Contents tagged with Europe

  • Gazprom’s LNG ship for Kaliningrad moves to Europe instead

    The regasification ship Marshal Vasilevsky, owned by Russia’s gas monopoly Gazprom and responsible for ensuring Kaliningrad’s gas security, is off the coast of Denmark and heading for the Port of Rotterdam, RBC reports, citing the Marine Traffic database.

    In February 2019, Russian President Vladimir Putin commissioned a coastal terminal to accept liquefied natural gas (LNG) in Kaliningrad. The new terminal can meet nearly all the gas demand of the Russian exclave. At the end of last year, the …

  • Russia closes off more than a quarter of Black Sea for a month

    Between 24 July and 19 August, purportedly for training purposes, Russia has closed off five regions of the Black Sea with a total area of 118,570 square kilometers, more than a quarter of the sea’s total area, the Ukrainian Military Portal reports.

    “The mentioned regions effectively close off the customary and advisable international shipping routes to Bulgaria, Georgia, Romania and Ukraine, virtually blocking maritime traffic with these countries,” the news outlet writes.

    Russia’s …

  • Latvia blocks Kremlin-linked website because of threat to Ukraine's sovereignty

    Latvian domain administrator blocked the bestnews.lv website that is associated with the Russia Today news agency, reports RIA Novosti news outlet.

    Latvian national domain registrar explained its decision referring to the requirement of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, which said that baltnews.lv news outlet violates the decision of the European Union of March 17, 2014, on sanctions against Russia because of the annexation of Crimea.

    "Registration of baltnews.lv is a violation of the provisions …

  • EU: Ukrainian nation has mandated government to conduct reforms

    According to an initial appraisal, fundamental rights and freedoms were respected at the Ukrainian parliamentary elections, said EU Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Maja Kocijancic in a statement on Monday 22 July. The assessment of the elections was based on the appraisal of the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR).

    “Following the presidential elections in March and April, the Ukrainian people have once again given a strong mandate for reform,” Kocijancic emphasized, …

  • Ukrainian Security Service denies reports that it arrested DPR militant who transported Buk missile system used to shoot down MH17

    Security Service of Ukraine didn't detain the driver of the vehicle who transported Buk missile system that was used to shoot down MH17 flight, reads the statement on the webpage of Ukrainian Intelligence Service.

    The report said that a briefing on an investigation the above crime in the Donbas was held in Kyiv on July 17. After the briefing, the media spread information that on the same day the driver, who was transporting the Buk missile system, was arrested.

    "At a briefing, it was reported …

  • Kyiv: Budapest wants to create a Hungarian enclave in Zakarpattia

    Acting Minister of Ukrainian Foreign Affairs Yegor Bozhok in an interview with the Voice of America said that Hungarian authorities are trying to create a Hungarian enclave on the territory of Ukraine.

    "Ukraine didn't complicate the Ukrainian-Hungarian relations. The main problem is the so-called Hungarian reunification of the territory, which blinded Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his associates," - said Bozhok.

    Hungary has already achieved this in Serbia. Slovakia and Romania are …

  • Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany: restoration of Russia's rights in PACE undermines Kyiv's trust in Berlin

    Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk, in an interview with Welt news outlet, said that restoration of the rights of the Russian delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) had undermined Kyiv's confidence in Berlin.

    Ukrainians think that this decision was a "fatal mistake," noted the ambassador. "It has also undermined Kyiv's trust in Germany," he said.

    Melnyk said that this decision "was terrible," and expressed regret that eight German deputies voted in …

  • Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republic claim they are ready to observe ceasefire in Donbas

    Media channels in Donetsk and Luhansk that are controlled by the Russian militants issued statements about their readiness to observe an indefinite truce in the Donbas from July 21, reports Radio Liberty.

    The authorities of Donetsk People's Republic stated that "measures of disciplinary responsibility for violation of a ceasefire and its conditions are explained in due course to all divisions and each serviceman "

    "We express readiness to fulfill the conditions of the truce, and we are ready …

  • Denmark gives go ahead to Baltic Pipe construction to Poland

    The Baltic Pipe, a project to supply Norwegian gas to Poland, has received its first approval from the Danish government, while Copenhagen is delaying giving consent to the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. The Danish Environmental Protection Agency announced on its website that it has authorized the construction of the Baltic Pipe.

    The Danish gas transit operator Energinet now needs to obtain authorization from the 13 municipalities whose territory the land-based portion of the …

  • Poland: Putin’s attendance at WWII anniversary would be inappropriate

    It would be inappropriate for Russian President Vladimir Putin to attend the events commemorating the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II, said Polish Deputy Prime Minister Jacek Sasin.

    Sasin called the Russian president “the leader of a country that is using armed aggression against its neighbors”. “And I think that it would be inappropriate to commemorate the anniversary of armed aggression against Poland with the attendance of a leader who is using the same methods against his …