• Volker: Crimea sanctions on Russia will remain until ‘de-occupation of peninsula'

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that the sanctions that have been imposed on Russia due to its annexation of Crimea will remain in force until Russia has fully de-occupied the peninsula.

    When asked for his opinion on factoring Crimea out of the peace agreements pertaining to eastern Ukraine, Volker said that it is necessary to differentiate between the sanctions imposed on Russia in connection with Crimea and those relating to the Donbas.

    “First of all, we imposed …

  • Russian Navy escorts US warship in Black Sea

    On Sunday, September 15, the Russian Black Sea Fleet started escorting the transport ship USNS Yuma, which entered Black Sea waters at around 17:30, Interfax reports, citing Russia’s National Defense Management Center.

    “The designated on-duty forces and vessels of the Black Sea Fleet are continuously tracking the American ship,” the article states.

    At the end of June, the Yuma brought a battalion of US marines and vehicles to Odessa, Ukraine, for the Sea Breeze 2019 exercise. According to …

  • Ukrainian Prime Minister proposes to connect Baltic and Black seas

    Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, during his speech at the Yalta European Strategy conference (YES), proposed to connect the Baltic and Black seas. According to Honcharuk, Ukraine has already started discussions on several ambitious infrastructure projects. "We need to try to build and connect the Baltic and Black seas by water. It is possible, " he said.

    Honcharuk added that to implement the project, Kyiv needs to agree with Poland and Belarus on 40 waterways. "It is important to …

  • Ukraine to resume air service with Uzbekistan after 5-year break

    Uzbekistan Airways, together with Charter Flights Group, are launching a direct Tashkent-Kyiv-Tashkent flight after a five-year break of air traffic between Ukraine and Uzbekistan, reports the Ukrainian Center for Transport Strategies.

    The charter flights will start on October 5 and will be operated once a week, on Saturdays. Departure from Tashkent is scheduled for 23:55pm, and arrival in Kyiv at 02:45am. Flight time is 4 hours and 50 minutes.

    Boeing 757-300 and Airbus A320 aircraft will be …

  • Taliban delegation visits Moscow after talks with the USA failed

    A delegation of the Afghan Taliban visited Moscow, where they held talks with the Russian President's special representative for Afghanistan, Zamir Kabulov.

    During the talks, the Russian side stressed the need to resume negotiations between Washington and the Taliban. The Taliban, in turn, reaffirmed their readiness to continue the dialogue with Washington. Before that, the Taliban wants to strengthen its negotiating position, with the support of regional powers such as Russia, China, Iran, as …