• Chubarov: 18 Crimean Tatars are behind bars in the Crimea

    According to the chairman of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, Refat Chubarov, there are currently 18 Crimean Tatars imprisoned in Crimea, Krym.Realii reported.

    “There are now 18 Crimean Tatars behind bars. Unfortunately, according to our data, this number will increase. The imprisoned Crimean Tatars include the deputy head of the Mejlis, Ahtem Chiygoz, as well has civil society activists, Ali Asanov and Mustafa Degermendzhi,” Chubarov said.

    According to their information, 14 Crimean …

  • Russia and Belarus agree on need for joint response to missile defense system in Europe

    Russia and Belarus have agreed on a joint response to the deployment of NATO missile defense systems near their borders. This was said by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Vladimir Makei. DW reports that he made these statements after meeting with the head of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Sergey Lavrov.

    “Because we are a union state[with Russia], we have agreed that we will jointly develop adequate response measures,” Makei said.

    Moscow and Minsk are planning to work closely …

  • Poland says NATO should not abide by its agreements with Russia

    NATO should not adhere to the agreement between Russia and NATO, believes the Polish Minister of Foreign Affairs, Witold Waszczykowski.

    "This document is a political commitment; it is not legally binding,” said the head of the Polish Foreign Ministry in Tallinn at the Lennart Meri Conference. “I do not think that we should implement this treaty."

    He reminded that the treaty was signed in 1997, but the situation with Russia has changed since then. The promises were made by the NATO of that …

  • Ukraine to discuss conditions of Russia's participation in Eurovision 2017

    Only Russian performers who “understand that the annexation of Crimea and the occupation of the Donbas is a crime” should be allowed to participate in the Eurovision contest in 2017, according to a deputy of the Verkhovna Rada of the Narodny Front, Anton Herashchenko. He said this on the 15th of May while at the Govorit Moskva radio station.

    According to him, Kiev “does not see any obstacles” for contestants who “do not speak out in support of Russia’s aggressive policies” and who “do not …

  • Estonian Defense Minister favors the deployment of NATO equipment near the borders of the country

    The Estonian daily newspaper Postimees reported that the Estonian Minister of Defense, Hannes Hanso, favored the deployment of NATO heavy military equipment near the country’s borders.

    “We want NATO heavy military equipment to be deployed closer to Estonia rather than a thousand miles away from it. For our part, in alliance with Latvia and Lithuania, we will do our best to ensure simplified transportation of the units across the state border and provision of weapons to our allies,” Hanso noted. …