• Turkey detains Russian merchant ships

    Turkish authorities cite the formal reason for the detention as the lack of completed documents, minor technical defects and violations of safety regulations.Since the beginning of the deterioration of relations between Moscow and Ankara, a total of 27 Russian merchant vessels have been detained in Turkey. These actions were in response to the detention of eight merchant ships in the Black Sea, as reported on December 16th by the Hürriyet. According to the newspaper, Turkish authorities …

  • Poroshenko: More evidence that Russia violated Minsk Agreements

    During his trip to Brussels, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said there is mounting evidence that Russia has violated the Minsk Agreements.

    "Regarding the discussion between members of the EU about extending the sanctions against Russia, I brought even more evidence of Russia's failure to comply with the Minsk Agreements; the supply of arms, and the sending of troops to the territory of Ukrainian”, Poroshenko said.

    Poroshenko is in the midst of his two day trip to the Belgian capital. …

  • The Russian rouble has fallen to 1998 levels

    The Central Bank set a record U.S. Dollar rate against the Ruble. The American currency has reached an historic high. On Tuesday, December 15th, the Central Bank of Russia set the Dollar exchange rate against the Ruble at around 70.82 rubles. This was the highest rate for the U.S. currency since 1998. Compared to the previous trading day, the Dollar rose more than 60 cents.

    The Euro exchange rate of the Central Bank was set at 78.23 rubles. The European currency has not yet exceeded its …

  • Poroshenko: We must prevent Crimea from turning into a Russian military base

    At a briefing with the President of Poland, Petro Poroshenko stated that it’s important to prevent the annexed Crimea from becoming a Russian military base. The President of Ukraine thanked him for Poland’s firm position in support of Ukrainian sovereignty, independency and territorial integrity.

    He indicated that he and Duda have discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine including strategies to resolve the issue of non-recognition of the annexation and the continued illegal occupation of …

  • The President of Poland wants Ukraine to attend the next NATO summit

    At a press-conference in Kiev with the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, the Polish President Andrzej Duda stated that Poland wanted Ukraine to attend the next NATO summit in Warsaw.

    According to Duda, Poland believes that cooperation with Ukraine will bring peace and security to Europe. “Warsaw will be the host of NATO’s summit in 2016. I will make an effort to allow Ukraine to attend the NATO summit”, Duda stated.

    Poroshenko stated that drills undertaken with Polish and Lithuanian …