• Kremlin takes ownership of all Rosneft’s assets in Venezuela

    Russian oil giant Rosneft announced that it is terminating operations in Venezuela and will be selling its assets in that country.

    "Today, Rosneft entered into an agreement with a company 100% owned by the Government of the Russian Federation to sell shares and cease its participation in all projects in Venezuela, including shares in Petromonagas, Petroperija, Boqueron, Petromiranda and Petrovictoria, in oil field services and trading operations," Rosneft said in a statement published on its …

  • Russia to close border with Belarus

    The traffic restrictions through border crossings, which will come into force on March 30, extend to the land section of the border with Belarus, according to the Russian Government’s decree, signed by Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.

    Mishustin announced the plans to restrict the travel through the border of Russia and Belarus to prevent the spread of the coronavirus on March 16, but the decree was adopted on March 27 and published only on Saturday.

    According to the document, it will be …

  • NATO to considers providing additional military assistance to Ukraine

    Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba had a telephone conversation with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who assured the Ukrainian Foreign Minister that the members of the Alliance will discuss additional support for Ukraine, reports the press service of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

    "Jens Stoltenberg said that NATO members plan to discuss additional support for Ukraine as part of the Comprehensive Assistance Package," the statement of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry reads.

    The …

  • Austrian Foreign Minister: sanctions against Russia will remain despite coronavirus

    The Austrian Federal Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs of Austria Alexander Schallenberg believes that Russia will not be able to achieve the removal of sanctions amid the coronavirus pandemic, reports the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    "Russia's attempts to lift sanctions due to coronavirus are futile," Schallenberg said during a telephone conversation with Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmutro Kuleba.

    The ministres noted the unity of positions on the need to preserve …

  • La Stampa: 80% of Russian coronavirus aid to Italy is useless

    Russia's assistance to Italy in the fight against coronavirus is a geopolitical and diplomatic project of Vladimir Putin, 80% of the supply of Russian equipment is useless in contrast to Chinese supplies, wrote Italian newspaper La Stampa with reference to unnamed high-ranking political sources.

    "Among Russian supplies, 80% are absolutely useless or of little use for Italy. In short, it is little more than a pretext," the newspaper quoted one of the interlocutors as saying.

    The newspaper …