• Ukraine and Turkey agree to strengthen military cooperation in the Black Sea

    Ukraine and Turkey have agreed to strengthen cooperation in the military sphere during a meeting between Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak and the Turkish Minister of National Defense, İsmet Yılmaz, Krym.Realii reported.

    "We agreed to develop a joint action plan to deepen cooperation in the military-technical sphere and logistical support, personnel training, the military-industrial complex, as well as on joint actions in the Black Sea basin. We plan on signing the relevant documents …

  • Construction of new US missile defense installation begins in Poland

    Construction of a new US missile defense base has begun in the Polish village of Redzikowo.

    The ground breaking ceremony was attended by Polish President Andrzej Duda, Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, and US Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported with reference to TVN 24.

    On Thursday, the US’s European missile defense system in Romania was officially declared operational.

    According to Washington, the missile defense …

  • The FBI was invited to renew its mission in Ukrainian Prosecutor General’s Office

    The newly appointed Prosecutor General of Ukraine, Yuriy Lutsenko, announced an agreement with the FBI’s representative’s office in Ukraine about renewing the FBI’s mission in the Prosecutor General's Office.As Interfax-Ukraine reported, Lutsenko said that he had come to an agreement regarding the resumption of work of the FBI in the Prosecutor General's Office.

    "Also, I have an agreement with the representative office of the FBI in Ukraine about renewal of their mission in the Prosecutor …

  • Groysman accepts Biden’s invitation to visit the US

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Vladimir Groysman has accepted an invitation issued by US Vice President Joseph Biden to visit the United States in June.  This was announced in a statement released by the Department of Information and Communication of the Secretariat of the Ukrainian Government after a telephone conversation between Groysman and Biden.

    "The Prime Minister accepted the invitation of Vice President Joe Biden to visit the United States in June of this year,” the statement read.

    The two …

  • Ukrainian Media Trade Union condemns blocking of news site in Crimea

    The Independent Media Trade Union of Ukraine has condemned the blocking of the Krym.Realii website on the territory of Russia and the annexed Crimea. The news portal, which is part of the Radio Free Europe program and funded by the US Congress, was reportedly blocked in Russia and the Crimea earlier this week.

    Russian Crimean Prosecutor General Natalia Poklonskaya confirmed that the website had been blocked. She had previously stated that she was preparing the materials to make the news source …

  • European Parliament calls for sanctions against those responsible for the ban of the Crimean Tatar Mejlis

    On Thursday, the EU website stated that the European Parliament approved the resolution that calls on the European Union to impose sanctions against people involved in banning the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars.The text of the resolution noted that the European Parliament expresses its commitment to the policy of non-recognition of the illegal annexation of Crimea and sanctions imposed after it. The Parliament calls on expanding the list of people against whom EU sanctions will be imposed for …

  • Latvia records presence of Russian warship and aircraft near its border

    On May 12th, the Armed Forces of Latvia recorded a Russian warship and eight Russian aircraft in its exclusive economic zone.

    The National Armed Forces of Latvia reported this via Twitter.

    "The Russian warship Zhigulevsk was noticed at a distance of 4 nautical miles from Latvian state border in the exclusive economic zone," the post stated.

    In addition, according to the Armed Forces, NATO fighters that patrol the skies over the Baltic Sea accompanied eight Russian aircraft: two Su-24, four …

  • Belarus does not recognize debt to Gazprom

    Interfax reported that the Head of the Ministry of Energy of Belarus, Vladimir Potupchik, told journalists in Mogilev before the Foreign Affairs Council meeting of the Union State that Belarus does not recognize its debt to Russia for natural gas supplied to the Republic.

    “There is no debt. Belarus pays in accordance with the intergovernmental agreements. There in court we will deal with this issue,” Potupchik said.

    He noted that Russia and Belarus interpret gas agreements differently. “ …

  • British fighters intercept Russia military aircraft over the Baltic

    British fighters intercepted three Russian military aircraft over the Baltic Sea on Thursday. The British jets, which began performing airspace patrols over the Baltic three weeks ago, flew out of the Estonian Ämari airbase.

    This was stated on the website the UK’s Ministry of Defense.

    Three aircraft – AN-26, AN-12 and IL-76 - were intercepted because they were flying with their transponders switched off, and did not respond to the attempts of the British pilots to contact them.

    "This is …

  • Russia refuses to recognize the jurisdiction of the court in Ukrnafta lawsuit

    The Russian Federation refuses to recognize the jurisdiction of the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the course of PJSC (Public Joint-Stock Company) Ukrnafta’s lawsuit on the protection of its investments in connection with seizure of petrol stations in Crimea, as stated in the press-release of the court.

    Russia has taken the same position with the lawsuits of the following companies: Stabil LLC, Kirovohrad Nafta, Crimea-Petrol, Pirsan, Trade-Trust, Elefteria, Satek PCF (Production and …