• Putin and Lukashenko reach agreement on oil and gas prices

    Belarus and Russia have found ways to compensate for Belarus’s expenses that were caused by a Russian tax maneuver in the oil sector, said Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko on Sunday after a meeting between Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi.

    According to Semashko, the leaders have found ways to compensate part of Belarus’s losses arising from the tax maneuver – roughly $400 million per year, the amount that Minsk earned through favorable oil prices.

    Semashko …

  • US Defense Secretary announces new military aid tranche for Ukraine

    The US Defense Department is preparing to send Ukraine another military assistance tranche, said US Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Voice of America reports.

    “We have another tranche coming up at this time. I think it’s around $250 million, and the Department of Defense supported it last time. I imagine we’ll support it next time around. But there are always checks we have to do. We always look for how it is being used and whether they are addressing corruption,” said Mark Esper.

    When asked …

  • Lithuanian President calls on Russia to implement Minsk agreements

    Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda expressed support for Ukraine before the Normandy Four meeting.

    Nausėda said that Lithuania continues to support the territorial integrity of Ukraine and calls on the Kremlin to implement the Minsk agreements.

    "The Normandy Summit is approaching. Lithuania strongly supports Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. We urge Russia to fulfill its obligations under the Minsk agreements," wrote the Lithuanian President on his Twitter.

    Earlier, German …

  • Russian spy ship blocked from entering Panama Canal

    The naval vessel Yantar (Amber) belonging to the Russian Navy's Northern Fleet has been blocked in Panama’s territorial waters. The Russian warship for the third day cannot leave the territorial waters of Panama because it has not received a permit to enter the Panama Canal.

    A few days ago, the Russian news outlet Avia.pro reported that the Russian warship Yantar, which Russia calls “an oceanographic naval vessel”, was blocked from entering the Panama Canal after a U.S. warplane flew over it. …

  • Unidentified warplanes bomb Iranian military base on Syrian-Iraqi border

    On Saturday evening, unidentified aircraft launched missile strikes on a camp of pro-Iranian Shiite militias near the town of Abu Kamal, near the Syrian-Iraqi border, in northeastern Syria, reports the TV channel Al-Hadath, citing the London-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

    At least five militants were reportedly killed in the attack.

    Earlier, it was reported that the construction of an Iranian-funded military base and transport infrastructure in the Abu Kamal area, which would …