• Czech Republic expands Foreign Ministry staff at its consulates in Ukraine

    On May 2nd, the Czech Government decided to increase the number of Foreign Ministry employees in its offices in Ukraine.

    According to the Czech Republic, this decision is aimed at speeding up the processing of applications for work permits in the Czech Republic received from Ukrainians, Radio Svoboda reported.

    In particular, this change will increase the number of Consulate officials by five people at the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Lviv.

    The increase in the number of staff in …

  • Ukrainian energy companies file suit against Russia for lost assets

    Two Ukrainian energy companies have brought a claim to the UN Arbitration Court asking for compensation for losses due to the inability to control assets in the Crimea after the peninsula was annexed by Russia, as reported by Reuters on Monday, May 2nd.

    According to the agency, the two companies involved are Ukrnafta and Stabil.

    They contend that Russia violated its obligations under the Russian-Ukrainian bilateral investment agreement by "expropriating" the investments of these companies …

  • NATO fighters intercepted Russian aircraft over the Baltic five times last week

    According to Postimees, NATO fighters had to accompany Russian military aircraft five times last week. The Russian planes were flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

    On the 26th of April, NATO fighters stationed in the Lithuanian city of Šiauliai were alerted to a Su-27 plane travelling from the Kaliningrad region of Russia. It is alleged that the plane was flying without submitting a flight plan, had its transponder switched off and did not maintain connection with the Mission …

  • Large-scale NATO exercises begin in Estonia

    The largest of NATO’s military exercises this year began on May 2nd in Estonia. According to the press service of the Estonian Defense Force Headquarters, 6,000 servicemen, including 1,500 from 10 countries that are strong allies and NATO partners, took part in a series of maneuvers code-named Kevadtorm 2016.

    Soldiers from Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, the USA, Sweden, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania are participating. Military exercises scheduled to last three weeks …

  • MEP heavily criticizes Nord Stream-2

    Manfred Weber, the leader of the largest European People’s Party, heavily criticized the construction plans for the gas pipeline Nord Stream-2. The Financial Times reported on May 2nd that Weber wrote about this in his letter to the German Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, Sigmar Gabriel, and European Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete.

    Weber claims that the construction of the gas pipeline runs counter to foreign-policy goals of the European Union as it …

  • British fighter jets begin carrying out patrols over Baltic airspace

    The web-site of the British Government reported that four fighter jets of the Royal Air Force of the United Kingdom joined the NATO air policing mission in the Baltics and will lead it until the end of August. The aircraft, which will be based in Estonia during the mission, will be ready to take off round-the-clock in order to ensure security of airspace over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

    “This deployment emphasizes our commitment to the respect of sovereignty of democratic States of Eastern …

  • Swedish PM: We are not interested in Moscow's opinion regarding Sweden joining NATO

    The Swedish Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, in response to comments made by the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, on the possibility of Stockholm joining NATO, stated that Stockholm does not need Moscow’s opinion to make decisions.

    Löfven noted that the words of the Russian Minister were "absolutely useless," emphasizing that no one seemed interested in Moscow’s opinion regarding this issue.

    "In Sweden we make our own decisions regarding defense and security policy. In this regard we …

  • Latvia finds Russian submarine near its borders

    Latvian military forces discovered a Russian submarine and a military ship near the Latvian border. This information was disclosed on the Twitter account of the Latvian Armed Forces on May 2.

    According to the tweet, a class "Kilo" submarine and a military ship, "Victor Konetsky",  were spotted at a distance of approximately 8 nautical miles from Latvian territorial borders. 

    In April Russian fighters intercepted American military aircraft as many as 3 times over the Baltic Sea. Also in April, …

  • New negotiations of the 'Normandy Format' to be held in Berlin

    German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has requested that representatives of the Normandy Four hold a meeting focusing on the settlement of the conflict in Ukraine.

    He has invited his colleagues from Russia, Ukraine and France to discuss a way to resolve the crisis in the Donbas. Negotiations in the Normandy Format will be held on the 11th of May in Berlin.

    “I consider it necessary to make a new attempt to overcome the relationship barrier between Kiev and Moscow. Too much time has …

  • Belarusian National Front submits application to recognize Night Wolves as extremist

    The Chairman of the Belarusian Popular Front, Alaksiej Janukievich, sent an application to the Prosecutor General of Belarus to label the Russian motorcycle club "Night Wolves" an extremist organization, as stated by the party's press service, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    Janukievich submitted the application because the Night Wolves' leader, Alexander Zaldostanov, said "Belarus equals Russia."

    According to the opposition leader, Zaldostanov's words were aimed at undermining the country's …