• Senators fear that Arab states will purchase fighters from Russia instead of the US

    US Senators called on President Barack Obama to push through a contract for the sale of fighter jets valued at $9 billion to Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain. Otherwise, they say, the Arab states may instead purchase aircraft from Russia.

    According to The Wall Street Journal, the authors of the letter are Republicans John McCain and Bob Corker, and Democrats Jack Reed and Claire McCaskill. According to them, the decision on the sale of sixty F-16s, F-15s and F-18s has been delayed for too long. …

  • Canada to lift sanctions on Belarus

    Canada plans to lift sanctions against Belarus which have been in place since 2006, Rosbalt reported. A similar action was taken by the US and the EU in October of 2015.

    According the official website of the Canadian Government, Ottawa has recently seen “positive developments” in Belarus.

    “This announcement… reflects Canada’s acknowledgment that the Government of Belarus has made progress in key areas in recent months, including the release of political prisoners and conducting a …

  • Marie Yovanovitch to become next US Ambassador to Ukraine

    The new US Ambassador to Ukraine will be Marie Yovanovitch, who previously served as Ambassador in Armenia and Kyrgyzstan, and in the beginning of the 2000s was Deputy Chief of Mission the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine.

    The “Day” newspaper reported this, citing a source in the State Department.

    Since 2012, Yovanovitch has served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs.

    Yovanovitch was born in Canada into a family of immigrants from Russia. As a child, …

  • Activists in Prague organize 'corridor of shame' for Night Wolves

    Activists in Prague organized a “corridor of shame” for the Russian biker club Night Wolves as the club was travelling through the Czech city as part of their “Road to Victory” rally to commemorate the allied victory over Nazi Germany in World War Two, Radio Svoboda reported.

    Russian journalist Oleg Pshenichny posted a video of the occasion on Facebook. On the streets of Prague, activists carrying the flags of Ukraine, the USA, the EU and NATO shouted at a passing group of bikers: "Shame!", " …

  • IMF warns of potential political instability in Russia

    Russia is among a group of countries in Central and Eastern Europe with the greatest risk of political instability, as stated in a report by the International Monetary Fund on regional economies, as cited by RIA Novosti.

    The IMF is referencing a study by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) that evaluates political risks of all countries in the world on a scale from 0 to 100.

    “Currently, about half of the countries in Central, Eastern and Southeast Europe have risk levels of over 50,” the …