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The Normandy Format and Ukraine: Doing More Harm Than Good

February 27, 2015 04:37 PM

The foreign affairs ministers of Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine—the “Normandy Four” countries—met on February 24, in Paris, to review the situation in Ukraine’s east. Russian and proxy forces had captured Ukraine’s Debaltseve area on February 18, breaching the armistice signed at the “Normandy Four” summit in Minsk on February 12. Germany and France had previously assured Ukraine that Russia would refrain from such a move (see below).

Yet the German and French ministers, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Laurent Fabius, failed in the Paris meeting to criticize the capture of Debaltseve. They...


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Moscow Again Putting Separatist Regions in Play Against Georgia

February 27, 2015

On February 18, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the head of the “Ministry of Foreign Affairs of South Ossetia,” David Sanakoev, signed an agreement “On the State Border,” whereby Russia recognized the “state borders” of South Ossetia (Bigmir.net, February 20). A similar prepared treaty with the other separatist Georgian region—Abkhazia—has yet to be signed because of an ongoing...

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

Will the West Bail out Ukraine?

February 27, 2015

The war in Ukraine’s eastern provinces of Donetsk and Luhansk did not stop when 2014 came to a close. Therefore, the $27 billion two-year assistance package, promised to Ukraine by the West last May, has turned out to be insufficient to keep the country afloat. In mid-February 2015, the leading industrial nations and international financial institutions came up with a new package to the tune of...

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Economics, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine

Russian Government Tries to Bolster Cossack Groups in the North Caucasus

February 27, 2015

After losing the support of ethnic Russians who were once abundantly present in the republics of the North Caucasus (Chechnya, Ingushetia, Dagestan, Kabardino-Balkaria and Karachaevo-Cherkessia), Moscow is constantly looking for ways to keep ethnic Russians in this part of the country. The pro-Moscow regional authorities have completely failed to fulfill the federal program for recruiting ethnic...

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

What Do the Minsk Armistice Talks Have in Store for Belarus?

February 26, 2015

Most political commentators agree that the Minsk armistice negotiations over the war in eastern Ukraine have raised Belarus’s international profile (see EDM, February 12). Thus, according to Kirill Koktysh, a Minsk-born professor at the Institute of Foreign Relations in Moscow, the Belarusian government should take advantage of the limited window of opportunities whereby, for the time being, the...

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

FSB Director Says Islamic State fighters Include 1,700 Russian Citizens

February 26, 2015

As elements of the Islamic State (IS) infiltrate the territory of the North Caucasus, the looming question is whether the caliphate will have an actual impact on the situation in the region. As of now, it can be said with certainty that little has changed in the region since multiple rebel commanders of the Dagestani and the Chechen jamaats switched sides from the Caucasus Emirate to the IS in...

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

Russia Proposes a Yalta-2 Geopolitical Tradeoff to Solve the Ukrainian Crisis

February 26, 2015

As the Ukraine crisis deepens and European countries increasingly worry about the possibility of an all-out confrontation with Russia, the Kremlin has begun to make public the basic conditions of an overall political solution that could stabilize and deescalate the standoff. This week (February 25), Duma speaker Sergei Naryshkin, 60, a member of president Vladimir Putin’s inner circle of St....

Category: Eurasia Daily Monitor, Home Page, Featured, Foreign Policy, Europe, Ukraine, Russia

Russia’s Quest for Balkan Influence and Bases

February 25, 2015

Russia has long harbored an expansionist drive to the Balkans and the Eastern Mediterranean. And the prelude or precondition for Moscow to be able to make real progress toward securing its influence in these areas has been its domination of Ukraine and the Black Sea (see EDM, September 22, 2014; October 16, 2014). Furthermore, it is quite apparent that Moscow believes its main geopolitical threat...

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Ukraine Caught in the Straitjacket of Negotiating Formats

February 25, 2015

The political and military terms of the Minsk Two agreement (February 12) and capture of Debaltseve by Russia’s proxies breaching the ceasefire (February 18) show the extent of Ukraine’s entrapment into Russia’s conflict stratagems. Russia has set those traps; the existing international system shows no way out for Ukraine; while some international actors even seem anxious to sidetrack the whole...

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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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February 27, 2015 04:37 PM

The foreign affairs ministers of Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine—the “Normandy Four” countries—met on February 24, in Paris, to review the situation in Ukraine’s east. Russian and proxy forces...


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