• Media: US vetoed supply of Israeli drones to Russia

    FlightGlobal.com reported that the US Administration vetoed further sales of Israeli-produced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) to Russia.

    According to knowledgeable sources, in the past month, Russian companies repeatedly contacted Israeli UAV producers, trying purchase more drones. However, after the Israeli Ministry of Defense verified the possible realization of such deals, it became clear that such agreements would be vetoed by America. Negotiations were suspended indefinitely.

    Earlier, …

  • Die Welt: The EU wants to limit visa-free regimes with Turkey and Ukraine

    The EU wants to adopt a special agreement on visa-free travel to Turkey, which could be cancelled in case Ankara fails to comply with agreements on refugees. Such rules might be applied to the agreements with Ukraine, Welt am Sonntag wrote.

    Scheduled for late July, the visa-free regime between the EU and Turkey will probably not have an unlimited nature. In the case of Ankara, unlike the current practice, the EU plans to conclude a special agreement on visa liberalization. This was requested …

  • Samantha Power explains why the US does not supply Ukraine with weapons

    US Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power stated on Sunday, April 17th during an interview for Voice of America that the US does not provide Ukraine with weaponry because it wishes to prevent an escalation of the conflict in Donbas. Washington considers Ukrainian reforms and sanctions against Russia to be more effective counters against the Kremlin’s aggression.

    "The White House considers that a military solution to the conflict would be a tragedy for everyone… If we provide Ukraine …

  • Iran showcases newly acquired Russian S-300 missile systems at military parade in Tehran

    The agency Mehr reported on 17th of April that the elements of S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, which Russia began to supply to Iran, were presented at the military parade in honor of National Army Day in Tehran. The Agency also provides the details about other missiles that were shown at the military parade. It was reported that modifications of the missiles of the different range, including X53, X29L, PLG, Gader, Nasr, Fakur, Fab-500 and AM54 were presented at the military parade.

    A …

  • Putin and Obama hold 'intense discussion'

    US President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin held "an intense discussion" on Monday on Syria and Ukraine, White House spokesman Josh Earnest stated.

    According to the Kremlin press service, the two sides agreed to "keep boosting the coordinated effort of the two countries in Syria, including through secret services and defense agencies… With this aim additional measures will be worked out for prompt reaction to the existing violation of the ceasefire regime.”

    The Presidents …

  • Crimea signs deals for more than $1 billion in economic investments at Yalta Forum

    The self-proclaimed "head" of the annexed Crimea, Sergiy Aksyonov, posted on Facebook that the Council of Ministers have attracted 70 billion rubles worth of infrastructure investments in Crimea, most notably an investor for constructing the Simferopol Airport. Aksyonov asserted that the effect of the agreements in the Yalta forum is to bypass the sanctions.

    According to Aksyonov, the forum was attended by the representatives of 26 countries, the members of the European Parliament. "The …

  • Russian Justice Ministry suspends activity of Crimean Tatar Mejlis

    On Monday, the Russian Ministry of Justice added the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People to the list of organizations that are suspended on the territory of the Russian Federation due to “extremist activity”, Interfax reported.

    The Ministry noted that the organization was included on the list on the basis of Russian-Crimean Prosecutor General Natalia Poklonskaya’s decision to suspend the activities of the public association on the annexed peninsula.

    As explained by the Prosecutor General, the …

  • Russia says Su-27's barrel roll over US aircraft was not dangerous

    Military commanders in Moscow insist on compliance of the Russian fighter jet with international rules in the case of the incident with a US spy plane over the Baltic Sea.

    Russian fighter jet Su-27 did not commit a dangerous rapprochement with the US Air Force aircraft in the skies over the Baltic Sea. The official representative of the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, Major General Igor Konashenkov, made such a statement on Sunday, April 17. According to him, "the entire flight …

  • PACE President urges Russia to release Savchenko

    PACE President Pedro Agramunt urged Russia to release Ukrainian pilot and member of the Assembly, Nadiya Savchenko, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    "At the beginning of the April session of PACE, I have to reiterate our serious concerns about the situation of our member Nadezhda Savchenko, who remains in custody in the Russian Federation,” Agramunt stated

    According to him, the release Savchenko is especially important in light of the reports of her ongoing hunger strike and the deterioration of …

  • Yerofeyev and Alexandrov found guilty by Ukrainian court

    A court in Kiev found Evgeny Yerofeyev and Alexander Alexandrov guilty of waging war, sentencing the two Russian soldiers to 14 years in prison, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    Both were found guilty and are “to be punished for multiple crimes by having the least penalty absorbed by a harsher one, with the court determining the final penalty… in the form of 14 years of imprisonment with a confiscation of all the property owned by the convicts," the verdict read.

    According to Ukrainian law, the …