    Estonian election too close to call
    Feb26

    Estonian election too close to call

    The ruling, liberal Reform Party and the centre-left opposition Centre Party are neck and neck in opinion polls ahead of a general election in Estonia on Sunday (1 March). The polls put the Reform Party of Prime Minister Taavi Rõivas on 23% of the vote, with the Centre Party on 22% and the Social Democrats, the current junior coalition partner,...

    Why oil is not yet a blessing for the eastern Mediterranean
    Feb26

    Why oil is not yet a blessing for the eastern Mediterranean

    On an economist’s map, the eastern Mediterranean looks like a good spot in which to find and transport oil and gas. To the south, east, north and north-west lie energy-hungry markets. But put country names on the map – Greece, Cyprus, Turkey, Israel and Egypt – and hydrocarbons seem like the fuel of a geopolitical nightmare. Still, for a...

    Ukraine heaps on economic pressure as central bank confuses, truce takes hold
    Feb26

    Ukraine heaps on economic pressure as central bank confuses, truce takes hold

    KIEV/MAKIYVKA, Ukraine (Reuters) – Ukraine came under greater economic pressure after unexpectedly banning most currency trading and then abruptly reversing course, wreaking havoc on the hryvnia, just as a truce in the east took hold on Wednesday with no combat fatalities reported. …read more Source:...

    A nightmare foretold
    Feb26

    A nightmare foretold

    Screaming a warning that goes unheard is the stuff of nightmares. But for many in the ex-captive nations it is the daily experience of more than two decades. Following Vladimir Putin’s triumph in Minsk, Western leaders and pundits are beginning, belatedly, to notice that Russia is not just unpleasant, but menacing, and that we lack means of...

    Putin threatens to turn off Europe’s gas supply within days over Ukraine conflict
    Feb26

    Putin threatens to turn off Europe’s gas supply within days over Ukraine conflict

    Days after Britain announced it was sending 75 troops to Ukraine on a training mission President Putin demanded advance payments to keep the gas taps on …read more Source:...

    [Opinion] Rule of law has to be applied to EU sanctions
    Feb25

    [Opinion] Rule of law has to be applied to EU sanctions

    EU sanctions should be subject to much greater scrutiny and oversight than they currently are. …read more Source:...

    Kyiv’s suspension of gas flow to eastern Ukraine ‘smells of genocide’ says Putin
    Feb25

    Kyiv’s suspension of gas flow to eastern Ukraine ‘smells of genocide’ says Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed Kyiv’s decision to cut gas supplies to parts of eastern Ukraine “smells of genocide.” Ukraine’s… …read more Source:...

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