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Chilled relations between Russia and the West

Nato has accused Moscow of violating the Minsk agreements by delivering weapons to eastern Ukraine. At the G20 summit Russian President Vladimir Putin seemed isolated. However the US and the EU have no plans for further sanctions. Will the conflicting parties be able to resolve their differences?

Main focus of Friday, 5. December 2014

Putin highlights Russia's strengths

Russian President Valdimir Putin defended the annexation of the Crimean Peninsula and accused the West of a "policy of containment" in his state of the ... » more

Hospodárske noviny - Slovakia | Friday, 5. December 2014

The incredible patriotism of the Russians

After Russian President Vladimir Putin's appearance in the Kremlin on Thursday it's once again difficult to understand how Russia ticks, the liberal business paper Hospodářské novin comments: » more

Gazeta Wyborcza - Poland | Friday, 5. December 2014

Strong words to mask Moscow's weaknesses

Russia is a giant on feet of clay, the liberal daily Gazeta Wyborcza comments after Putin's speech: » more

Lrytas - Lithuania | Thursday, 4. December 2014

Speech reminiscent of Soviet era

Putin's state of the nation speech reminds the online portal of the Soviet era: » more

Die Tageszeitung taz - Germany | Friday, 5. December 2014

Putin is blocking Russia's modernisation

Putin lacks a vision for his country, the left-leaning daily taz writes commenting on his annual State of the Nation speech: » more

Lietuvos rytas - Lithuania | Wednesday, 26. November 2014

Grybauskaitė's mistaken anti-Russian polemic

The president of Lithuania, Dalia Grybauskaitė, described Russia as a terrorist state in a radio interview last week. Lithuania's politicians and media suspect this is the reason why border checks for Lithuanians entering the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad have become more stringent since Sunday. The liberal daily Lietuvos rytas also takes the view that the president's rhetoric is inappropriate: » more

Večer - Slovenia | Friday, 21. November 2014

Western complacency provokes Putin

The Maidan uprising in Kiev against then president Viktor Yanukovych began a year ago. Today there is still no sign of an end to the crisis in Ukraine, the conservative daily Večer fears: » more

Main focus of Thursday, 20. November 2014

Steinmeier seeks dialogue with Moscow

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday. Putin's invitation came as a surprise as German Chancellor Angela ... » more

15min - Lithuania | Thursday, 20. November 2014

Merkel has caused a big chill

With her criticism of Moscow and her warning about expansionism German Chancellor Angela Merkel also played a sizable role in cooling relations between Russia and the West, journalist Vytautas Plečkaitis writes on the news portal 15min: » more

Postimees - Estonia | Tuesday, 18. November 2014

Putin motivated by revenge

Vladimir Putin responded to Angela Merkel's attacks at the G20 summit saying that personal friendships do not count when Russia's interests are at stake. Columnist Ahto Lojakas analyses the reasons for Russia's rigid foreign policy in the liberal daily Postimees: » more

Aamulehti - Finland | Tuesday, 18. November 2014

Dressing-down for Putin not a good idea

After the harsh criticism of Vladimir Putin at the G20 summit in Australia, the liberal daily Aamulehti warns against isolating Putin: » more

Global Times China - China | Sunday, 16. November 2014

Global perspectives: China is Russia's lifebuoy

While European sanctions aim at isolating Russia, China has strengthened trade relations with the country and signed numerous new financial, trade and energy agreements with Moscow in October. For the state-run Chinese daily Global Times, both sides stand to benefit from the Chinese investments: » more

Der Tagesspiegel - Germany | Monday, 17. November 2014

Russia needs a face-saving solution

After several hours of talks with Putin on the sidelines of the G20 summit, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called on Europe and the US to act together in the Ukraine crisis. The West must find solutions that allow Putin to save face, the liberal-conservative daily Der Tagesspiegel urges: » more

Eesti Päevaleht - Estonia | Monday, 17. November 2014

Merkel and Putin go their separate ways

German Chancellor Angela Merkel voiced strong criticism of the Russian president in a foreign policy speech in Sydney and warned that Russia is seeking to enlarge its sphere of influence. The G-20 summit in Australia marked the breakup between Russia and the West, but above all between Putin and Merkel, the liberal daily Eesti Päevaleht writes: » more

The Observer - United Kingdom | Sunday, 16. November 2014

West must not ease pressure

The G20 summit in Brisbane, Australia, on the weekend highlighted how hardened the fronts are in the Ukraine crisis, the left-liberal Sunday newspaper The Observer writes, calling for the West to stick its guns: » more

Le Soir - Belgium | Monday, 17. November 2014

Keep a cool head vis-à-vis Kremlin boss

The international community should keep putting Putin under pressure even after the Australian G-20 summit, the liberal daily Le Soir urges: » more

Neatkarīgā - Latvia | Thursday, 13. November 2014

CNN's cowardly withdrawal from Russia

The US news channel CNN announced on Tuesday that it will stop broadcasting in Russia at the end of the year. The broadcaster blames a new Russian media law that bans foreign investors from owning more than 20 percent of a medium broadcast in Russia. The national-conservative paper Neatkarīgā accuses the Western channel of cowardliness: » more

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung - Germany | Wednesday, 12. November 2014

For Mikhail Yampolsky the Russians are losing touch with reality

Russian society is characterised by resentment, fatigue and the development of a slave mentality, Russian American historian Mikhail Yampolsky writes in the conservative daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung: » more

La Vanguardia - Spain | Friday, 14. November 2014

Plunging oil prices make Putin more dangerous

Oil prices dropped even further on Thursday, to their lowest level in four years. Russia is particularly hard hit by this trend, the conservative daily La Vanguardia comments, fearing a negative impact on Moscow's foreign policy: » more

Expressen - Sweden | Friday, 14. November 2014

Sweden must maintain pressure on Moscow

Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg accused Russia on Thursday of delivering weapons and tanks to the pro-Russian separatists who are violating the ceasefire agreements in eastern Ukraine. Sweden must also adopt a harsher tone vis-à-vis Moscow, the liberal daily Expressen demands: » more

Corriere della Sera - Italy | Thursday, 13. November 2014

Nato must intervene in Ukraine

The Nato leaders on Wednesday confirmed reports by the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) that Russia is building up its military presence in eastern Ukraine on a huge scale. Putin can no longer be brought to heel with sanctions alone, the liberal-conservative daily Corriere della Sera warns and calls for a Nato deployment: » more

Postimees - Estonia | Tuesday, 11. November 2014

Moscow concedes its economic weakness

The Russian Central Bank liberalised the exchange rate for the rouble on Monday in reaction to the steady decline in the value of the currency, which has dropped more than 30 percent against the dollar since the start of the year. A moment of truth, the liberal daily Postimees rejoices: » more

Financial Times - United Kingdom | Monday, 10. November 2014

Gideon Rachman sees Russia as more of a threat than IS

Barack Obama will meet China's head of state Xi Jinping after the Apec summit in Beijing on Wednesday to discuss enhanced cooperation between the two countries. He also announced on Saturday that he would double the number of troops in Iraq in the fight against the IS. But the US president should focus his attention on a different global player than the IS and China, chief columnist Gideon Rachman writes in the conservative daily Financial Times: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Monday, 10. November 2014

Gorbachev has got it all wrong this time

At the celebrations commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev said the West is responsible for the world being on the verge of a new Cold War. What will he say next? the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes asks: » more

15min - Lithuania | Wednesday, 5. November 2014

Democracies benefit from sinking oil prices

Oil prices have gone down by roughly 25 percent in the past four months. This is above all the result of supplies significantly outstripping demand. The sinking prices will make life difficult for oil-exporting regimes, Russian author and journalist Yulia Latynina writes in a commentary on the online portal of the Russian daily Novaya Gazeta, republished by the portal 15min: » more

Die Zeit - Germany | Thursday, 6. November 2014

Don't question sanctions against Russia

On her first day at work as EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini voiced doubts about the effectiveness of the EU's sanctions against Russia. The liberal weekly paper Die Zeit shows little understanding for this view: » more

Mladá fronta dnes - Czech Republic | Wednesday, 5. November 2014

Petr Nečas calls for new dialogue with Putin

After the elections in Ukraine everything must be done to stabilise the situation in the country and in all Eastern Europe, according to the conservative former Czech prime minister Petr Nečas. In a commentary in the liberal daily Mladá fronta Dnes, Nečas breaks the trend by calling for the lifting of sanctions against Russia: » more

Neue Zürcher Zeitung - Switzerland | Tuesday, 4. November 2014

Russia violates Minsk peace agreement

After the elections in Donbass on Sunday the Russian government announced that it accepts "the will of the people of south-east Ukraine". This recognition of the new rulers in Donetsk and Luhansk amounts to the revocation of the peace process with the government in Kiev, the liberal-conservative daily Neue Zürcher Zeitung contends: » more


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