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Vladimir SOCOR
26.03.2007
  MOSCOW ASSAILS ESTONIA ON DEPORTATIONS ANNIVERSARY DATE
On March 25 Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania commemorated the mass deportations to Siberia that were carried out on that date in 1949 by Soviet Russian authorities. Some 95,000 people were deported that day from the Baltic states, including more than 20,000 from Estonia alone -- a decimated nation of less than one million at that time
by Vladimir Socor
 
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26.03.2007
  HUNGARY'S PRIME MINISTER IN MOSCOW STEPS BACK FROM THE BRINK ON NABUCCO
For the moment at least, Hungary's Socialist Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany is not ruining the last line of defense against Gazprom's monopolization of pipeline routes to the European Union. That remaining defense is the EU's Nabucco project to pump Caspian gas via Turkey to Europe. During his March 23 visit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow, Gyurcsany stopped short of endorsing Gazprom's Blue Stream project,
by Vladimir Socor
 
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23.03.2007
  POST-SOVIET SECESSIONIST LEADERS WORRIED BY RUSSIA’S KOSOVO POLICY
Russia’s seemingly staunch defense of Serbia’s “territorial integrity” and threat to veto any form of recognition of Kosovo’s independence is alarming the post-Soviet secessionist leaderships. These had counted on quick international recognition of Kosovo -- whether against Russia’s will or as part of a Western bargain with Russia -- in order to use the “precedent” or “model” thus created for recognition of Abkhazia, Ossetia, Transnistria, and Karabakh.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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22.03.2007
  AZERBAIJAN AT THE FOREFRONT OF CASPIAN BASIN ENERGY INITIATIVES
Azerbaijan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov is meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice in Washington today to sign a memorandum of understanding on cooperation for energy security. Crafted to a large extent by Deputy Assistant Secretary Matt Bryza during recent visits to Baku, this framework document enshrines specific initiatives of which Azerbaijan has been the leading promoter in the Caspian region (see EDM, January 17, 25, March 2).
by Vladimir Socor
 
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21.03.2007
  IRAN-ARMENIA PIPELINE: CLUES TO GAZPROM'S POLICIES IN EUROPE AND ASIA
On March 19 Presidents Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran and Robert Kocharian of Armenia inaugurated the operations of the Iran-Armenia gas pipeline (Armenpress, IRNA, March 19, 20). The project had received the Kremlin's green light.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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18.03.2007
  MOSCOW WEIGHS ESCALATION OPTIONS IN ABKHAZIA PENDING INTERNATIONAL ACTIONS
Georgia’s response to the Russian helicopters’ attack on the upper Kodori Valley reflects a balance of four imperatives: prevent a possible recurrence or escalation of such attacks; avoid being drawn into armed conflict with Russia or its proxies; ensure unambiguous international support for Georgia; and continue showcasing the successful pacification and post-conflict reconstruction in the upper Kodori as an example to the rest of Abkhazia and beyond.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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16.03.2007
  WHEN STABILITY IS UNCOMFORTABLE: THE AIR ATTACK ON GEORGIA'S KODORI VALLEY
Increasing direct evidence as well as strong circumstantial evidence suggests that the air attack on Georgia’s upper Kodori Valley during the night of March 11-12 was carried out by Russian helicopters. An investigative report is due for release in the next few days under a United Nations imprint.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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16.03.2007
  RUSSIA RETURNING TO AFGHANISTAN WITH NOT-SO-SOFT POWER
Russian power is returning to Afghanistan in military and security terms, albeit without a military presence on the ground, at least for now. Moscow is using the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) as a thin cover.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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16.03.2007
  AGREEMENT SIGNED ON TRANS-BALKAN OIL PIPELINE, RUSSIAN RIVAL TO TRANS-CASPIAN PROJECT
Yesterday, March 15, Russia, Bulgaria, and Greece signed an intergovernmental agreement to build the Trans-Balkan Oil Pipeline, Burgas-Alexandropolis. Russian President Vladimir Putin, in full command of the signing ceremonies, took it upon himself to define the project’s significance and the interests of other participants in the project.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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15.03.2007
  GEORGIAN DECLARATION AND PERFORMANCE UNDERSCORE COMMITMENT TO NATO MEMBERSHIP
On March 13 the Georgian parliament approved unanimously in a 160-0 vote a declaration on the country’s aspirations to join NATO. The text was signed in the form of a memorandum by the leaders of all parties represented in parliament -- the governing National Movement as well as the opposition New Right, Industrialists, Republican, and Conservative parties -- and was also endorsed by otherwise affiliated or independent deputies before being put to the vote.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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12.03.2007
  GEORGIA’S STRATEGIC PARTNER GETS HELP WHEN IT NEEDS IT
Georgia is boosting its troop contributions to U.S.- and NATO-led operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, President Mikheil Saakashvili announced on March 9 while on a visit to Japan. The Georgian parliament is likely to approve the president’s forthcoming request by a wide margin.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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11.03.2007
  HUNGARY BREAKS RANKS WITH THE EU AND ITS NEIGHBORS ON THE NABUCCO PROJECT
Hungary’s Socialist-led government has apparently decided to support Gazprom’s Blue Stream project, through which Russia seeks to capture an ever-growing share of the European Union’s gas markets. Made public on March 12, the Hungarian government’s move could -- unless reversed by EU suasion -- kill the EU’s high-priority Nabucco pipeline project for Caspian gas, which the EU regards as key to avoiding collective overdependence on Russian-supplied gas.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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09.03.2007
  MOLDOVA TURNS DOWN MASS CONFERRAL OF ROMANIAN CITIZENSHIP
In a series of statements on March 3 through 7, Moldova reacted furiously to Romania’s proposals to confer Romanian citizenship to hundreds of thousands of Moldova’s residents. With Romania’s accession to the European Union effective January 1, Bucharest believes that a large part of Moldova’s population will be tempted to take up Romanian citizenship in order to be able to travel freely on EU territory.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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09.03.2007
  MOSCOW’S “HEALTHY FORCES” DEFEATED IN ESTONIA’S PARLIAMENTARY ELECTIONS
Pro-Western, pro-market parties won a convincing victory in Estonia’s March 4 parliamentary elections, despite Moscow’s efforts to prevent such an outcome through left-populist "healthy forces." This election’s political ramifications -- like those of Estonia’s elections in the early and mid-1990s -- transcend the country’s confines.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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08.03.2007
  LUKOIL AT THE CROSSROADS
The destruction of Yukos by the Russian state left Lukoil as Russia’s largest oil company not controlled by the Kremlin, though of necessity loyal to it and often in its graces. Lukoil’s nominal independence from the state is about to end, however. This privately owned company is about to undergo a merger with the Kremlin-controlled Gazprom’s subsidiary, GazpromNeft, on terms apparently defined by the latter.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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07.03.2007
  TURNING THE BALTIC SEA INTO A SECOND BOSPORUS OIL CORRIDOR ?
The Russian government recently declared its intention to turn the Baltic Sea into an oil-shipping corridor to Western Europe, carrying up to 150 million tons of oil annually aboard tankers from Primorsk (see EDM, February 6). This intention threatens maritime safety and environment in the already congested Baltic Sea and the straits leading to the North Sea.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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06.03.2007
  BELGIUM – GAZPROM’S NEXT “HUB” IN EUROPE ?
European Union host country Belgium traditionally has been an advocate of EU integration. But its latest actions illustrate the absence of a common EU energy policy and the member countries’ growing tendency to strike potentially risky bilateral energy deals with Russia.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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02.03.2007
  SOLANA MISDEFINES THE CONFLICT IN TRANSNISTRIA
The European Union's High Representative for Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, has unexpectedly redefined the nature of the conflict in Transnistria with sleight of hand. Interviewed in the Chisinau daily Moldova Suverana, on the eve of a scheduled visit to Moldova, Solana opines: "I am convinced that the conflict in Transnistria is a conflict of economic nature, involving the economic elites. It cannot last forever, there is no place for such conflicts in the 21st century."
by Vladimir Socor
 
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02.03.2007
  FIRST RUSSIAN-CONTROLLED PIPELINE ON EUROPEAN UNION TERRITORY REARS ITS HEAD
Given the policy vacuum in Brussels and Washington, the EU member countries Greece and Bulgaria are far advanced in negotiations with Russia on constructing a Russian state-controlled oil transit pipeline on their territories, connecting the Black Sea with the Aegean. The Burgas-Alexandropolis project, if carried out, would become the first-ever Russian-controlled pipeline on EU and NATO territory.
by Vladimir Socor
 
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02.03.2007
  DISCUSSIONS INTENSIFY WITH KAZAKHSTAN ON TRANS-CASPIAN GAS PIPELINE
On a visit to Astana on February 27-28, Azerbaijan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Elmar Mammadyarov took the initiative to discuss possible exports of gas from Kazakhstan through the proposed gas pipeline on the Caspian seabed (Kazakhstan Today, Turan, February 28).
by Vladimir Socor
 
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