• Putin and Lukashenko reach agreement on oil and gas prices

    Belarus and Russia have found ways to compensate for Belarus’s expenses that were caused by a Russian tax maneuver in the oil sector, said Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko on Sunday after a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi.

    According to Semashko, the leaders have found ways to compensate part of Belarus’s losses arising from the tax maneuver – roughly $400 million per year, the amount that Minsk earned through favorable oil prices.

    Semashko …

  • Kyiv rejects Kremlin’s gas proposal

    Yuriy Vitrenko, business development director of Naftogaz of Ukraine, wrote a comment on Facebook about Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s suggestion that Russia and Ukraine withdraw all gas-related disputes and claims.

    Medvedev had said previously that Russia and Ukraine will have to reach an agreement that both parties like. “Whether they want it or not, it’s clear that in this situation we’ll have to come some sort of zero option,” said the prime minister, noting that Kyiv could buy …

  • US Defense Secretary announces new military aid tranche for Ukraine

    The US Defense Department is preparing to send Ukraine another military assistance tranche, said US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Voice of America reports.

    “We have another tranche coming up at this time. I think it’s around $250 million, and the Department of Defense supported it last time. I imagine we’ll support it next time around. But there are always checks we have to do. We always look for how it is being used and whether they are addressing corruption,” said Mark Esper.

    When asked …

  • Lithuanian President calls on Russia to implement Minsk agreements

    Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda expressed support for Ukraine before the Normandy Four meeting.

    Nausėda said that Lithuania continues to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and calls on the Kremlin to implement the Minsk agreements.

    "The Normandy Summit is approaching. Lithuania strongly supports Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. We urge Russia to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements," wrote the Lithuanian President on his Twitter.

    Earlier, German …

  • Russian spy ship blocked from entering Panama Canal

    The naval vessel Yantar (Amber) belonging to the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet has been blocked in Panama’s territorial waters. The Russian warship for the third day cannot leave the territorial waters of Panama because it has not received a permit to enter the Panama Canal.

    A few days ago, the Russian news outlet Avia.pro reported that the Russian warship Yantar, which Russia calls “an oceanographic naval vessel”, was blocked from entering the Panama Canal after a U.S. warplane flew over it. …

  • Unidentified warplanes bomb Iranian military base on Syrian-Iraqi border

    On Saturday evening, unidentified aircraft launched missile strikes on a camp of pro-Iranian Shiite militias near the town of Abu Kamal, near the Syrian-Iraqi border, in northeastern Syria, reports the TV channel Al-Hadath, citing the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

    At least five militants were reportedly killed in the attack.

    Earlier, it was reported that the construction of an Iranian-funded military base and transport infrastructure in the Abu Kamal area, which would …

  • Russian intelligence accused of hacking Macron’s correspondence

    Two Western companies specializing in cybersecurity have received evidence of the involvement of Russian intelligence services to hack the correspondence of French President Emmanuel Macron and his entourage, reports Le Monde.

    Macron’s email was hacked in May 2017 before the second round of the French presidential election. In July, Wikileaks posted 21 thousand letters related to the election campaign of the French President. Macron said at the time that Russian hackers were behind this, but …

  • Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council approves main scenario of Donbas reintegration

    During a press conference after the Ukrainian National Security and Defense (NSDC) council meeting headed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on December 7, the NSDC's Secretary Oleksiy Danilov said that the main scenario for the reintegration of the Donbas territories that are temporarily not controlled by Kyiv was chosen.

    "Today at a meeting of the NSDC, we approved one of the scenarios which will be implemented as the main one. The reintegration envisages bringing back to Ukraine the …

  • Lukashenko leaves Russia and Belarus integration meeting without speaking to media

    The talks between the presidents of Russia and Belarus Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko on the prospects of deepening integration within the Union State, lasted more than 5 hours, reports Interfax news agency.

    The meeting was held in Sochi at Putin's residence Bocharov Ruchey. After the talks, Lukashenko left Putin's residence without speaking to the reporters.

    "The first 2 hours Putin and Lukashenko talked with the members of delegations being present. Then during lunch, they talked …

  • Zelensky goes to Normandy Four Summit in Paris ‘armed with information’

    During the meeting of Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), the Secretary of the Council Oleksiy Danilov said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will go to the Normandy Four Summit, which will be held in Paris on December 9, "armed with information" that will be used in the interests of the country. NSDC's meeting was broadcasted on YouTube by Ukrainian TV Channel 5.

    "The President [Zelensky] is going to the Normandy Four meeting armed with certain information, which, …