France stopped the delivery of the Mistral-class helicopter carrier Vladivostok to Russia as a result of the recent developments in Ukraine. The Vladivostok is one of two advanced helicopter assault carriers that France agreed to build and sell to Russia in 2011. The total volume of this deal is 1.2 billion euros. In early summer … Continue reading Sanctions hitting French arms industry
How long would Europe’s gas reserves last if Russia would stop delivery of gas? – This is a question which the Institute of Energy Economics at the University of Cologne (Germany) has investigated in a study. Parts of the results have been published together with an interactive map by German news magazine “Der Spiegel“. The … Continue reading Europe’s dependency on Russian gas
The way media in different countries reports on the Ukraine-conflict and the war for Novorossiya (New Russia) is being influenced by all parties involved. In the end finding something like truth between all the media coverage appears to be almost impossible. One example is the reports on the presence of Russian troops within Ukraine and … Continue reading Looking back: Euromaidan killings
While fighting in Ukraine goes on and Ukraine government forces are on retreat, it becomes clear that the war for New Russia (Novorossiya) already has and will have wider geopolitical consequences. According to media reports there is strong evidence that Russian army personnel and equipment is active on Ukrainian territory. A Russian tank battalion allegedly … Continue reading Ukraine-conflict – the wider consequences
According to media reports the environmental protection organization Greenpeace is worried about the safety of the Zaporizhia Nuclear Power Plant in Enerhodar at the Dnieper river. Nuclear safety experts are worried that the reactor block could not withstand a direct hit of heavy weaponry. The concrete protective cover has a strength of only 1.20 m. … Continue reading Greenpeace warns of destruction of Ukrainian nuclear power plant
As a result of the latest developments in the Novorossiya-conflict, the EU discussed today in Brussels the implementation of so called phase 3 sanctions on Russia. Initial decisions were said to be made already this Saturday. According to media reports however no concrete decisions were made, but steps are still being planned. The representatives of … Continue reading New round of sanctions coming?