• Belarusian Defense Minister: Joint military exercises with Russia does not pose a threat to anyone

    Western countries, especially the Baltic states, should not be afraid of the exercises which Belarus and Russia are planning to carry out this year, as stated by Andrei Ravkov, Defense Minister of Belarus.

    According to him, the fears which have been expressed by a number of politicians and experts are “hysteria”, Belarus Segodnya news website reports.

    “Zapad 2017” does not pose a threat to European countries, since “it has a defensive character, not directed against third countries, and it is …

  • Groysman: Ukraine has achieved full economic independence from Russia in the defense sector

    The Prime Minister of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman, stated that Ukraine has achieved full economic independence from Russia in the defense sector, the press service of the Cabinet of Ministers reported.

    “The work on import substitution was successfully completed. We were traditionally attached to the Russian economy, due to the aircraft construction and defense sector. Today, we have reached full import substitution. In general, the majority of products are manufactured by Ukrainian enterprises. …

  • Lithuanian President: Construction of nuclear plant near Lithuanian border is the Russian geopolitical project against Lithuania

    The Belarusian NPP (BAES) which is being constructed near the Lithuanian border is a geopolitical project of Russia directed against Lithuania, said Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, as reported by Delfi media source.

    “I consider this project, BAES, a Russian geopolitical project, malevolently directed against Lithuania. This is an opportunity to blackmail and put pressure on Lithuania, to impede its integration with the West,” Grybauskaite stated.

    According to her, Lithuania needs to …

  • Ukraine will work with western partners to tighten sanctions against Russia for recognizing 'documents' of the separatist republics

    Ukrainian leadership intends to hold negotiations with western partners regarding a possible tightening of sanctions against Russia in connection with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s issuing of a decree to recognise the “documents” of the separatist republics, reported Oleksiy Makeyev, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

    “The President clearly specified that such destructive acts of the Kremlin must be brought to discussion in the EU, with our main partners, not to ease the …

  • Media: Russia asked the world powers to pay for the restoration of Syria

    The Financial Times reported that, according to foreign diplomats, Russia asked Western countries to provide billions of dollars for the restoration of Syria. "They [Russia] came, created a mess, destroyed everything, and now they want us to pay for all of this," a European diplomat told the publication.

    According to the newspaper’s sources, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov said at a meeting of EU ambassadors last week that the restoration of Syria will be the main issue on the …