• Azerbaijani official: Baku pushes for reconciliation between Russia and Turkey

    The Assistant to the President of Azerbaijan on Socio-Political Affairs, Ali Hasanov, said that Baku makes every effort to push for reconciliation between Russia and Turkey, as stated on TV channel ANS as well as on Minval.az on Monday, March 21st."We are trying to reconcile the relationship between Turkey and Russia, so that these countries will find their common interests and build the relationship, looking to the future, not looking back at the past," he said.Hasanov stressed that due to the …

  • Lukashenko: Belarus does not need to choose between Russia and the EU

    During a meeting with Polish Foreign Minister Witold Waszczykowski, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that his country does not need to choose between East and West, between Russia and the European Union, RBC reported.  

    "If the partners with whom we are in dialogue insist that we have to choose between the East or the West - that is, whether you are with Russia or the European Union, to put such a choice in front of us and to put us in such a position is inappropriate. I am …

  • Poland forms new commission to investigate Smolensk plane crash in 2010

    The Ministry of Justice of Poland formed a new commission to investigate the plane crash near Smolensk in April 2010 that killed Polish President Lech Kaczyńsk. According to Polish Radio, it will include "experienced prosecutors from across the country," and will be headed by the Deputy Attorney General, Marek Pasionek.

    "The task of the group is to conduct a full, comprehensive analysis of all materials associated with the tragedy near Smolensk, concerning the main and all other related …

  • Yandex warned investors of the risks of doing business in Russia

    The online company, Yandex, issued an annual report containing a warning to investors regarding the risks involved in Russia’s tightening control over internet access on its territory.

    In this regard, the company considered it necessary to warn investors of the possible risks on the Russian market. Such risks include inflation, economic sanctions, political motives, and the potential of authorities limiting business activities in the areas where it holds leading positions.

    It was also noted …

  • Kiev announced successful test fire of Ukrainian-made missiles

    The Secretary of the National Security Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov, announced the successful test of fire missiles made in Ukraine.

    "We began testing missiles produced in Ukraine, and today's launch showed that our rocket completely fulfilled the planned tasks and hit the intended target precisely," the press service of the National Security Council (NSDC) quoted Turchynov on Tuesday.

    Turchynov was present at the site when the test launches happened.

    According to him, the …

  • State Border Service of Ukraine says Russian Mi-8 helicopter violated Ukrainian airspace

    Ukraine has accused Russia of violating its airspace, according to a statement issued by the Ukrainian State Border Service on Wednesday.

    According to the statement, on March 23rd at 12:08 local time, a Russian Mi-8 helicopter crossed into Ukrainian airspace near the Kherson region. At 12:10, the Mi-8 turned south over the Ukrainian gas production platform “Strelkova-5” in the Sea of Azov.

    At 12:12, the helicopter crossed the administrative border between the Kherson region and the Crimea.

    " …

  • Poll: Almost 30% of Ukrainians think it is necessary to continue the war in the Donbas

    Almost a third of Ukrainians (29.9%) believe that it is necessary to continue the war in the Donbas until Ukraine has fully regained control over the entire region, as indicated by data from a survey by the Razumkov Center.

    At the same time 22.6% of respondents supported providing a special autonomous status to the territories not controlled by Kiev and 21.5% would support their separation from Ukraine.

    As noted by sociologists, in comparison with data from March of 2015, the share of those …

  • The EU calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Nadiya Savchenko

    The EU has called for the immediate and unconditional release of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko on the basis of the Minsk Agreements which state that “all hostages and illegally detained persons” in connection with the Ukrainian conflict must be released.

    The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, stressed in a statement that Brussels is worried about the fate of not only Savchenko, …

  • John Kerry to discuss Syria, Ukraine, and Savchenko during visit to Moscow

    US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow on Wednesday, where he plans to discuss the wars in Syria and Ukraine, as well as Nadiya Savchenko, who was found guilty and sentenced to 22 years in prison by a Russian court on Tuesday.

    The State Department also stressed that Kerry intends to discuss the implementation of the Minsk Agreements and the deterioration of the situation in eastern Ukraine.

    Kerry arrived in Moscow on Wednesday, and will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei …

  • Russia says its special forces are active in Syria

    In an interview with Rossiskaya Gazeta, Russian Colonel-General Alexander Dvornikov said that Russian special forces are actively carrying out reconnaissance missions and “other special tasks” in Syria.

    "I will not hide the fact that on the territory of Syria there is a division of our special operations forces," Dvornikov told the state-run news agency.

    "They perform supplementary reconnaissance on targets for Russian air strikes, they are engaged in guiding aircraft to targets in remote …