• Kyiv: Ukraine is ahead of many countries in preparation for NATO membership

    The Ukrainian army is ahead of the armed forces of all the NATO membership contenders in the tasks required to join NATO, said the Commander-in-Chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Colonel-General Ruslan Khomchak, during the forum “Ukraine 30. Security of the country”.

    "I am proud to say that we, the military, are probably in the first place today in fulfilling the tasks required for Ukraine's accession to NATO," he said.

    In addition, as Khomchak noted, talking with the Commanders-in-Chief …

  • Russia expels US embassy spokesperson

    Russia expels Rebecca Ross, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. According to the Russian newspaper Kommersant, she was one of ten American diplomats whom the Kremlin declared persona non grata in response to a similar move by the US authorities.

    Ross was included in the list because the U.S. authorities have been preventing Moscow from filling the vacant position of Russian press secretary at the embassy in Washington for six months. Kommersant claims that the U.S. sent back the visa …

  • European water equipment installed in Crimea despite sanctions

    Water supply equipment manufactured by German company Siemens and Danish company Grundfos was installed in annexed Crimea, despite the ban on the supply of such equipment, established by a resolution of the Council of Europe back in 2014, reports the Current Time.

    The presence of European equipment in the peninsula was shown on Russian television.

    "It is 100% incomprehensible how these pumps got to Crimea. We see the statement of Siemens and Grundfos that they followed all the rules, that …

  • Netherlands sues Russia in European Court of Human Rights over downed MH17 flight

    The Dutch Government has decided to file a lawsuit against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) for its role in the downing of flight MH17, reports DW.

    The Netherlands has submitted all information about the downed flight MH17 to the ECHR.

    The Dutch government lawsuit is filed with the ECHR in parallel with the individual lawsuits filed by the next of kin of the victims.

    "In this government complaint, the Netherlands also acts on behalf of all 298 victims of MH17 of 17 …

  • Russia rejects possibility of paying Czech Republic compensation for Vrbetica explosions

    Russia will not pay any compensation to the Czech Republic for alleged involvement in the explosions at warehouses in Vrbetice, Leonid Slutsky, chairman of the State Duma Committee for International Affairs, told TASS .

    "Any demands by the Czech Republic for compensation for the far-fetched involvement of the Russian special services in the explosions at warehouses in Vrbetice are absurd," he said.

    According to Slutsky, Prague should forward such demands to its "Washington bosses who are …