When Ukraine joins the European Union
The lack of interconnections allowing the physical integration of the European gas markets to offset Gazprom’s market power is one of the determining factors in the past and future development of the energy dispute between Russia and Europe, now for the third time on account of Ukraine. After the supply cuts of 2006 and 2009 that ended up affecting a good part of the Eastern Member States, the invasion of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, the threats to the European Trans-Caspian gas pipeline project and the pressures on Turkmenistan to desist from it, the EU should have internalized that Russia is ready to defend its strategic pre-eminence in the post-Soviet space, especially with regard to gas, which constitutes a fundamental vector of the same and at the same time must be preserved in order to materialize its influence.
However, the lessons have only been half-learned. The Commission has pursued a dual strategy, internal and external. The external strategy has sought to diversify its supplies, but the miscalculation has been to seek them precisely in the Russian sphere of influence, the Caspian and Central Asia, and also through the Caucasus. Diversifying from Russia to regions and countries under its direct influence where the EU’s economic, political, cultural or military capabilities are limited will not be remembered as the European Commission’s most brilliant strategic exercise. This is a battle that the EU cannot win, and even less so by instrumentalizing energy, both its great weakness and Russia’s greatest strength: a double mistake, in strategy and instrument. It would have been a different thing to promote other political and economic mechanisms, but the objective should have changed from providing energy security to political and economic development. Attempting to achieve both simultaneously is a third mistake, this time of inconsistency between objectives and between objectives and instrument. The clearest example is the failure of Nabucco, the incredible gas pipeline that dwindled until it became the TAP, modest and anonymous even in name.
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The Kremlin, while threatening Ukraine, affirms its intention to establish military bases in Cuba and Venezuela. Analysts consulted by VOA state that Russia wants to “show that it has powerful allies” and threaten the United States.
Morozov stresses that, unlike Russia, the country led by Xi Jinping “always gives priority to the economic aspects of its relations”, something that causes “its positions to be more stable, that there is less risk for Chinese companies operating in the region”.
Sergei Ryabkov, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister, has not ruled out a military deployment of his country in those two Latin American nations if diplomatic pressure were to increase. Russia’s ambassador in Caracas, Sergei Melik-Bagdasarov, stated in an interview that Venezuela would “undoubtedly” find a way to provide military and technical assistance to his country if the dispute worsens and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov stated that the Kremlin will strengthen its strategic cooperation with Venezuela, Cuba and Nicaragua “in all areas”.
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“Good governance is the key to reaping the benefits that liberal democracy can bring. This means unflinchingly promoting the rule of law, the independence of the judiciary and the fight against corruption,” he emphasized.
“I pledge to you today that the EU will remain a strong and reliable partner for your region. We count on your commitment to make progress on reforms, not to satisfy Brussels, but in the interest of your own people,” Michel stressed.
Michel mentioned as challenges to be overcome together not only the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, but also economic growth, climate change, digital transition and the promotion of fair and inclusive societies.
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Germany. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) sends objective, unarmed observers to crisis regions. Currently, 26 Germans are part of the Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine. The observers are selected by the Center for International Peace Missions (ZIF). One of them is Oliver Palkowitsch.
Observing and reporting. With the reports from the patrols we compile a daily report informing the world about the situation in Ukraine. We report only what we have observed or verified ourselves. The fact that our reports are objective is guaranteed by the internationality of the patrol teams, which are composed of colleagues from more than 40 countries. The focus is on security. But we also report on the humanitarian and human rights situation.
With the same dangers that the general population is confronted with: landmines and the possibility of being caught in crossfire. That is why the patrol vehicles on the line of contact are armored and we wear bulletproof vests and helmets. The good thing is that, as unarmed OSCE observers, we are respected mostly as neutral observers and are not considered a target. The bad thing is that we must always count on unforeseen situations, as, for example, the mine explosion that occurred in April 2017. The consequence was one colleague killed and two slightly injured.