• Rada proposes allowing Russian artists to perform in Ukraine after submitting written condemnation of the Kremlins's policies

    The Ukrainian Parliament is discussing a bill that would restrict performances of Russian musicians and actors in the country.

    The People's Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada (the Ukrainian Parliament) wants to tighten the rules for Russian musicians, writers and movie makers. The authors of the bill want to ensure that media products from the Russian Federation appear in Ukraine only by permission of the Rada. Russian artists can receive permission to broadcast in Ukraine only after a written …

  • Russia to deploy two brigades to its western border

    Russia will strengthen its western border due to the increased NATO activity in Eastern Europe, Interfax reported citing sources with knowledge of the situation.

    “As part of the formation of three new divisions on the western border of Russia, two separate motorized rifle brigades will be relocated from the central areas of the country,” the source said.

    The 28th Motorized Rifle Brigade will be transferred from Yekaterinburg to Klintsy, about 80 km from the Belarusian border. In addition, the …

  • Estonian PM: We expect NATO to establish a firm position in relation to Russia's actions

    The Estonian Prime Minister, Taavi Rõivas, said that one of the outcomes of the July NATO summit should be the strengthening of security in the region. He said this during a meeting with Poland’s Prime Minister, Beata Szydło, on Wednesday in Warsaw.

    According to him, Poland plays an important role in achieving this outcome.

    Rõivas also expressed hope that the Alliance members will demonstrate a firm stance with regard to Russia’s actions in the Baltic Sea region.

    “Russia constantly …

  • Ukrainian Finance Minister: Russia's debt recovery lawsuit could take up to two years

    According to the Ukrainian Minister of Finance, Alexander Danyluk, proceedings in the debt recovery lawsuit between Russia and Ukraine may continue for up to two years. The case involves $3 billion worth of financial assistance provided to Ukraine while the country was being led by former president, Viktor Yanukovych. Danyluk made these statements during an interview with 24 Channel on the 1st of June.

    Danyluk says that “developments may vary. It may take up to two years for the process to …

  • Poland will not renew its contract with Gazprom

    Poland has no plans to renew its long-term contract with the Russian Federation for the supply of gas, which expires in 2022. Reuters cites the Commissioner of the Government of Poland on Issues of Gas and Energy Infrastructure, Piotr Naimski.

    According to Naimski, in order to reduce its dependence on Russian gas, Poland constructed the first terminal for transporting liquefied natural gas (LNG) and also plans to construct the pipeline in the North Sea.

    “We will strive for a situation where a …