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  • Biden calls on Poroshenko to fix political crisis in Ukraine

    US Vice President Joe Biden reminded the President of Ukraine, Petro Poroshenko, about the critical importance of creating a stable government and parliamentary coalition in his country during a telephone conversation with the Ukrainian leader on March 22nd, 2016.

    According to a White House report on the conversation, the stabilization of the Ukrainian political system is the main condition for the successful implementation of the necessary reforms in Ukraine.

    In addition, Biden and …

  • Russian Foreign Ministry confirms Lavrov and Kerry discussed Savchenko case

    During a meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry in Moscow, the two diplomats discussed the fate of Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, reports Interfax. The exact results of the talks remain unknown.

     "Yes, the issue was raised," answered the spokeswoman of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, when asked if Kerry and Lavrov discussed the issue.

    According to Zakharova, the talks between the Foreign Minister and Secretary of State …

  • John Kerry to discuss Syria, Ukraine, and Savchenko during visit to Moscow

    US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Moscow on Wednesday, where he plans to discuss the wars in Syria and Ukraine, as well as Nadiya Savchenko, who was found guilty and sentenced to 22 years in prison by a Russian court on Tuesday.

    The State Department also stressed that Kerry intends to discuss the implementation of the Minsk Agreements and the deterioration of the situation in eastern Ukraine.

    Kerry arrived in Moscow on Wednesday, and will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei …

  • Poroshenko to visit Washington next week

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced that he will visit Washington D.C. next week.

    "In the near future, next week, I will visit Washington, where we will continue to expand our areas of cooperation, including the establishment of a new police force, the new prosecutor's offices, [and] the new cooperation in law enforcement departments,", Poroshenko said on Wednesday in Kharkov.

    According to Interfax-Ukraine, the Ukrainian President will participate in the International Nuclear …

  • Estonia receives anti-tank missiles from the US

    On Sunday, the United States provided Estonia with ammunition for the FGM-148 Javelin anti-tank missile system, the press service of the Estonian Defense Forces told Interfax.

    "This is an important resupply of ammunition which will allow the Defense Force to destroy enemy tank units as large as a brigade," stated the head of the Weapons and Ammunition Support Group of the Estonian Defense Forces Logistic Center, Major Risto Partel.

    He noted that the missiles will be distributed to military …

  • Samantha Power: US support for Ukraine will not be exchanged for progress in Syrian peace talks

    The US's Permanent Representative to the UN, Samantha Power, has assured that the attitude of her country against Russian aggression in Ukraine will not be exchanged for progress in resolving the issue in Syria. She stated this in an interview with Ukrainian TV channel "112", as reported by Interfax-Ukraine.

    "One thing I can definitely assure – we really want to work with Russia constructively on Syria... This was the course that we took in Syria, but this in no way implies, and I know that …

  • Russian Ministry of Defense: We will continue to use force against those who violate the ceasefire in Syria

    According to the head of the Main Operations Directorate of the Armed Forces of Russia, Lieutenant-General Sergey Rudskoy, Russia reserves the right to use military force against those who violate the ceasefire in Syria, as published on the Russian Ministry of Defense’s website on Monday, March 21st.

    "Military force will be applied only after receiving credible evidence of systematic violations by armed groups of the commitments made in the framework of the Joint US-Russian statement on the …

  • Moscow does not plan to discuss sanctions during John Kerry's visit

    According to the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, Russia will not bring up the issue of sanctions during US Secretary of State John Kerry’s upcoming visit to Moscow. If Kerry were to initiate such a discussion, however, the Foreign Ministry would welcome it.

    “We are not bringing it up [the subject of sanctions], we did not impose the sanctions. If our American colleagues wish to, of course, we will hear them, but we discuss it neither with the Europeans …

  • Dzhemilev to ask UN to strengthen sanctions against Russia

    Ukrainian presidential envoy for Crimean Tatar Affairs, Mustafa Dzhemilev, is planning a trip to New York where he plans to make a speech at the UN Security Council. This was reported by his press service.

    In an interview with the Ukrainian newspaper Day, before the trip, Dzhemilev said that he intends to announce information about human rights violations in Crimea. He also plans to ask members of the UN to strengthen sanctions against Russia.

    "Every year, the UN Security Council holds a …

  • Kremlin rejects Obama’s call for release of Savchenko

    Kremlin Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov commented on a telephone conversation between the presidents of the US and Russia, in which Barack Obama urged Vladimir Putin to release Ukrainian pilot Nadiya Savchenko, as Interfax reported.

    According to Peskov, Putin rebuffed Obama’s request, saying that he was interfering in the trial.

    “The President [Obama] has been given multiple clarifications on this matter, as have other colleagues abroad on other levels of government, since we are speaking about …