Contents tagged with Europe

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Number of Russian military in Crimea nears 50 thousand

    The Ukrainian Minister of Foreign, Affairs Pavlo Klimkin stated that the militarization of the Donbas territories which are not under Ukraine’s control, continues and in the next few years the number of Russian military personnel may reach 50 thousand people, reports Ukrinform.

    “The militarization of the Crimea has reached a certain limit, but it will continue. We know that in the following years there will be almost 50 thousand Russian personnel [ in the Crimea],” said Klimkin.

    The Foreign …

  • Pompeo and the leaders of Cyprus and Greece will meet in Israel to discuss gas pipeline to Europe

    US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and President of Cyprus Nikos Anastasiadis will arrive in Israel in the near future to discuss the construction of the world's longest underwater EastMed gas pipeline from the Eastern Mediterranean to Europe, Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the Jewish state stated on Wednesday.

    “In a few days, the leaders of Cyprus and Greece will come here together with US Secretary of State Pompeo to advance the construction of a …

  • Kyiv denies Austrian pro-Russian journalist entry to Ukraine

    The Head of Ukrainian Bureau of the Austrian television channel ORF, Christian Vershutsu has been banned from entering Ukraine.  According to the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU)The reason is the threat he poses to national security.

    “The head of the Ukrainian bureau of the Austrian television channel ORF, Christian Vershutsu, was banned from entering Ukraine for one year. This is reported by my sources in the Ukrainian Security Service,” the first deputy head of the Rada Committee on Freedom …

  • Latvia intends to spend additional 60 million euros on defense in 2019

    Delfi reports that the Latvian government approved a state budget bill for 2019 that has been submitted for further approval to the Saeima.

    According to the bill, the revenues in general consolidated budget in the current year are estimated at 9.2 billion euros and expenditures at 9.4 billion euros. Revenues to the core budget are expected to reach 6.4 billion euros and expenditures at 6.8 billion euros. Revenues to the special budget are planned to be at 3 billion euros and expenditures at 2.8 …

  • Czech Republic denies entry to an employee of Russian Foreign Ministry

    A representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry was denied entry to The Czech Republic, RBC news agency reported, citing the Russian embassy in Prague. The unnamed diplomat was a member of the delegation that arrived to participate in the meeting of the intergovernmental commission. The Russian was informed of the refusal at the airport in Prague, on March 4.

    The Russian Embassy in the Czech Republic stated that Prague’s steps were unfriendly and inconsistent with the nature of relationship …

  • Russia sets conditions for the continuation of gas transit through Ukraine

    Russia has linked the continuation of gas transit through Ukraine to EU countries with Kyiv implementing a number of conditions. Among other things, the signing of a new agreement depends on the stability of the political situation, said Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev in an interview with Luxemburger Wort newspaper, published on Tuesday, March 5th, on the official page of the Russian government.

    According to Medvedev, it is also necessary to regulate relations between companies interested in …

  • German Defense Minister: Chinese missiles threaten Russia

    The German Minister of Defense, Ursula von der Leyen stated that Chinese missiles represent a threat to Russia, so Moscow should be interested in involving China in a new disarmament treaty, Focus reports.

    The head of the German Defense Ministry said that Chinese medium-range missiles could easily reach Russian territory.

    “Just as Russian missiles pose a threat to Europe, Chinese missiles pose a threat to Russia,” she emphasized.

    According to von der Leyen, the only way to maintain security …

  • Media: Yanukovych transferred $36 million out of Ukraine through Swedbank

    Swedish television SVT discovered in its investigation that former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych used Swedish bank Swedbank to get money out of Ukraine, DELFI reported.

    The information obtained by the investigation indicates that an offshore company associated with Yanukovych had a Swedbank account in Lithuania from 2004 to 2014. The bank deposits were registered in the bank documents as royalties which the Ukrainian president allegedly received for “doubtful” book publications. …

  • Suspected Russian spy detained in Sweden

    Deutsche Welle reports that the Swedish State Security Service (SEPO) detained a man suspected of spying for Russia in Stockholm. 

    SEPO suspects that the detainee has been involved in espionage activities since at least 2017. He could have been recruited by a Russian intelligence agent working under diplomatic cover. 

    The detainee worked in the field of advanced technologies, in particular, with information that is of interest to foreign intelligence services, notes SEPO. 

    In December 2018, …

  • Ukraine will not take part in Eurovision 2019

    “The National Public TV and Radio Company of Ukraine refuses to participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. Due to the current situation and excessive politicization of the national selection, the public broadcaster decided to pull out of the song contest,” stated National Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC).

    The National Public TV and Radio Company of Ukraine could choose any other artist from the list of the national selection participants. However, it was decided to …