• US, EU ambassadors and IMF ask Ukrainian parliament to postpone consideration of illicit enrichment bills

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF), and the US and EU ambassadors to Ukraine have sent a letter to the relevant Ukrainian parliamentary committee asking it to postpone the consideration of all 13 pending bills on the penalty for illicit enrichment, since all the initiatives that have been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine so far are defective, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    “The US ambassador, the IMF mission, and the EU ambassador have written a letter – it arrived today: They request …

  • Volker: US could sell more Javelin anti-tank systems to Ukraine

    The US could sell Ukraine another batch of Javelin anti-tank missile systems, announced US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker during a video conference for European reporters, UNIAN reports.

    “As you know, part of this assistance consisted in providing anti-tank systems so that, if tanks proceed further into Ukraine’s territory, Ukraine has the best capabilities to protect itself,” the special representative noted.

    According to Volker, Ukraine has expressed interest in acquiring a …

  • Kremlin: Central African Republic interested in Russia's assistance with social and economic security

    The authorities of the Central African Republic have expressed interest in Russia’s assistance  with the country’s social and economic development and strengthening security, Russian Foreign Ministry wrote on Facebook.

    It is noted that the meeting of the Special Representative of Russian President for the Middle East and African countries, Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov and the President of the Central African Republic Faustin-Archange Touadéra took place on March 16 in Bangui, the …

  • Russian court lays new set of charges against two American Mormons detained in Novorossiysk

    The Gulkevichi Regional Court in the Russian Krasnodar Krai region took legal actions against two US citizens for violating Russian laws on freedom of conscience and religious associations, reported CurrentTime TV. They were fined thirty thousand rubles or over $460.

    According to court documents, David Udo Hague and Cole Davis Brodovsky, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints were arrested in Novorossiysk on March 1, 2019. US media earlier named one of the detainees as Cole …

  • On the fifth anniversary of Crimea's annexation Poland pledges continued support to Ukraine

    On the fifth anniversary of the Crimea’s annexation, Poland expresses its support to Ukraine and Ukrainians who live in the Crimea, wrote the Polish Embassy to Ukraine on Twitter.

    Polish diplomats stressed that forcible change of the borders should not be allowed. "Poland and Poles remember Ukraine and its citizens who remained in annexed Crimea. We will not stop our efforts to return Ukraine's territorial integrity. We cannot allow the forcible change of state borders to be legalized,” the …

  • Ukrainian President promises to begin missile program if reelected

    During a speech in Kyiv that was broadcast by the TV channel 112 Ukraine, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko promised to start implementing the renewed military missile program if he wins the upcoming presidential elections.

    Poroshenko said that at the start of his first term as president he had to “look for not only helmets and bulletproof vests for the army, but even pants, socks and linen”. “Our road to peace is through the further reinforcement of the army,” he observed. He also promised …

  • Saudi Minister of Energy: Sanctions against Russia will affect the global energy market

    During a press conference, Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources of Saudi Arabia Khalid Al-Falih said that the new sanctions against Russia can have an impact on the global energy market, RIA Novosti reported.

    “Russia is a big supplier of gas to Europe and oil to China. If this happens, it will affect Europe, China and the world,” the minister said, during a press conference in Baku, where the meeting of OPEC+ Monitoring Committee․

      The committee will evaluate the measures to …

  • German Foreign Minister: Russia's annexation of Crimea a ‘fatal violation of international law’

    On the anniversary of the Crimea’s annexation by Russia, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas deplored Russia’s actions in the peninsula. “This fatal violation of law is now in its fifth year. Russia tried to shift boundaries by resorting to military force. Those who act like this destroy trust and put in question basic principles of peaceful coexistence,” Maas stated on Twitter.

    Earlier, the Foreign Ministry of the Czech Republic stated that although the Crimea has been annexed by Russia, it is …

  • Georgian Defense Minister: Joining NATO will guarantee national security

    Georgian Defense Minister Levan Izoria said on Saturday in a live broadcast of the TV channel Imedi that he believes integration into NATO will guarantee his country’s sovereignty and security.

    “Georgia has taken a course towards joining NATO, it is our country’s sovereign right. Integration into the alliance is the guarantor of Georgia’s democratic development, the guarantor of security,” Izoria said. He noted that “Georgia is continuing the reforms necessary in order to join the alliance, …

  • Kremlin takes over sanctioned Russian-Venezuelan bank

    The Russian government has decided to take over VTB Bank’s shares in Evrofinance Mosnarbank, which has come under sanctions for servicing payments by the Nicolas Maduro regime in Venezuela.

    VTB’s share in the bank of 25% plus one share, which is held through VTB’s foreign offices and ITC Consultants, will most likely be transferred to the Federal Agency for State Property Management at no cost, VTB head Andrey Kostin announced on Thursday.

    “The decision has been made, and it has been approved …