Contents tagged with crimea

  • Italian police seize Crimean wines presented by Russia at exhibition in Verona

    At their stand at the Italian wine exhibition Vinitaly in Verona, Russians were exhibiting wines from the Crimean peninsula which Russia annexed in 2014. This was mentioned by exhibition participant Oleksii Lubetskyi, who is also a manager of the UA2EU project, which promotes Ukrainian exports. Lubetskyi informed the Italian financial police of the violation. After this, the Russians were forced to remove the Crimean wines from their stand. The incident was reported by Lubetskyi on his Facebook …

  • In Italy, an exhibition of Crimean wine was seized

    At the international exhibition of wine in Verona, a collection of Crimean wines was seized, as reported by the head of the republic, Sergey Aksyonov.

     “At the exhibition a number of Crimean enterprises brought their products, but the Italian police yesterday, for unclear reasons, seized all of their products... Now the Ministry of Foreign Affairs is investigating,” said the Crimean head.

    Aksenov promised to provide assistance and protection to Crimean manufacturers by all legal means.

    The …

  • Czech Republic calls for maintaining sanctions on Russia until Minsk agreements are implemented

    The Czech Republic supports the preservation of sanctions against the Russian Federation until the Minsk Agreements on the settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine are fully implemented, as stated by the Czech Minister of Foreign Affairs, Lubomir Zaoralek.

    "The Czech Republic supports the sanction policy until the full implementation of the Minsk Agreements. Our sanctions are linked to the illegal annexation of the Crimea and the use of force after that,” said Zaoralek at a joint news …

  • An issue of Allegro magazine was removed from circulation in Finland due to its advertisement of tours to Crimea

    The Finnish state railway company, VR, has decided to seize the entire circulation of the Allegro magazine due to an advertisement for tourist trips to the Crimea, reported Yle news agency.

    Allegro magazine is intended for passengers of high-speed Allegro trains running between Helsinki and St. Petersburg. It is issued jointly by VR and JSC Russian Railways.

    The latest issue of the magazine contained an advertisement for Crimean travel published in Finnish, English, and Russian. The title …

  • Russian special forces carry out military exercises in Crimea

    In Russia, the Special Forces division of the Southern Military District has begun the active phase of military exercises which also take place in the annexed Crimea, Interfax-AVN reported, citing Colonel Vadim Astafiev, representative of the Southern Military District.

    “According to the plan of the exercises, the combined units of Special Forces (a convoy of Typhoon and Tigr armored vehicles as well as paratroopers landing from military transport planes) have arrived at the task execution …

  • Chubarov: The Crimea represents a direct threat to NATO member countries

    The Crimea has become a foothold from which Russia could directly threaten NATO member countries, as was stated on April 7th by the chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, People's Deputy of Ukraine, Refat Chubarov, in an interview with Krym.Realii.

    "Today, the annexed Crimea has become a direct threat to the NATO member states on the southern flank. This concerns Bulgaria, Romania, and Turkey," Chubarov said.

    On April 7th, Refat Chubarov, Mustafa Dzhemilev, Emine Dzhaparova, and …

  • Prime Ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia said they will never recognize the annexation of the Crimea

    Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia promised to never recognize the legitimacy of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation as was stated in a joint statement by the Prime Ministers of the Baltic countries and the head of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman following a meeting in Kyiv.

    “We strongly condemn Russia's aggression against Ukraine and stress that the sanctions imposed on Russia must remain in place until the Minsk Agreements are fully implemented and Ukraine's …

  • Crimean Tatar leader Dzhemilev claims that Crimea’s current 'semi-bandit totalitarian regime' is worse than the Soviet one

    After the annexation of the Crimea, Russia established on the peninsula “a hard, semi-bandit, totalitarian regime, which, by some of its features, is even worse than the Soviet one," as stated by the leader of the Crimean people, Mustafa Dzhemilev, at a conference in Bratislava, Radio Liberty reports.

    “The struggle of Crimean Tatars was long and persistent, but ultimately successful. Hundreds of people passed through prisons and camps. Some of them ended their lives in prison chambers and many …

  • Russia begins tactical aviation exercises in Crimea

    On April 4th, the tactical aviation of the Southern Military District in the Crimea and the Russian Volgograd region was raised on alert in the framework of flight and tactical exercises, said Colonel Vadim Astafyev, chief of the South Ossetia press service, as reported by RIA Novosti.

    “In the Crimea and the Volgograd region, pilots of the Air Force and Air Defense of the Southern Military District were raised on alert in accordance with the training and combat alert in the framework of flight …

  • Ukrainian official claims that Putin threatened Yanukovych to convince him to give up joining NATO and the EU

    President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin warned former Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych that he would "take away the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine" if Yanukovych signed the Association Agreement with the European Union, as stated by the Chairman of the Trans Carpathian Regional State Administration, Gennady Moskal, during an an interview with 112 Ukraine TV.

    "When they had to travel to sign the agreement, Putin said, ‘Russia's borders will never join with the borders of the EU and …