Russia’s Middle-East End Game, at the Hands of the Post-Soviet Grandmaster

By Dmitri Trenin

Why Putin believes U.S. policies in the Middle East since the Arab Spring have been misguided, unprincipled, and dangerous. READ MORE

WTO Knew Nothing about “Trade War” between Ukraine and Russia


Ukraine and Russia have decided to resolve independently the current custom’s situation about the export of goods and not to ask for the assistance of the World Trade Organization. READ MORE

Gazprom Faces Arbitration With Edison After Ruling on RWE Price


By Anna Shiryaevskaya and Tara Patel

OAO Gazprom (GAZP), the Russian gas exporter forced to revise contracts with RWE AG (RWE) last month, is set for further legal wrangles after Electricite de France SA’s Italian unit initiated arbitration proceedings. READ MORE

Georgian MFA: Despite Russia's 'Destructive Policy' Tbilisi Seeks 'Normalization' of Ties

Despite Russia's "aggression" and its "persisting destructive policy directed against Georgia's independence and statehood", the Georgian government seeks "a gradual normalization" of bilateral ties, the Georgian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on August 7 on the occasion of the fifth year anniversary of the war with Russia. READ MORE

Staying Afloat in Each Port of Caspian Region


By Mikhail Agadzhanyan

The Caspian tour of Putin, planned in the middle of August, is about regional subject-matter READ MORE

Russian President’s visit to Tehran: Supply and demand

By Elmira Tariverdiyeva

Russian President Vladimir Putin intends to take a Caspian tour in mid-August. Tehran officially confirmed the Russian president's visit to Iran, but it is possible that Putin will visit more than one Caspian littoral country. READ MORE

NATO to send observers to Russia-Belarus war games

NATO member-states will use Russia’s invitation to send military observers to the Russian-Belarusian war games Zapad’2013, a diplomatic source at the mission of one of the member-nations said upon the results of Wednesday’s session of the Russia-NATO Council. READ MORE

"Gazprom" will receive the gas transportation system of Kyrgyzstan for $ 1

The authorities of the Russian Federation approved the draft intergovernmental agreement on cooperation in the field of transportation, distribution and sale of natural gas on the territory of Kyrgyzstan. The corresponding order was signed by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev. Under the terms of the transaction, "KyrgyzGas" will sell for $ 1 to "Gazprom" its subsidiary, with all the property. This deal is available for repayment in Kyrgyzstan before the Russian debt, and in return for investment in the Kyrgyz Russian monopoly gas transmission system. READ MORE

One Against All

According to the opinion of the Head of the Global Interests Center, a political analyst Nikolay Zlobin, the attitude towards Putin is changing although slowly. READ MORE

The EU brings its first WTO case against Russia

European Commission's Press release

Brussels, 9 July 2013 READ MORE