Tag: Baltics

Narva is Not Next, Kasekamp Says

May 25, 2015

Staunton, May 24 — Since Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its continuing subversion of other parts of Ukraine, many have asked whether one or another of the Baltic countries might be Vladimir Putin’s next target, given that his strategic goal is clearly the breaking apart of Europe and the United States and discrediting or even […]

Conflict In Ukraine Needs a New Helsinki Final Act

February 27, 2015

Staunton, February 24 – The conflict in Ukraine is not one conflict but three: it is a conflict between the eastern and western portions of Ukraine, it is a conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and it is a conflict between Russia and the West, Vladimir Pastukhov says. And to resolve all three will require a […]

Not Only Labor Migrants Are Fleeing Russia, Westerners Are Too

February 4, 2015

Staunton, February 4 — The exodus from Russia of Central Asian labor migrants and even the recent decline in the number of Ukrainians who fled to Russia last year after the start of the conflict there have attracted a great deal of attention, but outflow, this of people from Western countries, has attracted much less […]

Baltic Leaders Unwilling To Work With Russia Must And Will Give Way To Those Who Are

January 26, 2015

Staunton, January 23 — Following the “tectonic” shifts in the world that Russia’s moves in Ukraine began, the leaders of the Baltic countries must recognize “the need to have a dialogue with Russia,” the head of the Moscow Institute for the Russian Abroad says. If they don’t, others who are ready to do so “will […]

Russia Today Has ‘Nationalism Without a Nation,’ Shtepa Says

January 23, 2015

Staunton, January 22 — “Post-Soviet Russian nationalism has been fatally flawed from the outset because it arose not from the word ‘nation’ but from the word ‘nationality,’” a reflection of the fact that a Russian “nation” in the normal of sense that term does not yet exist in Russia, according to Vadim Shtepa. In a […]

Königsberg ‘Cries Out’ For Independence From Moscow, Activist Says

January 16, 2015

Staunton, January 12 – Kaliningrad — or Königsberg as it was historically called and is known to many of its residents — because of its geographic situation as an exclave and the current economic and political situation “simply cries out for the need for separation from [Moscow], for independence and the setting up of a […]

Ethnic Russians In Baltic Countries ‘Love Russia but Don’t Consider It Their Home’

December 30, 2014

Staunton, December 24 – Ethnic Russians living in Latvia and Lithuania “view themselves as a community and respect Russian culture but consider their native home to be the countries where they live rather than Russia,” and this is true even of those born in Russia or who are not citizens of their countries of residence, […]

Russia Waging Effective Info-War In Baltics, NATO Expert Says

December 4, 2014

Staunton, December 4 – Moscow is waging a highly effective information war in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with its Russia Today television broadcasts in their national languages, a war that the West must respond with its own efforts, according to Elina Lange-Ionatamishvili, a NATO specialist on counter-propaganda. In an interview with Tallinn’s Eesti Paevaleht, Lange-Ionatamishvili […]