After Russian troops occupied the Crimean peninsula two years ago, the Kyiv government moved to block trade at all commercial ports.
Moscow is planning to use the CIS observation mission at the elections to the State Duma to legalise the occupation of Crimea: by recognising the results of voting in Crimea, the CIS will de jure recognise the illegal occupation of the peninsula by Russia.
Political transformations which Ankara faced in the wake of the failed coup are wrongly considered in the context of relations between Turkey and the West, Turkey and Russia.
The real reason for the growth of populism not only in Europe but around the world is the widening gap among ordinary citizens, voters and the "elites", establishment, and political parties. Parties no longer fulfil their primary role, which is to represent the interests of a homogeneous group of voters, instead they turned into sealed clubs of supreme party bosses.
The Warsaw NATO summit marked the complete failure of Russian policy in the western direction. The worst outcome for Moscow would have been a decision to immediately include Georgia and Ukraine into the alliance.
Russia's economic model, focused on raw stock and government domination, has hit a dead end, with the state going through a serious economic recession. As a result, life standards are visibly deteriorating, which "creates certain political tension".
Therefore the notification procedure of ambassador appointment launched by Moscow is a challenge and a boorish act on the part of the Russian Federation. This behaviour is typical of internal affairs or in respect of vassals. If the Kremlin seeks confrontation from the start, does Ukraine need this envoy?
Old connections with the Russian underworld, advisers who used to consult pro-Russian presidents and Russian monopolies like Gazprom – it is all about US presidential candidate Donald Trump.