An expert of the Insitute for Economic Research and Policy Consultations, Oleg Nivievskyj has published his expert opinion “A Year Under the Russian Counter Sanctions: Experience of the EU and Lessons for Ukraine”. The expert analyzed experience of the EU and the prospectives for the Ukrainian manufacturers if the Russian Federation introduces embargo from 1st January 2016.

In the recent study, NGO “Europe without Barriers”, found a lack of information available for Ukrainians from Crimea applying for Schengen visas.

From 18 to 23 September 2015, Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation conducted an expert survey “Ukraine – EU: the key in the status quo.” 27 foreign experts from think tanks and 37 Ukrainian experts took part in the study.

According to a recent poll by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the sociological service of the Razumkov Centre, support for NATO, as the most reliable security guarantee for Ukraine, was 36% in July 2015. 3 years ago the same opinion about NATO was shared only by 12%. This indicates that the annexation of Crimea and Russian aggression in the East radically changed public opinion in Ukraine.

In an article for TSN, Julia Tishchenko, expert of the Ukrainian Center for Independent Political Research (UCIPR), commented on the recent blockade of the Russian occupied Crimea by the Crimean Tatars.

In the latest policy paper by the Institute of World Policy and Caucasian House “Ukraine-Russia: Scenarios for the Development of Bilateral Relations” the authors are trying to predict the future of the relations between two countries and analyse whether there are preconditions to restart if not state, at least people-to-people contact between Ukraine and Russia.

The US-Russian compromise on Iran is perceived as an element of broader geopolitical agreement of the parties, including on Ukraine. The willingness of Russia to make concessions to the US in the agreement on Iran was made possible after a series of contacts at the highest level, which were then fixed at Victoria Nuland’s and Grigoriy Karasin’s level.

Deputy Director – Director of Political and Legal Programmes at the Razumkov Centre Yuriy Yakymenko explained Glavnoe web-site why pro-russian separatists need local elections in “the DPR and the LPR” and how it can influenced the conflict in Donbas.

The initiative of holding local elections in “the DPR and the LPR” is another imitation by the leaders of these entities, primarily aimed at accusing Ukraine in jeopardising the Minsk Agreements. The Minsk Agreements should be fulfilled starting from the first point, and if the first and the third points are not fulfilled by the militants, any other points are out off the question. All this is in the context of Russia’s conventional concept that the so-called DPR and LPR should become actors of the negotiation process as an independent party, although Russia itself is actually this party.