• Putin: Russia will respond to the deployment of American missile systems in Romania

    Russia will respond  to the deployment of American missile systems in Romania, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated during a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsirpas.

    According to Putin, the anti-aircraft missile installations can be easily switched to an attack mode by changing the system's software.

    "But the worst is the fact that the attack missiles can be loaded into these systems right at the moment. And then they can reach a range of up to 2400 kilometers. And …

  • Kiev demands explanation from Germany after Minister suggested lifting sanctions on Russia

    Ukraine has demanded an explanation following the remarks of German Federal Minister of Economic Affairs and Energy Sigmar Gabriel about the gradual lifting of sanctions against Russia.

    German newspaper Tagesspiegel quotes the Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany, Andriy Melnyk as saying "We sent a request to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs asking to clarify whether this view is the position of the federal government.”

    He added that in Kiev "the words of Gabriel were received with bitterness and …

  • Estonia urges NATO to place Patriot anti-aircraft systems in the Baltic States

    Estonian news portal Delfi reported that Riho Terras, the Estonian Defense Forces Commander, stated that the Baltic countries need Patriot missile systems to deter Russia from attacking.

    He noted that insufficient air defense makes the Baltic region vulnurable to possible surprise attacks from Russia. According to Terras, NATO has the ability to increase the strength of the Air Force stationed in the region and form batteries of Patriot systems.

    "For our defense capability it is very …

  • Poroshenko imposes sanctions against the heads of Russia Today and other Russian media outlets

    As reported on the Ukrainian President’s website on May 27th, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed a decree of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine imposing personal sanctions against the leaders of the largest Russian media conglomerates.

    The sanction list includes 17 leaders of various Russian media agencies. Ukraine imposed sanctions against the General Director of Channel One, Konstantin Ernst and host Irada Zeinalova, the General Director of the TASS news Agency, …

  • Biden calls for the release of all Ukrainians held in Russian prisons

    During a phone call with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, US Vice President Joe Biden called for the release of all Ukrainian prisoners being held in Russia, according to a statement on the White House’s website.

    “The Vice President congratulated President Poroshenko on the release of Ukrainian pilot and Rada member Nadiya Savchenko and called for the release of all Ukrainians unlawfully detained in Russia,” the statement read.

    Nadiya Savchenko was released on Wednesday as part of a …

  • Visegrad Four Defense Ministers agree that NATO should strengthen its eastern flank

    According to Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, the Visegrad Four countries agree that NATO needs to strengthen its eastern border, Radio Polsha reported.

    "Strengthening of the eastern flank of NATO should be a priority for the Alliance. The Visegrad countries agree that NATO forces should be placed in Poland and the Baltic countries,” Macierewicz said on May 27th after meeting with the defense ministers of Hungary, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.

    “Poland has the responsibility for …

  • Ukrainian President appoints former NATO secretary as his advisor

    The Ukrainian President, Petro Poroshenko, appointed former NATO Secretary Anders Fogh Rasmussen as his advisor. This was reported by the Press Service of the President on Friday, May 27th.

    “Anders Fogh Rasmussen is appointed as advisor to the President on freelance basis and per his consent,” reads the statement released by the Press Service.

    Anders Fogh Rasmussen is a Danish politician. He was the Prime Minister of Denmark from November 2001 to April 2009 and the 12th Secretary General of …

  • Greek PM: Sanctions against Russia are unproductive

    At a joint press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsirpas said Western sanctions against Russia were unproductive.

    "We have repeatedly said that the vicious circle of militarization, of Cold War rhetoric and of sanctions is not productive. The solution is dialogue,” Tsirpas said.

    At the same time Putin noted that during his meeting with Tsirpas, the annexation of the Crimea will not be discussed because “the matter is closed forever.”

    “Russia will …

  • Poll suggests most Ukrainians think Poroshenko should resign over off shore scandal

    Most Ukrainians believe that President Petro Poroshenko should resign over the offshore scandal, according to the results of a poll conducted by the Kiev International Institute of Sociology (KIIS).

    According to the institute’s website, respondents were asked the following: The media is discussing the fact that the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, owns companies registered abroad in the so-called 'offshore zones'. In your opinion, should he resign because of this? The results show that 4 …

  • The Council of Europe calls on Ukraine to successfully complete judicial reform

    The Council of Europe has sided with Ukraine and its people and supports steps to establish a fully independent, effective and professional judicial system, according to a statement by Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjørn Jagland.

    "As far as we have reached the mid-point of the implementation of the action plan of the Council of Europe for Ukraine, I take this opportunity to welcome the progress made by Ukraine towards reforming the judiciary in order to guarantee its …