Contents tagged with crimea

  • Syrian Ambassador to Russia: Assad will not visit annexed Crimea

    Syrian President Bashar Assad is unlikely to attend the Yalta International Economic Forum in April, stated Syrian Ambassador to Moscow Riyad Haddad, as quoted by Russian media.

    The forum will be held on April 17-20.

    “I don't think he [Assad] will participate in the forum,” Haddad told reporters.

    Andrei Nazarov, the co-chairman of the forum’s organizing committee, previously stated that Bashar Assad and the French right-wing leader Marine Le Pen will attend the Yalta International Economic …

  • Russia sends navy ships to monitor USS Donald Cook guided-missile destroyer in the Black Sea

    The Russian Black Sea Fleet organized continuous monitoring of a US missile destroyer that entered the Black Sea, reported RBC-Ukraine, citing the Russian media. 

    "On February 19, 2019, at 5:00 p.m. Moscow time, the Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS Donald Cook (DDG 75) entered the waters of the Black Sea. The forces and resources of the Black Sea Fleet organized continuous monitoring of the US missile destroyer. Direct control of its actions is ensured by the small missile ship …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Minister calls on Europeans to step up the fight against Russian propaganda

    Lithuanian Foreign Minister Linas Linkevičius stated in an interview with the newspaper Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung that EU countries should make greater efforts to fight against “Russian propaganda” and prepare for an information war with Russia. 

    The Minister asserted that the West “still underestimates Russia’s informational influence” while Eastern European countries are not the only ones under “Moscow’s attack.” Linkevičius called for the continuation of a strict sanctions policy against …

  • Kremlin: Russia lost over 6 billion dollars due to sanctions

    Russian export companies lost 6,300 billion dollars due to economic sanctions from the West, reports Russian news agency Interfax, citing a report by the Ministry of Economic Development of Russia. This figure is based on the department's experts’ data collected at the end of 2018. 

    The report notes that the European Union is a leader in the number of restrictive measures in respect of Russian goods. It has implemented exactly twenty-five sanctions. In the second place is Ukraine, which …

  • British politician expelled from his party over plans to visit Crimea

    The deputy chairman of the Libertarian Party UK and Member of the European Parliament, Bill Etheridge was forced to leave the party after it became known that he intends to lead a British politicians and entrepreneurs delegation to the annexed Crimea. 

    Etheridge’s actions damage the party’s reputation, its chairman Andrew Withers told the BBC Russian Service. 

    “We have sent a compromise agreement for Mr. Etheridge, which presupposed his departure from the party on March 29, 2019. He refused …

  • The Hague Arbitration Court rules in favor of Ukrainian PrivatBank in the 'Crimean assets' case against Russia

    According to PrivatBank’s press service, the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague officially announced a partial arbitration decision in favor of the bank in a lawsuit against the Russian Federation.

    In a partial arbitration decision of February 4, 2019 that was published on Friday, February 15, the Arbitration Court recognized that it has jurisdiction over all claims of PrivatBank against the Russian Federation, that the Russian Federation "violated its obligations under the bilateral …

  • Ukrainian Defense Minister: NATO ships to visit Ukrainian ports on monthly basis

    After a visit to the NATO headquarters in Brussels, Ukrainian Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak said that he expects NATO ships to visit Ukrainian ports nearly every month in 2019.

    “This year, NATO’s naval presence in the Black Sea will be significantly stepped up. Nearly every month, ships both from NATO’s permanent naval groups and those of key allies will visit Ukrainian ports, also for the purpose of conducting joint exercises with Ukraine’s Navy,” Poltorak explained.

    He noted that ships …

  • Ukraine to send two landing ships to the Sea of Azov

    During a press briefing, the deputy chief of the Department of Defense Planning of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Vyacheslav Demyanenko announced that in 2019 an artillery boat and two landing ships would be added to the six small armored artillery boats of the Ukrainian naval forces in the Sea of Azov.

    “The Navy has received six small armored artillery boats. In the current year it is planned to include one more artillery boat and two Kentavr landing ships. The development …

  • US senators propose ‘Azov sanctions’ bill against Russia

    On Wednesday, a group of US senators put forward a bill that envisages additional sanctions against Russia in response to “Russian interference in the operation of democratic institutes abroad” and for its aggression in Ukraine. 

    According to a statement published by the Senate’s foreign affairs committee, the document was authored by republicans Lindsey Graham and Cory Gardner and democrats Bob Menendez, Ben Cardin and Jeanne Shaheen. 

    The list of sanctions proposed by the senators has two …

  • Ukraine prepares to hold military exercises near Crimea

    The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine has planned four exercises with live firing from anti-aircraft missile systems and anti-aircraft missile systems in 2019.

    The first firing of anti-aircraft missile systems will take place as early as February at the Yagorlyk testing ground in the Kherson region near the annexed Crimea, reports the press service of the Ministry.

    Shooting exercises will involve anti-aircraft missile systems Buk-M1, ZRS S-125, S-300P / PO / V1. The drills will be as similar to …