Media reports that at least one part of the controversial military arms deal between France and Russia is going to be fulfilled despite sanctions. Russia ordered two Mistral-class helicopter carriers of which the first one, the Vladivostok, has been finished and is ready for handover. Russian navy personnel has been practicing on the vessel since … Continue reading Mistral carrier to be delivered to Russia
When Russia sanctioned dairy products coming from the European Union in late summer, the EU-commission initiated an financial support program for European cheese producers that are affected by the Russian boycott. The purpose of this financial support program was to help those producers of cheese that are most severely affected by the Russian sanctions dairy … Continue reading Russia-sanctions: EU cheese help failed
Media reports suggest that the situation in Eastern Ukraine is stabilizing since Kiev and the separatists agreed on a fragile, but in total apparently working cease fire in early September. Now both sides also agreed agreed on installing a demilitarized zone of 30 km width controlled by the OSCE along the front-line. Despite that agreement … Continue reading Ukraine: half-time or real peace?
Today the Finnish government accepted the construction of the country’s sixth nuclear power plant in Pyhäjoki, where the biggest single owner is going to be Russian Rosatom (Federal Agency on Atomic Energy). Rosatom will also provide the nuclear reactor that is planned to be run with nuclear fuel originating from Russia. As a consequence of … Continue reading Rosatom-deal: Finland undermines sanctions against Russia
The next round of EU sanctions on Russia will become effective on Friday as the Council of the European Union announces. While the new sanctions are coming despite the current fragile cease fire, they are said to be cancelable easily. Financial markets and deep water drilling This time they will further limit Russia’s access to … Continue reading New EU sanctions on Friday
While the European Union is planning new sanctions against Russia, it’s prime minister Dmitry Medvedev threatens to close Russian air space for Western airlines. According to Medvedev this would drive some European airlines that are currently struggling with economic problems into bankruptcy. Through Russian air space go the most important routes between Europe and Asia. … Continue reading New round of sanctions – no effects?