Russia is ready to discuss the creation of safe zones in Syria with the US

The Kremlin is ready to discuss creation of a safe zones in Syria with the USA, however any such plan must be agreed upon with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a press conference in Moscow on February 22, reported Radio Liberty.

Lavrov further stated that he had briefly discussed this topic with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson when they met last week in Germany, however, Tillerson told him that the concept of the creation of such safe zones was …


Italy has allocated 1 million Euro for the residents of the Donbas

The Italian government has allocated €1 million to the UN World Food Programme and UNICEF to assist victims of the conflict in the Donbas. This was stated by the Ambassador of Italy to Ukraine, Davide La Cecilia, in a briefing on Thursday, February 23rd.

“Italy will provide help to Ukraine this year. The Italian government and Italian Development Cooperation have allocated €1 million to help the people who have been affected in eastern Ukraine. Of the one million, €700,000 will be provided to …


Japan voices protest against Russia over plans to station division in the Kuril Islands

The Government of Japan has voiced protest over the Russian Defense Ministry’s plans to place a division in the Kuril Islands within the year. Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga announced the official position at a press conference, reports Nikkei media outlet.

According to Suga, the strengthening of Russia's military presence on the Kuril Islands "is incompatible with the position of Japan." Suga also added that the issue would be discussed at a meeting of the foreign and defense …


OSCE will increase number of observers in the conflict zone in Eastern Ukraine

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) plans to increase the number of observers for its Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, in order to strengthen its technical capacity and increase patrol hours along the contact line in the conflict zone. Sebastian Kurz, the Austrian Foreign Minister who currently holds the OSCE Chairmanship, made the announcement at a UN Security Council meeting.

Kurz, who visited Ukraine in January, called the level of violence in the east of …


Lower House of Dutch Parliament approves EU-Ukraine Association Agreement

The EU-Ukraine Association Agreement has overcome its first hurdle in Dutch Parliament. On Thursday, February 23rd, the lower house of Dutch Parliament (officially the “Second Chamber”) approved a bill for ratification of the agreement by The Netherlands. The roll-call vote resulted in 89 voting in favor of the agreement and 55 against it.

Now the bill will go to the Senate. According to the Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, the vote in the Senate will take place after March 15th, when elections …