• Kyiv responds to Israel’s accusation of 'glorifying anti-Semites'

    Ukraine categorically condemns all forms of anti-Semitism and pays homage to the victims of the Holocaust on a state level. It also does not intend to forego paying respect to the people who fought for Ukraine’s independence, whose names have been tarnished by Soviet propaganda, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

    The Israeli ambassador recently accused Ukraine of glorifying Stepan Bandera and Andriy Melnyk, two leaders of the Organization of Ukrainian Nationalists (OUN), which …

  • German farmers urge Ukraine not to close land market to foreigners

    German farmers operating in Ukraine have urged Ukraine’s political leadership not to prohibit foreigners from purchasing land after the launch of the agricultural land market. A letter addressed to President Volodymyr Zelensky, Verkhovna Rada Chairman Dmytro Razumkov, Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk, and the German Embassy in Kyiv was signed by 25 farmers from the Kyiv, Ivano-Frankivsk, Khmelnytskyi, Chernivtsi, Ternopil, Lviv, Rivne, Zhytomyr, Vinnytsia, Odessa and Cherkasy regions of Ukraine. …

  • Ukraine not using $6.8 billion of foreign financing

    Three of Ukraine’s biggest partners from among the international financial organizations have around $6.8 billion that is available for Ukraine, but is not being used, reports Dzerkalo Tyzhnia.

    For projects through the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD), $1.5 billion is not being used (the bank’s credit portfolio currently amounts to $2.3 billion). For projects through the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), €1.8 billion is not being used (credit …

  • Putin’s friend Rotenberg loses lawsuit against Scandinavian banks in Finland

    The Russian businessman Boris Rotenberg, who has come under US sanctions due to the conflict in Ukraine and his close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin, lost a lawsuit against four Scandinavian banks in a Finnish court on Monday.

    “The Helsinki District Court has dismissed Boris Rotenberg’s lawsuit regarding the right to banking services and damage from discrimination,” the court said in a statement.

    Rotenberg, who also has Finnish citizenship, filed a lawsuit against Nordea, Danske …

  • Russian-Belarusian oil transit negotiations end with no results

    Russian and Belarusian representatives were unable to reach an agreement regarding oil transit tariffs for 2020 during their negotiations in Minsk on Monday.

    Citing a source familiar with the proceedings, BelTA reports that Belarus demanded a tariff increase, citing the oil contamination incident last year, which caused downtime on the Druzhba pipeline and damage to the equipment of Belarusian oil refineries.

    The parties are currently discussing a 16.6% tariff hike, a source told Interfax. …

  • Russia and Turkey take over resolution of Libyan conflict

    On Monday in Moscow, the leaders of the opposing sides in Libya concluded negotiations, at the end of which the Russian Foreign Minister said that certain progress had been made. A fragile ceasefire, mediated by Russia and Turkey, has come into effect in Libya.

    Russia and Turkey have taken on the role of key arbitrators in Libya, trying to encourage Fayez al-Sarraj, head of the internationally recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) and his adversary General Khalifa Haftar to start …

  • Kremlin’s investigation: Murder of Russian journalists in Central African Republic was motivated by robbery

    Russian investigators have concluded that the killing of the three Russian journalists in the Central African Republic (CAR) in 2018 was done with the goal of robbing them, said Igor Krasnov, deputy head of the Investigative Committee, as cited by Interfax.

    “The established circumstances of the attack indicate that the murder was committed with the goal of robbery by residents of the CAR and adjacent countries who systematically commit severe crimes in this region,” said Krasnov.

    On July 28, 2 …

  • Algeria receives another batch of Russian T-90SA tanks

    The Algerian Defense Ministry has received another batch of Russian T-90SA tanks, reports the Russian news outlet the Military Review.

    The Russian tanks reportedly arrived at the Algerian port of Oran on a ship that departed from the Russian port of Ust-Luga on the Baltic Sea. The arrival date was not specified, but the delivery was scheduled for January 8, 2020. The number of tanks in the batch is not known.

    According to the blog BMPD, the T-90SA tanks were probably delivered to Algeria on a …

  • Former Angolan president’s daughter accused of embezzling $1.3 billion becomes Russian citizen

    Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of Angola’s last president, the first female billionaire in Africa and the eighth wealthiest businessperson on the continent according to Forbes, has become a citizen of Russia, TASS reports. Dos Santos herself confirmed the news indirectly on Twitter.

    “It’s not news,” wrote dos Santos, who is facing corruption charges in her home country.

    On December 31, the Luanda provincial court, at a request from the National Asset Recovery Service, seized dos Santos and …

  • Gazprom vows to finish building Nord Stream 2 on its own

    Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller said that US sanctions will not stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from being completed.

    According to him, Russia is capable of finishing the project without the involvement of any other countries, although it will take longer.

    In a broadcast of the TV channel Russia 1, Miller emphasized that the “technological risks are currently being dealt with using Russian capabilities”.

    “There are no technological obstacles to us doing it on our own,” he said.

    Previously …