Taylor: National Bank of Ukraine plays critical role in advancing reforms

U.S. Embassy Chargé d’Affaires a.i. William Taylor met with National Bank of Ukraine Governor Yakiv Smolii and congratulated the National Bank of Ukraine on receiving the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine’s 2019 Thanksgiving Choice of the Business Community Award. “I firmly believe that the National Bank of Ukraine has played a critical role in advancing reforms that are key

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U.S. Investigating Swedish Bank for Breaching Sanctions Against Russia

Sweden’s public broadcaster says Swedbank transactions with Russian Kalashnikov gun maker could have breached U.S. sanctions. U.S. authorities are investigating whether Swedbank’s Baltic unit allowed transactions that breached U.S. sanctions against Russia, Swedish public broadcaster SVT reported. SVT’s investigative program Uppdrag Granskning has uncovered transactions between Russian weapons maker Concern Kalashnikov and Kalashnikov USA, a company in Pompano Beach, Florida,

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Figure of the Week: 100, almost

A Century of Georgia’s Struggle against Pro-Kremlin Disinformation Almost 100 years ago, in a speech in Tbilisi 16 of January 1920; Noe Zhordania, the first leader of Democratic Georgia, declared the European path of his country: “Soviet Russia offered us [a] military alliance, which we rejected. We have taken different paths, they are heading for the East and we, for

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Germany, France no “neutral mediators” in Donbas talks – German foreign minister

The two countries will contribute to bringing peace to eastern Ukraine, Heiko Maas said. Germany and France in negotiations on Donbas settlement uphold territorial integrity of Ukraine rather than act as neutral mediators, according to German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. The law on special status of Donbas, Maas said, together with the preparation for local elections and the issue of

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Bellingcat’s Toler on Alarming Phone Intercepts Released by JIT MH17 Investigation

The recently released 2014 phone conversations between the Russia-backed leaders of occupied Donbas and high-profile Russian officials show further proof of Russia’s involvement in the war happening in the east of Ukraine, says a lead researcher at Bellingcat investigative outlet. The Joint Investigative Team (JIT) released the intercepted calls on November 14. But, according to Aric Toler, Bellingcat’s Eastern Europe and Eurasia

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Ukraine win through to U19 Euro elite round

19.11.2019 17:07 Ukrainian footballers have defeated Sweden 2-1 in the qualifying round of the 2020 UEFA European Under-19 Championship. The match took place at the Jernvallen stadium Sandviken on Tuesday, November 19. Goals were scored by Danylo Sikan (6, 43) and Jack Lahne (71). In another Group 9 match, Slovenia hammered Estonia 7-0. In previous matches, Ukraine beat Estonia 4-0

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France to produce 20 modern patrol boats for Ukraine’s interior ministry

Every fourth vessel will be made in Ukraine. mvs.gov.ua France will manufacture and deliver by 2023 a total of 20 modern patrol boats, as reported by the press service of the Ministry of the Interior. The 32m-long boats are designed to protect the state border on water, carry out surveillance and monitoring and control missions, search and rescue and countersabotage

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Lifting moratorium on agricultural land sales to boost economic growth in Ukraine – WB

19.11.2019 17:30Lifting the moratorium on agricultural land sales and establishing a transparent and efficient market for agricultural land has the potential to boost economic growth in Ukraine by 0.5 to 1.5 percent per year over a 5-year period, according to the World Bank’s Special Focus Note. Ukraine has the largest endowment of arable land in Europe, but agricultural productivity in Ukraine

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Russia must start fulfilling its obligations on Donbas – German Foreign Ministry

Heiko Maas also noted the important steps taken by the Ukrainian authorities for the residents of Donbas. Photo from UNIAN German Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas is convinced that now it is time for Russia to fulfill its obligations on Donbas settlement. For over five years, people in Ukraine have been separated by war, which took more than 13,000 lives,

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Rate of theft by Russian officials reaches more than $7 million per day

The total damage in the corruption cases concluded in the first eight months of 2019 in Russia is approximately 102 billion rubles, around $1.6 billion at current exchange rates. These figures were cited on Monday by Dmitry Sevastyanov, deputy head of the division for combating the misuse of budget funds at Russia’s Chief Directorate for Economic Security and Opposing Corruption,

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Russia threatens Belarus with economic crisis for refusing to integrate

Refusing to enter into a union with Russia will drive Belarus into an economic crisis, said Konstantin Zatulin, deputy chair of the State Duma committee for the CIS, Eurasian integration and relations with Russian nationals abroad. The Russian politician was commenting on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko’s decision not to sign any documents to deepen integration with Russia that might deprive

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Poland notifies Gazprom of intention to terminate gas supply contract

The Board of Directors of the Polish national  oil and gas company PGNiG notified Russian gas giant Gazprom of its intention to terminate the binding contract for the purchase and sale of natural gas. The so-called Yamal contract was signed on September 25, 1996 and expires on December 31, 2022. In the Declaration of PGNiG, it is noted that deliveries of liquefied

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Leader of Batkivshchyna party faction replies to Zelensky’s offensive statement about opposition

“We hope to see you at office parties… you could bring your piano”, Yulia Tymoshenko posted on Facebook, referring to Zelensky’s indignant performance at Vecherniy Kvartal comedy show; as is known, prior to becoming a President of Ukraine, Zelensky used to be the actor Yulia Tymoshenko, the head of Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) party faction in the Ukrainian Parliament reacted to the

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PROTESTS IN IRAN: DOZENS OF DEAD, HUNDREDS OF DETAINEES AND DISCONNECTED INTERNET

Several dozens of people are considered dead following the crackdown on mass protests that erupted in Iran last Friday. This follows from the message of the UN High Commissioner’s Office, which noted that during the protests, many participants were injured, and more than a thousand people were arrested. According to the UN, protests are taking place in 40 or more cities and

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Russia’s Domestic Violence Problem Is ‘Exaggerated,’ Justice Ministry Says

The Russian government doesn’t see domestic violence as a “serious problem” and believes that its scale is exaggerated, the country’s Justice Ministry said in an official response to Europe’s human rights court obtained by the Kommersant business daily. The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) this summer had asked Russia to respond to questions regarding four cases in which women

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