• Moldovan Defense Ministry: Russia is the main threat to our national security

    According to the Newsmaker news portal, the Minister of Defense of Moldova, Anatol Salaru, has said that Russia is the main threat to the security of Moldova.

    In his opinion, the strengthening of the position of Russia in Moldova would jeopardize the security of Ukraine and even Turkey.

    Salaru also believes that only NATO is capable of protecting the country from Russia.  This is why he wants Moldova to become a member of the Alliance.

    “The safety of the Republic of Moldova is a part of the …

  • EU expresses concern over violation of rights of Crimean Tatars

    The European Union expressed concern over the systematic violation of the fundamental rights and freedoms of the residents of the Russian-occupied Crimea and, in particular, the Crimean Tatars, the Press Officer of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, David Stulik, said.

    In particular, the EU strongly condemned the illegal detention of thirteen Ukrainian citizens and representatives of the Crimean Tatars by the Russian authorities in the Crimea on February 11-12, 2016 he said in an interview with the …

  • Finnish authorities surprised by influx of refugees across border with Russia

    The Deputy Chief of the Finnish Border Guard, Ilkka Laitinen, is perplexed by the situation in which their border with Russia has quickly become one of the main crossing areas for refugees.  It is noted that more than 20 asylum-seekers crossed the border on Monday, February, 15th.

    "This phenomenon raises many questions, the answers to which we do not have.  One question is why people are crossing the northern border of Raja-Jooseppi and Salla, while the southern border crossings remain the …

  • Verkhovna Rada passes law disallowing Russian entities to take part in privatization

    Last year's plan to privatize state-owned enterprises will begin this year.

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has passed the law needed to start the privatization. However, it stipulated that Russian companies are not allowed to participate in privatization in Ukraine. 252 deputies voted for the amendments of Ukrainian laws concerning the clarification of provisions of №2319a.

    According to a correspondent from LIGA.net, the amendment prohibits legal entities and associated individuals registered …

  • EC wants access to Gazprom's contracts with European companies

    In an effort to enhance cooperation on the energy market, the European Commission (EC) is seeking to study the contracts between Russia and European companies with regard to gas supplies.  In the future, contracts longer than one year should be automatically disclosed to the EC if they are critical for ensuring gas supply to the European Union (EU).  

    This legislative initiative was proposed by officials in Brussels on the 16th of February.  The European Energy Commissioner, Miguel Arias …

  • The Deputy of the German Bundestag: Kiev has to realize how dangerous the situation is

    The Deputy of the German Bundestag, Roderich Kiesewetter, has criticized the actions of the Ukrainian government in an interview with Deutsche Welle.  He has also called on the representatives of the authorities to realize the severity of the situation that the country is currently in.

    According to Kiesewetter, who is also a member of the Christian Democratic Union of Germany, there are fears that the Russian Federation will continue to take actions to destabilize the situation in Ukraine.  …

  • OSCE: Pro-Russian separatists attempt to deceive monitors by using fake residents

    The Principal Deputy Chief of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, during a press briefing on Tuesday in Donetsk stated that pro-Russian separatists attempt to deceive monitors by having people who pretend to be local residents talk with members of the SMM.  As reported by Ukrinform, the leaders of the separatists organize buses to transport "local residents" from village to village to spread misinformation to the OSCE. 

    “When we were about to leave the village …

  • Kiev and Moscow agree to allow trucks to return to their countries of origin

    Over the next 10 days, more than 600 Ukrainian and just as many Russian truck drivers will be able to return home.  This is detailed in the framework of the aptly named deal, “going home”.

    On the 16th of February, Moscow and Kiev agreed on a procedure that will allow the blocked trucks to return home.  According to the agreement reached by the Ministry of Infrastructure of Ukraine and the Ministry of Transport of Russia, the plan will be in force from the 16th to the 25th of February.

    Kiev …

  • US State Department: Shokin's resignation shows that Ukraine is ready to implement reforms

    The United States considers the resignation of Viktor Shokin, the General Prosecutor of Ukraine, as a signal demonstrating Ukraine’s readiness to implement reforms, as stated in Washington on Tuesday, February 16th by an official State Department spokesman, reports Ukrinform.

    "We consider such action as a signal of Ukraine’s serious intentions to implement reforms,” said Toner, commenting on Shokin’s resignation.

    According to him, it is essential to restore trust in the justice system in the …

  • Ukraine tells UN that Russia's annexation of Crimea is a threat to many other countries

    The Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the United Nations, Vladimir Elchenko, has said that the ongoing militarization of Crimea threatens not only the Black Sea region, but other countries as well.

    "The illegal occupation and subsequent militarization of Crimea is not just a threat with long-term consequences for the Black Sea region, southern Europe, northern Africa and the Middle East.  Events in Syria are proof of this," he said during a speech at the open debate of the UN Security …