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    New chess game between NATO and Russia
    Jul08

    New chess game between NATO and Russia

    The big topic of discussion at NATO’s biannual summit in Warsaw Friday and Saturday is how the Alliance ought to respond to a newly aggressive Russia. Another way to put it: A2AD, that “terrible acronym,” in the words of Douglas Lute, the U.S. Ambassador to NATO. A2AD stands for Anti-Access Area Denial, and this military jargon captures the...

    Russian and Ukrainian women’s sexual abuse stories go viral
    Jul08

    Russian and Ukrainian women’s sexual abuse stories go viral

    Ukrainian journalist Nastya Melnychenko’s Facebook post prompts others to share stories of sexual harassment and violenceHundreds of Russian and Ukrainian women have been sharing stories of sexual harassment, violence and rape on social media, after a post by a Ukrainian journalist went viral earlier this week.The trend began with a post on...

    Bulgaria has clear and coordinated position on security in Black Sea region
    Jul08

    Bulgaria has clear and coordinated position on security in Black Sea region

    State and government leaders of NATO member countries who gather in Warsaw are to discuss challenges related to deteriorating security environment along NATO’s eastern and southern flanks. Before participating in the first working session, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev said that unity would be demonstrated in Warsaw and that it would...

    Russia, France, Germany concerned about fighting in Ukraine
    Jul08

    Russia, France, Germany concerned about fighting in Ukraine

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    Putin, Merkel, Hollande discuss political solution to Ukraine crisis: Kremlin
    Jul08

    Putin, Merkel, Hollande discuss political solution to Ukraine crisis: Kremlin

    MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin, his French counterpart Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the Ukraine crisis on Friday, stressing the need for a political solution to the conflict in the Donbass, the Kremlin said. …read more Source:...

    From virtual to real – the demonopolization of the gas market
    Jul08

    From virtual to real – the demonopolization of the gas market

    Anyone in Bulgaria wanting to buy natural gas for household or company use used to have to turn to the state-run gas supplier Bulgargaz or to the far smaller private company Overgas. Both suppliers sold Russian gas and competing with each other was not really on their agenda, as they obviously had an agreement – whether over or under the table...

    Elections in Belarus: The Continuation of a New Model?
    Jul08

    Elections in Belarus: The Continuation of a New Model?

    Belarusian oppositional coalition ahead of elections. Photo: belarusinfocus.info The parliamentary election campaign has begun in Belarus. There was little protest during the 2015 presidential elections. Elections are not elections as such, but became more a self-appointment of Lukashenka through an electoral façade. Yet the elections were...

    Why hundreds of British troops are heading to Eastern Europe
    Jul08

    Why hundreds of British troops are heading to Eastern Europe

    Description Soldiers take part in a Nato military sea exercise in Poland last year Credits Janek Skarzynski/Getty Alt Text Soldier Battalion will act as ‘trip-wire’ in Poland and Estonia to deter further Russian aggression One-Minute Read …read more Source: The...

    Russian state media: NATO like a ‘kindergarten teacher’
    Jul08

    Russian state media: NATO like a ‘kindergarten teacher’

    As leaders from the 28-member NATO alliance gather in Poland, Russian state media has pounced on comments by German Chancellor Angela Merkel that security in Europe can only be ensured by keeping Moscow on-side. The military alliance’s posture toward Russia since its annexation of Crimea in 2014 has been increasingly aggressive....

    Richard Ansett’s best photograph: the baby in Ukraine who unlocked my subconscious
    Jul08

    Richard Ansett’s best photograph: the baby in Ukraine who unlocked my subconscious

    ‘It’s a reference to the fact that I was adopted. You don’t know if the mother’s arm is coming in – or moving away’Five years ago, I was invited to Donetsk in Ukraine for a month-long residency, overseen by my all-time hero Boris Mikhailov. Mother and child is a classic artistic subject, and I wanted to do my own...

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