• Russia to write off Ethiopia's $160 million debt

    The Prime Minister of Ethiopia, Tedros Adhanom, during an interview with Interfax, indicated that Russia has agreed to write off Ethiopia’s $160 million debt.

    “During negotiations with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov this week in Moscow, it was agreed that Ethiopia’s $160 million debt will be cancelled. We agreed that these resources will best be used towards the ‘Debts in Exchange for Development’ project in Ethiopia involving Russian companies,” the Prime Minister explained. …

  • Linkevičius tells Lavrov not to create enemies

    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius urged his Russian counterpart, Sergey Lavrov, not to create enemies, Delfi.it reported. His comment was made in response to Lavrov’s statement that Lithuania "is the most Russophobic country in the Baltic."

    "I would recommend that my colleague Lavrov not create enemies, as is already the tradition," he noted.

    "We respect Russian culture, we have a number of activities for which there come intellectuals, journalists, writers, and political …

  • Ukrainian Samopomich party demands dismissal of Deputy Foreign Minister over his comments about the Donbas

    The Ukrainian Samopomich party (Self-Reliance) has demanded that Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Vadym Prystaiko be immediately dismissed from his post, according to a statement published on the party’s official website.

    “Prystaiko, in his interview with Golos Ameriki [Voice of America], said that Ukraine has to hold elections in the separatist territories of the Donbas this summer and that the current separatist leaders may be elected  since they ‘exert some influence over the territories’ …

  • Berlin confirms its plan to send German soldiers to Lithuania

    On April 29th, after a meeting with the Prime Minister of Latvia, Māris Kučinskis, the Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, announced the involvement of the Bundeswehr in the policy of Russian containment along the eastern borders of NATO, Deutsche Welle reported.

    “I want to emphasize the fact that it is extremely important for us to operate within the NATO-Russia Agreement,” Merkel said. At the same time, she expressed her hope to intensify the dialogue between Russia and the Alliance.

    “We …

  • Russian Su-27 once again intercepts US spy plane

    A Russian Su-27 fighter has once again made a dangerous maneuver near an American spy plane in international airspace over the Baltic Sea. This was stated by the representatives of the US Department of Defense, CNN reported.

    CNN said that the Russian Su-27 performed an aerobatics barrel roll (360 degrees revolution around the longitudinal axis) about 30 meters from the American plane.

    According to Reuters, Pentagon spokesman Bill Urban said that such actions of the Russian fighter jet may …

  • Criminals attempt to deposit money that was stolen in Ukraine in Russian banks

    Local bandits are trying to exchange dollars, Euros and Ukrainian hryvnias, stolen from ATMs of Lugansk and Donetsk regions of Ukraine, in Russian banks, Forbes journalist Anton Berzhitskii wrote.

    Several bankers and a source in law enforcement told Forbes that a significant amount of bills that were stolen from ATMs and bank vaults of Donbas and Lugansk region have emerged in Moscow. Mediators are trying to unofficially exchange these bills with a discount, using their acquaintances with top- …

  • Yanukovych case opposing EU sanctions against his family begins in Luxembourg

    Hearings in the case of former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych and his elder son Alexander have begun in the EU Court in Luxembourg, Rosbalt reported. The Yanukovychs are challenging the sanctions that have been imposed against them by the European Union.

    The restrictive measures placed on the former Ukrainian President and his son are supported by the lawyers of the EU Council and the European Commission.

    "The meeting started after a ten-minute delay, but everything went according to …

  • US Congressman: The US shouldn't invest in the modernization of Russia by purchasing rockets

    On April 28th, a Republican member of the U.S. Congress, Duncan Hunter, during a discussion in the U.S. House Committee on Armed Services stated that the United States shouldn’t support the military modernization of Russia by buying rocket engines to launch American military satellites.

    “There is no reason to fill Putin’s pockets, when we don’t need 18 rocket engines right now. Do you see that when you vote for it, you will be contributing to Russian military modernization,” Duncan Hunter …

  • NATO to place four batallions on eastern border with Russia

    NATO is planning to transfer four battalions of 4,000 soldiers to the Alliance’s eastern border with Russia, the Wall Street Journal reported. The soldiers will be stationed primarily in Poland and the Baltic states.

    The US plans to contribute two battalions, while Germany and the UK will likely contribute one battalion each.

    According to US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, “The Russians have been doing a lot of snap exercises right up against the borders, with a lot of troops. From …

  • New bill introduced in US Congress to assist Ukraine

    Co-Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the US House of Representatives, Elliot Engel, has introduced bill H.R. 5094, “To contain, reverse, and deter Russian aggression in Ukraine, to assist Ukraine's democratic transition, and for other purposes”.

    The bill is meant to preserve the sanctions against Russia until Moscow fully implements the Minsk Agreements and returns the Crimean Peninsula to Ukraine. The bill would also prohibit the recognition of the Russian annexation of the Crimea …