• Former Latvian President: We cannot let Russia tell our country what to do

    The former President of Latvia, Valdis Zatlers, discussed his recent visit to Moscow where he presented his book of memoirs, This is who I am! Zatlers shared his impressions with journalists from Latvijas Avīze, BaltNews reported.

    “The Russian media shows everything bad about Latvia and it ignores questions asked in the Diplomatic Academy concerning the improvement of relations with Latvia,” said the former President, urging the exploration of Russian diplomacy deeper than it is currently …

  • New US military contingent begins its work in Lithuania

    New U.S. troops stationed in Rukla, Lithuania have begun their work, as reported by delfi.lt.

    According to the news portal, the contingent consists of about 260 servicemen. The American troops will continue exercises through the end of June in Lithuania. U.S. ground troops in Lithuania and other Baltic States have been revolving since the spring of 2014.

    Other allies have sent troops to Lithuania on an irregular basis; however the decision on whether to deploy a regular battalion consisting …

  • Europol: The Russian mafia has penetrated European football clubs

    The Portuguese Police and the EU Police Service, Europol, stated that they have uncovered a cell of influential Russian mafia members which is likely laundering money through European football clubs.

    Europol’s statement published on May 4th said that this group, by providing financial support to the clubs, has established control over them, and subsequently could launder money through player transfers.

    Searches of several football clubs were conducted in Portugal as part of the investigation …

  • Russian man found guilty of extremism for posting 'Crimea is Ukraine' on social media

    A Russian court in Tver sentenced mechanical engineer Andrei Bubeev to two years and three months in a penal colony for posting "extremist content" on his social media page, Radio Svoboda reported. 

    The content that was deemed to be extremist by the court was a post on Bubeev's VKontakte page which read "Crimea is Ukraine".

    Bubeev was charged with public calls to commit extremism and activities aimed at violating the territorial integrity of Russia.

    The human rights organization Memorial has  …

  • Lavrov: Russia would consider selling tanks, armored vehicles and combat aircraft to Iran

    Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said that Russia would consider selling tanks, armored personnel carriers and combat aircraft to Iran.

    “Bans against Iran for certain weapons such as tanks, armored personnel carriers and combat aircraft were removed and instead changed to five-year licensing regimes. This means that Iran can now consider buying these types of weapons. We will definitely consider their proposals if they contact us in this regard. I will however repeat that the S-300 …

  • Estonian Defense Minister: Russia regularly violates our airspace

    Russian warplanes regularly violate Estonian airspace. This was reported by the Minister of Defense of Estonia, Hannes Hanso, during a visit to Paris on the 3rd of May. He added that this is “extremely reckless behavior” by Moscow.

    “They are violating our airspace fairly regularly. They fly over the Baltic Sea with their transponders switched off,” Hanso reported.

    He added that even though military radar can detect a plane which has its transponders turned off, civilian aircraft are unable to …

  • Savchenko refuses to sign the documents for extradition to Ukraine

    Nadiya Savchenko has refused to sign the documents for extradition to Ukraine. She explained her decision in a letter posted on her Facebook page.

    “I am outraged! The officials brought me a set of documents to complete for my extradition to Ukraine. I laughed wildly after reading them. The first question asked what my purpose was for crossing the Russian border. Can you imagine such a question? I answered that I was kidnapped by the Russian secret service. They immediately changed my answer to …

  • US tanks arrive in Georgia for joint military exercises

    More than a dozen US M1A2 Abram tanks have arrived in Georgia to participate in the Noble Partner 2016 military exercises, Radio Svoboda reported.

    The exercises involving American, Georgian, and British soldiers will begin on May 11th.

    The Abrams tanks and Bradley M2 infantry fighting vehicles arrived in Vaziani, a suburb of Tbilisi, on Thursday, at a former Russian army base.

    "Exercise Noble Partner is a bilateral effort focused on enhancing U.S. and Georgian NATO Response Force …

  • OSCE reiterates that military parades in the Donbas on May 9th will violate the Minsk Agreements

    The OSCE has once again stressed that the presence of heavy weapons during military parades in Donetsk and Luhansk on May 9th will be a violation of the Minsk Agreements, Interfax-Ukraine reported.

    According to Alexander Hug, the Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine, "historical heritage is important, but [the presence of] heavy weapons in the cities of Luhansk and Donetsk is a violation of Minsk and a threat to the people".

    As previously reported, on April …

  • Poroshenko issues indefinite moratorium on payment of 'Yanukovych's debt'

    The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, signed the law adopted by the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine that placed an indefinite moratorium on the repayment of Eurobonds on the loan provided by Russia to Ukraine in December 2013.

    The corresponding law amending Article 4 of the Law of Ukraine “On specific features of dealing with sovereign and local debt guaranteed by the state” was signed by the President on the 29th of April.

    The law excluded a phrase "and will remain in force until the 1st of …