• Ukrainian PM Yatsenyuk survives no-confidence vote

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk survived a no-confidence vote shortly after Ukrainian MPs voiced their dissatisfaction over the Cabinet’s work. The vote came hours after Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko asked Yatsenyuk to resign, saying that the public had lost trust in his ability to fight corruption.

    “Is it not clear that successful reforms can only be conducted by a government that enjoys sufficiently high public support?” Poroshenko stated.

    The Prime Minister arrived in the …

  • US to provide Ukraine with more equipment and technology for border surveillance

    The US will provide Ukraine with a modern system for the monitoring of their borders.  Representatives of the US Congress and the manufacturing company have said that the first samples are just awaiting customs clearance in Ukraine.  The Ukroboronprom state company, who is a partner in this project, has said that they are willing to establish a joint production with the US of similar equipment in Ukraine.  Supporters of military assistance to Ukraine in Congress have not excluded cooperation …

  • Turkish PM discusses situation in Crimea during visit to Kiev

    The results of meetings between the Heads of the Ukrainian authorities and the Turkish delegation in Kiev were positively assessed. This discussion was held in the office of the Chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Mustafa Dzhemilev.

    “During all negotiations, special attention was paid to solving the problems of occupied Crimea and the protection of the rights of the Crimean Tatar people.  Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu's visit to Kiev is beneficial in solving the …

  • Nariman Jelal: We were prepared for Russia to ban the activities of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

    The lawyers of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People have examined the decision of the Russian Prosecutor of Crimea, Natalia Polonskaya, to ban the activities of the Mejlis within the territory of Russia.  The First Deputy Head of the Mejlis, Nariman Jelal, discussed this with the Krym.Realii news portal.

     “We have the statement and our lawyers are aware of the next steps to take.  We have already seen that there are many items of a suspicious nature in the statement.  The most conspicuous is …

  • In Munich, Medvedev shows that he is no Longer the 'Good Cop'

    German media covered the International Conference on Human SecurityDebates on issues concerning world policy at the Munich Security Conference, as the Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel observed, constantly varied between skepticism and hope; and often both would come from the mouth of the same politician. John Kerry, the United States Secretary of State, in describing the current international climate, stated pessimistically that the world may not have ever faced so many crises of troubled …

  • EU lifts most sanctions against Belarus

    The European Union (EU) has finally lifted the sanctions against 170 citizens of Belarus, as well as three Belarusian companies.  The decision was adopted by the Foreign Ministers of 28 countries at a scheduled meeting of the EU Council.  This was reported by the Brussels correspondent of Radio Liberty, Rikard Jozwiak, via Twitter.

    "The Foreign Ministers of the EU have decided to exclude 170 people and three Belarusian companies from the sanctions list.  The embargo on arms supplies still …

  • Klimkin: Ukraine will Address the Issue of Russian Transit in Accordance with International Law

    The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, stated that Kiev will address the issue of the blockage of Russian trucks at the border in accordance with international law, but also in terms of Ukrainian national interests, Interfax reported.

    “Each aspect should be considered separately on the basis of the rules of international law. We are a State based on the rule of law and we will not act like Russia; but at the same time, we will take care of our interests. Russia will not be …

  • Berlin: Kiev must continue to Pursue Reforms

    Against the backdrop of accusations of corruption in Ukraine, the Government of Germany warned the authorities in Kiev that a deviation from the initial course of reforms would have consequences. “The scandal surrounding the resignation of the Minister of Economic Development and Trade of Ukraine, Aivaras Abromavičius should be a wake-up call for Kiev,” a representative of the German Foreign Ministry said on the 15th of February.

    “We insist that the Ukrainian leadership, Ukrainian Parliament, …

  • Russia to supply Iran with S-300 surface-to-air missile systems

    According to the Russian Foreign Ministry’s Deputy of the Second Department on Asia, Zamir Kabulov, Russia will begin to supply Iran with S-300 surface-to-air missiles (SAM), as resported by RIA Novosti. Tehran is also interested in purchasing improved S-400 SAMs; however, the parties haven’t begun negotiations on this issue yet.

    Russia and Iran signed a contract for the supply of S-300’s, worth approximately $900 million in 2007. The President of Russia, Vladimir Putin, signed a decree in …

  • Vitaliy Kasko Resigns as Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine

    Vitaliy Kasko has resigned from his post as the Deputy Prosecutor General of Ukraine. Kasko announced this at a recent briefing attended by an RBC-Ukraine correspondent, who reported Kasko as stating, “I have decided to resign from the Prosecutor’s Office. Here is my resignation notice, signed February 15th.” According to him, he consulted with foreign partners before making a final decision.

    “I consulted with our foreign partners, who have been supporting me morally for all this time. We came …