• Steinmeier: NATO-Russia Council meeting is aimed at resuming dialogue with Moscow

    The German Foreign Minister hopes that the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council will help to clarify the decisions made in Warsaw and resume a dialogue with Russia

    In the run-up to the meeting of the NATO-Russia Council to be held on 13 July, the German Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, stated that it is important to clarify with Moscow all decisions made at the Summit in Warsaw and resume a dialogue.

    “This is a chance to clarify all the decisions made in Warsaw and then restore a …

  • NATO fighters escort Russian bomber near Latvian airspace

    The National Armed Forces of Latvia reported on Twitter that NATO fighter jets on patrol encountered and escorted a Russian bomber over the Baltic Sea. “On the 10th of July, fighter jets of NATO patrol police identified a Russian IL-22 bomber over the Baltic Sea near the Latvian border,” the report said.

    Russian warships and military aircraft have been increasingly encountered near the air and sea borders of the Baltic States since the beginning of the conflict in Ukraine and the deterioration …

  • Ukraine to receive 50 million euros from the European Commission to combat corruption

    The Commissioner for European Neighborhood Policy & Enlargement Negotiations, Johannes Hahn, told reporters that the European Commission intends to allocate 50 million euros to support Ukraine’s fight against corruption, Rosbalt reported.

    "In the next few days the Commission will adopt a program to support anti-corruption initiatives in Ukraine ... As far as I remember, the size is about 50 million [euros]," Hahn said at a press conference in Kiev.

    The Commissioner explained that the program …

  • One Ukrainian soldier killed and ten wounded in the Donbas

    Over the last 24 hours, one Ukrainian soldier was killed and ten were wounded as a result of the fighting in the Donbas, Interfax-Ukraine reported, citing the Speaker of the Ukrainian Presidential Administration on issues in the conflict area, Andrei Lysenko.

    According to him, the number of attacks by pro-Russian separatists has increased dramatically, as the Ukrainian side recorded a total of 94 attacks on Sunday, the highest since mid-April.

    Lysenko explained that the attacks occurred in …

  • Ukraine and Canada sign free trade agreement

    Ukraine and Canada have signed a free trade agreement. The Canadian Minister of International Trade, Chrystia Freeland, and First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine and the Minister of Economic Development and Trade, Stepan Kubiv, signed the agreement. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko noted that the work to expand this agreement will start immediately. According to him, the Free Trade agreement will come into force immediately but will be implemented over the next seven years.

    In July 2015, …

  • IAAF prohibited Russian track and field athletes from participating in the Olympics

    The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rejected almost all applications from Russian track and field athletes to participate in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Of the 136 athletes, only jumper Darya Klishina received an approval. She will compete as an independent athlete. This was reported by R-Sport.

    The All-Russian Athletics Federation (ARAF) believed the criteria used by IAAF to decline the athletes’ applications were unfair.

    “The main reason for refusal to the …

  • At NATO-Russia meeting, Russia wants explanations about NATO’s expansion

    At a joint Russian-NATO meeting, Moscow will demand a detailed explanations from NATO concerning the Alliance's expansion

    The statement was made by the press representative of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Maria Zakharova,  commenting on the NATO summit in Warsaw.

    “ During the NATO-Russia meeting which is scheduled to take place on July 13, we are expecting detailed explanations from the representative of the Alliance about strengthening of NATO which is taking place in all …

  • UN: Number of civilian victims of the war in the Donbas is the highest since August 2015

    The number of civilian victims in the Donbas has reached its highest point since August 2015, as stated in the latest report by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs which was made public on Friday, 8 July. According to the UN, in June, clashes continued in the conflict zone in eastern Ukraine.  Just this month 12 people were killed and another 57 were injured in the Donbas.

    As noted in the report, most victims were injured by artillery shells, as attacks were carried out …

  • Italy agrees to maintain sanctions on Russia until Minsk agreements are implemented

    According to Ukraine’s presidential press service, during a meeting between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, Italy promised to maintain sanctions against Russia if Moscow does not implement the Minsk Agreements. Poroshenko and Renzi agreed that it is important now to remain united in supporting Ukraine.

    The Regional Council of Lombardy, a province in northern Italy, has passed a resolution calling for lifting the anti-Russian sanctions and …

  • Gorbachev accuses NATO of preparing an attack on Russia

    In an interview with Interfax, former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev shared concerns that NATO made a step towards preparations for war, and called on Russia to immediately resume the dialogue with the Alliance that was lost.

    Commenting on the results of the NATO summit in Warsaw on Saturday, July 9, Gorbachev said that "NATO has begun preparations for the escalation of the Cold War into the hot one." He believes that though the Alliance "only talks about defense” it is in reality “preparing …