LINKS Director addresses European security issues in keynote speech at NATO PA Baku Seminar.

LINKS Executive Director, Dennis Sammut was the keynote speaker at the 86th Rose-Roth Seminar organised by  the NATO Parliamentary Assembly in the Azerbaijani capital Baku from 16-18 June 2014. in his speech Dennis Sammut addressed key issues in European security and particularly the impact of the crisis in Ukraine on European security, and more specifically…

LINKS Director in Kiev

LINKS Executive Director, Dennis Sammut, visited Kiev from 16-19 March 2014 to familiarise himself with the situation in Ukraine  following the recent political changes and in the aftermath of Russian military intervention in Crimea. In Kiev Dennis Sammut met with a number of Ukrainian politicians, officials and activists representing different elements of the political spectrum.…

Madonna is with the gays of St Petersburg

In a week when NGOs working in Russia were declared “foreign agents”, Nicholas Maltby looks at another piece of Russian legislation that is causing controversy, the law banning “gay propaganda”. A St. Petersburg ruling that bans homosexual “propaganda” has led to 74 people being punished for the offence, according to Sergei Umnov, the chief of St.…

From Yerevan to Buckingham Palace. Interview with Sergey Smbatian, the young, workaholic Armenian, who set up the State Youth Orchestra.

He is young, talented and extremely focused. Sergey Smbatian has gone from leading the Armenian State Youth Orchestra to conducting the London Philharmonic Orchestra at Buckingham Palace. Nicholas Maltby caught up with him and asked him about his music career and future plans. You are living in both London and Yerevan whilst you are with the Royal Academy. Do you…

Moscow’s delicate balance of Europe and Eurasia

As expected, the deteriorating situation in Syria dominated discussion at the 29th EU-Russia summit in St Petersburg, given added urgency by the massacre of over 100 civilians in Houla just days before the formal talks began.  The EU delegation increased their pressure on Russia to condemn the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and call for the withdrawal…