Sweden's Foreign Policy: Nonaligned, But Not Entirely Neutral - Foreign Policy Research Institute (press release) (blog)

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 17:34

Foreign Policy Research Institute (press release) (blog)

Sweden's Foreign Policy: Nonaligned, But Not Entirely Neutral
Foreign Policy Research Institute (press release) (blog)
But the advent of an aggressive Russia across the Baltic Sea has led Sweden to rethink its military posture. In September 2017, it raised its defense budget by five percent over its already planned increase. It also recently reinstituted conscription ...

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Can the US Crack the $90 Billion LNG Market? - Bloomberg

Thu, 11/02/2017 - 11:15

Bloomberg

Can the US Crack the $90 Billion LNG Market?
Bloomberg
Most contracts expiring next year involve buyers in Europe, where countries are trying to reduce their reliance on Russian natural gas, which is shipped via pipeline without being liquefied. Negotiations are already under way as utilities in France ...

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Russian Electronic Warfare Targets NATO Assets - Signal Magazine

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 15:38

Signal Magazine

Russian Electronic Warfare Targets NATO Assets
Signal Magazine
NATO's plans to defend its Baltic members and others along Europe's eastern flank could be disrupted by a Russian EW assault as part of an anti-access/area denial (A2/AD) campaign targeting alliance communications and information systems. The report ...

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20 stunning abandoned hotels around the world and the history behind them - INSIDER

Wed, 11/01/2017 - 00:10

INSIDER

20 stunning abandoned hotels around the world and the history behind them
INSIDER
A Russian billionaire recently bought the ruins with plans to fix it up. ... Prora is a massive, three-mile-long resort complex located on the German island of Rügen on the Baltic Sea. ... In 2012, restoration began to turn the site into an ...

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Is Now the Time to Consider Expanding NATO? | The Nation - The Nation.

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 17:17

The Nation.

Is Now the Time to Consider Expanding NATO? | The Nation
The Nation.
Instead of repeating past mistakes, now might be the right time to learn from them.

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NATO General: Alliance Interested in Dialogue With Russia Despite Differences - Sputnik International

Tue, 10/31/2017 - 13:00

Sputnik International

NATO General: Alliance Interested in Dialogue With Russia Despite Differences
Sputnik International
General Petr Pavel, the chairman of the NATO Military Committee (CMC), has spoken with a RIA Novosti correspondent about the alliance's relations with Russia, military drills, the situation in Syria, as well as NATO's expansion to the east ...

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Revolutionary fleet - PortNews - PortNews IAA

Mon, 10/30/2017 - 17:23

PortNews IAA

Revolutionary fleet - PortNews
PortNews IAA
Russia is preparing for a fuel revolution in global shipping. State support measures are under development for promotion of gas-fuelled ships, departmental ...

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Russia Supposedly Bringing Back Giant Ekranoplans For Arctic Missions - The Drive

Sat, 10/28/2017 - 01:39

The Drive

Russia Supposedly Bringing Back Giant Ekranoplans For Arctic Missions
The Drive
Supposedly the craft's large size was decided upon due to its ability to operate in rougher sea states than smaller alternatives and because it can fly over long distances, described by Russian sources as "several thousand kilometers." ... Russia is ...

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Air/water pollution index at Rosterminalugol is below the allowed level (photo) - PortNews IAA

Fri, 10/27/2017 - 12:50

Air/water pollution index at Rosterminalugol is below the allowed level (photo)
PortNews IAA
Rosterminalugol JSC, the largest dedicated coal port in the Baltic region, part of Russia's largest coal port holding Port Management Company LLC, says it has summarized the results of environmental monitoring over the 9-month period of 2017. ... Port ...

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An Ill Wind: Lithuanian MP Investigated over Windfall, Gazprom Ties - OCCRP

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 17:12

OCCRP

An Ill Wind: Lithuanian MP Investigated over Windfall, Gazprom Ties
OCCRP
Navickas' company, Naujoji Energija, belongs to a much bigger network of wind farms within which he heads another company called UAB 4Energija. That firm wants to build a major 400- to 800-megawatt wind park 27 kilometers offshore in the Baltic Sea.

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Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 20 mln t milestone this year (photo) - PortNews IAA

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 15:28

PortNews IAA

Coal exports via Rosterminalugol terminal hit 20 mln t milestone this year (photo)
PortNews IAA
Port Management Company LLC is Russia's major coal port holding that exercises the powers of a single executive body of largest dedicated coal ports based in the Baltic Sea region (Rosterminalugol JSC, Ust-Luga, Leningrad Region) and in the Far East ...

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Juncker: No EU unity for Russia Nord Stream 2 talks - ACTmedia

Thu, 10/26/2017 - 10:06

Juncker: No EU unity for Russia Nord Stream 2 talks
ACTmedia
... member states over Russia's plans for a new gas pipeline to Germany, it would press ahead to seek support for talks with Russia on its objections. Brussels, backed by some EU member states, is concerned the Nord Stream 2 pipeline across the Baltic ...

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Reckoning with Communism - National Review

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:38

National Review

Reckoning with Communism
National Review
Those evil deeds, incidentally, include the forced famine in Ukraine that murdered millions in a particularly horrible fashion; starting the Second World War jointly with Hitler by agreeing in the Nazi–Soviet Pact to invade Poland and the Baltic states ...

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Reckoning with Communism - National Review

Wed, 10/25/2017 - 11:38

National Review

Reckoning with Communism
National Review
Those evil deeds, incidentally, include the forced famine in Ukraine that murdered millions in a particularly horrible fashion; starting the Second World War jointly with Hitler by agreeing in the Nazi–Soviet Pact to invade Poland and the Baltic states ...

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Austria is a curious case of populism - The Hill

Tue, 10/24/2017 - 23:01

The Hill

Austria is a curious case of populism
The Hill
The real impact of the election on the wider political environment in Austria and Europe will become clearer once Kurz decides on his coalition partner. The prospect of far-right Freedom Party ... Still, he has also criticized Trump's decision to ...

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A Bearish Economy: The Economics of Russian Aggression - smallwarsjournal

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 12:36

A Bearish Economy: The Economics of Russian Aggression
smallwarsjournal
In 2013-2014, Russian aggression peaked with the annexation of Crimea, Ukraine. This cost Ukraine nearly 20% of its Gross National Product (GNP), and gave Russia exploration rights to off-shore (Black Sea) oil repositories valued over three trillion ...

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A Russian ghost submarine, its US pursuers and a deadly new Cold War - The Australian

Sun, 10/22/2017 - 08:28

The Australian

A Russian ghost submarine, its US pursuers and a deadly new Cold War
The Australian
On May 6, after a last volley of cruise-missile tests conducted in the Baltic Sea, the Russian defence ministry said the Krasnodar was to join the country's Black Sea fleet in Sevastopol, Ukraine, via the Mediterranean. American allies already knew ...

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A Russian Ghost Submarine, Its U.S. Pursuers and a Deadly New ... - Wall Street Journal

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 17:53

Wall Street Journal

A Russian Ghost Submarine, Its U.S. Pursuers and a Deadly New ...
Wall Street Journal
A resurgence in Moscow's submarine fleet has reignited the undersea arms race of the Cold War. It's played out recently in a cat-and-mouse sea hunt across the ...

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Dealing with Russian Challenges in Northern Europe and the North Atlantic: A New Special Report - Second Line of Defense

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 14:39

Second Line of Defense

Dealing with Russian Challenges in Northern Europe and the North Atlantic: A New Special Report
Second Line of Defense
The Arctic opening expands the range significantly of the challenge in what might be called the Nordic Security Zone (NSZNS) and the use of military power in Europe and beyond by the Russians has changed the defense environment of the post-Cold War ...

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Progress on renewables provokes backlash in central and eastern Europe - Financial Times

Fri, 10/20/2017 - 07:01

Financial Times

Progress on renewables provokes backlash in central and eastern Europe
Financial Times
The value of its Slovak pipeline assets are threatened by Russian moves to reroute gas flows via Nord Stream 2 across the Baltic Sea, though EPH says it has a take-or-pay contract until 2028. More fundamentally, by betting big on coal being around for ...

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