• Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada calls on foreign governments to continue pressuring Russia

    The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine has adopted an appeal to the parliaments of foreign countries with regard to Russia and the threats of pro-Russian separatists to execute prisoners held in the Donbas region.  This was stated in two resolutions, which were approved by 236 out of 239 deputies on the 18th of February.

    The Ukrainian parliament has called on foreign countries to “use all available mechanisms at governmental, parliament and non-governmental levels.  They should also give a clear signal …

  • Russian helicopter violates Estonian airspace

    The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a note of protest to the Russian Ambassador in Tallinn over an incident on Thursday in which a Russian military helicopter allegedly violated Estonian airspace. The episode occurred near the village of Vaskarnava near the Russian-Estonian border.

    The helicopter did not attempt to contact Estonian air traffic controllers.

    The Russian Defense Ministry denies the allegations. “On February 18th, Army helicopters did not fly in the area,” the …

  • France’s far-right National Front asks Russia for €27 million loan

    France’s far-right National Front party has asked Russia for a €27 million loan to help finance its 2017 election campaigns, The Times reported on Friday, citing the party’s treasurer, Wallerand de Saint-Just.

    In 2014, the National Front, led by Marine Le Pen, received an €11 million loan from a bank with Russian ties. At the time, French media claimed that the loan bought the party’s support for Russia’s actions in Ukraine.

    Le Pen’s party claims that the results of the Crimean referendum in 2 …

  • Despite sanctions, Hungary wants to purchase Russian helicopters

    Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the potential sale of 30 Mi-8/17 helicopters to Budapest, despite the EU’s sanctions banning such transactions.

    According to an informed source who spoke with UNIAN, "the Hungarian Ministry of Defense wants to buy about 30 multipurpose helicopters Mi-8/17 from Russia. The contract value is estimated to be more than $ 400 million. Orban's visit to Moscow on February 17th included a discussion of a contract.” …

  • Ukraine intends to prove that 'Yanukovych's debt' was a bribe

    Ukraine intends to prove that the $3 billion loan given by Russia to former Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, was first and foremost a bribe. This was stated by Klimkin in an interview with the Ukrinform news agency on Thursday, February 18th, in Kiev.

    "Of course, we will work at aiming to prove that it was indeed a bribe. And the fact that this case will be considered by a London court gives us more opportunities to do so. We are preparing for this and all the corresponding statements …