‘Peace will not come about without dialogue,’ Péter Szijjártó, the foreign minister of Hungary said after his meeting with Sergei Lavrov.
The prolongation of the war in Ukraine and the challenges to Russia’s military strength may lead to more armed conflicts all over the post-Soviet sphere, as countries in the region try to capitalise on Russia’s weakness.
Although Putin was the first world leader Xi Jinping met with outside China since the outbreak of the pandemic, Beijing is probably more interested in a West divided over Ukraine than in Russia itself.
Russia is turning to Iran and North Korea due to Western sanctions preventing its access to cutting-edge technology. Rapprochement between these countries, however, does certainly not serve the interest of the West.
When we think of the scale of suffering the war in Ukraine has been causing worldwide, it is hard to believe that Kyiv all but finalised a peace agreement with Moscow as early as April, less than two months into the war, only to be pressured by the West to drop it. Recent revelations strongly suggest that this might be the case.
The mural of hugging Russian and Ukrainian soldiers was removed upon the uproar of the Ukrainian community. Given rising dissent in the Russian army, however, there is a case to be made that the mural was appropriate.
Moscow sees the UK’s new prime minister as hostile and incompetent as a result of her Russia-related gaffes and warmongering rhetoric.
On 30 August, Navalny was sent to solitary confinement for the third time in two weeks in the penal colony where he is serving a nine-year term.
Russia has introduced new compulsory ’patriotic rituals’ that all school children are required to perform in schools. The new patriotic lessons include discussions of the ‘special military operation’ in Ukraine and the ‘NATO threat’.
A large Prague demonstration this past Saturday sent a clear message to policymakers that the Czech people are fed up with the mistaken Russian sanctions and their devastating impact on the cost of living. Research indicates that citizens in other capitals across Europe might follow suit soon.
After operating in Russia for 30 years, McDonald’s restaurants were sold to a Russian businessman, and now the franchise is in the process of being renamed and reopened. Our article provides rare insights into the American fast-food chain’s great Russian rebranding.
Months after his company criticised Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Lukoil’s chairman died under mysterious circumstances on Thursday.
‘The problem is the Western European argument attached to these sanctions, namely: the greater the pressure exerted by the sanctions, the quicker peace will come. This mindset was wrong from the start because sanctions–as we saw earlier in the case of Iran– can only have an impact in the long run.’
The economic sanctions against Russia seem to have hurt Europe more than the country stricken by them. Russian economy is not weakening as rapidly as those of some EU countries.
Since the beginning of the tragic war in Ukraine, many have embraced the idea that Russians have collective responsibility for the current events. However, it is crucial to recognise that the notion of collective guilt should not be used to demonise or incite hatred against ordinary Russians.
To fully grasp the situation of Russian Christianity, it is necessary to have an understanding of the historical vicissitudes of the Church.
Russia and Ukraine have agreed to reopen Black Sea ports for grain exports. The deal is a good start but to prevent famine more needs to be done.
Since February, countless reports have been published about Putin’s health. Claims about his cancer, Parkinson’s disease and innumerable other alleged illnesses abound; however, his worsening looks could simply be the result of aging, with Putin turning 70 soon.
The Hungarian Minister of Agriculture has recently travelled to Ukraine to help negotiate a solution for what is perhaps the greatest humanitarian crisis of our century.
The need to return to national interest, realism, restraint, balance of power, and Westphalian non-intervention is perhaps the most tragic and urgent lesson that must be learned from this war.
The possibility was unnoticed or at least underrated, that the AUKUS agreement was a strange victory, not only for AUKUS members, but also for another region, usually chastised by the world’s political elite: Central and Eastern Europe.
While the parties are making contradictory statements about a possible nuclear emergency, expert analyses suggest that the risks posed by nuclear weapons in the context of the Russian offensive should be taken seriously.
Henry Kissinger said Ukraine should seek peace negotiations with Russia, even if that means conceding territories. After months of Western powers pursuing the policy of shattering not only Putin’s war prospects but his whole regime, the former top official’s advice comes as a surprise. But what is the underlying logic?
The war is now two months old, and notwithstanding continual efforts by the UN Security Council to stop the fighting, such collective security efforts have achieved very little if nothing at all.
While the initial European position on the Russian energy threats seemed like a unanimous ‘No’, now – without no apparent short-term alternatives – more and more countries prepare to pay in roubles which will likely create tensions with those who still refuse.
To sum up, there are the so-called ideological “leftists” who are in power in much of Europe, including Berlin and Paris, and there are the pragmatic “rightists” who are in power in the Visegrád Group countries, especially in Budapest and Warsaw, but, for the time being, they are in opposition to most of Europe.