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04.04.2022

On Friday, April 1, it became known that Russian troops had abandoned the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, handing over control of the plant to the Ukrainian side. According to a statement by the Ukrainian company “Energoatom”, the abandonment of positions resulted from the fact that the Russian military received increased doses of radiation while digging trenches in the exclusion zone. Other sources do not confirm this information.

22.03.2022

The situation around Ukrainian nuclear power plants (NPP) continues to be the main focus of those interested in and involved in nuclear issues. Even though no more Ukrainian NPPs have come under the Russian control over the past two weeks, the international community in particular the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) – is worried about the safety of NPPs.

26.02.2022

This week, the topic of the conflict in Ukraine has occupied the entire information space, and now it is not completely known what exactly current events will turn out for Russia and the world.

04.02.2022

The Russian side makes it clear to American colleagues that the deployment of US troops in Eastern Europe increases tensions. The US said on Wednesday it was sending 1,700 troops from the 82nd Airborne Division to Poland, while a headquarters unit of about 300 from the 18th Airborne Corps will move to Germany and a 1,000-strong armored unit was being transferred from Germany to Romania. The US decision to deploy more than 3,000 US troops in Germany, Poland and Romania is a “destructive step” that makes it harder to reach a compromise over Ukraine.

24.01.2022

Recently, the world’s attention has been increasingly focused on the situation in Ukraine. On January 21 Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and United States Secretary of State Anthony Blinken met in Geneva to discuss some issues including guarantees that Ukraine would not be admitted to NATO. The situation is reminiscent of the typical “military alarm”: the media increasingly report that Russia is drawing troops to the eastern border of Ukraine, arms supplies are actively being sent to Ukraine, and sanctions would be imposed on Russia if it unleashes war. There are also reports that the United States is beginning to evacuate its diplomats from Kyiv. At the same time, NATO promised to build up a group of its troops in Europe.

10.05.2017

“We need a successful pilot project for a new Europe, a major and ambitious one. The revival of Ukraine must and can become such a project. It should be based on three legally binding pillars”, — Dr. Vladimir A. Orlov, Special Advisor to PIR Center, Evgeny Sharov, Independent Ukrainian Analyst.

10.05.2016

Russia is following all of the developments in Afghanistan with great attention.  In recent years, this attentiveness was supplemented by the readiness to engage with anyone who is interested in talking rather than shooting.  At the same time, Russia does not accept any obligations.  It is like a visit to a museum; you look at everything with great attention, but you do not touch.  Some people might say that this is a passive position, others – that the position lacks responsibility.  However, I believe that there is a certain logic in it. Intervening and leaving the job half-done is worse, than not intervening at all.” – Dr. Ivan Safranchuk, member of the PIR Center Advisory Board.

02.11.2015

“With repeal of one of the transparency and MANPADs control measures, Ukraine cannot disclaim responsibility for transfer of these rather sensitive armaments; other pretty strict liabilities concerning MANPADs are still in force. However, international attention to Ukrainian activities in arms exports becomes even closer. Ukraine’s reputation in this field was tainted over the last two decades, so let us follow closely Kiev’s activities” – Vadim Kozyulin, Senior Research Fellow at PIR Center.

06.05.2015

“Currently and in the foreseeable future there is no reason to expect a Taliban victory in Afghanistan and the establishment of its power in the north of the country.   Accordingly, there is a possibility of a massive invasion from there to Central Asia.  Haphazard interventions by small jihadist factions into countries of the region should obviously not be excluded, but they do not constitute the real threat to the ruling regimes and are easily neutralized by their armies.  Most likely, rather, the succession crises in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan serve as the only causes of regional destabilization, but to judge their future effects is not possible,” –Security Index journal editorial board member, Yuri Fedorov.  

29.04.2015

The new issue of Security Index journal offers several predictions for the development of international security. First of all, during the round table "Russia, challenges to its security and answers: expectations for 2014 and reality–2015"  Dmitry Trenin, Dmitry Evstafiev, Armen Oganesyan, Vadim Kozyulin and Andrei Suzdaltsev, someone a year ago, someone a little more – have given us their predictions about what threats and challenges Russia will face and how she will react to them. And now in the spring of 2015, they don't just look at their own predictions of that absolutely unpredictable year, but also offer their views in 2015.   

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