• Russia to suspend free-trade treaty with Ukraine

    Effective January 1st, 2016, Russia is suspending its free-trade treaty with Ukraine.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is reported to have signed a decree citing "exceptional circumstances, which impact the interests and economic security of the Russian Federation."

    Currently, Russia and Ukraine are engaged in trade in accordance with the free trade agreement between CIS countries. However, starting next year the economic part of Kiev's Association Agreement with the EU comes into force, …

  • 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 …

  • Ukrainian Intelligence: Rebel commander is Russian Colonel

    Ukrainian intelligence reports have suggested that the commander of the pro-Russian 2nd Motorized Rifle Brigade in eastern Ukraine, Colonel Nefedov, is in fact Russian Army Colonel Andrey Ruzinskiy. This information was disclosed in the Chief Directorate of Intelligence's report on Tuesday.

    Colonel Ruzinskiy was previously stationed with the Russian Armed Force contingent in Gumri, Armenia. 

    “In his capacity as the commander of Russia’s 102nd army based in Gumri, Ruzinskiy provoked the …

  • Ukraine to file new human rights complaint; Russia rejects ECHR

    The Deputy Justice Minister of Ukraine, Natalia Sevostyanova, reported that Ukraine has been documenting human rights violations in Crimea and the Donbas region, and will file a new complaint with the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). Two previous complaints are pending.

    In response to questions about the reviews of the pending complaints pertaining to events in Crimea and the Donbas region, Sevostyanova reminded journalists that Russia had requested a prolongation of their communication …

  • Poland to give Ukraine €1 billion loan

    After negotiations with the President of Poland, Andrzej Duda, the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, confirmed that Warsaw will provide Kiev with a €1 billion loan.

    “Negotiations were held between Valeriya Hontareva, the Chairman of the National Bank of Ukraine, and Marek Belka, the Head of the National Bank of Poland.  The two reached an agreement to open a credit line of 4 billion zlotys, approximately €1billion, for Ukraine. This will undoubtedly increase commerce between Ukraine and …

  • Macierewicz: Safe Ukraine means safe Poland and Europe

    The Minister of National Defence of Poland, Antoni Macierewicz, emphasized the strategic nature of the cooperation between his country and Ukraine and the need for further development of bilateral cooperation between the two countries in the defence sector. Following the results of the meeting with the Ukrainian Minister of Defence, Stepan Poltorak, Macierewicz told journalists, “Ukraine is a strategic partner of Poland and our absolute priority. That is why I paid my first visit as a Minister …

  • Russians Reluctant to Sell Homes in Turkish Marmaris

    Several hundred Russian property owners refused to sell their assets in the Turkish city of Marmaris. According to the Association of Realtors, foreign tourists who invested in real estate in Marmaris, refused to put their property up for sale despite the deterioration of relations between the two countries after a Russian bomber was shot down by Turkey.

    "The Russian sailors bought hotels and houses for themselves and their relatives, making great investments in real estate.  Last year alone …

  • Russian Conditions for End of Turkish Crisis

    Russian authorities have made demands that would end the current crisis with Turkey. Interfax reported that Russian Ambassador to Turkey, Andrei Karlov outlined three conditions.

    First, Turkey must formally apologize for the incident with the Russian Sukharov-24 bomber that was shot down by Turkish fighter jets on November 24th.  Second, the responsible parties must be brought to justice.  Third, Turkey must compensate Russia for the losses incurred in the incident.

    Speaking about the death …

  • Free Syrian Army Denies Military Cooperation with Russia

    Representatives of the "Free Syrian Army" (FSA) told Reuters that Russian aviation not only supports them, but also regularly bombs rebel forces.

    Groups identifying themselves as FSA, together with Kurdish police, formed a new coalition called the "Democratic Forces of Syria" (DFS), which has received U.S. support for fighting ISIL.

    The Alliance has acknowledged that Russian air strikes indirectly helped them during the recent battles with the enemies of "al-Nusra", a member of terrorist …

  • Ukraine to Conclude Large Rail Contract With Turkmenistan

    The Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Hennadiy Zubko and Vice Prime Minister of Turkmenistan, Satlik Satlikov agreed on a business venture whereby Ukraine would supply 1,500 rail cars to Turkmenistan. 750 of them have already been made available for use.

    Satlikov conveyed Turkmenistan’s interest in non-standard rail cars and vehicles from Ukraine, to be used on a railway along the TAPI gas pipeline. The Turkmen export commission is reportedly now studying the possibility of supplying the rail …