Contents tagged with Russia

  • Russia expels Ukrainian diplomat

    Russia has declared "persona non grata" another employee of the Ukrainian Embassy in Moscow, reported the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry.

    "Due to the unfriendly actions of the Ukrainian side, which on April 19 this year declared a "persona non grata" employee of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Kyiv, and on the basis of the principle of reciprocity for activities incompatible with diplomatic status, an employee of the Ukrainian Embassy in Russia is declared persona non …

  • Romania expels Russian diplomat

    Romania expels a Russian diplomat, the Romanian Foreign Ministry  said on Monday, April 26. Aleksey Grishaev, assistant military attaché of the Russian Embassy in Bucharest, was declared persona non grata, as "his activities and actions are contrary to the provisions of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of 1961." Russian Ambassador to Romania Valery Kuzmin has already been informed of this decision.

    Earlier, Slovakia and the Baltic states announced the expulsion of Russian …

  • Ukrainian President suggests including U.S,Canada and UK in Donbas talks

    In an interview with the Financial Times, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky called for the Minsk agreements to be changed and the Normandy Four negotiations expanded.

    "I am involved in a process that was developed before I even became president," said Zelensky. In his opinion, the Minsk agreements are not flexible enough and do not meet the demands of the current situation.

    Zelensky said that he saw two ways out of the current deadlock: either to change the format of the Minsk talks, or …

  • Ukrainian general: all of Ukraine should prepare for war with Russia

    The withdrawal of Russian troops from the Ukrainian borders does not mean there is no more threat of aggression. Ukraine should prepare for the worst-case scenario, said the Deputy Secretary of the Ukrainian Security and Defense Council, Major General Serhii Kryvonos.

    After flexing its muscles, Russia began to withdraw troops from the borders of Ukraine and from the annexed Crimea. However, the threat to Ukraine remains and it is necessary to prepare for war, said Kryvonos.

    Kryvonos reminded …

  • Diplomatic war between Russia and the West spirals out of control

    Relations between Russia and the West continue to spiral downwards reaching the "bottom" of the Cold War.

    In just over a week, Moscow and Western countries mutually expelled more than 140 diplomats and embassy staff, breaking the record of the spy wars of Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan.

    On April 15, as part of a package of sanctions for election interference, chemical weapons and cyberattacks, the U.S. declared 10 employees of the Russian embassy persona non grata. They, according to …

  • Russia considers restricting imports of Czech beer amid diplomatic war with Prague

    The Russian authorities can respond to the expulsion from Prague of Russian diplomats by restricting the import of Czech-made products, in particular beer, reported Kommersant, citing two sources in the Russian government.

    According to one of them, such economic sanctions are seen as a necessity, as "it is impossible to leave unanswered Prague’s unprecedented aggressive actions, to which it is not possible to react in kind".

    The restrictions can affect any of the industries, but Kommersant's …

  • Russia closes three areas of the Black Sea

    Russia suspends the right of free passage for foreign ships in three areas of the Black Sea for six months. The restrictions will take effect on the evening of Thursday, April 24, reported the Russian newspaper Kommersant with a reference to the bulletin issued by the Office of Navigation and Oceanography of the Russian Defense Ministry.

    From 21:00 on 24 April to 21:00 on October 31, Russia suspends the right of free passage through the waters of the Russian Federation "for foreign warships …

  • Kyiv wants Netanyahu to mediate talks with Russia

    Kyiv has invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to mediate talks with Moscow, said Ukraine's Ambassador to Israel Yevgen Korniychuk on the i24NEWS TV channel.

    According to the diplomat, this decision was made because Netanyahu is in good relations with both the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, and the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    "I am glad to report that the Prime Minister did not say no. He said that he would try to do everything in his power. We are glad that Mr. …

  • Kyiv: 400,000 residents of Donbas received Russian passports

    At least 400,000 residents of the territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which are not under Kyiv’s control, have received Russian passports, said Ukrainian Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories Olekii Reznikov in an interview with Ukrayinska Pravda.

    "The statistics are constantly changing, the Russians say one thing, we check, find another. But there are at least 400,000, it is true," Reznikov said.

    Back in December, he said that there are 300,000 Ukrainians …

  • Putin and Lukashenko agree to strengthen military cooperation

    Russia and Belarus intend to expand cooperation in the defense field. "There are acute questions that need to be strengthened, including security, including defense in our union state," self-proclaimed Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko said during a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow.

    According to Lukashenko, Moscow and Minsk will draw through their cooperation lines which no one should cross, and will adequately answer to those who do not understand that in this …