Ukrainian experience in hybrid war

Russia started its cyber attacks in Ukraine in 2014 during the occupation of Crimea. Ukraine became a poligon of cyber exercises, and this experience will be used during the electoral campaigns in Europe. Ukrainian experts told about their experience and gave advice on how to counteract to Russia’s hybrid war tactics.

Ukraine-EU mini-summit

Ukraine Summit in Brussels

As one Member State continues its arguments today to leave the EU, others are queuing up to make friends with the bloc.  Yesterday, March 20, a mini-summit for EU-Ukraine was held in Brussels with the current President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, President of the European Council Donald Tusk, President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker,…

Ukraine Presidential Candidate Oleksandr Vilkul Presents Donbass Peace Plan

Presidential Candidate Oleksandr Vilkul Presents Donbass Peace Plan

“I presented my Peace Plan in the European Parliament, here in Brussels. It is clear, and it consists of concrete steps. It is completely in accordance with the framework of both the Minsk and Normandy formats. It has great popularity and support in Ukraine. I run for the presidential office in order to achieve peace…

Conflict Resolution, Time For A New Approach?

Conflict Resolution

Against a backdrop of increasing violence and armed conflict in the world, a high level conference in Brussels heard heartfelt pleas for peace, and discussed the need for new means of conflict resolution, writes James Wilson. “I am very glad that the issue of this conference is not conflict prevention, but conflict resolution”, Frank Schwalba-Hoth,…

EU Response To Russian Aggression In The Azov Sea

Russian Aggression in Azov Sea

The EU, together with Australia, Canada and the US, has imposed sanctions on individuals for their role in Russia’s use of military force against 3 Ukrainian vessels and their crew in the Kerch Strait and Black Sea in November 2018. The EU sanctions will prevent named individuals from travelling within the EU, and freeze any…

Russia’s Failure to Comply With the INF Treaty

Gorbachev and Reagan

NATO has issued the following statement concerning Russia’ s failure to comply with the International Nuclear Forces (INF Treaty) originally signed between US President Reagan and General Secretary Gorbachev in Washington in 1987. Following nearly six years of U.S. and Allied engagement with Russia, on 4 December 2018, NATO Allies declared that Russia has developed…

Counterfeit aero engines threaten international aviation security

Russian YAK-130

The Yak-130 combat training aircraft was designed by Yakovlev Design Bureau along with Italy’s Aermacchi, and production was launched in 2009 by the Irkut Corporation in Russia, writes John Buchan. One of the strengths of the plane was a Ukrainian designed AI-222-25 engine created by Ivchenko-Progress SOE. The engine was subsequently produced by Russia’s Salyut…

Enhanced Security in Europe after Strasbourg Attack

Enhanced Security in Europe

The heinous shooting in the centre of Strasbourg was an act of terrorism. The French authorities have no doubt any more. The investigation of the incident has been taken up by the anti-terrorist unit of the prosecutor’s office in Paris. Four people were killed and at least 12 wounded as a result of the shooting…

US To Kill INF Treaty in 60 Days: Pompeo

US To Kill INF Treaty in 60 Days

In a speech in Brussels, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US would act to kill the INF treaty in “60 days,” writes Martin Banks. The United States on Tuesday formally accused Russia of violating a major arms control treaty, taking the first step to leaving the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty — which could…

NATO’s Dual Track Approach To Russia

NATO's Dual Track To Russia

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has admitted that the alliance has a “dual track approach” to Russia, writes Martin Banks. This is based on “strength and openness for dialogue and “on whether Russia will change in near future or not change.” He said, “Even if we see no change in the near future then we still…