• Polish Prime Minister cancels trip to Israel after Netanyahu's comment about Poles

    Prime Minister of Poland, Mateusz Morawiecki, has canceled his trip to Jerusalem, where he was going to take part in the Visegrad Group leaders and Israel summit. Gazeta Wyborcza connects this decision with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu’s, statement about the Poles collaboration with the Nazis during the Second World War. 

    The head of the Polish Prime Minister’s Office, Mikhail Dvorchik, announced that Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz will represent Warsaw at the summit, …

  • Russia’s biggest American investor placed under 2 month arrest in Moscow

    Russia’s legal system continues to dampen the country’s already troubled investment climate.

    Michael Calvey, founder of Baring Vostok, the largest direct investment fund in Russia with more than 80 projects and $3 billion in capital invested in the Russian economy, was arrested by the Basmanny District Court of Moscow on Saturday and sent to a pre-trial detention center for two months.

    A graduate of the University of Oklahoma and the London School of Economics and Political Science, Calvey …

  • More than eighty-three thousand Ukrainians received Russian citizenship in 2018

    Interfax-Ukraine reported, quoting statistics of the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs, that 83,081 Ukrainians received Russian citizenship in 2018.

    In part, from January to December 83,081 Ukrainians received Russian citizenship. Also, during this period, the Russian authorities approved 64,861 residence permits to Ukrainians (currently 170,638 Ukrainians reside in the Russian Federation).

    In addition, in 2018, 77,075 Ukrainians received permission to temporarily live in Russia (currently …

  • Erdogan: Turkey will not cancel S-400 deal with Russia despite US pressure

    President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, announced that Turkey will proceed with the purchase of Russian S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, despite the United States pressure, reports the Hurriyet Daily News. 

    "We have concluded our deal with Russia on the S-400. Thus, there can be no question of its cancellation. Everything has been decided," said Erdogan said. 

    At the same time, he noted that Turkey remains open for the purchase of the U.S Patriot system, but only under certain …

  • Kremlin: Russia starts developing intermediate-range ground-based missile

    Russia has started developing an intermediate-range ground-based missile, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov during a panel session of the 55th Munich Security Conference.

    “Russia has begun the scientific and technical and development work in this regard, just like the US,” he said.

    Ryabkov noted that, on 2 February, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia will not deploy short or intermediate-range missiles anywhere until American missiles appear there.

    “The US …

  • Lavrov: Russia has no artificial deadlines for peace treaty with Japan

    Russia is not setting itself any “artificial deadlines” for signing a peace treaty with Japan, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the end of the 55th Munich Security Conference on Saturday.

    “Russia has no artificial deadlines whatsoever. We are calmly explaining to our Japanese colleagues that nothing of the sort can be planned,” he said. “We will proceed on the basis of the 1956 Declaration.”

    “This stipulates an incontestable first step towards signing a peace treaty,” the …

  • Russia tests nuclear power engine for its new Burevestnik cruise missile

    The nuclear power unit for Russia’s subsonic Burevestnik cruise missile successfully passed testing at one of the country’s testing ranges in January, which means that the Burevestnik missile will have a virtually unlimited flight range, TASS reports, citing a source in the missile construction sector.

    “In January at one of the testing ranges, the most important stage of testing for the Burevestnik subsonic missile system was successfully completed – the testing of the nuclear power unit,” the …

  • Czech Republic to send a mechanized battalion to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

    The Czech Republic will send a mechanized battalion to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps, said the Chief of the General Staff of the Czech Republic, Lieutenant General Aleš Opata on Friday.

    "The Czech Republic will send 800 servicemen and 200 units of equipment to the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps that can deploy within 30 days.” He explained that the Czech Republic is sending a mechanized ground forces battalion.

    The project of the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps was discussed in Brussels on …

  • Merkel: I support Poroshenko, but Nord Stream 2 is also important

    At the Munich Security Conference, Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel stated that Ukraine should remain a gas transit country even though Germany will not rule out the potential for a direct gas link to Russia, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    "Ukraine should remain a transit country. Other gas pipelines will also continue to exist... On one hand, I support Poroshenko. On the other hand, the issues related to Nord Stream 2 remain important for me,” the German Chancellor stated.

    Merkel noted …

  • Ukrainian President : Kyiv hopes to receive various types of weapons from Washington

    At a meeting with US Vice President Michael Pence, during the Munich Security Conference, the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko stated that Ukraine hopes to receive various types of weapons from the US.

    “We had a very detailed meeting with the vice president. He stressed at the outset that Ukraine is a reliable strategic partner of the United States. We firmly hope for cooperation, including in the area of defense, for the supply of all types of weapons to Ukraine,” he said commenting to …