• Russia agrees to transit gas through Ukraine in exchange for release of seized Gazprom assets

    Russia is prepared to renounce its long-standing gas dispute with Ukraine and resume gas transit to the EU on the 2014 level if all of Ukraine’s financial claims against Gazprom are withdrawn, said announced Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak at the end of the trilateral gas negotiations in Berlin involving representatives from Kyiv and the EU.

    Russia mentioned the possibility of renewing gas transit with the previous volumes one day after the Putin-Trump talks in Helsinki, where the US …

  • Five countries join in EU sanctions against Russia

    Montenegro, Albania, Norway, Ukraine, and Georgia have joined the EU sanctions imposed against Russia due to the annexation of the Crimea which are in effect until June 23rd, 2019, said the High Representative of the European Union, Federica Mogherini.

    “The Candidate Countries Montenegro and Albania, and the EFTA country Norway, member of the European Economic Area, as well as Ukraine and Georgia align themselves with this Declaration. They will ensure that their national policies conform to …

  • Kyiv calls on Washington to clarify ‘new proposals on Ukraine’ that Putin and Trump discussed in Helsinki

    Ukraine requested that the United States clarify the reports about the "new proposals" to resolve the situation in the Donbas and Crimea, which allegedly were discussed at the summit of Presidents Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

    "Ukraine has requested official explanations from Washington about the alleged discussion at the American-Russian meeting in Helsinki of “new proposals to resolve the situation in the south-eastern regions of Ukraine", which were mentioned by …

  • Estonia accuses Russian of violating its air space

    Estonian Defense Forces issued a statement alleging that on July 16, two Russian planes violated its country’s airspace. The Ministry of foreign Affairs summoned the Ambassador of Russia in Tallinn and handed him a note regarding the incident. He noted that Russian planes violated the borders of Estonia six times in a year.  “Yesterday afternoon, two Russian planes, an A319 and an Il-96 crossed the Estonian border near Vaindloo Island an hour apart,” the press service of the Estonian army …

  • Putin says he discussed new ideas on settlement in Ukraine with Trump

    In an interview with Russian Channel One Russia (Perviy Kanal), Russian President Vladimir Putin said that, during the meeting in Helsinki, he discussed with the American President, Donald Trump, new ideas on the settlement of the situation in Ukraine. Putin told this in an interview to the Russian "first channel".

    "We spoke about Ukraine. There are some new ideas on how to resolve the crisis in the southeast of the country. We agreed to work this out at the expert level. In my opinion, this …