Posts by Arkady Moshes

Arkady Moshes 08-08-2017
Главная цель визита Путина - поздравить Суоми со столетием независимости. Финские СМИ утверждают, что официальными темами встречи президента России Владимира Путина и его коллеги Саули Ниинистё, намеченной на 27 июля, заявлены «двусторонние отношения и актуальные международные вопросы». Переговоры Путина и Ниинистё пройдут в кабинете государственного отеля Пункахарью. На деле речь пойдёт, прежде всего, о торговых отношениях и военной ситуации в Балтийском...
Arkady Moshes 05-15-2017
(FIIA) An explicit “deal” between the West and Russia on Ukraine is not possible. Europe would like to reach a more pragmatic modus vivendi with Moscow, but a sustainable freezing of the conflict in Donbas remains a critical minimum precondition.  The military phase of the conflict in Ukraine’s Donbas started three years ago, in May 2014. Throughout this period, observers have discussed whether or not the West would eventually go for an agreement with the...
Arkady Moshes 02-28-2017
(GEURASIA) Before the Ukraine crisis, the ruling regime in Minsk enjoyed a rather comfortable foreign policy position vis-à-vis Moscow. On the one hand, Belarus declared itself Russia’s closest ally, a bulwark against NATO and a committed participant of the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO). As a member of the bilateral Russian-Belarusian Union State – a unique quasi-confederate format of post-Soviet reintegration, founded in 1999...
Arkady Moshes 02-09-2017
(FIIA) (Co-author: R. Nizhnikau) On February 15, 2016, the EU decided not to prolong the sanctions it had imposed five years earlier on the regime of Alexander Lukashenko in response to brutal repressions against the Belarusian political opposition. The sanctions were lifted as a reward granted to Minsk in return for the release of remaining political prisoners, for the less oppressive presidential campaign of 2015 and– perhaps above all – for Belarus’s...
Arkady Moshes 01-05-2017
Чаму сёлета гэтак шмат праблемаў паўстала ў адносінах паміж Беларусьсю і Расеяй — нафта, газ, харчаваньне, умовы гандлю, мяжа? У чым мэта ваенна-стратэгічнага ціску Масквы на Менск? Як будуць разьвівацца беларуска-расейскія стасункі ў 2017 годзе? Гэтыя пытаньні ў перадачы «Вынікі году. Экспэртыза Свабоды» абмяркоўваюць дырэктар праграмы ЭЗ і Расеі ў Фінскім Інстытуце міжнародных адносінаў Аркадзь Мошас і кіраўнік Цэнтру стратэгічных і зьнешнепалітычных...
Arkady Moshes 11-30-2016
Европейский парламент в четверг проголосовал за приостановку договоров с Турцией о ее возможном вступлении в ЕС. Это решение европейские парламентарии приняли из-за масштабных нарушений прав человека и свободы прессы в этой стране, допущенных в ходе расправы над участниками неудавшегося переворота. Президент Турции Реджеп Тайип Эрдоган, в свою очередь, обвиняет Европу в пособничестве "террористам". Он заявил, что исход голосования в Европарламенте ему...
Arkady Moshes 09-12-2016
It would be an exaggeration to say that Minsk did everything it could to please the West during the parliamentary elections that took place in Belarus this past Sunday. But it has certainly done enough to make sure that the ongoing rapprochement between the two will not be jeopardized. During the campaign, the opposition was treated far more liberally than previously. Post-election protest efforts were not large and passed uneventfully with a strong...
Arkady Moshes 08-24-2016
(FIIA) During the ongoing conflict in Donbas, Ukraine – its multiple social ills, regional and linguistic differences notwithstanding – demonstrated unprecedented national mobilization. But a modern and transparent state is still lacking. The quarter of a century that has passed since Ukraine declared its independence on August 24, 1991 has been a painful and dramatic period in the country’s history, full of missed opportunities, losses and real tragedies...
Arkady Moshes 08-24-2016
(FIIA) The European Union has lost a significant part of its soft power in Russia. It is no longer viewed as a success story worth being a part of, or developing a partnership with. A call for strategic cooperation between Europe and Russia, which implies normalization of relations and the lifting of EU sanctions against Russia as the first step, can often be heard across European capitals and Brussels. Business representatives count on reviving export...
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Arkady Moshes 08-15-2016
«Я думаю, что сейчас все, в том числе и Москва, ищут пути, которые внесли бы позитивные элементы в дискуссию», — сказал Аркадий Мошес сетевому изданию Verkkouutiset. Президент Ниинисте (Sauli Niinistö) представил президенту России Владимиру Путину свое предложение о том, чтобы военные самолеты России и НАТО летали над акваторией Балтийского моря с включенными транспондерами. Таким образом, гражданские самолеты смогли бы избежать опасных...

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Director,The EU Eastern Neighbourhood and Russia Programme
Finnish Institute of International Affairs