Ian Traynor, writing in the Guardian about the EU’s new strategic partnership project:
Under what a European diplomat described as “the Litvinenko annexe”, Moscow would come under pressure to extradite Andrei Lugovoi, the Russian MP and main suspect in the London murder by radiation poisoning.
Prague Watchdog’s Andrei Babitsky discusses the question of the Chechen returnees.
The situation in the Kodori Gorge continues to be uneasy, with both sides in the “frozen” conflict warning of impending war. A lot of this appears to be rhetoric for foreign consumption. However, something is afoot, and a Times correspondent witnessed
a convoy of Russian military fuel tankers en route to Sukhumi from the border crossing on the Psoi river. At an Abkhaz base near the Kodori Gorge troops took delivery of two trucks loaded with shells.
Given his track record of inflammatory remarks, Luzhkov had been met on arrival at Simferopol airport by Ukrainian State Security Service officials, who gave him a written warning against infringing Ukrainian law or undermining Ukraine’s territorial integrity. In front of television cameras, Luzhkov read out the warning derisively and, with his entourage, burst out laughing at the Ukrainian document (Russian Television, May 10).
-Vladimir Socor, in Eurasia Daily Monitor
I’m currently getting uaed to the new schedule at Prague Watchdog, where some changes in the way the site operates are underway. This is taking up some time, and it means I’ll be posting a bit less here for a while. However, I’ll hope to resume more frequent posting soon