• French and German Foreign Ministers visit Kiev

    On the 22nd of February, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of Germany and France, Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Jean-Marc Ayrault, who arrived in Berlin on the same day, flew from the German capital for a two-day visit to Kiev. 

    They flew on board a German governmental plane immediately after a brief meeting and press conference in the departure lounge of the government terminal at the Tegel airport. The negotiating agenda was more than full.

    Firstly, the Special Representative of the OSCE in …

  • Italian Prime Minister to visit St. Petersburg

    Matteo Renzi, the Prime Minister of Italy, plans to visit St. Petersburg, as announced at the Foreign Press Association conference.

    The head of the Government of the European state will visit St. Petersburg in June, as reported by RIA Novosti. He will participate in the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.

    It is worth noting that 2016 is a jubilee year for the forum that will be held from the 16-18th of June. Last year several foreign countries, including the US, boycotted the forum due to the  …

  • Russian plane violated Lithuanian airspace twice last week

    The press service of the Ministry of Defense of Lithuania reported that Lithuanian fighters intercepted a Russian aircraft on two separate occassions last week.

    On February 17th, fighter jets were scrambled from the Siauliai Airbase to intercept a Russia IL-20 transport plane heading for Kaliningrad. Two days later, the same aircraft was intercepted and esorted by Lithuanian fighters on its way back to mainland Russia.

    According to the Ministry of Defense of Lithuania, the Russian IL-20 …

  • The documents of the National Security and Defense Council: Ukraine wasn’t able to protect even Kiev in spring 2014

    On the 28th of February 2014, the leaders of Ukraine attended an emergency meeting of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) in order to determine how the country should react to Russia’s actions. The participants of the meeting concluded that Russia was ready for the full-scale invasion of Ukraine in February 2014. During that time, Russia was carrying out the occupation of Crimea with the use of Special Forces.

    Regarding the eastern border of Ukraine, 38,000 Russian servicemen with …

  • Czech troops to strengthen NATO’s eastern borders

    The Czech Republic plans to send 100 soldiers to NATO’s eastern flank to support the alliance's borders with Russia. This was announced on Sunday, February 21st, by Czech Defense Minister Martin Stropnicky, as reported by Reuters.

    "We are talking about a company of soldiers, about nearly a hundred people who would join the contingent of the Alliance," Stropnicky said on Czech television, adding that the troops will arrive in Poland and the Baltic states later this year.

    On February 10th, the …