The Normandy format represents the highest-level European forum dedicated to resolving the crisis in Ukraine. Why has the U.S. not been included, and what would happen if it was?
Today's Minsk negotiations between Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France are a last ditch attempt at a brokered ceasefire before the conflict's stakes are raised by the United States' prospective arming of Kiev; is this a repeat of the failed accords in September or a genuine effort to marginalize the fighting?
In the wake of South Stream's surprise cancellation, Turkey presents an opportunity for Russia to bypass Ukraine and still reach the European market, but price concessions may be needed to entice Ankara. Concrete plans have not followed the cancellation, leaving room for a policy reversal yet again.
As Russia’s economy falls deeper into recession, Russian President Vladimir Putin is increasingly finding himself backed into a corner. Putin, known for acting unpredictably and leveraging any and all options available to Russia, has yet to play what some believe to be his trump card. Read more for a SitRep on Russian gas.