The Russian state-owned enterprise “Rosatom” is building Belarus’ first nuclear power plant (NPP) in Ostrovets, about 50 km away from Vilnius, Lithuania. While Vilnius sees Ostrovets as a national security threat, which derives from the lack of transparency on the Belarus NPP side and the fact that the NPP does not meet international safety standards.
Vladimir Putin wishes he had an alliance like NATO. The alliance provides a remarkably resilient framework in which nations and leaders who share common values can pursue collective security interests yet still engage in contentious arguments and disagreements about important issues, without seriously eroding the cohesion that is NATO’s center of gravity.
RUSSIA'S 2016 ELECTION MEDDLING WAS A 'WELL-CHOREOGRAPHED MILITARY OPERATION,' FORMER FBI COUNTERINTELLIGENCE EXPERT SAYS
A former FBI expert in counterintelligence and cyberwarfare has warned that Russia's meddling in the 2016 election was not a one-off, and that Moscow's dedicated network of operatives never stopped their malign activities after President Donald Trump's victory.
So long as Serbia does not formally recognize Kosovo’s independence, it must rely on Russia’s veto power in the UN Security Council. That dependency gives Russia a nontrivial degree of influence, both in the region and within Serbia itself.
Armenia and NATO cooperate on democratic, institutional, and defense reforms, and have developed practical cooperation in many other areas, including peacekeeping operations. The Individual Partnership Action Plan (IPAP) lays out the programme of cooperation between Armenia and NATO and sets out a wide-ranging roadmap for reforms.