• President of Georgia expressed confidence that his country will join NATO

    The President of Georgia, Giorgi Margvelashvili, expressed confidence that soon, "Georgia, undoubtedly, will become a member of NATO."

    Speaking at the opening of joint military exercises, Noble Partner 2016, with the United States of America and Great Britain he declared that these exercises are a "continuation of our policy on rapprochement with NATO."

    About 500 Georgian, 650 American and 150 British soldiers are taking part in the exercises. The official purpose of the exercises is the …

  • Ukrainian Parliament urges international community to recognize the genocide of the Crimean Tatars

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine appealed to the UN, the European Parliament, PACE, the OSCE and world leaders to honor the memory of the victims of the Crimean Tatar genocide and to condemn the ongoing violations of the rights and freedoms of Crimean Tatars.

    240 members of Parliament voted in favor of the resolution on May 11th. It was supported by the Opposition Bloc party, the Vidrodzhenya party and the majority of the deputies of the Radical party.

    According to the document, Parliament is …

  • Ukrainian representative in the UN accused Russia of supporting terrorism

    The Russian Federation has been conducting subversive activities against Ukraine for more than two years, according to the Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations (UN), Volodymyr Yelchenko. He said this on Wednesday during a meeting of the UN Security Council.

    “For more than two years, Ukraine has been a victim of aggression by its neighbor, the Russian Federation. Russia has occupied, and  illegally annexed, the Ukrainian territories of Crimea and Sevastopol. It continues …

  • Russia launches the last line of power bridge to Crimea

    On the 11th of May, the fourth and last line of the power bridge was launched from the Russian Federation to the peninsula.

    On Wednesday, the 11th of May, the fourth and last line of the power bridge was launched to the annexed Crimea. As a result, according to Russian authorities, the peninsula has become fully independent from energy supplies from Ukraine. "The new line will bring up the total power supply from Russia to Crimea to 800 megawatts. With its own electricity generation, it will …

  • Moldova protested Russian participation in Victory Day parade in Transdnistria

    Moldova’s Government protested the participation of Russian troops in a Victory Day parade in the separatists region of Transdniester.

    A statement by the Foreign Ministry of Moldova reads that the Russian presence in the parade in Tiraspol “is a violation of the obligations of the Russian Federation and the principles and rules of international law.”

    The Foreign Minister of Moldova, Andrei Galbur, stated that his country asked Russian officials to prohibit 1,500 Russian troops stationed in …

  • Ukrainian MFA: Events in the French Parliament may lead to the lifting of sanctions on Russia

    Officials in the lower house of the French Parliament have put forward a proposal to abandon pressure on Russia through economic sanctions. This may lead to sanctions being lifted altogether.

    The Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine for European Integration, Olena Zerkal, discussed the issue on Channel 5 on Wednesday. When asked about the prospect of continuing European sanctions against Russia, she responded that she thought “it will not be easy, especially given the recent events that took …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry: No consensus was reached on elections in the Donbas during Berlin meeting

    At their meeting in Berlin, the Foreign Ministers of the Normandy Four were unable to reach a consensus with Russia regarding Kiev’s conditions for elections in Donbas. This was reported by Interfax-Ukraine in reference to statements made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin.

    “We have not come to an agreement. Russia has presented their own versions of the electoral legislation. I have told the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, that we are perfectly capable of …

  • Two Ukrainian prisoners being held in Russian penal colonies were transferred to Moscow

    According to Radio Svoboda, Gennady Afanasiev’s lawyer, Alexander Popkov, reported that the two illegally convicted Ukrainians, Gennady Afanasiev and Yury Soloshenko, were transferred from penal colonies where they were serving their sentences to the Lefortovo detention center in Moscow. Afanasiev was brought from Syktyvkar by plane and Soloshenko came by train from Nizhny Novgorod.

    Popkov hopes that the transfer of his defendant is connected with the extradition process that was initiated by …

  • Ukraine still expects to issue Eurobonds under U.S. guarantees

    The Minister of Finance of Ukraine, Oleksandr Danylyuk, during an interview with journalists on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), stated that Ukraine is still planning to issue Eurobonds under U.S. guarantees. However, the exact entrance dates to the borrowing market are unknown.

    “Firstly, we should receive guarantees. We have it in our plans,” Danylyuk said.

    In April, Danylyuk said that Ukraine expects to return to the markets …

  • Canadian Prime Minister: Canada will support strengthening NATO's eastern border

    The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, confirmed his participation in the NATO summit in Warsaw, stating that at the meeting he will support strengthening the eastern border of the Alliance.

    This was reported by Christopher Szczerski, an envoy from the Polish president’s office, after a meeting between Trudeau and Polish President Andrzej Duda.

    During their meeting, Trudeau stressed that only cooperative work between all members of the Alliance will help deter the threat lying to the …