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The impact of Serbia’s “low wage policy”

As young people increasingly choose to emigrate in search of better opportunities, Serbia started facing labor shortages. Many entrepreneurs operating in the Balkan nation still refuse to pay relatively decent salaries, hoping that they will manage to hire foreign workers, mainly from Southeast Asia. By Nikola MikovicOfficially, the unemployment rate …

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Russo-Taliban tango in Central Asia

The withdrawal of the US and NATO troops from Afghanistan threatens to destabilize Central Asia – a region that has traditionally been in the Russian sphere of influence.By Nikola MikovicThere are fears in the Kremlin that the Taliban, especially its radical fractions, could spoil some of Russia’s plans in neighboring …

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Russia and the West: a never-ending partnership

Mainstream media tend to portray Russia and the West as bitter geopolitical rivals. In reality, Moscow and Western powers often act as partners, especially when it comes to energy. By Nikola MikovicFollowing the Kremlin’s incorporation of Crimea into the Russian Federation in 2014, as well as Russia’s actions in the …

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How Russia benefits from Western sanctions against Belarus

Belarus could soon become a no-fly zone for most European airlines, as the Eastern European country strains relations with the West. Following the diversion of a Ryanair flight by the Belarusian authorities, and the arrest of Roman Protasevich – co-founder of anti-Lukashenko Nexta TV – several European capitals have already …

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Moscow on the verge of a geopolitical defeat in Sudan in “new cold war” with Washington

The “new Cold War” between the US and Russia in northeast Africa intensifies. Washington and Moscow struggle to increase their military presence in Sudan.By Nikola MikovicSudan reportedly decided to suspend an agreement granting Moscow permission to construct a naval base just north of Port Sudan, the country’s main commercial hub …

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Turkey and the Donbass war: Balancing between Russia and Ukraine

Ukraine is actively preparing for a potential conflict escalation in the coal-rich Donbass region that is currently controlled by the pro-Russian forces. Kiev sees Turkey as a strategic partner and is purchasing Turkish-made Bayraktar drones. What is Ankara’s position in this proxy-war?By Nikola MikovicAfter Western-backed opposition overthrew allegedly pro-Russian Ukrainian …

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Russia and Ukraine: Preparations for war in the Donbass

Ever since leaders of Russia and Ukraine signed the truce agreement in 2015, there have been rumors about a possible new war over the coal-rich Donbass region of Eastern Ukraine. Indeed, sooner or later hostilities between Russia-backed Donbass forces and Western-sponsored Ukraine will resume. Has the time come for this …

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Ukraine between de-Russification and “tariff genocide”

Ukraine has been firmly in the United States’ sphere of influence ever since Maidan protests in 2013-2014, that resulted in the overthrow of the allegedly pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovych. Even though the Kremlin-backed Opposition Platform for Life (OPFL) approval ratings are rising, there is no danger for the former Soviet …

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Russia and Belarus redefine their relationship

Russia and Belarus are expected to redefine their relations in the foreseeable future, primarily in terms of energy. After mass protests against Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko erupted in August, following the controversial presidential election, the Eastern European country abandoned its multi-vector foreign policy and pushed for closer ties with Moscow. …

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