Category: Opinions

The NATO Warsaw summit: Back to the future

The first company-sized contingent of about 150 U.S. paratroopers from the U.S. Army's 173rd Infantry Brigade Combat Team based in Italy march as they arrive to participate in training exercises with the Polish army in Swidwin, northern west Poland April 23, 2014. The United States is sending about 600 soldiers to Poland and the three Baltic states for infantry exercises, the Pentagon said, one of its highest-profile steps yet to reassure NATO allies after Russia's seizure of Crimea. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel (POLAND - Tags: MILITARY POLITICS) - RTR3MCO1

Natalia Burlinova comments on NATO Warsaw summit, specially for Russia Direct

As long as NATO and Russia keep looking at each other through the lens of the Cold War, it will be impossible to make positive changes in their relationship.

Based on the results of its recent Warsaw summit, NATO has fully returned to its former Cold War rhetoric. NATO has discarded all its new plans and strategic concepts, and returned to its most important and foundational role — to keep Russia in check. No wonder Russia has also fueled its anti-NATO rhetoric recently.

Just six years ago, the future looked so much different. Back in 2010, at the NATO summit in Lisbon, the meeting was nothing short of historic. The reason for this was a new NATO strategic concept that was supposed to extend over 10 years. At that time, NATO looked at the world’s future through a geographic as well as a functional lens, and aimed to expand its horizons. From that perspective, Russia was no longer viewed as a dangerous rival.

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Debunking myths about the Eurasian Economic Union

2860581 31.05.2016 31 мая 2016. Президент России Владимир Путин (второй справа) после заседания в Астане Высшего Евразийского экономического совета на уровне глав государств в расширенном составе. Слева направо - президент Белоруссии Александр Лукашенко и президент Казахстана Нурсултан Назарбаев, справа - президент Армении Серж Саргсян. Алексей Дружинин/РИА Новости

Viktoriia Ivanchenko comments on the myths about the Eurasian Economic Union, specially for Russia Direct

The West continues to view the Eurasian Economic Union as the reincarnation of the old Soviet Union. But that’s simply not the case.

Plenty of myths and stereotypes surround the creation of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Some claim that it is a revival of the Soviet Union or just another imperialistic project masked by political rhetoric. But what are the objective interests and goals of Russia for this project? What does Eurasian integration really mean for Russia and other member states?

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Russia and Canada


Underestimated Canada

Russia political elite, headed by Russian President D. Medvedev is trying to create quite «warm relations» with the USA. According to U.S politicians, Medvedev is considered to be more liberal and democratic, than the current Prime-Minister of Russia V.Putin.

In June 2010 current Russian President committed his first official trip to the North America, where he stayed in the USA for two days and afterwards he went to Canada to take part in the G-8 and G-20 Summits. This visit was quite successful for the development of the US-Russian relations. The President of Russia visited the place, where the «Silicon valley» is located, had a conversation with US businessmen, who promised to flow high tech investments into Russia. Moreover, quite confidential relations emerged between Medvedev and the governor of California A. Schwarzenegger, who was invited by the Russian President to come to Russia.

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EU on Post-Soviet Space: Case of Ukraine


Impact of the EU upon Democratization in Ukraine.

New Book of Liubov Yaroshenko,Executive Director of PICREADI

EU conditionality to Non-member States. Where does Effectiveness Start?

Lambert Academic Publishing Agency (Germany) has published the book by the Executive Director of PICREADI, Liubov Yaroshenko. The title of the book is Impact of the European Union upon Democratization in Ukraine.

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