Contents tagged with Europe

  • Dutch TV channel names possible suspects in MH17 airline crash

    Dutch TV channel NPO 2 named the alleged suspects in the case of the Boeing 777 that was shot in the sky over the Donbas in 2014. An official investigation has not named any suspects yet. However, earlier all these names were mentioned in the reports of the investigative journalists of a Bellingcat group and the investigation of the newspaper Novaya Gazeta.

    The story about the alleged suspects was released on the eve of the publication of the report of the Joint Investigation Team (JIT). At …

  • Belgian officer dismissed on suspicion of ties with Russia

    The Belgian security forces dismissed an officer suspected of having links to a Russian oligarch. The officer himself claimed that he “was not given the opportunity to explain his business connections”, Radio Liberty reported, referencing the local press.

     It should be noted that the officer was recruited in 2004. He had experience in international trade with one of the republics of the former USSR. He was granted access to documents classified as “secret”.

    “However, his communication with …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky: preparations for the Normandy format meeting have started

    President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky, at a joint briefing with French President Emmanuel Macron in Paris, said that the advisers of the member-countries of the Normandy format will meet soon to prepare for the meeting of the leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia, reports Ukrinform News Agency.

    "We agreed on the importance of restoring cooperation within the Normandy format. Our foreign policy advisers will meet soon and prepare the next meeting of the leaders. This is a key issue," …

  • Macron does not want Russia completely excluded from Council of Europe

    During a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, French President Emmanuel Macron said that he intends to prevent a full withdrawal of Russia from the Council of Europe. He also said that restricting the rights of the Russian Delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) cannot be considered as a sanction against Russia for its aggression against Ukraine.

    “There are matters of sanctions on Russia, and in this regard France is adhering to …

  • Latvian military claims Russian ship was spotted near the country's border

    Latvian National Armed Forces (NBS) stated that the Russian warship was seen near the country’s border on Sunday.

    "On June 16 Latvian Naval Forces identified the frigate Admiral Kasatonov (of Admiral Gorshkov-class) with the Board number 431 that belongs to the Russian Armed forces in the Latvian exclusive economic zone, in the distance of 18.5 nautical miles from the territorial waters, " — reports a statement of NBS on Twitter.

    Latvian authorities often detect Russian warships near their …

  • Poland begins largest military drills of the year

    Poland has started the Dragon-19 military exercises in collaboration with 18 thousand soldiers from 12 NATO countries using 2.5 thousand units of military equipment.

    These are the largest military drills to take place in Poland this year, as reported by Polish Radio.

    The drills are being held on land, at sea, in the air and in cyberspace. Their main goal is to check if the Polish units are compatible with those of the allied forces, which were deployed to Poland to strengthen NATO’s eastern …

  • Moldovan ‘Democrats’ flee the country

    Oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc, the éminence grise of Moldovan politics and the primary patron of the Democratic Party that has been in power in recent years, left the country on 14 June in a black aircraft heading for Istanbul (the unusually colored private jetliner had been seen on standby at the Chisinau Airport for several days). According to other reports, he left Moldova by car through Transnistria and boarded an airplane in Odessa.

    Plahotniuc is currently believed to be in the USA. The …

  • Russian tycoon Abramovich donates $5 million to combating anti-Semitism

    Billionaire Roman Abramovich has donated $5 million to the Jewish Agency for Israel (JAFI), an organization that assists with repatriation to Israel and the fight against anti-Semitism, The Jerusalem Post reports. A representative of Abramovich has confirmed this information.

    The oligarch made the donation in light of the growing anti-Semitic attitudes in Europe, the US and other parts of the world, the Post notes. “I applaud Roman Abramovich for taking strong initiative to combat antisemitism …

  • Russia plans to return to PACE meetings with MPs from Crimea

    The Russian delegation plans to resume participation in sessions of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) as early as the session in June. The chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation Vyacheslav Volodin stated this to journalists, as reported Dozhd.

    According to him, if on the first day of the June 24 PACE session a resolution is adopted to restore the participation rights of the delegation from the Russian Federation, Moscow will immediately send in its notice …

  • US extends sanctions against Lukashenko and a number of Belarusian officials

    US President Donald Trump has extended sanctions against a number of Belarusian officials for one more year, the press service of the White House said.

    The corresponding document addressed to the US Congress is posted on the White House website.

    The document states that, “The actions and policies of certain members of the Government of Belarus and other persons continue to pose an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States.”

    “For this …