Contents tagged with EU

  • Estonia expecting Russian attack

    Estonia suspects that Russia is preparing for an armed conflict in the west, said Estonian Defense Minister Jüri Luik at a memorial conference in Tallinn for former Estonian president Lennart Meri.

    His conclusion is based on the fact that Russia has reinforced its Western Military District, establishing seven new regiments and stationing them less than 50 km from the state border.

    “This demonstrates that the Russian Armed Forces are preparing for an armed conflict to the west,” RBC news …

  • Former deputy head of Yanukovych administration returns to Ukraine

    Andriy Portnov, the former deputy head of Ukraine’s presidential administration under Viktor Yanukovych, claims to have returned to Ukraine, Radio Liberty reports.

    “Friends, for more than five years I have not been in my country. And today I want to give a strong signal to the thousands of people who have left Ukraine – it is time to return, to build and to restore. Hello, my dear Homeland!” Portnov wrote on Telegram, illustrating his message with a photo on the road with a minibus marked “ …

  • Media: Council of Europe paves way for possible lifting of sanctions against Russia

    The Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe supported the draft decision to change the imposing of sanctions against countries that violate the Charter of the Organization. According to Ukrayinska Pravda, this decision allows Russia to return to the Council of Europe under an emergency procedure.

    The Committee met in Strasbourg on Tuesday, May 14. According to sources, 39 of the 47 Member States supported the draft of Ministerial decision.

    The central idea of the decision is to …

  • Mingarelli: Ukraine has not used €8 billion of EU aid

    The head of the EU delegation to Ukraine Hugues Mingarelli stated that Ukraine has not used 8 billion euros of aid that were allocated by the European Union, Ukrainsky Novyny News Agency reports.

    "The EU allocates significant amounts of money to Ukraine to support reforms, but this money is not always used in the best way. It is necessary to understand the fact that most of these funds are not used at all for several reasons," he said at the  conference "EU: Future Simple or Future Indefinite", …

  • Morgan Stanley to withdraw from Russia

    In the first quarter of 2020, the American investment bank Morgan Stanley will notify the Bank of Russia that it is ceasing its banking activity in Russia, according to the report for 2018 by the bank’s Russian division.

    The bank will surrender its brokerage and depository licenses and close the corresponding departments. Morgan Stanley will convert its remaining business into a company that offers consulting services for investments and property.

    The bank’s report notes that, as a result of …

  • Ukraine starts receiving clean oil from Russia

    The press service of the Ukrainian national oil company Ukrtransnafta confirmed that Druzhba oil pipeline system in the Ukrainian direction began to receive high-quality oil from Russia.

    The oil pipeline operator specified that the fuel for further transportation to the EU is supplied from the linear production control station Mozyr of the pipeline operator Gomeltransneft Druzhba.

    Following Belarus, the Ukrainian side examined the sample and confirmed that the quality of the oil is now in …

  • EU condemns human rights violations in annexed Crimea

    At the OSCE Permanent Council meeting in Vienna, the EU delegation made a statement condemning the human rights situation in the annexed Crimea.

    "We remain deeply concerned about the deterioration of the human rights situation in the illegally annexed Crimea. We support the statement of the OSCE representative on freedom of the media Harlem Désir of April 17, which condemns the deterioration of the situation with freedom of speech and security of journalists on the peninsula," the statement …

  • Russia prepares 500 thousand forms to issue passports in LPR and the DPR

    Five thousand forms have already been prepared for the distribution of Russian passports to residents of the occupied areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, reports LB.ua in the article “Operation passportization”: the motivation behind Kremlin distribution of Russian citizenships to residents of the LPR and the DPR”.

    “According to LB.ua sources in law enforcement agencies, the estimated number of forms appears to be 500 thousand. Local security officials (“siloviki”) were told …

  • EU to spend €215 million to remove Poland's dependency on Russian gas

    The EU government has decided to allocate €215 million to the construction of the Baltic Pipe, a pipeline that will transport gas from Norwegian deposits through Denmark to Poland.

    The Polish gas operator Gaz-System will receive the funds for construction of the pipeline. The company announced on Monday that it had signed the relevant agreement with the EU’s Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA).

    The financing will be used to build the underwater section of the pipe that will …

  • European Union adopts amendments to EU Gas Directive to control Nord Stream 2

    The European Union finalized a draft amendment to the European Union Gas Directive, which controls the use of gas pipelines in the territory of the alliance. The European Union plans to introduce all the technical procedures by the end of 2019. The head of the Directorate-General for Energy within the European Commission, Dominique Ristori, has previously stressed that the EU intends to bring the amendments into effect before the start of operation of the Russian Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline so …