Ukraine to suspend trade with Crimea

In accordance with the government meeting’s decision, Ukraine will suspend trade with Crimea within 30 days. As the Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said the suspension will include goods, work and services to and from Crimea with the exception of personal items, socially important foods and humanitarian aid. However, the electricity issue is considered as separate,…

EU plans to extend sanctions on Russia

An EU official told RFE/RL that the EU plans to extend sanctions against Russia when EU ambassadors gather for a meeting slated to take place on December 21. The sanctions to be officially extended until July 31, 2016 target Russia’s financial, oil and military sectors as well as specific individuals. A December 14 meeting of…

Georgia reaches out to Turkey on energy, US on defense

Georgia has accused Russia of violating its airspace as it discusses ramping up work on a railway project with Turkey and lobbies for the US to store weapons inside its borders. Its Ministry of Defense stated on December 10 that a Russian military helicopter had crossed the border with South Ossetia, calling the incident “provocative.”…

Kazakhstan seeks to develop nuclear energy

Kazakhstan, ranked first in the world in terms of uranium reserves, is now undertaking  a transition to nuclear power.  Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom and Kazakhstan´s Energy Ministry are on the move to sign an intergovernmental agreement on constructing nuclear plant in Kazakhstan. Drop in oil prices, energy and environmental reasoning are believed to be pushing Kazakhstan…