• European water equipment installed in Crimea despite sanctions

    Water supply equipment manufactured by German company Siemens and Danish company Grundfos was installed in annexed Crimea, despite the ban on the supply of such equipment, established by a resolution of the Council of Europe back in 2014, reports the Current Time.

    The presence of European equipment in the peninsula was shown on Russian television.

    "It is 100% incomprehensible how these pumps got to Crimea. We see the statement of Siemens and Grundfos that they followed all the rules, that …

  • Netherlands sues Russia in European Court of Human Rights over downed MH17 flight

    The Dutch Government has decided to file a lawsuit against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for its role in the downing of flight MH17, reports DW.

    The Netherlands has submitted all information about the downed flight MH17 to the ECHR.

    The Dutch government lawsuit is filed with the ECHR in parallel with the individual lawsuits filed by the next of kin of the victims.

    "In this government complaint, the Netherlands also acts on behalf of all 298 victims of MH17 of 17 …

  • Russia rejects possibility of paying Czech Republic compensation for Vrbetica explosions

    Russia will not pay any compensation to the Czech Republic for alleged involvement in the explosions at warehouses in Vrbetice, Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs, told TASS .

    "Any demands by the Czech Republic for compensation for the far-fetched involvement of the Russian special services in the explosions at warehouses in Vrbetice are absurd," he said.

    According to Slutsky, Prague should forward such demands to its "Washington bosses who are …

  • Czech Republic to demand at least $48 million from Russia in compensation for explosions at ammunition depot

    The Czech Republic will demand at least $48 million in compensation from Russia for the explosions at warehouses in Vrbetica, the country's finance minister, Alena Schillerova, said on Czech television.

    She noted that Prague is going to recover the funds "in accordance with international law."

    "If we go through, for example, with criminal proceedings to be compensated for damages , it will take a very long time," Schillerova explained.

    Earlier, the Czech Foreign Ministry announced the …

  • Russian warships interfere with U.S.-Ukraine joint naval drills in Black Sea

    On May 8, Russian warships interfered with joint naval exercises of the United States and Ukraine which were held about 100 nautical miles from Odesa, reported Ukrainian State Border Guard Service on its website.

    On Saturday morning, the flagship of the Ukrainian Maritime Guard Grigory Kuropatnikov was joined in the Ukrainian waters by the U.S. Coast Guard ship Hamilton.

    It is noted that the American partners arrived in Ukraine on a friendly visit, which will include joint maneuvers at sea, …

  • Czech Prime Minister calls on EU countries to expel at least one Russian diplomat in solidarity with Prague

    Before the informal EU summit in Porto, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis appealed to the leaders of the European Union to expel at least one Russian diplomat from their countries in solidarity with Prague amid worsening of its relations with Moscow, Interfax reports, citing Czech radio.

    On April 17, the Czech Republic announced the expulsion of 18 Russian diplomats, accusing Moscow of involvement in the 2014 explosion at an ammunition depot in Vrbetice. Two people were killed in the explosion. …

  • Kyiv: U.S. expresses support for Ukraine joining NATO Membership Action Plan

    During the meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, the U.S. side fully supported Ukraine's admission to the NATO Membership Action Plan (MAP), said Head of the Presidential Administration Andriy Yermak.

    "We received today another confirmation of the full support from the United States for Ukraine's admission to the MAP. But there are a lot of members in the Alliance, so the work continues. The U.S. once again confirmed that it is our …

  • Sudan demands Russian military leave

    A new scandal erupted in Sudan after the country’s authorities banned any further construction of the Russian military base in the Red Sea. The Sudanese authorities demanded that the Russian military stop all construction work, immediately remove equipment, including radars and communications devices, and leave the country, reports Sudan Tribune, citing government sources.

    A week ago, the Sudanese authorities suspended the Russian project. The newspaper believes that the agreement was …

  • Kyiv asks U.S. to expand military training mission in Ukraine

    Ukraine has asked the United States to expand the training mission for the Armed Forces of Ukraine, said Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba on air of the TV channel 1+1, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    "We have it on the agenda. We have already announced this to the American side, and they have already started working on it. It is an expansion of the training mission of the U.S. Army for the Armed Forces of Ukraine," Kuleba said.

    According to him, during the visit to Kyiv, U.S. Secretary of …

  • Yeltsin’s associate: Ukraine was forced to take Crimea in 1954

    The first President of Russia Boris Yeltsin, when offered to conclude a deal with Kyiv, under which Crimea would be given to Russia, and Ukraine, in turn, would receive free gas for ten years, said: "Whey do we need this Crimea, this Sevastopol. We have free piers in St. Petersburg, we will move the fleet there," said Mikhail Poltoranin, a well-known Soviet and Russian politician, in an interview with Ukrainian journalist Dmitry Gordon.

    "It was a good deal, not only to snatch Crimea for free, …