Contents tagged with Europe

  • Czech Republic accuses Russia of cyber-attacks against its Foreign Ministry

    The Security Information Service (BIS) of the Czech Republic annual report published on Monday states that Russia’s intelligence services were behind last year's cyber-attacks targeting the Czech Foreign Ministry. Attackers broke into Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) information systems and got access to over 150 employees email addresses, copying letters and attachments to them.

    According to the document, the responsibility for two separate attacks on the country's Foreign Ministry …

  • Stoltenberg: NATO increases presence in the Black Sea and is watching Russia

    NATO is closely monitoring the security situation in the Black Sea and increases its military presence in the region, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference in Brussels.

    “NATO has increased its military presence in the Black Sea region. With more naval presence. Last year the number of days with NATO ships or ships on the NATO command in the Black Sea increased from 80 to 120 and there are also, of course, NATO Allies which have deployed ships in the Black Sea …

  • Merkel’s party calls for action against Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    Angela Merkel’s intention to step down from the position of leader of Germany’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party, and later from the position of federal chancellor, threatens to cause trouble for Russia.

    Merkel’s most likely successor as head of the ruling CDU, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has criticized Russia for exacerbating the conflict with Ukraine, and has identified the Nord Stream 2 project as a possible target of response measures.

    Refusing to support the project at all would be …

  • Ukrainian Prime Minister: Nord Stream 2 is Russia's weapon in war against Europe

    On Sunday, the press service of the Ministers Cabinet reported that Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman described the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project in Russia as a subtle form of war against Europe.

    "Nord Stream 2 is a form of disguised war against Europe. We know what it is like to be dependent on Russia energetically and politically. We know how dangerous it is, from our own experience. Therefore, we now view this project as one of Russia's geopolitical weapons," said Groysman in an …

  • Finland disallows Putin's friend to build a house near the military training area

    Finnish authorities have banned businessman Boris Rotenberg, who is close to the Russian President Vladimir Putin, from building a residential real estate near the military training ground in the Finnish city of Hanko, reports the Ilta-Sanomat newspaper.

    In 2016, the Environment Commission allowed Rotenberg to build a 350 square meters guesthouse in the specified location. The Finnish defense forces appealed this decision in court.  

    The first complaint of the military department, filed in …

  • Media: sanctions force Russian oligarchs to sell their yachts

    Russian billionaire oligarchs Alexander Mamut and Vasily Anisimov, the 42nd and 68th richest Russian citizens according to Forbes are hurrying to sell their yachts, reported Russian news agency Primechaniya.

    Mamut sold his elite yacht Kibo for 129 million dollars. The new owner whose name is unknown rechristened the yacht Grace. It is now sailing in the Gibraltar. The vessel was originally built in a German shipyard in 2014. Among its luxurious furnishings is a table covered with leather made …

  • Moldovan Parliament threatens to dismiss President Dodon from office

    The Moldovan Parliament may suspend President Dodon, stated Moldovan Parliament Speaker Andrian Candu, reported  DW.

    Candu said that the deputies may adopt a corresponding resolution by the end of this year, despite the fact that their four-year mandate expired on November 30.

    The speaker added that after the expiration of powers, the parliament has no right to pass laws, but it can pass resolutions.

    "Parliament will not have to pass a law to suspend the president, since this can be done by …

  • Poland and Denmark sign agreement to build gas pipeline in Baltic Sea

    Poland and Denmark have agreed to go ahead with the Baltic Pipe, which will span 900 km of the bottom of the Baltic Sea, and is scheduled to start supplying Poland with Norwegian gas in 2022.

    Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki tweeted that the agreement had been signed on November 30.

    “Today we were able to make a quantum leap towards the security and independence of the Polish energy sector. An investment decision was made to create the strategic Baltic Pipe gas pipeline, which will …

  • Polish Foreign Minister: After Russia’s aggression in Kerch strait there is a chance to stop Nord Stream 2

    At the press conference with the Ukrainian Foreign Minister, Pavlo Klimkin, in Kyiv, Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz called for exerting pressure on countries that support the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project after Russia's aggression against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait.

    He noted that the international community’s position is divided. On the one hand, the European Commission, the United States, Poland and other countries believe that Nord Stream 2 should fall under the European …

  • Kremlin: Putin explained attack on Ukrainian ships to Merkel and Macron

    During a meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave his German and French colleagues Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron a detailed explanation about the incident in the Kerch Strait, reported  Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, as cited by Interfax.

    “The president gave comprehensive explanations about the Black Sea border incident [at the meeting with Merkel], and demonstrated it clearly. He also demonstrated it clearly yesterday, at the meeting with …