RUSSIA AND FORMER Soviet Union
Through our joint venture with a Moscow-based security company, Frontier Horizons meets the growing demands of multinational clients, who require a flexible, customer-oriented approach to implementing local security solutions. With a total staff in-country of over 1500 security professionals and a due diligence boutique, we are well placed to provide a full range of security services. We are present in Russia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Romania, Tajikistan, and Turkmenistan.
Population 143,380,979 (2017)
UTC GMT+3 - GMT+12
RECENT TERRITORY UPDATES
Russia blocked a United Nation’s Security Council (UNSC) draft resolution to denounce the chemical attacks made by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad earlier this month. An explosion in St. Petersburg metro killed eleven and injured an addition forty five. According to United States Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, the United States will maintain the Minsk II sanctions until Crimea is returned to Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called for talks with North Korea in an attempt to curb aggression. According to Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, the risk of a direct collision between the United States and Russia has significantly increased following the United States’ missile strikes in Syria. Both Russia and Iran warned the United States that they will respond with force if red lines are crossed. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev stated in his annual address that the Russian economy narrowly avoided catastrophe despite low global oil prices.
In what is being referred to as an act of state sponsored terrorism, a former pro-Ukrainian Russian MP was shot dead in public. Russia continues to deny any state involvement in Yahoo email hack. Japan and Russia met regarding a territorial dispute of several islands north of Hokkaido. Following concerns regarding the Libyan army, Russia has deployed Special Forces units to western Egypt. Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared his intentions for a closer partnership between Pakistan and Russia in the near future. India and Russia are cooperating in an attempt to upgrade the Indian tank brigade’s tank technology. Russia to lift economic sanctions on Turkey according to Turkish Prime Minister Erdogan. Russia and Iran ink an economic deal during Hassan Rouhani’s first official visit to Moscow. The Russian Central bank unexpectedly cuts interest rates as the Russian economy continues to struggle.
Early in January, Syrian rebels froze talks on a Russian backed peace conference due to ceasefire violations. Russia played mediator between rebel factions and the Assad government, in Syrian Peace Talks taking place in the Kazakhstan capital of Astana. In his first remarks as United States (US) Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson stated that Russia is a threat and should be accountable for its actions on the global stage. According to Ilya Yashin, a Russian activist and active member of Russian government, if President Vladimir Putin’s pressure on Ukraine sees a rise in pro-Moscow politicians, similar tactics would likely be used in the Baltic States. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman, Dimitry Peskov, stated in a press briefing that he believed NATO is a vestige of the past. According to a report by global investment management group BlackRock, Russia has far surpassed expectations despite the impact of Minsk II sanctions and a crashing oil market. According to a report released by the International Monetary Fund, Russia is anticipated to see an average GDP growth of 1.5 per cent over the next five years.
In a response to the alleged hacking of the United States (US) election in November, US President Barrack Obama expelled 35 suspected Russian intelligence operatives as well as imposed sanctions on two of Russia’s leading intelligence services. Mevlut Mert Altintas, a Turkish police officer, gunned down the Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov on 19 December. Russia, Turkey, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and opposition groups reached an agreement regarding a ceasefire on 27 December, with peace talks promised to occur within the month. Russia, in a statement to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 18 December, stated it will veto any effort made by the United Nations Security Council to oversee the evacuation of civilians from Eastern Aleppo. The Russian Coast Guard mounts a search and rescue mission regarding a Russian military transport airliner that crashed on 26 December. Russia and Japan, on 16 December, have announced a new bilateral trade deal that is valued at $2.5 billion. The European Union (EU) voted in favour of an extension of Russian sanctions until mid-2017 following a failure to meet the conditions of the Minsk Peace Deal, laid out in 2014. A representative of the Russian Economic Ministry stated that it was the ministry’s expected crude oil would value at around $53 per barrel by the end of December.
Russia and India will sign a multilateral agreement that includes provisions for increased cooperation among air defence and energy sectors. On 5 October, President Vladimir Putin once again had a cabinet shakeup, appointing Sergei Kiriyenko as the new State Domestic Policy Strategist. Russia vetoed a United Nations (UN) resolution that would end air strikes in Aleppo. President Putin exited nuclear security pact meetings, citing 'hostile actions' by the United States. Following several meetings between President Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the two nations announced future economic, energy, and military cooperation. Russia moved nuclear capable missiles into Kaliningrad, sparking concern among neighbouring states. President Vladimir Putin stated that Russia is ready to join Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC) effort to limit oil supply. The United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK) are considering additional economic sanctions on Russia following its actions regarding military action in the United Nations Security Council.