• Lavrov admits that Russia has no proof of U.S. collusion with ISIS

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov admitted that Moscow has no evidence of U.S. collusion with ISIS militant terrorists, reported Interfax news agency.

    At the same time, the Russian Foreign Minister noted that the actions of the Western coalition led by the United States in Syria makes Russian aviation tactics more difficult.

    According to the news agency, Lavrov responded to reporters’ questions about a British Air Force report that 250 ISIS militants were allowed to leave the city of …

  • U.S. Defense Budget with $350 million for Ukraine sent to Trump for signature

    The U.S. defense budget for 2018, which provides $350 million to help Ukraine in security matters, has been sent to the U.S. President for signature, as reported on the Facebook page of the Ukrainian Embassy in the United States.

    "The U.S. Senate approved a bill for the U.S. budget for 2018 military spending, which contains permission to allocate $350 million to provide security assistance to Ukraine. The U.S. Congress approved the bill, which was then sent to the U.S. President for his …

  • Washington: US State Department follows up the adoption of Russian law on foreign agent media

    The Department of State is closely following the fate of the Russian law on foreign agents, RIA Novosti reports, citing a department representative.

    "We are closely following this bill to see whether it will be adopted and how it will be implemented," he said.

    According to him, the State Department informed its Russian partners that "FARA (Foreign Agents Registration Act in the United States) promotes transparency without limiting freedom of speech."

    Previously, the State Duma adopted, in …

  • Belarus declares its readiness to provide a peacekeeping contingent to the Donbas

    Belarus is ready to provide peacekeeping contingent to the Donbas, if it receives consent from all interested parties, as announced at a joint news conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and Belarusian Foreign Minister Vladimir Makei.

    "We are ready to allocate an appropriate peacekeeping contingent, if it is acceptable to all interested parties, in order to participate in solving peacekeeping tasks," said Makei.

    He also noted that in October 2014, Belarusian President …

  • Poland banned entry to several Ukrainians

    Several Ukrainians have been placed on an entry ban list composed by Poland, as stated by the Foreign Minister of Poland, Witold Waszczykowski, at a press conference in Warsaw, Ukrinform reports.

    “The list is short, there are just a few names on it,” Waszczykowski said and stressed that Poland intended to work towards a resolution to all issues with Ukraine.

    Waszczykowski also said he was looking forward to an upcoming meeting between representatives of the Consultative Committee of the …

  • The European Parliament supported the creation of trust fund for Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova

    The European Parliament voted for the recommendations of the “Eastern Partnership” summit to create a model of the “Eastern Partnership Plus” for Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia.

    Over 519 deputies of the European Parliament voted for it, 114 were against, 47 abstained, UNIAN reports.

    It is suggested in the EP report to create a model for countries that have association agreements with the EU and have made significant progress in implementing reforms, which "ultimately can lead to joining the …

  • Serbia wants to recognize the Crimea as part of the Russian Federation

    Serbian Parliament Deputy Alexander Šešelj informed Russian newspaper Izvestia that his country's politicians wanted to officially recognize the Crimea as Russian.

    The Serbian Radical Party drafted a statement for the forthcoming meeting of the National Assembly of the Serbian Parliament that intends to emphasize the difference between the "reunification" of the Crimea with Russia and the violent secession of Kosovo.

    "Belgrade cannot expect Moscow to support the disputed territorial issues …

  • US State Department Envoy called on Ukraine to create an anti-corruption court

    Ukraine needs to create an anti-corruption court in addition to fulfilling the requirements for obtaining the next tranche of the International Monetary Fund's loan, as stated by Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    "We were pleased to see that a number of very important reform laws have been adopted in Ukraine but much remains to be done. The efforts on establishing an Anti-Corruption Court should continue," he said.

    Mitchell …

  • Chairman of Ukrainian Parliament urged the US State Department to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons

    The Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada, Andriy Parubiy addressed Wess Mitchell, the new Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs with a request to provide Ukraine with lethal weapons. Parubiy had the following to say on Facebook:

    "I had a strategic and constructive meeting with US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Wess Mitchell. This visit is a sign of great support for Ukraine from the US. I called on the US State Department to provide Ukraine …

  • Russian Duma rules that foreign media can be recognized as foreign agents

    The State Duma of Russia, in its third and final reading, adopted an amendment that will allow the Russian Ministry of Justice to recognize foreign media as foreign agents, Dozhd TV reported.

    The vote was unanimous. A total of 414 deputies voted for the adoption of the law.

    According to the document, “legal entities registered in a foreign state” and “foreign structures without the formation of a legal entity” can be declared as foreign agents. The Ministry of Justice will be empowered to do …