• Montenegro to deport more than 50 Russian citizens

    Montenegrin radio station Antena M reported on the 26th of March that the police detained 60 foreigners, including 55 citizens of Russia, during a special operation. All detainees are suspected of involvement in criminal activity. According to Antena M, the arrests took place at Hotel Perjanik, in the Montenegrin capital of Podgorica.

    Fifty-five citizens of Russia and five citizens of Japan were detained during the operation. They are believed to be involved in “international organized crime”. …

  • Media: A number of large EU banks will not place Russian Eurobonds

    A number of major European banks have decided not to participate in the placement of Russian Eurobonds in the amount of $3 billion, and Russia is finding it increasingly difficult to enter the foreign holdings market while being subject to sanctions, The Wall Street Journal reported.

    In mid-March, the EU leadership, following the United States' example, advised European banks against attempting to purchase Russian government bonds. Formally, the placement of bonds is not in violation of the …

  • Pope Francis calls for an end to the war in Ukraine during Easter address

    Pope Francis has called for an end to the war in Ukraine and for a release of all prisoners of war in the country. He said this during his Easter message “Urbi et Orbi”, as reported by Krym.Realii with reference to Radio Vatican.

    "May the Lord of life accompany the efforts aimed to reach a final overcoming of the war in Ukraine, inspiring and supporting humanitarian assistance initiatives, among which include the release of prisoners," the Pope said.

    On Sunday, Catholics around the world …

  • Abrahamyan: Russia will provide Armenia with discounted gas

    Armenian Prime Minister Hovik Abrahamyan stated that Russia will provide a discount on natural gas for Armenian consumers, reported Radio Azatutyun. He added that the extent of the discount has not yet been determined.

    “This issue was discussed at the meeting between the President of Armenia and the President of Russia in Moscow. The agencies have been entrusted with carrying out a discussion on the issue of price reduction. It will become known to what extent the price can be reduced during …

  • President of Bulgaria calls for Savchenko’s release; says Crimea is Ukraine

    During his visit to Kiev, Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev told his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko that Crimea belongs to Ukraine. He also stated that Nadiya Savchenko and other Ukrainian political prisoners held in Russia should be released immediately, Poroshenko’s Press Secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Twitter, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

    "The President of Bulgaria: 'In every speech I emphasize that the Crimea is Ukraine. And Ukraine is Europe,'" Tsegolko wrote.

    The …

  • Anti-government rally held in Belarus

    An opposition rally was held in Minsk on Friday on the unofficial national holiday “Freedom Day”, which marks the anniversary of the creation of the Belarusian People’s Republic on that day in 1918, Zaxid reported. Estimates on the number of participants vary from 500 to as many as 2,000.

    The protesters were comprised of representatives of various social groups including pensioners, students, and entrepreneurs. The demonstrators voiced their dissatisfaction with the current Belarusian …

  • Nadiya Savchenko's health has deteriorated significantly

    According to Vera Savchenko, the health of her sister, Nadiya Savchenko, has deteriorated significantly, and she desperately needs medical attention. Vera Savchenko said this on the TV channel 112 Ukraine.

    "Consuls visited her on Friday, and the information about her symptoms I received from them. They listed the symptoms. Nadiya always says that everything is fine, everything is great. When I saw her last time, she was the one who said to me: ‘All is well’, and because of all the events I …

  • John Herbst: The US is against the federalization of Ukraine

    Former US Ambassador to Ukraine John Herbst said that Washington will not agree to the federalization of Ukraine as a resolution for the situation in the Donbas, Rosbalt reported.

    The federalization of Ukraine is Russia’s proposed solution to the war in the former Soviet republic.

    "Our administration has repeatedly stated that there is no connection between our diplomacy on Syria and our diplomacy with regard to Ukraine. I believe them," the former ambassador said to the TV channel Inter when …

  • King Abdullah II: Israeli and Jordanian jets intercepted Russian aircraft in January

    King Abdullah II of Jordan stated that Israeli and Jordanian jets intercepted Russian aircraft as they were approaching the edge of Syrian airspace, as reported by the Middle East Eye.

    Abdullah II told the US Congress about the incident in January, but the information was not disclosed until last week.

    Following the incident, negotiations were held between Israel, Jordan, and Russia to avoid an escalation of tensions.

    The Jordanian King noted that he warned Russia that there would be …

  • Security Service of Ukraine releases names of 1,400 of its employees who defected

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SSU) disclosed the names of 1,391 of its former employees who defected following the Ukrainian Revolution in the spring of 2014. The list was published on the SSU’s website on Saturday, RBC reported. Most of the SSU employees on the list were stationed in the Crimea prior to its annexation in March of 2014.

    The list was primarily comprised of individuals who served in the 3rd SSU Alpha Group, located in Simferopol in the Crimea, as well as employees of the Main …