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Flawed Missile Shield Arguments

MEP Corina Cretu’s passionate but largely misguided arguments on Blogactiv in favour of the missile shield go to prove my point, namely the fact that it had been designed to contain Russia, not Iran. What is really puzzling about the whole argument is that before being an MEP, Ms Cretu was former president Ion Iliescu’s… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

US: A Farewell to Arms

The Obama Administration’s decision to scrap the infamous missile shield in Europe has to be considered one of its most important foreign policy decisions to date. Almost immediately, premier Putin of Russia has called it “just and courageous” and has promised to abandon plans to place Iskander missiles in Kaliningrad. Chancellor Merkel and president Sarkozy… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

While the financial crisis has wiped out two thirds of Russian tycoons’ equity value, plunging oil and gas prices are projected to diminish Russia’s income from energy sales by more than 20 billion euros in 2009 alone. Undaunted, the giant gas supplier Gazprom intends to push ahead with plans to build Russia’s most expensive gas… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi

Is Russia Heading…

Towards Dictatorship ? Ever since the close of the Russian presidential elections, Western pundits have been asking themselves whether Russia is heading towards a dictatorship of sorts, or is still trying to fulfill the democratic aspirations of the Russian electorate. Admittedly, the presidential elections have looked more like a referendum on Vladimir Putin’s choice of… » read more

Posted by Florian Pantazi