• Poland to participate in NATO airspace patrols over Bulgaria and Romania

    Polish fighters will take part in NATO's air patrol mission over Bulgaria and Romania, as stated by the Deputy Defense Minister of Poland, Tomasz Shatkovsky, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    According to Shatkovsky, by participating in the Alliance’s airspace patrol over the Balkans, Warsaw wants to show that Poland is concerned not only about their own safety, but that of all NATO member states.

    As the Deputy Defense Minister explained, NATO’s mission over Romania and Bulgaria will take place …

  • Russia to deploy two brigades to its western border

    Russia will strengthen its western border due to the increased NATO activity in Eastern Europe, Interfax reported citing sources with knowledge of the situation.

    “As part of the formation of three new divisions on the western border of Russia, two separate motorized rifle brigades will be relocated from the central areas of the country,” the source said.

    The 28th Motorized Rifle Brigade will be transferred from Yekaterinburg to Klintsy, about 80 km from the Belarusian border. In addition, the …

  • OSCE: Separatists are firing from the roofs of houses in Donetsk

    Donetsk residents have told observers of the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE that separatists are using the roofs of their houses as platforms for attacks. Interfax-Ukraine reported that this was said by the First Deputy Head of the OSCE SMM in the Donbas, Alexander Hug.

    “On Monday night, our observers reported 105 explosions north-west of Donetsk. Many of these explosions occurred in the Kuibyshevskyi district of the city. Our observers visited the area two days before the …

  • Estonian PM: We expect NATO to establish a firm position in relation to Russia's actions

    The Estonian Prime Minister, Taavi Rõivas, said that one of the outcomes of the July NATO summit should be the strengthening of security in the region. He said this during a meeting with Poland’s Prime Minister, Beata Szydło, on Wednesday in Warsaw.

    According to him, Poland plays an important role in achieving this outcome.

    Rõivas also expressed hope that the Alliance members will demonstrate a firm stance with regard to Russia’s actions in the Baltic Sea region.

    “Russia constantly …

  • Ukrainian Finance Minister: Russia's debt recovery lawsuit could take up to two years

    According to the Ukrainian Minister of Finance, Alexander Danyluk, proceedings in the debt recovery lawsuit between Russia and Ukraine may continue for up to two years. The case involves $3 billion worth of financial assistance provided to Ukraine while the country was being led by former president, Viktor Yanukovych. Danyluk made these statements during an interview with 24 Channel on the 1st of June.

    Danyluk says that “developments may vary. It may take up to two years for the process to …

  • Moody's improved the outlook for Ukraine's banking system

    Moody's Investors Service changed the outlook for Ukraine's banking system from “negative” to “stable,” according to the agency’s press release. The change in outlook reflects their view that the country’s economy has started to emerge from a deep recession and will continue to do so in the next 12 to 18 months, which will help contain further asset quality deterioration.

    In turn, improved funding conditions will support core lending and the local currency's recent stabilization will help slow …

  • Poland will not renew its contract with Gazprom

    Poland has no plans to renew its long-term contract with the Russian Federation for the supply of gas, which expires in 2022. Reuters cites the Commissioner of the Government of Poland on Issues of Gas and Energy Infrastructure, Piotr Naimski.

    According to Naimski, in order to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, Poland constructed the first terminal for transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) and also plans to construct the pipeline in the North Sea.

    “We will strive for a situation where a …

  • Merkel sees no reason to ease sanctions against Russia

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees no reason to ease the sanctions against Russia.

    According to Reuters, this was stated by the German Deputy Government Spokesperson, Christiane Wirtz.

    On Tuesday, the German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier said that some European Union (EU) countries are skeptical about extending sanctions against Russia. He also said that it was not clear whether or not the EU would extend them.

    “I can only say that the Chancellor is in constant communication …

  • Final comprehensive package of aid to Ukraine could be approved during meeting of NATO defense ministers

    NATO officials have reacted positively to the Strategic Defense Bulletin adopted by Ukraine. This was reported by the Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration, Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze. Radio Liberty reported that she took part in the NATO-Ukraine Commission meeting held in Brussels on the 1st of June.

    “NATO have welcomed the Strategic Defense Bulletin and they are really hoping that all intentions and plans stated in the document will be implemented,” …

  • Parliament of German city could vote to lift sanctions on Russia

    The Left Faction of the Parliament of the German city of Quakenbrück (Lower Saxony) has submitted a request to recognize the Crimea as part of Russia and abolish the anti-Russian sanctions as reported by the Chairman of the Left Parliamentary Faction, Andreas Maurer, during his visit to the Russian-occupied Crimea, RIA Novosti reports.

    "We can ask the same questions that were raised in Italy. I thought I should to turn to my colleagues in eastern Germany, as they have the most votes in …