Contents tagged with Europe

  • Ukraine refuses to sign UN Migration Pact

    The press service of Ukraine’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs reported that Ukraine refused to sign the Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration (GCM).

    The decision was made because of the annexation of the Crimea by Russia and the fighting in the Donbas, as a result of which there are 1.5 million internally displaced persons in Ukraine.

    "The Ukrainian side is making every effort to ensure the rights and meet the needs of internally displaced persons, but there is still a lot of …

  • Merkel urges Putin to release detained Ukrainian sailors

    The press secretary of the federal government Steffen Seibert stated that the German Chancellor Angela Merkel conducted a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    According to the message, the two sides discussed the situation in the Kerch Strait. During the conversation, Merkel urged the Russian president to release the detained  Ukrainian sailors and to ensure the passage of ships through the Kerch Strait. The parties also discussed gas transit from Russia through …

  • Media: France looking into Russia’s involvement in the organization of ‘Yellow vest’ protests

    Interfax-Ukraine quoting an issue of “Eco” reports that the French government is researching multiple messages by the media about Russia’s involvement in organizing protests by the “Yellow vest,” however, no conclusions have been made yet.

    Eco notes that this issue is being dealt with by the Secretariat-General for National Defense and Security, which is reporting to the Prime Minister, Edouard Phillipe.

    The investigation began due to reports of numerous fake accounts in social networks that …

  • Estonian army to buy American machine guns

    Estonia will become the second country after New Zealand to use automatic weapons produced by the American company Lewis as the primary firearm of its armed forces. The first batch will cost €22 million, but the contract also envisages further purchases, the news outlet Err.ee reports.

    Although until now, the Estonian Defense Forces and Estonian Defense League (Kaitseliit in Estonian) have primarily used Israeli Galil automatic rifles and Swedish AK-4s, in the coming years they will switch to …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister to discuss the Azov Sea crisis with the EU Council

    On December 10, 2018, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin will attend a working meeting in Brussels, during which he will discuss with the Foreign Ministers of the EU countries the escalation of the situation in the Sea of Azov and the Kerch Strait, RBC-Ukraine reported, citing the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

    The possible escalation of the Kerch Strait situation has been added to the EU Council’s meeting agenda on foreign affairs. Klimkin will visit Brussels at the …

  • UK ratifies Kremlin-linked oligarch blacklist

    The British government has made and approved a blacklist of oligarchs close to the Kremlin whose freedom of movement in the UK and the rest of Europe will be restricted.

    The list, which was recently signed by British Prime Minister Theresa May, includes Rosneft executive chairman Igor Sechin, Evraz co-owner Arkadiy Abramovich, MegaFon primary shareholder Alisher Usmanov, Rusal owner Oleg Deripaska, as well as the brothers Arkady and Boris Rotenberg, who have all amassed wealth from Russian …

  • Ukrainian Security Service accuses Russia of organizing protests in France

    Russian intelligence may have organized the protests in France, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) said in a post on Facebook.

    As evidence, the SBU cites a photograph from Paris showing two men in yellow jackets (a defining characteristic of protesters against the increase in petrol tax) holding the flag of the self-declared Donetsk People’s Republic. According to the SBU, the people in the photo are none other than Sorlin Fabris, a member of the Katehon think tank (which is chaired by the …

  • UK suspending ‘golden visa’ program for wealthy Russians over corruption and money laundering concerns

    After December 7, the British government will suspend granting of privileged visas to foreign investors, which allowed rich people to reside in the United Kingdom.

    The Voice of America writes that, initially, the condition for obtaining a Level 1 visa was an investment of at least two million pounds sterling ($ 2.5 million) in the UK. This also gave such persons the right to bring family members to the country for an initial term of more than three years with the possibility of renewal, and …

  • UK to strengthen its military presence in Estonia

    In 2019, Great Britain will strengthen its military presence in the Baltic States. 20 tanks will be deployed to Estonia, and the Royal Navy will conduct exercises in the Baltic Sea, reports ERR news agency, citing Gary Brooks, the British military attaché in Estonia.

    The UK will hold a rotation of British troops in Estonia in 2019. 10 tanks will be sent to Great Britain, and they will be replaced by 20 armored vehicles. From April to August, British fighter jets Eurofighter Typhoon will be …

  • Ukrainian President urges the US and EU to ban Russian ships from entering their ports

    The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko urged the EU and the US to prohibit Russian vessels from entering European and American ports.

    In an interview with Fox News, he stated that this should be the response to Russia’s actions in the Black and Azov seas, which he labeled as “aggression.” According to Poroshenko, Russia continues to block the Azov sea, for ships of the European Union as well.

    The Ukrainian President once again urged NATO to send ships to the Black Sea, and for the West to …