Contents tagged with crimea

  • Syrian Delegation arrives in annexed Crimea for Economic Forum

    A delegation from Syria led by Minister of Economy and Foreign Trade Mohammad Samer al-Khalil has arrived in the annexed Crimea to participate in the Yalta International Economic Forum. The delegation was met at the airport by the Kremlin-appointed head of the Crimea, Sergei Aksyonov. The Crimea Inform News Agency reports that the delegation consists of seventy people.

    "Our priority task is the development of economic and trade relations to link Syria and Russia at the same level as the …

  • Assad said that his children were on vacation in the annexed Crimea

    Syrian President Bashar al-Assad mentioned at a meeting with Russian parliament members that his children were at Artek children camp in the Crimea last year, RIA Novosti reports, citing the coordinator of the State Duma group on relations with the parliament of Syria, Dmitry Sablin.

    "First of all we would like to focus on [political] party related work with young people, organize two-week long camps. My children were in Artek last year," Sablin quoted Assad as saying. Bashar Assad has two …

  • Ukraine prepares sanctions list of companies involved in construction of Kerch Bridge

    Ukraine's Ministry of Infrastructure monitors all companies working on the construction of the Kerch Bridge in the annexed Crimea, as reported by ” by Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, in the commentary to "Krym. Realii TV".

    “We are tracking all contracted organizations working on this site and adding them to the sanctions list,” the minister said. “We also inform other states—allies of Ukraine—about the blacklisting of these companies. As for the equipment itself, …

  • Turchynov: Ukraine will take back the entire Donbas first and then the Crimea

    Oleksandr Turchynov, Secretary of the National Security and Defence Council of Ukraine (NSDC), stated in an interview with that he is convinced Ukraine will first take back the entire Donbas region and then annexed Crimea.

    The NSDC Secretary stated: “Return of the occupied territories is the most important priority for our country. I am convinced that the entire Donbas will be taken back first and then the Crimea.”

    He emphasized that the issue surrounding Donbas and the Crimea is …

  • Ukraine seizes Russian ship over illegal sand mining in the Black Sea

    Ukraine has seized a Russian dredge ship for illegal sand mining in the Karkinitsky Bay of the Black Sea, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Yuri Lutsenko reported on Facebook.

    The Crimean Prosecutor's Office is in charge of issues of illegal sand mining in the Karkinitsky Bay area of ​​the Black Sea, including the Swan Islands reserve, on the Russian-annexed Crimean territory.

    It has been established that the dredge vessel was carrying dredge from the home port of Tuapse, in Russia, which belongs …

  • Ukraine threatens to detain all vessels leaving the Crimea

    Oleh Slobodyan, the Spokesman for the Ukrainian Border Guard Service told the that the authorities will immediately react to vessels that violate the law of sailing into and out of the Crimea.

    Slobodyan said, "Ukraine's position is unequivocal: Crimea is an illegally occupied part of Ukraine, so law enforcement agencies will immediately react to procedure violations of entry and exit from the occupied territory." He emphasized that Ukraine acts "within the legal framework and …

  • Russia objects to Ukraine’s detention of the Nord fishing trawler in Azov Sea

    RBC news agency reports that during a press briefing on Wednesday, the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs ,Maria Zakharova, said that the Russian Foreign Ministry summoned Ukraine’s chargé d’affaires, and handed over a letter of protest in response to the Ukraine’s arrest of the Nord fishing trawler which  was detained by Ukrainian border guards in the Sea of Azov on March 25.

    According to Zakharova , Russian consular officers are not allowed to visit the crew members …

  • Russia threatens Ukraine with sending its fleet to Azov Sea

    After Ukrainian coast guards detained the fishing vessel Nord, sailing under the Russian flag, in the Sea of Azov, Russian officers of the annexed Crimea declared it “Ukrainian state-level piracy.”

    In particular, the command of the Black Sea Fleet, including naval aviation, declared its readiness to ensure the safety of navigation in the northeastern Black Sea and the Sea of Azov, reports RIA Novosti, citing a source in the security agencies of the Crimea.

    “The aggressive actions of Ukrainian …

  • Spanish Foreign Minister: Russia needs to be condemned for invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea

    In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis believes that Russia should continue to be condemned for invading Ukraine and annexing the Crimea; at the same time, he believes a dialogue should be maintained with the country to resolve global conflicts.

    "Some of its [Russia's] activities cannot be considered friendly. Some of them are intolerable, such as the invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimea. However, one must be realistic and …

  • German MPs to visit annexed Crimea

    Annexed Crimea is expecting a visit from another delegation from Germany with representatives of The Left party and the Alternative for Germany (AfD) party, reports RIA Novosti with reference to the deputy chairman of the so-called “parliament” of Crimea’s international relations committee, chairman of the Crimea-Germany national cultural autonomy Yuri Gempel.

    “We will be visited by members of the regional parliaments from the Left and Alternative for Germany parties. In addition, from the …