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Russia’s Military Challenge to the Baltics, the US and NATO

April 17, 2015 03:30 PM

On Friday, April 17, 2015, The Jamestown Foundation hosted Rasa Jukneviciene, the former Minister of Defense of the Republic of Lithuania, and Major General Jonas Kronkaitis, former Chief of Defense...

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The Faltering Russian Economy Makes a Renewed Ukraine Offensive More Likely

April 20, 2015 03:54 PM

“Boring” is perhaps the prevalent impression of President Vladimir Putin’s televised four-hour-long Q & A session that aired last Thursday (April 16), which was meant to demonstrate his good health and relaxed attitude to the great many problems worrying his loyal subjects. The three key points he stressed were that everything is under control, the economy is set to improve from the low point of the crisis, and there will be no war (, April 17). His command of facts and figures was far from convincing to support the first point, and the everyday reality of falling incomes disproves...

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Mongolia, Russia and China Work to Boost Transcontinental Rail Transit

April 20, 2015

Deputy ministers of railway and transportation from Mongolia, China and Russia met, on April 9–10, in Ulaanbaatar, for their first consultative meeting since a tripartite summit among the presidents of the three countries in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in September 2014 (see China Brief, September 25, 2014). This was the second symposium devoted to cooperation among the three countries’ transportation...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Transit, China and the Asia-Pacific, China, Central Asia, Mongolia, Russia

Russia Fears Possible Tectonic Shifts in the North Caucasus

April 20, 2015

Russian experts have written a series of articles on the future of the North Caucasus in a new age of uncertainty in the Russian Federation. They have attempted to determine under what conditions the current political regime in the region could spiral into chaos. Expectations of significant shifts in the country are growing, and experts increasingly believe that the war in Ukraine means there...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Foreign Policy, Military/Security, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Russia

Will Turkey Choose the European or Eurasian Energy Union?

April 17, 2015

The sixth meeting of the World Forum on Energy Regulation is scheduled to be held on May 25–28, in Istanbul, and is being organized by the office of the prime minister of the Turkish Republic. The competitive and dynamically expanding nature of the energy sector in Eurasia has been boosting Turkey’s regional importance as it prepares to take on the role of a strategically important transit and...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Energy, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Azerbaijan , Europe, Russia, Turkey

Belarus Comes Under Criticism From Both Sides

April 17, 2015

A worsening economy, a strengthening national identity, a demographic recovery, and growing Russian criticism of Belarus’s sense of nationhood apart from Russia continue to dominate the news emanating from Belarus. In February 2015, registered economic output was 3 percent below that in February 2014; throughout the first two months of the year, exports shrank by 29.4 percent and imports by 30.9...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Foreign Policy, Domestic/Social, Europe, Belarus

Allure of Islamic State’s Media Machine Attracts New Generation of Chechen Recruits

April 17, 2015

Emotions ran high in the Chechen community once again with the news that two school children from Pankisi, Georgia, went to Syria to fight, presumably alongside the Islamic State organization (see EDM, April 16). Earlier in April, 16-year-old Muslim Kushtanashvili and 18-year-old Ramzan Bagakashvili went to Syria from the Pankisi Gorge (, April 9). One of them was in the 10th...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia, North Caucasus

More of Georgia’s Muslims Try to Join Islamic State

April 16, 2015

On April 2, two high school boys from Georgia’s Pankisi Gorge, populated by Muslim Chechens (known as Kists in Georgia), disappeared and later contacted their parents, notifying them that they were in Turkey. It is widely believed that the teenagers are heading for Syria, in order to join the Islamic State (IS; formerly known as Islamic State in Iraq and Syria—ISIS). Some unverified reports...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, The Caucasus, South Caucasus , Georgia, Syria

Tide of Support for Islamic State in the North Caucasus Causes Alarm in Moscow

April 16, 2015

Russia watchers can hardly fail to notice that Moscow often reacts to events in the North Caucasus after a significant time lag. Several amirs of the Caucasus Emirate pledged allegiance to the so-called Islamic State back in November–December 2014. Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB), however, recently made a statement about this development as if it had just happened. “Some field commanders...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, North Caucasus Analysis, Home Page, Domestic/Social, Military/Security, Terrorism, The Caucasus, North Caucasus , Middle East, Syria

Moscow Is Ready to Supply Iran With Powerful S-300 Missiles

April 16, 2015

This week (April 13), President Vladimir Putin signed an ukaz (presidential decree) to allow the export of S-300 anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. Putin’s decision overruled a previous ukaz signed by then-president Dmitry Medvedev, on September 22, 2010, which incorporated into Russian law United Nations Security Council Resolution 1929 imposing, among other things, a limited arms embargo on Iran...

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Vladimir Socor is a senior fellow of The Jamestown Foundation and regular writer for Eurasia Daily Monitor.

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‘National-Cultural’ Enclaves: Moscow’s New Game in Ukrainian-Moldovan Borderland

April 13, 2015 03:50 PM

Russia demands a “special status” for certain territories in Ukraine and Moldova as a device to promote territorial secession processes. Moscow encourages local Russophile groups to claim a “special...

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