• Lithuania to Import more Gas from Norway than Russia in 2016

    In 2016, Lithuania will import more gas from Norway than from Russia, as stated by the Minister of Energy of Lithuania, Rokas Masiulis, Reuters reports.

    Russian Gazprom enjoyed a monopoly on the Lithuanian gas market before the end of 2014, when Lithuania opened a floating liquefied gas terminal.  This allowed tankers from Norway to supply gas to Lithuania.

    The volume of imports of liquefied natural gas to Lithuania this year is expected to triple following the signing of two new agreements …

  • Russia found new arguments to challenge decision in Yukos case

    Russian lawyers will use the recent decisions of courts in Stockholm and Washington to challenge the legitimacy of The Hague's jurisdiction in the Yukos case.

    Russia has found new arguments to challenge the decision on the payment of 50 billion dollars to the former shareholders of Yukos, as a result of a lawsuit, reported Vedomosti.

    On February 9th, in the District Court of The Hague, Moscow's appeal will question the illegality of the application of the Energy Charter to this case, as well …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry: UN Secretary General is biased against Russia in its role in Syria

    The official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, has accused the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, of being biased and of having a lack of objectivity with regard to his assessment of Moscow’s role in the resolution of the Syrian conflict.  Zakharova’s comments were published on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    According to Zakharova, “a campaign has been launched through a number of foreign media platforms discussing the role of Russia in the Syrian …

  • The Netherlands: MH17 Tribunal at the UN level is a 'dead end'

    The Netherlands do not plan to return to the idea of having an International Tribunal investigate the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 at the United Nations (UN) level.  This was disclosed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Bert Koenders, during a press meeting and was reported by Elsevier, an academic publishing company based in Amsterdam. 

    “The government, in cooperation with partners of the joint investigation team, has decided that the best option for the …

  • Former Ukrainian MP Flees Italy, Arrives in Russia

    Ihor Markov, the former Deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and associate of the former Prime Minister of Ukraine, Mykola Azarov, was under house arrest in Genoa, Italy, but has now fled to Russia. Italian journalist Matteo Indiche reported that he learned about the departure of the politician to Russia from Markov himself.

    “I know that when he was released from the radio-monitored bracelet, he stated that he would take the first direct flight to Russia. He stated this in the presence of …