• European Commission submits legislative proposal to abolish visas for Georgian citizens

    On Wednesday, the European Commission announced they had submitted a legislative proposal for the liberalization of visas for Georgian citizens.

    The European Commissioner for Migration, Dimitris Avramopoulos, said this at the press conference in Brussels, according to the Evropeyskaya Pravda newspaper.

    "The Commission proposed today to abolish visas for Georgian citizens. The Commission proposes to include Georgia in the list of countries with which the EU has a visa-free regime," he said. …

  • Armenian President: We fully support Russia’s position on Syria

    Photo: The Kremlin

    During a visit to Moscow on Thursday, Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan told Russian President Vladimir Putin that Armenia fully supports Russia’s position on Syria, as stated on the Kremlin’s website.

    “I loudly declare that we firmly support Russia's position on the Syrian issue. And of course, we welcome the agreement which you have reached with the United States, the cessation of hostilities; this may be the key to a political solution of the issue,” Sargsyan told Putin. …

  • Erdoğan: Turkey will always support the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including the Crimea

    As stated by President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Thursday, Turkey fully supports the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including the Crimea. This was stated by Erdoğan during a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko during the latter’s visit to Ankara, as reported by Glavnoe.

    “I said, Mr. President, Turkey will always support the territorial integrity of Ukraine, including the Crimea, and the political unity of Ukraine, and I will repeat it once again, Turkey has not …

  • Georgian President: Russian policy is one of the greatest threats to the Caucasus

    While speaking at the fourth Global Baku Forum organized by the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, Georgian President Giorgi Margvelashvili stated that Russian policy is one of the greatest threats to the region.

    "State security in the region changed significantly in a short period of time. The cornerstone of our common security in the region involves disrupting the creeping Russian occupation in Georgia, the events in Ukraine, the growing threat of terrorism and the crisis of refugees, “ …

  • US Police say Lesin's death was caused by blunt-force head trauma

    The results of a forensic medical examination of the body of the former high-ranking Russian official Mikhail Lesin were announced in Washington. He died from injuries inflicted on his head, Deutsche Welle reported.

    The autopsy revealed that the cause of death of the former General Director of Gazprom-Media Holdings was intense, blunt-force, head injuries. This was announced by the representative of the Federal District of Columbia Police in the U.S. on Thursday, March 10th. The examination …

  • EU decides to extend sanctions against Russians and separatists for another 6 months

    On March 9th, TASS reported that, according to a source in the EU Council, the ambassadors of the 28 EU countries at the planned meeting in Brussels decided to extend the blacklist sanctions against Russia and self-proclaimed republics in the East of Ukraine for another six months.

    "Permanent representatives to the EU today approved the extension of the sanctions for six months," the source said, noting that now the decision must be officially approved by all 28 EU member states, and then …

  • Moscow to hold celebration rally on anniversary of annexation of Crimea

    Authorities in Moscow approved an application to hold a concert and rally on the anniversary of Russia’s annexation of the Crimea on March 18th, Ekho Moskvii reported.

    The application was approved by the Moscow Mayor’s office, and authorities estimate 10,000 Muscovites will attend the concert entitled “We are Together!” on March 18th at Vasilevsky Spusk near the Kremlin. Roads near Red Square are expected to be closed for the day.

    The internationally recognized Ukrainian territory of Crimea …

  • Ukrainian Government appeals to Germany to send doctors to examine Savchenko

    On behalf of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk appealed to the German government to send doctors to examine Nadiya Savchenko, who has been on a hunger strike for the last week in a Russian detention center.

    “On behalf of President Poroshenko, we appeal to the German side with the request to send as soon as possible Nadezhda Savchenko doctors from Germany,” Melnyk wrote on Twitter.

    On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that …

  • Gubarev: Uprisings in southeastern Ukraine in 2014 were organized by 'external forces'

    Pavel Gubarev, the head of the People's Militia of the Donbas, the leader of the Novorossiya (New Russia) Party and the former "People's Governor" of the Donetsk region, said the anti-government uprising in the southeast of Ukraine in 2014 was organized by external forces. In an interview with the local newspaper, he said that without such aid it would be impossible to effect a leadership change in other cities of Ukraine, Rosbalt reported.

    Responding to a question about whether the repetition …

  • Czech National Bank imposes temporary ban on European-Russian Bank activity

    The Czech national bank imposed a temporary ban on the European-Russian Bank’s (ERB) financial activity. According to the regulation made by the Czech National Bank today, the ERB, which has operated in the Czech Republic since 2008 has temporarily lost its authority to take new deposits and provide credits.

    Czech National Bank spokesman Tomáš Zimmermann stated that the Czech National Bank, as the executive body of the Financial Oversight Committee, evaluated the situation of the ERB. After …