Contents tagged with Europe

  • European Court of Human Rights orders Russia to report on the health of 4 Ukrainian political prisoners

    The government of the Russian Federation must inform the European Court of Human Rights on the health of the Ukrainian political prisoners Stanislav Klykh, Vladimir Balukh, Emir-Husein Kuku and Sergei Litvinov, as well as on the medical care provided to them, Pavel Petrenko, the Ukrainian Minister of Justice announced.

    “The ECHR responded very quickly to the request of the Ukrainian government concerning the health of Ukrainian political prisoners. The decision of the ECHR is as follows: the …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine is the leader in honey production in Europe and fifth in the world

    Ukraine occupies fifth place in the world in terms of honey production and is the leader of honey production in Europe, the press service of the vice-premier on issues of European integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze wrote on Facebook.

    “Our country produces more than 100 thousand tons per year, that is 6% of the honey produced in the world. Currently, in Ukraine there are about 400 thousand beekeepers, which account for 4 million hives,” the report says.

    It is noted that the main producers …

  • Kremlin: Russia is ready for sanctions against Nord Stream-2 pipeline

    Russia is ready for the possible introduction of new US sanctions against the participants in the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, announced Vladimir Dzhabarov, the first deputy chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, as reported by RIA Novosti.

    According to the senator, sanctions “will inevitably be introduced”. Moreover, he said that Washington should not expect them to stop the construction of the gas pipeline or facilitate the refusal from the side of any participant. “ …

  • Media: Putin may come to Berlin in October for the wedding of ex-Chancellor Schroeder

    Russian President Vladimir Putin may arrive in Berlin in October to attend a wedding of the former German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and Korean woman Kim So-yeon, the Bild newspaper reports.

    "Putin may soon return to Germany on a private visit. Rumours are circulating in Berlin that in October, he may attend the wedding of his friend Gerhard Schroeder," writes the newspaper in an article about the Putin’s visit to Berlin to meet with Angela Merkel.

    According to the publication, the wedding …

  • Kremlin reports on Putin-Merkel talks in Germany

    Russian Presidential Press-Secretary Dmitry Peskov told the Russian BBC service the key points of the talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The leaders met on Saturday, August 18, at the Schloss Meseberg in Germany. This was Putin’s first first visit to Germany since 2014.

    The negotiations reportedly lasted three hours. Putin and Merkel spoke for a long time face to face in the residence park. The leaders did not give a press conference at the end …

  • Putin wants Europe to participate in the restoration of Syria

    Before meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel,  Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Europe “to contribute to the reconstruction of Syria to allow millions of refugees to return home.” 

    "We need to strengthen the humanitarian effort in the Syrian conflict,” he said. "By that, I mean above all, humanitarian aid to the Syrian people and help the regions where refugees living abroad can return to." According to him, there were one million refugees in Jordan, the same number in …

  • Ukrainian President: Nord Stream is Kremlin’s Trojan horse to European energy security

    President Petro Poroshenko believes that the Russian gas pipeline Nord Stream 2 is Kremlin’s Trojan horse to the European energy and geopolitical security.

    “The refusal to implement the project within the Third Energy Package of the EU and Gazprom’s and intentional failure to carry out decisions of the Stockholm Arbitration Court on Ukraine’s cases are clear and unambiguous signals of the true meaning of the pipeline and its potentially catastrophic consequences for the European Union,” …

  • EU to shut doors of citizenship to wealthy Russians

    The mass sale of European citizenship to wealthy Russians and natives of former USSR states has caused dissatisfaction among the EU authorities.

    The practice of issuing “golden visas” and “golden passports” in exchange for investments in property must be stopped, said European Commissioner for Justice Věra Jourová.

    According to her, new rules restricting the inflow into the EU of migrants with suspicious sources of capital will be drafted and published in September.

    “In recent years, an …

  • 11 countries accuse Russia of invading Georgia in 2008

    On August 7, the informal group of Friends of Georgia in the OSCE issued a joint statement dedicated to the 10th anniversary of Russia’s military invasion of Georgia. The authors of the statement urged Russia "to reverse its recognition of the so-called independence of Georgia’s Abkhazia and South Ossetia regions."

    The text was signed by the USA, Great Britain, Canada, Lithuania, Estonia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Sweden and Ukraine. The signatories also called upon Moscow "to …

  • EU imposes sanctions against Russian companies involved in the construction of Crimean Bridge

    The European Council imposed economic sanctions against Russian companies that took part in the construction of the bridge to the Crimea. The decision was published in the official journal of the EU.

    Sanctions were imposed on PJSC Mostotrest and Stroygazmontazh Corporation (SGM Group), which are already under similar US sanctions. The list also includes AO Institute Giprostroymost in Saint-Petersburg, JSC Zaliv Shipyard, Stroygazmontazh Most OOO and CJSC VAD.

    “As part of the Union's non- …