Contents tagged with France

  • Kyiv: Russia refuses to agree on 'Easter truce' in Donbas

    During negotiations held by the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Russia refused to support Ukraine’s initiative to declare an Easter truce that would start on April 19, said Ukrainian representative in the TCG, Iryna Herashchenko.

    According to her, the Skype conference lasted for six hours, but the negotiations bore no results.

    “Russia refused to support the Ukrainian initiative to declare a truce for the holiday and refused to take on the responsibility of enforcing a cease-fire in the Donbas, …

  • Volker: US does not endorse either candidate in Ukraine’s presidential elections

    The United States does not endorse any candidate in Ukraine’s presidential elections, but it supports certain principles, said US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker in a video message at the Kyiv Security Forum, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    “We congratulate the Ukrainian nation on the successfully held first round of presidential elections. We wish you success in the holding of the second round of presidential elections, and parliamentary elections in autumn. Traditionally the US does …

  • DPR 'ambassador' to France arrested for pimping

    Hubert Fayard, head of an organization that purports to be the Official Embassy of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in France, has been arrested on suspicion of pimping, according to reports in the Russian media and by the French news outlet Le Monde.

    Fayard was arrested in Marseille on 2 April, charged on 4 April, and is now being held in custody in Aix-Luynes.

    No official details about Fayard’s illicit activity have been released, although one source in legal system mentioned “girls from …

  • Macron to meet Poroshenko and Zelensky on April 12

    Ukraine’s Presidential candidate and actor Volodymyr Zelensky will visit Paris (France) to meet with French President Emmanuel Macron on April 12, the same day as Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, announced at a briefing Poroshenko’s external adviser and spokesperson for his election campaign, Oleg Medvedev.

    "I know that Zelensky will travel to meet Macron. French authorities coordinated this issue with the Ukrainian side through the diplomatic channels. The Poroshenko’s view is that it …

  • Head of DPR representative office in France arrested

    Hubert Fayard, head of an organization that purports to be the official representation of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in Marseilles, has been arrested, RIA Novosti reports, citing its own source.

    “He lost his job some time ago and found himself in tight financial circumstances. At the same time, he met a woman, a Ukrainian. I can’t say what their relations were, I wasn’t there. But essentially, she offered to lend him a certain amount of money,” the source explained.

    The morning after …

  • Macron to meet with Poroshenko and Zelensky ahead of the second round of presidential elections in Ukraine

    French President Emmanuel Macron will hold meetings with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and presidential candidate Vladimir Zelensky ahead of the second round of the presidential elections in Ukraine, reports LB.ua, citing two of its diplomatic sources. This week, Petro Poroshenko will also meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

    The last time Poroshenko met with Macron was during his working visit to France in November 2018.

  • Germany and France insist on maintaining ‘Normandy format’ talks after elections in Ukraine

    Germany and France insisted on the G-7 group countries to continue their mediating efforts to resolve the conflict in Ukraine. Berlin and Paris consider it necessary to continue negotiations in the Normandy format regarding the future of eastern Ukraine, said German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas during the consultations of the foreign ministers of the leading industrial countries which took place in Dinard, France, on Saturday, April 6.

    Maas said that both Germany and France hope for further …

  • Russia to sell Egypt Su-35 fighter jets for $2 billion

    Russia has agreed to sell Cairo several dozen Su-35 multipurpose fighter jets for a price of $2 billion, Kommersant reports, citing two senior managers in the Russian defense industry.

    Egypt will also be buying MiG-29M and 29M2 fighters. At present, the Egyptian Air Force is using US-produced F-16s, French Mirage 2000s, Soviet-era MiG-21s and Chinese J-7s.

    According to an agreement signed at the end of 2018, Russia will also supply aircraft weaponry. The delivery is scheduled for 2020-2021. …

  • France issues arrest warrants for two Russians involved in a doping scandal

    French authorities have issued arrest warrants for two former athletes of the All-Russia Athletic Federation involved in a doping scandal, BBC reported.

    In particular, arrest warrants were issued for the former head of Russian althletics Valentin Balakhnichev and the former coach of the Russian national team Alexey Melnikov.

    Balakhnichev has already told the media that he is in Russia and there are no grounds for a warrant for his arrest.

    In 2015, both Balakhnichev and Melnikov were banned …

  • Kyiv condemns visit by French politicians to Crimea

    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has condemned a visit by French politicians to the Russia-occupied Autonomous Republic of Crimea.

    In an official online statement, the Foreign Ministry stressed that the visit demonstrates a lack of respect for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, and ignores the fundamental principles of international law and Ukraine’s own legislation.

    “They are also acting contrary to the official position of their own country, which decisively condemns Russia’ …