• 'Friends of Ukraine' group wants to include the US in the Normandy format

    The U.S. wants to be seen as a participant in the Normandy Group negotiations regarding the settlement of the situation in the Donbas region along with Ukraine, Russia, France, and Germany. The members of the informal group ‘Friends of Ukraine,’ consisting of seven prominent European Union politicians, are appealing for this change, as reported by Politico.

    It is noted that the Declaration was published on behalf of the former NATO Secretary General, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, the former Secretary …

  • Media: Several EU countries are considering extending sanctions on Russia over Syria

    Several EU countries including Britain, France, and Germany, are exploring the possibility of imposing sanctions against Russia due to the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo, as reported by the Financial Times, citing a high-ranking diplomat in the EU.

    As Reuters notes, citing French and British diplomats, the possibility of adding up to 12 names to the ‘Syrian sanctions list’ is being considered. However, for these measures to be adopted, they must be approved by all 28 countries of the …

  • US spy planes observed test launches of Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles

    On the 12th of October, Interfax reported that two US Air Force RC-135S reconnaissance aircraft were sent to observe the launches of Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles. These aircraft were sent by the Pentagon to the Russian borders in the areas of the Barents Sea and Kamchatka.

    This is according to websites that track the movement of military aircraft.

    According to these sites, the RC-135 modification S aircraft are designed to collect telemetry data on test missile launches. This …

  • Savchenko met with separatists in the Donbas

    Speaking at a PACE session, Verkhovna Rada MP and former prisoner Nadiya Savchenko stated that she was recently in separatist-held territory and met with the people who had held her captive for two years.

    “For those who want to understand and know what is happening in the Donbas, in the occupied territory where I was held pretty recently, I met with people who quite recently held me captive—these people realized what Russia is and what they’re dealing with,” she said.

    According to Savchenko, …

  • Italian Chamber of Deputies rejected draft resolution on the lifting of sanctions against Russia

    In Italy the Chamber of Deputies rejected five draft resolutions calling for the lifting of sanctions against the Russian Federation, as indicated by the Ukrainian Ambassador to Italy, Yevhen Perelygin, on his Facebook page.

    "In anticipation of the positive results from the PACE (Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe) session in Strasbourg, there is good news from Rome. According to a report by Matteo Renzi regarding the participation of Italy in the meeting of the EU Council, the …

  • Eight representatives from Italy visited the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic

    The authorities of the so-called Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) reported the arrival of the first group of foreign tourists to the unrecognized republic. The separatists’ media reported that eight representatives from Italy came to the LPR. It was noted that the tourists arrived with the support of colleagues from Finland. The chairman of the LPR Trade Unions Federation, Oleg Akimov, reported that a sightseeing trip around Luhansk and visit of the mine in Yubileyne settlement were organized …

  • Lavrov and Kerry to meet in Switzerland to discuss Syria

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet in Switzerland on Saturday in order to discuss Syria despite high tensions between Moscow and Washington, Reuters reported.

    Russian and U.S. attempts at a coordinated peace effort in Syria came to an abrupt halt after the Syrian government launched a renewed offensive on the war-torn city of Aleppo last month, aided by Russian bombers. A Russian and U.S. backed ceasefire deal, which lasted barely a week, …

  • Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issues note of protest to Russian Ambassador

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania summoned the Russian ambassador to Lithuania, Alexander Udaltsov, and handed him a note of protest regarding regular provocations of the Russian navy in the Baltic Sea. That is how Lithuania called on Russia to adhere to the norms of international law and principles of good-neighborliness, and intended to ensure that similar incidents don’t occur in the future, Delfi reported.

    The Lithuanian Foreign Ministry reiterated its concerns about the …

  • Russian naval ships to be equipped with Pantsir-SM missile systems

    Small missile ships of the Russian Navy will be equipped with the close-in weapon system (CIWS) "Pantsir-SM", which will provide the highest level of vessel security, Izvestia newspaper reported.

    Russia's new Buyan-M small missile ships will be armed with these missile systems.

    Compared to their land-based "Pantsir-S1" counterparts, the naval air defense missile system has double the capability of detecting and destroying targets, able to detect all air and water activity at a distance up to 7 …

  • Media: Russian officials and deputies were advised to bring their children and parents home from abroad

    The presidential administration has advised Russian officials, up to the highest levels, to bring their children who are studying abroad back home. This was reported by Znak.com news portal citing five sources who are directly affected by this request.

    This recommendation concerns employees of the presidential administration, regional administrations, deputies of all levels, as well as employees of state corporations.

    The website added that the children are required to return even if they …