Dodon’s visit to Transnistria: Russian-Backed Model for Protracted Conflicts Settlement?

It is highly unlikely that Russia will allow Transnistria again back into Moldova even if the latter accepts closer cooperation with Russia and/or integration with Russia-led organizations. However, Dodon’s policy towards Transnistria could be considered in Moscow as a favourable model for other protracted conflicts settlement. (PDF) Rusif Huseynov

Armenia and Russia Pursue Joint Military Forces

The Russo-Armenian agreement on establishing a joint military unit, which will include troops of the 102nd Russian military base stationed near Yerevan as well as the 4th Corps of the Armenian Army, predictably caused anxiety in Azerbaijan and Georgia. While a potential deterioration of relations with Georgia would undermine Armenia’s national interests, the government in Yerevan appears willing to make this sacrifice in the name of regime reproduction and survival. (PDF) Armen Grigoryan

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

At the CSTO summit in Yerevan, Belarus took the chairmanship in this organisation; the CSTO Collective Security Strategy till 2025 was adopted. During his visit to Poland, Vladimir Makey said that Belarus did not consider the extension of NATO presence in the Baltic states and Poland as a direct threat. In Washington, a joint statement on cooperation between the Ministries of Defense of Belarus and the United States was signed, as well as the bilateral military cooperation plan for 2017. (PDF) Andrei Porotnikov

Situation In the Field of Economic Security of Belarus as of October 2016

The announced government proposals on the reform of public sector look as attempt to reduce the debt burden on enterprises without addressing to the internal causes of their inefficiency. The key issue of the next few months is reaching an agreement with the IMF about the start of credit program – to act as a guarantor of sufficient external financing and authorities’ willingness to implement serious structural reforms. (PDF) Pavel Kirkovsky

NATO Trust Funds’ Assistance to Ukraine

What is the NATO Trust Fund?   Trust Funds are voluntary, nationally-led and funded projects established under the framework of the NATO Partnership for Peace (PfP) Trust Fund policy and focusing on demilitarization, security and defence transformation and capacity building. With about 30 projects launched since September 2000, this policy has proven to be a very effective tool combining practical support to a nation with a high degree of public diplomacy.

INFOGRAPHICS – Ongoing NATO Trust Fund Projects in Ukraine

INFOGRAPHICS – Ongoing NATO Trust Fund Projects in Ukraine   Infographics is prepared by the East European Security Research Initiative Foundation with support of the NATO Information and Documentation Centre in Ukraine, within the project “NATO’s Support: Making Ukraine More Secure and Resilient” (Kyiv, 2016)