• Spain returns to China unreliable coronavirus test kits also purchased by Ukraine

    Spain has sent a large batch of rapid coronavirus test kits back to the Chinese manufacturer because they proved unreliable, reports El Pais.

    On March 10, Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko announced that the Ukrainian authorities bought similar rapid test kits. These test kits were to be distributed to seven hospitals for coronavirus testing.

    It is noted that the first 9,000 test kits from the shipment had an accuracy of only 30% while the required accuracy is at least 80%.

    At the same time, …

  • Austrian Foreign Minister: sanctions against Russia will remain despite coronavirus

    The Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria Alexander Schallenberg believes that Russia will not be able to achieve the removal of sanctions amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    "Russia's attempts to lift sanctions due to coronavirus are futile," Schallenberg said during a telephone conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmutro Kuleba.

    The ministres noted the unity of positions on the need to preserve …

  • La Stampa: 80% of Russian coronavirus aid to Italy is useless

    Russia's assistance to Italy in the fight against coronavirus is a geopolitical and diplomatic project of Vladimir Putin, 80% of the supply of Russian equipment is useless in contrast to Chinese supplies, wrote Italian newspaper La Stampa with reference to unnamed high-ranking political sources.

    "Among Russian supplies, 80% are absolutely useless or of little use for Italy. In short, it is little more than a pretext," the newspaper quoted one of the interlocutors as saying.

    The newspaper …

  • Russia resumes oil supplies to Belarus

    Russian oil giant Rosneft announced that it is resuming oil supplies to Belarus on the terms initially requested by Minsk, that is with a premium of $5 per ton, reported the news agency Interfax with reference to the representatives of the company.

    "The company confirms that the decision to resume deliveries to Belarus was made on the terms that we initially offered to the Belarusian side, that is, with a premium of $5 per ton," the representative of the Russian company said.

    Belarus has been …

  • China buys cheap Russian oil in record volumes

    China has taken advantage of falling demand for oil in Europe amid a coronavirus pandemic to replenish its reserves with oil from Russia. According to traders, China has already purchased 1.6 million tons of Russian oil for shipping by sea in the next four weeks, Reuters reported. At the same time, the Chinese are enjoying not only a drop in demand for oil in Europe, but also low prices for Russian raw materials.

    According to traders, Russian oil companies are quite happy with orders from …

  • Russian Su-27 fighter jet crashes in Black Sea

    On March 25, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet crashed in the Black Sea off the Crimean coast, reported the TV channel "Crimea 24" with reference to the Russian Defense Ministry.

    According to the Russian news agency TASS, the Su-27 disappeared from radar screens 50 km from the city of Feodosia.

    "The Su-27 fighter jet disappeared from the control screens during the scheduled flights on March 25, at about 20:10, over the Black Sea,50 km from Feodosia. At 20:11 the signal of an emergency beacon in the …

  • DPR puts former Ukrainian President Poroshenko on wanted list for killing militants’ commander Motorola

    The so-called prosecutor general's office of the Donetsk People’s Republic has opened a "criminal case" against the fifth president of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on suspicion of organizing the murder of one of the militant leaders Arsen Pavlov, nom de guerre Motorola, as reported on the website the Prosecutor General's Office of DPR.

    According to the DPR authorities, Poroshenko, being the president of Ukraine, approved the plan to assassinate Pavlov, which was carried out by the Ukrainian …

  • Germany allows Poland to decide the fate of Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    German regulatory office for electricity, gas, telecommunications, post and railway market, Bundesnetzagentur has allowed Poland to participate in the consideration of the application to exclude Nord Stream 2 from the rules of the new EU Gas Directive. This issue is key for the future of the project, as European regulations can severely restrict gas supplies through the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

    Last year, the European Commission approved new changes to the EU Gas Directive. Now the Third …

  • Kyiv declares state of emergency in Ukraine

    Ukraine is under the state of emergency until April 24, Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmygal said at a Cabinet meeting on Wednesday. The meeting was broadcast on the Cabinet's YouTube channel.

    According to the Prime Minister, the emergency regime throughout the country, which was previously introduced in nine regions, is necessary to strengthen the fight against the spread of coronavirus. According to the Ukrainian Health Ministry, to date, 113 cases of COVID-19 infection have been detected …

  • Putin to postpone indefinitely vote on Constitution

    President Vladimir Putin, in an address to the nation, will announce the postponement of the vote on amendments to the Constitution, which was scheduled for April 22, reports RBC news agency, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the preparation.

    “At present, it is not clear exactly how the situation with the spread of coronavirus will develop, so it is not possible to determine a new date,” explained another source familiar with the issue. “It is legally possible to move the date from …