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Geopolitics / Europe

Russia and Ukraine Trade Drone Strikes on Energy Facilities

Jun 20, 2024 at 07:35 | RFE/RL staff

Russia attacked Ukraine with missiles and drones overnight, damaging energy infrastructure and prompting even more power blackouts, while Ukrainian drones reportedly struck deep inside Russian territory, setting oil installations on…

Moscow Withdraws Draft That Proposed Expanding its Territorial Waters

May 22, 2024 at 09:29 | RFE/RL staff

Russia has withdrawn without explanation a Defense Ministry draft that proposed revising Moscow's maritime border in the eastern Baltic Sea and expanding its territorial waters that raised the…

Russia Targets Kharkiv in Major Offensive After Kyiv Attacks Refineries

May 13, 2024 at 10:44 | Charles Kennedy

Russia Opens New Front Line in Ukraine, in Kharkiv BlitzkriegRussia Targets Kharkiv in Major Offensive After Kyiv Attacks Refineries Over the weekend, Russia launched a major offensive in the Kharkiv…

Russia Attacks Ukraine’s Energy Infrastructure Ahead Of Winter

Sep 21, 2023 at 09:23 | Charles Kennedy

Russia launched missile attacks on Ukrainian energy facilities on Thursday, in one of the biggest attacks on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure in months. Missile attacks overnight caused damage to power facilities…

U.S. Voices Concern Over Stalled Serbia-Kosovo Talks

Sep 15, 2023 at 08:54 | RFE/RL staff

The United States has expressed disappointment at the lack of progress in the latest round of EU-facilitated talks between Balkan neighbors Serbia and Kosovo aimed at normalizing relations.…

Secretive Russian Beach Complex In Bulgaria Faces Scrutiny

Sep 07, 2023 at 08:46 | RFE/RL staff

Set back from a stretch of isolated beach on the southern Black Sea coast of Bulgaria and nestled among trees lies the sprawling Kamchia Sanitary and…

Putin's Power Play: Nuclear Provocations On The Rise

Jun 30, 2023 at 03:50 | The Jamestown Foundation

Via the Jamestown FoundationYevgeny Prigozhin and his Wagner Group’s aborted munity in Russia has demonstrated the weakness of the Kremlin…

EU Rolls Out New Support Package To Boost Ties With Moldova

Jun 29, 2023 at 09:06 | RFE/RL staff

The European Union has assembled a new support package meant to mitigate the impact of Russia's war in Ukraine on Moldova and "bring the country closer" to the…

Russia Says Warship Guarding Pipelines Attacked By Ukraine

May 24, 2023 at 10:25 | Julianne Geiger

A Russian warship guarding pipelines in the Black Sea has been attacked by three Ukrainian speedboats, Russia’s Defence Ministry said on Wednesday. This, after Russia is still reeling from the…

Georgian PM Pushes EU, NATO Aspirations

Apr 28, 2023 at 11:14 | RFE/RL staff

Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Gharibashvili met in Brussels with European Union and NATO leaders to press the Caucasus nation’s bid to join those international organizations. Following a meeting with…

Azerbaijan Cements Its Position In Europe’s Green Energy Market

Mar 22, 2023 at 11:50 | The Jamestown Foundation

On February 13, the groundbreaking ceremony was held in Baku for the largest thermal power station (TSP) yet to be built in Azerbaijan with a planned capacity of 1,280 megawatts…

The Dangers Of Unchecked Power: Putin And The Potential Use Of WMDs

Mar 17, 2023 at 10:34 | Eurasianet

Western arms control experts are asking whether old taboos on the use of nuclear weapons are still valid in an age of ascendant illiberalism, underscored by Russia’s unprovoked…

Why It’s Still Not Clear Who’s Behind The Nord Stream Blasts

Mar 14, 2023 at 10:01 | RFE/RL staff

In the first half of September 2022, a Greek-flagged tanker sailed eastward from the Dutch port of Rotterdam, into the Baltic Sea and a busy channel plied by dozens of…

Will China Change Its Stance On The War In Ukraine?

Mar 09, 2023 at 08:57 | RFE/RL staff

  After releasing a 12-point proposal on how to broker a cease-fire in Ukraine and facing allegations from the United States that it is considering arming Moscow, China's…

U.S. Intelligence Suggests Pro-Ukrainian Group Sabotaged Nord Stream Pipelines

Mar 08, 2023 at 02:27 | Charles Kennedy

New intelligence that has been reviewed by U.S. government officials points to a pro-Ukrainian group as the likely perpetrator of the Nord Stream pipeline bombings last year, the New York…

Kremlin Deploys Air Defense Systems On Rooftops In Moscow

Feb 10, 2023 at 07:58 | The Jamestown Foundation

Throughout January 2023, Russian Telegram channels worried Muscovites with footage of the placement of air defense systems on the rooftops of official government buildings in Moscow. For example,…

Will The U.S. Public Continue To Support Ukraine?

Feb 09, 2023 at 08:56 | RFE/RL staff

In his State of the Union speech, U.S. President Joe Biden said that Russia's invasion of Ukraine "has been a test for the ages" and suggested that the…

A Watershed Moment For Turkey

Jan 26, 2023 at 23:09 | Editorial Dept

With Turkish presidential and parliamentary elections now set for May 14th—a month earlier than originally planned—who will effectively challenge Erdogan? We will find out in February when the…

Zelensky: Blockades Still Hindering Grain Exports From Black Sea

Jan 23, 2023 at 08:36 | RFE/RL staff

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has called for the removal of obstructions that he said continue to disrupt food exports from his country's Black Sea ports. Speaking…

South Korea Gains Market Share As Arms Exporter

Jan 19, 2023 at 09:29 | The Jamestown Foundation

Russia’s large-scale war against Ukraine has become a game-changer for the architecture of international security—and not only from a regional perspective. Most recently, it provided a window of…

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