• UN Court of Justice: Russia must reinstate Mejlis in Crimea

    The Foreign Ministry of Ukraine has received a letter from the International Court of Justice (ICJ) stating that the ICJ has sent Russia a reminder of its obligation to restore the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, reported Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Olena Zerkal.

    The letter states that it is Russia’s obligation to comply with the court order, something which it has so far failed to do.

    “Because it was obvious to us that Russia did not intend to revoke the discriminatory ban on the …

  • Putin promises 'commensurate reaction' to NATO expansion

    Russian President Vladimir Putin promised a “commensurate reaction” for the deployment of NATO bases near Russian borders.

    Speaking at a meeting of Russian ambassadors and permanent representatives in Moscow on Thursday, the President called such actions “aggressive steps”.

    In his opinion, the guarantee of security in Europe is based on constructive cooperation in the European space.

    Putin also urged Western countries to exert influence on Kyiv in the implementation of the Minsk agreements. …

  • US Senate majority leader calls for new anti-Russian sanctions

    US Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel has urged two key Senate committees to hold hearings on the possibility of placing new sanctions on Russia in order to prevent the Kremlin’s interference in future US elections, Voice of America reports.

    McConnel has asked the leaders of the foreign relations and banking committees to “facilitate Congress’s efforts to formulate a state-level response to interference by Russia, or any other country, in our elections in 2018”.

    Republican Senator Lindsey …

  • Afghan ambassador demands an apology from Russia for deployment of Soviet troops

    Abdul Qayoum Kochai, an ambassador of Afghanistan in Russia, stated during a meeting of the Afghanistan ambassador with LDPR party in the Russian lower house of a parliament that Kabul expects the Russian authorities to apologize for deploying Soviet troops in Afghanistan in 1979.

    Qayoum Kochai said that what happened in 1978-1979 was a mistake. “The Left party came to power [in Afghanistan] in 1978 but it wasn’t a real left-wing. The only thing they wanted was power,” RIA Novosti quotes him …

  • Bill on sanctions against Nord Stream 2 pipeline introduced in the US Congress

    John Barrasso, Senator from Wyoming and a member of the Republican Party of the USA introduced a new bill to Congress providing sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, as reported on Barrasso’s website.

    According to the Senator, sanctions against the pipeline would allow NATO countries to avoid political manipulation and coercion by Russia. “Countries like Germany should be reducing the amount of natural gas that they buy from Russia, not increasing it. But that’s what this Nord Stream 2 …