Contents tagged with Europe

  • Half of Russian regions in recession

    With the Russian Federal State Statistics Service (Rosstat) recording a slowdown of Russia’s GDP, which grew by only 0.5% in the first quarter, the least since 2017, half of the country’s regions have already plunged into a recession reports finanz.ru.

    At the end of March, an increase in economic activity was documented in only 42 of Russia’s 86 federal subjects, observes the Moscow-based Higher School of Economics (HSE) in its “Commentaries on the government and business”.

    The number of …

  • Lithuanian parliamentarians urge to recognize the deportation of the Crimean Tatars in 1944 as genocide

     “Crimes” against the Crimean Tatars committed in the USSR should be recognized as a genocide, according to a draft of the resolution registered by Conservatives Audronius Ažubalis and Laurynas Kasčiūnas in the Lithuanian Seimas, as reported by DELFI.

    “There is no statute of limitations for crimes committed during the communist regime,” said Ažubalis. Also, according to the parliamentarians, “oppression, discrimination and violence against the Crimean Tatars began again, five years ago,” when …

  • Estonia accuses Russian Tu-154 aircraft of violating its border

    Estonian military accused the Russian Tu-154 aircraft of violating the Estonian air border last Saturday, reported Estonian Defense Forces.

    The report stated that the Tu-154, belonging to the Russian Navy, entered the country's airspace near the island of Vaindloo without permission and was there for less than a minute.

    It is noted that the transponder of the aircraft was turned on. As the Press-service of the Defense Forces added, the plane had a flight plan, but there was no radio contact …

  • Poland demands compensation from Russia for dirty oil

    Russia and Poland are currently conducting negotiations on how the chlorine-contaminated oil is to be discharged from the Druzhba pipeline, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak, as cited by TASS. Warsaw wants to know how much Russia will be willing to pay if Poland takes on the task of pumping out part of the substandard oil.

    Kozak noted that the matter of cleaning the pipeline has already been resolved with a number of other countries. “Standard oil is already being supplied to …

  • United States assures support for Ukraine under President Zelensky

    The U.S. Secretary of Energy, Rick Perry, who led the American delegation to the inauguration of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, said that Ukrainian people can rely on the United States.

     “President [Donald Trump] sent us in order to assure the people of Ukraine that they can rely on the United States, rely on our cooperation with the new president and, I hope, with the Verkhovna Rada,” said Perry while speaking to journalists in the Verkhovna Rada after the official Zelensky’s …

  • Zelensky calls on EU to strengthen sanctions against Russia

    During a meeting with the Vice-President of The European Commission Maroš Šefčovič on May 20, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky noted the importance of strengthening sanctions against Russia and called on the European Union to continue sanctions pressure, reports Press-service of the President, Radio Liberty reports.

    "The strengthening of sanctions against Russia as a reaction to their aggression is something we hope for. I hope that the pressure through the sanctions from the EU will …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky meets with the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Hungary

    President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky met with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, President of Lithuania Dalia Grybauskaite, President Hungary Janos Ader and President of Latvia Raimonds Vejonis, all in attendance at the newly elected head of state’s inauguration.

    Zelensky thanked the heads of state after they warmly congratulated him on assuming office, as reported by the president’s press service.

    During a meeting with President of Estonia Kersti Kaljulaid, Vladimir Zelensky said that …

  • The UN Security Council declines to review Ukrainian language law at Russia’s request

    The UN Security Council declined to review the law making the Ukrainian language the state language, reported by Radio Svoboda.

    At the beginning of the meeting, representatives of several countries refused to consider the issue, especially as it was the day of the new president of Ukraine’s inauguration, stating that this was Russia’s attempt to exert pressure on Kyiv. Representatives of France, Germany, the USA, Belgium and Poland expressed their opposition.

    During the vote on whether or not …

  • Estonian President condemns decision to restore Russia's voting rights in PACE

    Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid heavily criticized the Council of Europe’s  intention to restore Russia's voting rights in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), after the agreement was reached allowing Russia to retain its  membership in the organization, reports Postimees news agency.

    "I believe in dialogue with Russia, but this does not mean that Russia should be returned to the partnership after it violated international law and its promises," said Kaljulaid at a …

  • US hits Russia's Gazprom with record LNG production

    The US is continuing to increase its production of Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG), adding to the surplus on the global market that has already caused prices in Asia and Europe to halve, finanz.ru writes.

    Sempra Energy, a joint enterprise between French Total and Japanese Mitsui and Mitsubishi, has announced the launch of the first LNG liquefaction line at the Cameron LNG project.

    The export terminal in Louisiana has a designed capacity of 4.5 million tons of LNG per year. In 2020, the second and …