Western and Russian interests collide in Ukraine in several economic and political areas as discussed e. g. here. One economic area that has recently attracted more attention in the mass media is the Ukrainian agricultural sector which is becoming increasingly attractive for foreign investors from Russia, the West, but also Saudi-Arabia. The fertile Ukrainian soil … Continue reading Ukraine in the claws of the agroindustry
One headache of the European Union could become true in the next days as an impending cut of Russian gas supplies through Ukraine would hit Europe at a critical time. Gazprom announced that it will stop the transfer of gas to and through Ukraine if the country won’t pay for deliveries within the next two … Continue reading Russia’s gas weapon right on time
One of the big questions regarding the Ukraine conflict is currently whether the latest agreement that includes a ceasefire, Minsk II, is still valid or it already failed – latest with the capture of Debaltseve by separatist forces. Some argue that Debaltseve was not part of the agreement while others see it the opposite way. … Continue reading Why Europe can’t acknowledge a failure of Minsk II
As the diplomatic tone between Russia and the West has reached a new level after the shelling of Mariupol which left at least 30 people dead, a new round of sanctions against Russia is being discussed among European politicians. Originally an ease of sanctions against Russia should have been discussed in March especially as representatives … Continue reading Finland’s nuclear deal with Rosatom endangered?
It seems that regarding the currently suffering EU-Russia relationship an alternative to sanctions and diplomatic punishments could be coming up. The German newspaper “Süddeutsche Zeitung” reports that German Chancellor Angela Merkel offered Russia negotiations over a free trade agreement between the European Union and Russia. The German government sees this offer as an incentive for … Continue reading Germany offers Russia free trade agreement
According to media reports (ITAR-TASS article) Ukraine plans to import nuclear fuel for its nuclear power plants in future from the US based company Westinghouse, thus replacing nuclear fuel originating from Russia. Ukrainian state owned company Energoatom and Westinghouse, which biggest owner is the Japanese Toshiba group, have signed an agreement on nuclear fuel delivery … Continue reading Ukraine to import US nuclear fuel