• Finnish president: Finland not ready to join NATO yet because of Russia's position

    At this stage, Finland does not consider the prospect of joining the North Atlantic alliance, President Sauli Niinisto said in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. According to him, Moscow "made it clear" that if Finland joins NATO, it will "see it as an enemy."

    "The Russians made it clear that when they look at us across the border, they see Finnish people." If we join NATO, they will see us as enemies. That is their position, "explained Niinisto. He added that joining the …

  • Russian military aircraft disappears off Syrian coast

    On the evening of September 17, Russian air traffic control systems at Khmeimim airbase lost communication with the military aircraft IL-20, carrying 14 soldiers, reports RIA Novosti with reference to the Russian Ministry of Defense.

    The Defense Ministry indicated that the plane disappeared from radar screens at around 23:00 Moscow time during an Israeli air force attack on Syrian targets in the province of Latakia, which occurred on Monday evening. The ministry stated that four Israeli F-16 …

  • Volker: Ukraine's withdrawal from Friendship Treaty with Russia is justified

    Ukraine’s decision not to renew the Friendship and Cooperation Treaty with Russia is justified, said US State Department Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker during the 15th annual YES Summit organized by the Pinchuk Foundation.

    “Russia invaded Ukraine. The reality is that this treaty means nothing,” Volker said.

    When asked about the negotiation process on the Donbas, Volker confirmed that Russia’s position has not changed. Russia insists that the peacekeeping contingent should only …

  • UN: situation with human rights in the Crimea is not improving

    The UN Human Rights Monitoring Mission in Ukraine continues to record violations of human rights in the Crimea and notes that there have been no improvements on the peninsula over that last 10 months, stated in an interview with Zerkalo Nedeli, Fiona Frazer, the head of the UN human rights mission in Ukraine.

    The mission prepared its second report on the situation in the Crimea. This time they documented violations during the period from September 13, 2017 to June 30, 2018.

    "The situation …

  • Kremlin: Russia and Japan intend to continue work to conclude peace treaty

    Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian president, said during a broadcast of Russia 1 TV channel that the negotiations between Moscow and Tokyo on the peace treaty will continue,  RIA Novosti reports.

    Peskov stressed that neither side has refused to continue negotiations to reach a consensus. He explained that each side has their own “limits” and nuances in their approaches. “But, strategically, Abe and Putin confirmed their intention to work on the conclusion of a peace treaty,” he …