Nord Stream 2 and European Energy Security

Today, the Department of State submitted a report to Congress pursuant to the Protecting Europe’s Energy Security Act (PEESA), as amended, listing four vessels, five entities, and one individual involved in construction of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, including Nord Stream 2 AG and the company’s CEO Matthias Warnig.   Persons identified in the report are subject […]

US support for Ukraine should be tied to reform progress

Ukraine is the most important country in the ongoing confrontation between Russia and the West. This makes Ukraine’s domestic reform agenda a strategic priority for the entire Western world. The recent Russian military buildup on the Ukrainian border sparked international alarm over the prospect of a major escalation in the simmering seven-year conflict between the […]

Russia targets American diplomats with new directed energy weapon

Havana Syndrome’ is a result of Soviet microwave weapons technologies used in the 1970s. According to new reporting from The New York Times, over 130 American diplomats, troops and other US departments’ personnel working overseas have been diagnosed with brain damage. The incidents have been registered for 5 years. In particular, the staff of the […]

President Aliyev Says Balance in US Policy in South Caucasus is Disturbed

Azerbaijan’s President Ilham Aliyev said the US new government’s foreign policy for the South Caucasus region remains unclear to Baku although four months have passed since President Joe Biden took office in January. The statement was made as part of the international conference titled “New vision for South Caucasus: Post-conflict development and cooperation” that took […]

Biden administration to revive military-to-military ties with Pakistan

Gen Lloyd Austin gives his opening statement before the US Senate Armed Services Committee during his confirmation hearing for the post of Secretary of Defence. — Photo courtesy: PBS News Hour The Biden administration sees Pakistan as an “essential partner” in any peace process in Afghanistan and believes that “continuing to build relationships with Pakistan’s […]

Who lost Crimea?

I read with interest the two letters to the editor from Messrs. Martyniuk (January 29) and Mirchuk (January 15) and the two responding letters from Messrs. Lomacky and Vitvitsky challenging their accuracy (“spouting nonsense”), and seeking an apology for “provocative allegations against our president” and “spreading false information.” Apparently, their dispute centered on blame for […]

The disgrace that was the Biden press conference

President Biden called on 10 reporters to answer 30-some questions during his long-awaited first formal press conference on Thursday. But the hour-plus event was a disgrace for some in the press and a dubious performance by the president. The questions for the president were meek and vague, failing to extract any specific information about policies or solutions to the […]

Silicon Valley’s Stripe valued at $95bn after fundraising

Figure makes digital payments firm the most valuable private business to come out of US tech hub The digital payments firm Stripe has been valued at $95bn (£68m) after a funding round that makes the company the most valuable private business to come out of Silicon Valley. The company, which is dual-headquartered in San Francisco and Dublin, raised […]