• Armenian government to consider a legislative initiative to recognize the independence of Nagorno-Karabakh

    The government of Armenia will debate a bill which recognizes the independence of the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, as reported on Tuesday, May 3rd on the Prime Minister’s website.

    The draft bill is included on the agenda for the May 5th session. The language of the draft bill indicates that its approval is contingent upon negotiations between Armenia and the Nagorno-Karabakh Republic with "due regard for further developments and external factors." Representatives of the oppositional factions, …

  • Spain issues arrest warrant for Russian politicians with ties to Putin

    Spain has issued an international arrest warrant for Russian politicians and former officials who are closely associated with Russian President Vladimir Putin. These individuals are suspected of being involved in two organized crime groups.

    A list of these suspects was made public by Judge José de la Mata. It includes high-ranking officials who have worked, or who are still working for, Russian law enforcement agencies. It also includes individuals working in the judiciary, business, banking …

  • Czech Republic expands Foreign Ministry staff at its consulates in Ukraine

    On May 2nd, the Czech Government decided to increase the number of Foreign Ministry employees in its offices in Ukraine.

    According to the Czech Republic, this decision is aimed at speeding up the processing of applications for work permits in the Czech Republic received from Ukrainians, Radio Svoboda reported.

    In particular, this change will increase the number of Consulate officials by five people at the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Lviv.

    The increase in the number of staff in …

  • NATO fighters intercepted Russian aircraft over the Baltic five times last week

    According to Postimees, NATO fighters had to accompany Russian military aircraft five times last week. The Russian planes were flying in international airspace over the Baltic Sea.

    On the 26th of April, NATO fighters stationed in the Lithuanian city of Šiauliai were alerted to a Su-27 plane travelling from the Kaliningrad region of Russia. It is alleged that the plane was flying without submitting a flight plan, had its transponder switched off and did not maintain connection with the Mission …

  • Large-scale NATO exercises begin in Estonia

    The largest of NATO’s military exercises this year began on May 2nd in Estonia. According to the press service of the Estonian Defense Force Headquarters, 6,000 servicemen, including 1,500 from 10 countries that are strong allies and NATO partners, took part in a series of maneuvers code-named Kevadtorm 2016.

    Soldiers from Belgium, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Canada, the USA, Sweden, Finland, Latvia and Lithuania are participating. Military exercises scheduled to last three weeks …