Ukraine called on EU to block new Russian Nord Stream pipeline
At the meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Council in Brussels, Ukrainian Prime Minister, Arseniy Yatsenyuk called for a halt on the building of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. He also called for the extension of sanctions against Russia and for the beginning of a visa-free policy with the European Union for Ukrainians.
“We think that this project has to be blocked because it serves neither Ukrainian nor EU interests,” Yatsenyuk stated. According to him, the project deprives Ukraine, …
Turkey will not withdraw troops from Iraq
Turkey is not going to withdraw its military from Northern Iraq despite the demands of Baghdad, which regards Turkish presence on its territory as a "military invasion.” According to Reuters’ sources, the Turkish authorities began negotiations with the Iraqi Ministry of Defence, but their result was "already predetermined.”
According to sources, the probability that Turkey will withdraw troops is extremely small. "The negotiations are underway and everything will depend on those results, but …
Stoltenberg: we will not exchange Ukraine for Syria
The West does not plan to exchange Ukraine in its efforts to resolve the situation in Syria, as stated by the Secretary General of NATO, Jens Stoltenberg, in an interview with Spanish newspaper El Pais.
"We will not exchange Ukraine for Syria and vice versa. Russia is the country with which we cooperate, particularly in the effort of finding political solutions to these conflicts," he said.
"We never intended to isolate Russia", the Secretary General of NATO said.
As reported last week, the …
New U.S. funding won't be a part of Ukrainian budget
Additional US financial assistance to Ukraine in the amount of $190 million will not be directed to the state budget. These funds are intended for implementation of the reforms in the judicial and law enforcement spheres, the U.S. officials accompanying the Vice President, Joseph Biden, said on Monday during his visit to Kiev.
According to them, the $190 million in new funding is to be used to carry out programs aimed at improving law enforcement support and making judicial and democratic …
Russia looking to use Cyprus airfields for emergency landings
Moscow seeks to obtain permission from Cyprus to utilize their airfields. Both Germany and France have been granted the use of Cyprus’ airfields for emergency landings. The Cyprus Mail reported on December 7th that Russia has also requested use of these airfields for Russian aircraft engaged in the fight against terrorism in Syria.
The Russian Ambassador in Cyprus, Stanislav Osadchiy, stated that Moscow is discussing this topic with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Cyprus. “I think we will …
US can provide Ukraine with $300 million
Biden stressed that Ukrainian leaders implement the recommendations of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and work with the international community "to continue economic progress in Ukraine.”
The United States can give Ukraine $300 million for the security development. This was stated by US Vice-President, Joseph Biden, in Kiev.
According to Biden, the U.S. Congress is working to pass such law. "It hasn`t been passed, but I hope that soon, it will be adopted,” he said during the joint …
Biden speaks to Ukrainian Parliament
Kyiv, December 8, 2015
In his passionate speach to Ukrainian parliament U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden urged Ukraine to seize the opportunity to become a truly democratic nation that removes the blight of corruption. He also directly accused Moscow of sending troops to fight with pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine and trying to hide that action from the Russian public and the world. Mr. Biden assured Ukraine of the U.S. continuous support as long as it stayed on the democratic path. …
Ukraine will prepare a trade blockade of uncontrolled territories
On Dec. 9 the Ukranian Cabinet of Ministers will consider the draft resolution on a trade blockade of Crimea and uncontrolled territories of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions (the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic - DND and Lugansk People's Republic - LNR). The Head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Refat Chubarov, stated this during the briefing, according to a correspondent of RBC-Ukraine.
"The Cabinet of Ministers has prepared and agreed with all parties on the draft …
Ukrainian President: Moscow will not stop us from free trade zone with EU
The President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, noted that Moscow’s disapproval of the free trade zone between Ukraine and the EU will be unsuccessful. He discussed this among other things in an interview with Ukrainian TV channels published December 6.
"If someone in Kremlin wants us to ask their permission for a free trade zone with EU, it will not happen. We will not give in to any blackmail," the President said and added that the Free Trade Agreement will come into effect starting January 1 2 …
Syrian opposition groups to meet at conference in Saudi Arabia
Reuters reported that different groups of the Syrian opposition will meet on December 8th in Saudi Arabia in order to agree upon a common position before the upcoming international negotiations on Syria in New York. The various Islamist and Salafist organizations received invitations from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to attend the conference, which is to be held from the 8th to the 10th of December.
However, the report didn’t specify if the Jaysh al-Islam (Army of Islam) will take part in the …