• Le Figaro: France has adopted the so-called 'Putin's Amendment'

    Members of the National Assembly have voted for the second “Sapin Law”, which is aimed at modernizing the economic life of France. In addition, members catered to Russia by adopting an amendment which protects the property of foreign states and companies against confiscation.

    According to Fabrice Nodé-Langlois of Le Figaro, this amendment is known as “Putin’s amendment” in France as it is adopted at a time when the property of the Russian Federation and Russian state-owned companies is …

  • EU to decide on extension of sanctions against Russia on June 21st

    On the 21st of June, the European Union shall make a decision on extending sanctions against Russia, according to Agence France-Presse’s diplomatic sources. The decision will be approved on the 24th of June during the meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the EU countries. Another discussion of the sanctions will take place during the second half of 2016.

    “I have a feeling that something should be done in the second half of this year,” the source said. As previously reported, the EU intends to …

  • Russian State Duma Deputy praised Russian fans for brawls at Eurocup 2016

    The Vice-Speaker of the State Duma from the Liberal Democratic Party and a member of the Executive Committee of the Russian Football Union (RFU), Igor Lebedev, praised the Russian fans for fighting with the English fans.

    "I don't see anything bad with the fans’ fight. On the contrary, our guys did well. Keep it up!" Lebedev wrote on Twitter. According to the Deputy, the incident in Marseille and other French cities "is not the fault of the fans, but the inability of the police to organize such …

  • UN urges Russia to amend 'law on foreign agents'

    Russia needs to amend its "law on foreign agents", according to the High Commissioner of the World Organization for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein. He said this during the opening of the 32nd session of the UN Council on Human Rights in Geneva, TASS reported on Monday, June 13, 2016.

    "This week a number of amendments to Russian laws on "foreign agents" have come into force. More than 90 non-governmental organizations are now listed as "foreign agents." This definition implies that their …

  • NATO to approve deployment of four new battalions along its eastern borders

    This week NATO will approve the deployment of four battalions to the Baltic States and Poland, according to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

    “We are going to approve the deployment of four reinforced international battalions to the Baltics and Poland,” Stoltenberg said at a press conference before a meeting of the Defense Ministers of NATO countries.

    Each battalion will have between 500 and 1000 soldiers. NATO officials state that new military reinforcements are deployed in Eastern Europe …

  • Second US aircraft carrier entered the Mediterranean Sea

    The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower aircraft carrier entered the Mediterranean Sea on Monday, as reported by Reuters with reference to US Navy Command.

    The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower will replace the USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier who will return later this month after an eight-month deployment to the region.

    The Harry S. Truman was recently transferred from the Persian Gulf to the Mediterranean Sea to “check the Russians,” according to US Rear Admiral Bret Batchelder.

    The Dwight D. Eisenhower …

  • Estonian PM: The constant presence of NATO troops should become the norm in our country

    The constant presence of NATO troops in the country should become a new reality for Estonia. Interfax reports that the Prime Minister of Estonia and Leader of the Reform Party, Taavi Rõivas, made statements to that effect at the recent Reform Party meeting.

    According to Rõivas, defense and allied relations should be strengthened because the security environment has become unstable and unpredictable and many previous signs of threat have become a reality. “Russia acts like an aggressor, which …

  • Second stage of NATO exercises begin in Lithuania

    The second part of NATO’s Gelezinis Vilkas 2016 military exercise have begun at the Gaižiūnai site in Lithuania. Germany, Denmark, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the US and France will participate in these large-scale exercises. RBC-Ukraine states that this was reported by the press service of the Lithuanian Ministry of Defense.

    “An international unit of the battalion level, which was established based on the Danish Armed Forces, will be tested during these exercises, which will then take on an …

  • Polish diaspora in the US calls on Obama to strengthen military presence in Poland

    Americans of Polish descent held a rally near the White House in Washington on the 11th of June, calling on the US government to strengthen the presence of US troops in Poland and in the Baltic countries.

    According to the organizers, 150 to 300 people attended the rally. They came from several states including New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Virginia. The demonstrators held both US and Polish flags, as well as banners that said “We demand a full NATO brigade in Poland” and “A …

  • Stoltenberg: Russia continues to support separatists in eastern Ukraine

    According to NATO Secretary General Jen Stoltenberg, Russia continues to support separatists in eastern Ukraine, Evropeyskaya Pravda reported.

    “Russia has a special responsibility because it continues to support the separatists in the Donbas. We see Russian troops in eastern Ukraine,” Stoltenberg said.

    "We are deeply concerned by the violations of the cease-fire. We are also concerned about the large number casualties in the east of Ukraine in recent days. For me this is a signal that we …