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(The following post was contributed by Jan Weisensee. Jan holds an MA in EU International Relations and Diplomacy Studies from the College of Europe. The following views are his own) After five days of war between the Georgian army, Russian troops and South Ossetian and Abkhaz para-military forces in August 2008, French president Nicholas Sarkozy… » read more

What is the SCO? The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) has, to the surprise of many, emerged as a force to be reckoned with in Central Asia. The ‘Shanghai Five’, founded in 1996, became the SCO in 2001. Its members are China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan are Observers. Belarus… » read more

The international company group Itera is constructing infrastructure facilities for the oil and gas industry and is realizing social projects, Trend reports, citing a press-release from the company. MRK-Engineering, which is part of the company group, is constructing a cross-country pipeline with a control and gas registration system in Central Karakum. The pipeline is 198… » read more

The police found an arsenal in the apartment of Hazamat Shamilev, the so-called ‘emir’ of Grozny, who was killed in a gunfight with policemen on the 21st of August, Yuga.ru reports. According to official data, Hazamat Shamilev was a militant who organized several bomb blasts in Grozny.

For the first time in several years a flight of a Russian air company (S7 airlines) to Georgia took place today. From now on flights will operate three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays.Flights between the two countries were stopped after the conflict two years ago, but transportation has now been restored.

The “Kavkas” highway, that has been blocked by a group of people of the Babayurt region is now clear, reports Interfax. The road was unblocked after a dialogue between the people and the deputy head of the Dagestani government.This Sunday a fight involving firearms took place in the village of Babayurt, in which one man… » read more

What common threat?

Three days ago, 39 commuters were killed by two female suicide bombers in the Moscow metro system. Hillary Clinton, the US Secretary of State, told Canadian network CTV, “Whether you are in a Moscow subway or a London subway or a train in Madrid or an office building in New York, we face the same… » read more

“We can say goodbye to our democracy, our independence and our sovereignty” (outgoing President Yushchenko predicts a future with either Ms Tymoshenko or Mr Yanukovych as President) “I’m quite happy because whoever is chosen today will be hated tomorrow by the majority of the country.” (Andrey Kurkov) Ukraine’s Russian-leaning opposition leader, Viktor Yanukovych is on… » read more

Ukraine: Choosing a New Way

“When we get Russian gas, the problem is not the supplier, but the fact that 80 percent of the pipeline is located in the Ukraine. We should look for independence not from Russia, but from such transit schemes,” (Gerhard Schroeder) Just after 2004 Orange Revolution Ukraine took course towards Nato and EU, the new leadership… » read more

US Undersecretary of State, William Burns, said in April of the US and Russia that “more unites us than divides us”. The same can be said of the US and China, and of Russia and China. The way these three powers behave towards each other in the next decade will shape the future of the… » read more

The following has been submitted to Blogactiv by Bruce Talley. 2008 Events The August 2008 conflict in South Ossetia was the first time that many in the West were aware of either South Ossetia or Abkhazia. Both regions fought bloody wars of independence with Georgia in the aftermath of the breakup of the Soviet Union.… » read more

The race between the two EU’s eastern gas pipelines is going on while next winter can again show some supply problems via Ukraine. South Stream got latest boost on 11th November 2009 as Russia’s Energy Minister Sergei Shmatko and Slovenian Economy Minister Matej Lahovnik signed an agreement on the passage of the South […]

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