Contents tagged with Europe

  • OSCE puts forward two Russians as observers for Ukraine’s elections

    The OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights has proposed to include two Russian citizens in the list of observers for Ukraine’s presidential elections on 31 March 2019, Ukrinform reports, citing a diplomatic source.

    “The OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights has included two Russian citizens in its list of the Mission’s long-term observers to observe the elections, despite the fact that, in the invitation to participate in observation, Ukraine’s Foreign …

  • Polish Foreign Minister: Warsaw supports deployment of US nuclear missiles in Europe

    The Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Jacek Czaputowicz, said in an interview with Spiegel that Warsaw supports the deployment of US nuclear missiles in Europe.

    “Our European interests include the deployment of American military and nuclear missiles on this continent,” stated Czaputowicz.

    In addition, he did not exclude the possibility that NATO nuclear missiles will be deployed in Poland.

    “We definitely don’t want this. However, everything depends on how Russia behaves in the future and …

  • Latvia bans broadcasts of channel RTR-Russia for inciting hatred towards Ukrainians

    The National Electronic Mass Media Council of Latvia or NEPLP has restricted the Russian television channel RTR-Russia from broadcasting in the country for three months. As Latvian news agency Leta reports, Latvian authorities found incitement to hatred toward Ukrainians was found in their programs. 

    The agency found hate speech against the Ukrainian government in the program “Evening with Vladimir Solovyov” dated May 22. In the program “60 Minutes” aired on January 11, 2018, the leader of the …

  • European Court of Human Rights obliges Russia to pay 10 million Euros for expulsion of Georgian citizens in 2006

    By sixteen votes to one, the judges of the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) have ruled that Russia should pay 10 million Euros to Georgia,  as stated the organization's message published on the website on Thursday, January 31. This compensation is for moral damage suffered by at least 1.5 thousand Georgians expelled from Russia in 2006. The decision of the Grand Chamber is final and not subject to appeal.

    This money should be distributed among the victims. Georgian …

  • Media: US steps up pressure on EU regarding Nord Stream 2

    The US has stepped up the pressure on EU countries to halt the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the German newspaper Handelsblatt reports, citing an anonymous White House official.

    Despite the cold winter months, work on the German-Russian gas pipeline has continued. One third of the 1,230 km gas pipeline has already been laid on the bottom of the Baltic Sea, and the construction is scheduled to finish by the end of the year.

    However, this is not to the US’s liking, …

  • Czech Republic investigates its citizens’ involvement in Donbas war

    The Czech Republic is investigating the involvement of at least 10 of its citizens in combat in support of the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics (LPR & DPR) in eastern Ukraine.

    The Czech news outlet Denik N reported that a Czech by the name of Pavel K traveled to the Donbas through Russia at 22 years of age, and stayed there between the summer of 2015 and May 2016.

    The news outlet would not disclose the suspects’ names or cities of origin before the trial, in order to protect …

  • Polish Prime Minister: There is no hope of stopping Nord Stream 2

    In an interview with Interia, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki spoke about the obstacles faced by European countries that do not want the construction of Nord Stream 2.

    “Two powerful countries, one of which is a world power, Russia, and the other, Germany, the fourth economy of the world, decided to build a gas pipeline. These are two powerful States and… it is not easy to prohibit them from doing something. We believe that it contradicts European rules. It is egoistic activity. We …

  • Russia in first place in the number of lawsuits in the European Court of Human Rights

    Russia and Turkey lead in the number of lawsuits filed against these countries in the European Court of Human Rights. Russia leads Turkey twofold.

    In 2018, Russia, led by a large margin in the number of lawsuits filed in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). As reported by the ECHR chairman Guido Raimondi there were 12150 complaints filed against the Russian Federation. Turkey is in second place with 6700. In total, last year 43000 lawsuits were received by the court.

    Russia leads in the …

  • Poland: Nord Stream 2 poses significant threat to the world and to security in Europe

    Poland sees Nord Stream 2 as a significant threat to the world and to the security of the European continent not only in terms of Europe’s deepening dependence on Russian energy resources but also of prospects of escalation of the Russian aggression against Ukraine, stated Polish Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz during a meeting in Davos with Vice Prime Minister for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration of Ukraine Ivanna Klympush-Tsintsadze.

    Czaputowicz noted that, when the transit of …

  • Ukraine calls on PACE to adopt ‘Azov sanctions package’ against Russia

    Ukraine calls on European partners to increase pressure on Russia and adopt the "Azov sanctions package" for seizing Ukrainian sailors in the Kerch Strait, said Iryna Herashchenko, the First Vice-Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada during a speech at the PACE.

    “The Russian Federation has violated at least five articles of the European Convention on Human Rights. We urge our European partners to introduce new sanctions, namely the “Azov sanctions package” against the Russian Federation and the …