• Swedish Ministry of Foreign Affairs summons Russian ambassador over Kremlin statements regarding Novichok poison

    SVT Nyheter reports that the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Sweden has summoned the Russian Ambassador in connection with statements made by Russian diplomats regarding the poisoning agent Novichok.

    Maria Zakharova, official Spokeswoman for the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, previously said that the Novichok poison found during the investigation into the attempt on the life of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal could have originated in Sweden. 

     “The most likely source …

  • Kyiv hands EU list of 140 people involved in organizing Russian presidential elections in Crimea

    At a meeting in Brussels on March 19, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin presented other EU foreign ministers with a list of 140 names of people who were involved in organizing and holding the elections in Crimea, LB.ua reports, citing Oleksiy Makeyev, political director of Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry.

    “We gave the Europeans a list of more than 140 people who were involved in holding the illegal elections in Crimea,” Makeyev said.

    According to him, the European ministers’ interest in …

  • Russia launches large-scale military exercises on border with Ukraine

    On Monday, March 19, in various areas of Russia, and also in the annexed Crimea, large-scale artillery exercises of the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation began, reported the press service of the Southern Military District of Russia.

    About 8,000 servicemen and nearly 1,400 pieces of military equipment are involved in the maneuvers, among them the Tornado, Grad and Uragan multiple launch rocket systems; Khosta, Msta-S and Akatsiya self-propelled artillery mounts; and self-propelled …

  • EU refuses to recognize results of Russian presidential election in Crimea

    The European Union does not recognize the results of the vote in Crimea connected with the election of the president of Russia and called on Moscow to study reports of violations received from international observers, according to the statement from Maja Kocijancic, the press secretary of the European Union External Relations Service (EEAS) - the foreign policy department of the EU.

    The statement from Brussels was based on the preliminary report of the mission of foreign observers, which was …

  • Czech biathlete: There is no anti-doping agency in Russia that would comply with the WADA Code

    Czech biathlete Michal Krčmář doubted that his doping tests would be safe during the World Cup in Russia. According to him, the decision of the Czech national team to boycott the competitions in Tyumen is the right one, Sport iDNES cited the athlete.

    "I'm afraid to go to Russia, because there is no anti-doping agency there that complies with the WADA Code. I'm not sure that my doping tests will be safe. Nobody knows what they can do with them. If the Russians can write letters threatening us, …