• Russian diplomats leave UK on plane involved in cocaine case

    On Tuesday March 20, the Russian diplomats who were expelled from London due to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter left the UK on the Il-96 aircraft featured in the Argentine cocaine scandal, Evropeiska Pravda reports.

    A British TV channel published photographs from the Stansted airport, where the 23 Russian diplomats and their families boarded a plane to leave the country.

    Interestingly, the diplomats were sent to Moscow on an Il-96 plane with hull number RA-96023 which belongs …

  • Trump congratulates Putin for election victory

    On Tuesday, March 20, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on the telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and congratulated him on his victory in the presidential election, as reported by the Kremlin press service.

    It was noted that the call was initiated by the American president.

    The heads of state spoke about cooperating to ensure strategic stability and combat international terrorism, and also noted the need for coordinated efforts to limit the arms race.

    The leaders of the …

  • Russia's oil conglomerate Rosneft increases advance payment to Kurdistan to $2.1 billion

    In 2017 Rosneft issued the Kurdistan government an advance of $2.1 billion (122 billion rubles at the official exchange rate at the time) as part of a contract to buy oil, the company stated in an annual report according to IFRS standards.

    This is 60% more than was previously thought: in November 2017 Rosneft reported that it had given Kurdistan an advance of $1.3 billion for supplying oil.

    In February 2017, Rosneft announced that it had signed a contract with Kurdistan’s government to buy …

  • Hungary concerned about Ukraine's intentions to restore the military unit in Berehove

    Hungarian Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó expressed dissatisfaction with the plans of the Ministry of Defense of Ukraine to restore the military unit based in Berehove, reports Yevropeyska Pravda, citing Hungarian publication Hirado.hu.

    "According to Szijjártó, he is worried that the Ukrainian army intends to deploy a battalion of about 800 people in the city with the highest proportion of Hungarians among the population," the report said.

    According to the Foreign Minister of Hungary, the …

  • NATO Secretary General: Russia is trying to destabilize our democracy

    Russia has repeatedly engaged in actions designed to destabilize democratic countries of the West, stated  NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on March 19, as reported by Radio Liberty.

    Against the background of the continuation of such a policy, he confirmed support for London and solidarity of NATO allies.

    “The North Atlantic Alliance is taking serious steps to strengthen its defense structures in the face of the Russian threat. This is in response to Russia’s irresponsible …

  • NATO Secretary General calls on Russia to disclose the Novichok program

    NATO called on Russia to fully disclose the details of their “Novichok” nerve agent program,reported the press-service of the North Atlantic Alliance. British authorities stated that Novichok was used to poison the former Russian spy Sergei Skripal. 

    “NATO continues to call on Russia to fully disclose the data of the Novichok program to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW),” NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg stated at a joint press conference with British …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Russia started a war against the civilized world

    During a working visit to Brussels, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin called on the European partners to give a joint response to an unconventional but real war waged by the Russian Federation against the civilized world, as reported on the website of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs reports.

    On Monday, March 19, Klimkin attended a discussion at the Center for European Policy, "Building a Secure and Resilient Ukraine: Progress and Challenges." The speakers of the event included …

  • Mogherini: The EU expects big reforms from Ukraine

    The EU recognizes the implementation of a number of reforms in Ukraine, but expects more determination in the continuation of the work, especially in the area of the fight against corruption, as stated on Monday, March 19th, by Federica Mogherini at a press conference following the meeting of the EU Council on Foreign Affairs, where the Ukrainian issue was discussed, UNIAN reports.

    "We discussed our support for the reform process in Ukraine, and we recognize that several reforms were adopted, …

  • Poland considers deporting Russian diplomats after poisoning of Skripal

    Poland may expel Russian diplomats from its territory in solidarity with the actions taken by Britain after an attempt on the life of Sergei Skripal, a former Colonel for the Russian intelligence service.

    The decision may be taken very soon, writes Polskie Radio, citing Dziennik Gazeta Prawna. The newspaper also referred to sources in the government.

    According to the publication, the decision will depend greatly on the decisions taken Monday in Brussels at a meeting of the European Union’s …

  • Russia's Gazprom starts dismantling Turkish Stream pipeline

    Gazprom has abandoned the hope of turning the Turkish Stream project into a gas pipeline for mass exportation to Europe.

    As Interfax reported on Monday, the Russian gas company is preparing to begin dismantling the Southern Gas Corridor pipelines which were initially constructed for the South Stream and were later transferred to the Turkish Stream.

    According to the plan, the Turkish Stream was supposed to supply Turkey and the EU with 63 billion cubic meters of gas per year. However, a …