Turkish officials were involved in illegal transport of oil from Iraq long before the emergence of the so-called Islamic State (ISIL/ISIS/IS/DAESH).
Most Smuggled ISIS Oil Goes to Turkey, Sold at Low Prices – Norwegian Report
By RT, December 20 2015
A newly-leaked report on illegal oil sales by Islamic State (IS, previously ISIS/ISIL), which was ordered to be compiled by Norway, has revealed that most of the IS-smuggled oil has been destined for Turkey, where it is sold off at bargain low prices.
NATO Enlargement, The Balkans and Russia
By Viktor Milinkovic, December 21 2015
The following text is the first in a series of articles which will present an analysis and evaluation of NATO enlargement in the Balkans, the interests that are driving this policy and the implications this has for Russia.
Joining NATO: Ukraine, A Warning to Others
By Ulson Gunnar, December 21 2015
Ukraine was not exactly clamoring to get into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), the antiquated military alliance created in the wake of World War II to prevent a Soviet invasion of Western Europe.
Crisis in Moldova. Buffer State Hostage to Geopolitics
By Victor Josu, December 21 2015
Moldova, which is caught between Romania (a country whose policies are closely controlled by the US) and Ukraine (which is sinking into chaos following the US-inspired Maidan), has existed for seven years already without a legitimate government.