Statement by the Spokesperson on the non-recognition of Russian local elections in the Crimean peninsula

Local and regional elections were held in the Russian Federation on 8 September and in the Crimean peninsula. The European Union does not recognise the illegal annexation of Crimea and Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, and continues to condemn this violation of international law. Therefore, the European Union does not recognise the holding of elections in the Crimean […]

Trump tries to force Ukraine to meddle in the 2020 election

UKRAINE’S NEOPHYTE president, Volodymyr Zelensky, took a big step this week toward proving that he will be, as he promised, the most pro-reform president in Ukraine’s history. On Monday, he laid out a breathtakingly ambitious five-year plan including virtually every measure the International Monetary Fund and Western governments have urged on Ukraine in recent years, […]

External assessment re newly elected Verkhovna Rada’s first days

Representatives of foreign diplomatic, political and business circles have generally welcomed the first days of work of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, the appointment of the new Cabinet of Ministers, and President’s legislative initiatives. Experts close to the Office of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson send a positive feedback to the results of the new […]

Hopes Reemerge For Trans-Caspian Gas Pipeline, But Critical Obstacles Persist

On August 12, delegations led by the prime ministers of the five Caspian littoral states – Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Russia and Turkmenistan—came together at Turkmenistan’s coastal resort of Awaza to hold the first annual Caspian Economic Forum. The heads of government from two other countries, Uzbekistan and Bulgaria, both interested in the transport potential of […]

Military expert Mammad Mammadov: Provocation of war

Gas is the reason the Kremlin forces military aggravation between Armenia and Azerbaijan Apparently the Kremlin is annoyed by the fact that the Azerbaijani side does not respond to the provocative statements of the Armenian authorities! Indeed, the Kremlin, in the current situation, when the other day gas will go to Europe from Azerbaijan, escalation […]

The Dictators’ Last Stand

Why the New Autocrats Are Weaker Than They Look It has been a good decade for dictatorship. The global influence of the world’s most powerful authoritarian countries, China and Russia, has grown rapidly. For the first time since the late nineteenth century, the cumulative GDP of autocracies now equals or exceeds that of Western liberal […]

Diplomacy Can’t Solve All of Afghanistan’s Problems

But Neither Can U.S. Troops On the night of August 17, as over 1,000 guests danced at a wedding celebration in Dubai City, a hall in Kabul named after the Afghan elite’s favorite weekend getaway, a 23-year-old interloper detonated his suicide vest by the bandstand. The blast killed 80 people and wounded nearly 200 more, […]

Azerbaijan-EU Strategic Partnership Deal: No Light At The End Of The Tunnel Yet

Azerbaijan and the European Union have not yet signed a new strategic partnership agreement despite optimism top officials from Baku and Brussels have expressed to successfully complete the long-drawn-out preparations for the signing of the deal. Remarks made by Brussels and Azerbaijani officials indicate that the parties cannot agree on matters of crucial national importance […]

Euro zone inflation unchanged in August, more ammo for ECB to ease monetary policy

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Euro zone inflation remained low at 1.0% in August, well below the European Central Bank’s target, a first estimate showed on Friday, bolstering market expectations that the bank will further ease monetary policy next month. The European Union’s statistics office said on Friday that inflation in the 19 countries sharing the euro […]