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Belarusian supermarket chain in St. Petersburg (Courtesy of Grigory Ioffe)

Belarus the Object of Two Peculiar Tugs of War

Although Belarus has resolved its argument with Russia about the price of natural gas, the parameters of this resolution are still subject to different interpretations. The two sides have apparently not yet reached a consensus on the scale of the price discount (if any) or... MORE
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Baltics to Build Stronger Logistics Within the EU and NATO

Earlier this month (October 2016), the governments of the Baltic States and Poland finally reached all the necessary political, financial and technical agreements to implement one of the most ambitious projects inside the European Union—linking Finland, the Baltic States and Poland with the unified Trans-European... MORE
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Italian Delays in TAP’s Construction Weaken the EU and Russia Alike

Political infighting and bureaucratic red tape in Italy are jeopardizing the realization of the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP), the westernmost segment of a wider energy corridor to bring Azerbaijani natural gas to Southeastern Europe. In turn, these problems are frustrating Rome’s efforts to establish a Mediterranean... MORE
Anti-war protester in St. Petersburg holds up a sign that says: "Did You Know That Putin’s Pilots Are Bombing Peaceful Civilians in Aleppo Who Are Just Like You?" (Source: Facebook)

Anti-War Protests in Russia; Anti-Russian Protests in Belarus

The Moscow media—and all too often news outlets in the West—paint Russians as a nation 100 percent behind Vladimir Putin’s war in Syria, and Belarusians as a nation fully behind Russia. But in fact, Russian support for Putin’s aggression and Belarusian support for Russia is... MORE
Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei (L) and his Polish counterpart, Witold Waszczykowski, Warsaw, October 10 (Source:

Belarus Charts Course Between Russia and Poland

The nine-month-long argument about the price of Russian natural gas for Belarus has finally been resolved—for now. Belarus will compensate Russia for underpayment from January 1 to July 1, 2016 (during that period, Belarus payed only $73 per 1,000 cubic meters instead of $132, as... MORE
Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka (Source: Belta)

Can Belarus Overcome Its Economic Doldrums?

Facing a stalemate in its negotiations with Russia, Belarus unilaterally increased by 50 percent its tariff on the transit of Russian crude oil beginning on October 11. This is clearly a partial antidote to the lingering lack of bilateral agreement on the price of Russian... MORE