After April Violence in Karabakh, Armenia’s Distrust in Russia Keeps Growing

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April deadly skirmishes along the line of conflict in Karabakh, the so-called “four-day war,” highlighted the need for a reinvigorated international mediation effort. Yerevan’s disappointment over Russia’s approach to the Karabakh conflict may explain why Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Shavarsh Kocharyan’s suggested that the OSCE Minsk Group co-chairs should perhaps initiate a total arms embargo on all conflicting sides. (PDF) Armen Grigoryan

Ukraine and the West Should Beware of Unrealistic Peace Plans. Otherwise the Kremlin Will Outplay Them

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In recent months, the idea of sending an OSCE armed police mission to the Donbas has become Kyiv’s idée fixe in the same way that holding local elections in the Donbas has become the West’s. Both believe that their proposals can give the stalled Minsk agreement a boost, or at least provide strong arguments to extend sanctions against Russia, which are set to expire in July. (PDF) Maksym Khylko

Implementation of the Integrated Chemical Safety and Security Program in Ukraine: Challenges and Actual Issues

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Practical steps to implement the Integrated Chemical Safety and Security Program in Ukraine were proposed at Ukraine Chemical Security Forum, held in Kielce, Poland, on April 19, 2016. This Forum was co-organized by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, Ukrainian Chemists Union, Ukrainian Fire and Technological Safety Union, State Sanitary and Epidemiological Service of Ukraine, Office for Technical Inspection and International Centre for Chemical Safety and Security, in cooperation with the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine and State Fiscal Service of Ukraine. (PDF) Anton Mukomela

Belarus: Situation In the Field of National Security and Defense as of March 2016

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The most significant event of March was a visit to Minsk of the Pentagon delegation headed by the U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Michael Carpenter, who met the Belarusian Foreign and Defense Ministers, and personally Alexander Lukashenko. On March 4, the Belarusian Ministry of Defense held consultations with the NATO delegation on participation in the planning and assessment of forces within the “Partnership for Peace” program. On March 15, examination of the Belarusian Armed Forces started; combating hybrid threats was practiced among other tasks. (PDF) Andrei Porotnikov

Slovakia’s Foreign Policy Priorities in 2016

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Upon proposal of the East European Security Research Initiative Foundation, a selection of Slovakian experts commented on the probable changes in Slovakia’s foreign policy, especially with respect to the Visegrad Group, Eastern Partnership, European Union, NATO, Ukraine, and Russia. (PDF) Dušan Fischer, Zuzana Novakova, Jozef Ulian, Marek Lenč, Kristina Bockova, Samuel Goda

OSCE Project Co-ordinator: helping Ukraine meet crisis challenges and implement reforms

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OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine: Modalities, Figures and Achievements in Combating trafficking in human beings, Prevention of torture, Response to crisis, Democratization and good governance, Elections, Dialogue, Rule of Law and Human Rights, Human Security, Police reform, Economic and Environmental / Politico-Military Projects, Humanitarian Demining. Presentation of statement delivered by the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, Ambassador Vaidotas Verba at the experts debate “Ukraine – OSCE: security issues and interdependence” held in Kyiv, 14 March 2016. (PDF)

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