Europe/Russia

Britain outlines its negotiating objectives for Brexit

Jan 24, 2017
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Vimy Intel Team

On 17 January 2017, the British government outlined its objectives for the Brexit negotiations which are expected to start in March. In doing so, Prime Minister Theresa May signalled the most dramatic turn in the direction of UK foreign policy in decades, comparable to the 1947 decision to draw down Britain’s military presence “East of Suez” and the 1973 decision

Why on earth is Canada sending troops to Latvia?

Jul 17, 2016
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At the NATO Summit in Warsaw last week, the leaders of the Western alliance finally decided that it was time to do something serious to deter Russia from further intimidating the eastern flank allies. Under Poland’s leadership, the East European members had agitated strenuously for NATO to permanently station troops there to defend their borders with Russia. It was a

Signalling a new direction: Theresa May’s first speech

Jul 17, 2016
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Following is the text of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s first speech: I have just been to Buckingham Palace, where Her Majesty the Queen has asked me to form a new government, and I accepted. In David Cameron, I follow in the footsteps of a great, modern Prime Minister. Under David’s leadership, the Government stabilised the economy, reduced the budget deficit,

Watch out. The British are coming.

Jul 17, 2016
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The Vimy Report

There is a new government in Britain, and it looks to be one of the most formidable the British have produced in a long time. With a new President of the United States to be elected in November, and both the President of France and the Chancellor Of Germany up for re-election in 2017, leadership of the Western democracies could

What happens after the Brexit vote?

Jun 22, 2016
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On the Thursday, 23 June 2016, Britain will hold a referendum on whether it should exit the European Union (Brexit). On the outcome depends Britain’s future relations with continental Europe. The question to be answered is: Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union? The options on the referendum ballot will be:

Why has Putin just created his own private army?

Apr 19, 2016
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Earlier this month, President Putin announced he was creating a new “national guard”. It would draw forces from existing organizations, particularly from the Interior Ministry, and would be responsible for combating terrorism and organized crime. There’s obviously more to it than that, however. First, there’s no apparent need for another force to combat terrorism and organized crime, given that such

The reality behind Obama’s nuclear disarmament plan

Mar 31, 2016
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Paul H. Chapin

In 2009, the newly-elected president of the United States committed “to seek the peace and security of the world without nuclear weapons”. For his vision, the folks in Oslo gave him the Nobel Peace Prize. The following year, Obama arranged for world leaders to come to Washington for his first “nuclear summit”, where he basked in international applause for the

Russia presents its claim to an expanded Arctic shelf

Feb 15, 2016
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Following are extracts from Sputnik News (Moscow), 2 February 2106 On December 20, 2001, Russia sent an application to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental (CLCS) to expand its Arctic shelf beyond the 200-mile area, which means the right to include the underwater space near the northern coast (contiguous to the Arctic Ocean) and the eastern coast (contiguous to the Pacific Ocean) in its continental

UK-Russia war of words (so far) over the Litvinenko findings

Jan 25, 2016
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UK Home Secretary Theresa May statement to Parliament Jan 21 on the publication of the Report into the death of Alexander Litvinenko (extracts) Mr Litvinenko’s death was a deeply shocking event. Despite the ongoing police investigation, and the efforts of the Crown Prosecution Service, those responsible have still not been brought to justice. Although the Inquiry cannot assign civil or criminal

Putin “probably approved” Litvinenko murder

Jan 22, 2016
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A British judicial inquiry into the death of Alexander Litvinenko in London in November 2006 has found that the Russian dissident was murdered in an FSB operation which was “probably approved by Mr. Patrushev and also by President Putin”. Nikolai Patrushev was head of the FSB in 2006. The inquiry was set up at the end of July 2014 under