• Gazprom tells Russians to prepare for the end of cheap gas within Russia

    The revenue from exporting natural gas is no longer sufficient to subsidize Gazprom’s operation within Russia’s internal market, where the gas prices are one third of what they are in Europe, said Viktor Yatsenko, deputy head of Gazprom’s economic analysis and pricing department, at the Gas Russia 2019 forum.

    “Let’s be honest with each other and admit that this ‘junction’, when we supported the internal market through export, this situation will probably no longer continue,” said the senior …

  • Polish largest oil and gas company plans to produce gas in Ukraine's Lviv region

    The largest Polish oil and gas company PGNiG plans to produce gas in the Lviv region with the Ukrainian ERA trading company, reports PGNiG.

    "The agreement we signed today will allow us to produce natural gas in a very promising region. I am confident that our partnership with the ERA trading company will contribute to the value of both companies," said PGNiG's Board President Piotr Woźniak.

    The agreement between ERA trading and PGNiG provides for joint operations in the Lviv region.

    First, …

  • Putin's Press Secretary: Putin disagrees with Zelensky's use of term 'occupied Donbas'

    The Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin does not agree with Ukrainian President Zelensky's use of term "the occupied Donbas," which he used during the negotiations at the Normandy Four meeting, reports TASS.

    "During the negotiations, speakers made such a remark every time. They were saying "occupied territories as you say, but we disagree with that," Peskov explained.

    According to him, everyone clearly emphasized their disagreement with one or …

  • Latest Turkish-Ukrainian Akinci drone makes its first flight

    The latest Turkish “Akinci” attack drone, created in partnership with Ukraine, has made its first flight, the Ukrainian Military Portal reports.

    According to information published on the portal, the Turkish drone, which is fitted with Ukrainian AI-450 engines, made its first take-off. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) spent 16 minutes in the air, flying around the airport, after which it landed. Before this, the drone had undergone ground tests, the final stage of which consisted of short …

  • Ukrainian Prime Minister warns of possible ‘gas war’ with Russia

    During the Normandy Format summit, Ukraine achieved the task before it and was able to broach the topic of gas transit over and above the discussion of the situation in the Donbas, said Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, who warned that future negotiations could prove difficult.

    “We did not agree on a contract, but that was not supposed to happen in Paris. Ukraine will continue to negotiate on gas, it could be difficult, it could be with a gas war,” Honcharuk wrote on Facebook.

    The …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister: Paris agreements with Russia can fall apart at any moment

    During the negotiations at the Normandy Format on December 9 in Paris, a number of agreements were reached to resolve the conflict in the Donbas, but the process of implementing them will not be quick, warned Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk.

    The risks exists of the agreement being broken off “at any stage”, the minister remarked.

    “There is a high likelihood of the agreements being broken off at any of the stages, but there is progress: We are working on bringing back prisoners …

  • US Congress initiates sanctions against Nord Stream 2

    US Congress has found a way to help Russian President Vladimir Putin to reach an agreement with Ukraine on gas transit to Europe.

    A few hours after the Normandy Format summit in Paris, where Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky were unable to agree to withdraw all gas disputes or to sign a new transit contract, the US gave the green light to sanctions against Russia’s Turkish Stream and Nord Stream 2 projects.

    The amendment on sanctions against the two gas pipelines, which Russia …

  • Putin warns of ‘carnage’ if Ukraine regains control over border in Donbas

    Russian President Vladimir Putin, responding to the speech of the Russian propagandist Kirill Vyshinsky at a meeting of the Russian Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights, said that Ukraine might arrange a massacre in the separatist-held territory of the Donbas. The statement was made several days after the Normandy Four Summit.

    "The Ukrainian side always asks to allow them to close the border by deploying troops. I can imagine that something like the Srebrenica massacre will …

  • Russian Prime Minister’s wife uses private jet worth $50 million

    Svetlana Medvedeva, wife of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, enjoys personal use of a Bombardier Global Express 5000 private plane worth $50 million, reports the Anti-Corruption Foundation of opposition politician Alexei Navalny in a new investigation titled “One more girl. One more plane”.

    Foundation members were able to identify who the airliner belonged to by comparing the plane’s movements over the last four years to Medvedeva’s trips both within Russia and abroad.

    Navalny noted …

  • Russia’s military intelligence had secret base in French Alps

    Agents of Russia’s military intelligence (formerly the GRU) established a base in the French Alps for conducting special operations in Europe, writes the French newspaper Le Monde, citing anonymous sources.

    According to the news outlet, the GRU task force consisted of 15 officers from an elite intelligence division who were responsible for “contract killings and sabotage”.

    The secret base existed between 2014 and 2018. During this time, the Russian spies made multiple trips from Haute-Savoie …