Monthly Archives: August 2019

Inviting Russia to join G7 summit would mean support for aggression – Turchynov

The ex-NSDC secretary is urging world leaders to refrain from backing such a proposal. Inviting Russia to join the G7 summit next year would be a powerful factor in supporting Russian aggression, believes ex-Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, Oleksandr Turchynov. In a Facebook post, Turchynov recalled that Russia was suspended from G8 after the illegal

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Russian Official Calls Siberian Flood Victims ‘Bums,’ Sparking Backlash – Reports

A Russian regional official has caused controversy for allegedly comparing victims of this summer’s historic Siberian floods to animals in a leaked audio file she claims was faked. The comments allegedly made by Irina Alashkevich, the Irkutsk regional administration’s spokeswoman, come a month after another regional official ignited backlash for insulting the victims of flood-hit areas. Over two dozen people have been killed in the

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Moscow public transport is suing protest leaders for delays caused by traffic closures, even where roads remained open

On August 16, the state-owned bus company Mosgortrans filed a 1.2-million-ruble ($18,050) lawsuit against several prominent opposition activists, in connection with service disruptions allegedly caused by protests on July 27. Mosgortrans is suing Georgy Alburov, Yulia Galyamina, Ivan Zhdanov, Vladimir Milov, Alexey Navalny, Lyubov Sobol, Alexander Solovyov, Oleg Stepanov, and Ilya Yashin. The municipal enterprise “Auto-Roads” has also filed a separate lawsuit for 11.5

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Ukraine should have limited sovereignty over Donbass: like Britain over Canada – Chesnakov

The occupied Donbass should receive a full “special status”, and Ukraine will have quite limited sovereignty over it. This is how Russian political scientist Alexey Chesnakov sees the outcome of the Minsk agreements. In an interview with one of the Russian media, answering the question of how Russian curator of the Donbass war Vladislav Surkov sees the final of the

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Contact group on Ukraine in session in Minsk

MINSK, 21 August (BelTA) – A meeting of the trilateral contact group on resolving the situation in Ukraine’s east is in progress in Minsk, representatives of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told BelTA. Negotiations of subgroups of the contact group have already taken place. During the meeting held on 31 July the OSCE’s special representative in the trilateral contact

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Ukraine can refuse nuclear fuel supplies from Russia – energy minister

Ukraine can refuse nuclear fuel supplies from Russia – energy minister 21.08.2019 17:18Ukraine in the event of a cessation of nuclear fuel supplies from Russia will be able to ensure the functioning of nuclear energy. Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Ihor Nasalyk announced this at a briefing on Wednesday, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. “If Russia completely blocks

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Georgian TV Channel fires journalist who insulted Putin

A new General Director of Rustavi 2 Georgian TV channel Paata Salia, announced the dismissal of several journalists. Georgi Gabunia, who insulted Russian President Vladimir Putin during a broadcast, was among the dismissed employees. According to Salia, the reason for the dismissal was a conflict of interest. “The producer and host of analytical programs Eka Kvesitadze, the head of the

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Russia to determine its own credit rating

The Russian rating agency ACRA will be the first of the national agencies to start publishing Russia’s sovereign rating, an informed source told Interfax. The information was later confirmed by ACRA’s press service. At present, the agency is consulting with officials and discussing issues that have arisen with experts in the rating process, the source told Interfax. Another source said that

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Russia prepares banking system of occupied Donbas for integration

InformNapalm international intelligence community revealed the signs of the final stage of preparation of the banking system of the occupied Donbas for the integration into the financial system of Russia. “The integration of the banking system has reached a decisive stage as evidenced by our insiders from the occupied territories and the findings made when analyzing the open sources,” reads

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Trump Calls to Allow Russia to Join G7, Moscow Responds With Skepticism

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday it would be appropriate to let Russia join the G7 group of advanced industrialized countries. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump noted his Democratic predecessor, Barack Obama, had wanted Russia out of what used to be the G8 “because Putin outsmarted him.” Trump: “I think it would be asset to have Russia back in. I think

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Russia may swap captured Ukrainian sailors by late August – media

In addition, a number of other Ukrainians, the Kremlin’s hostages, may return to Ukraine. Moscow and Kyiv have entered the final stage of negotiations on the swap of prisoners of war (POWs), including 24 Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait on November 25, which may take place before the end of August. Read also Five Ukrainians convicted in Russia

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Portnikov: Kremlin wants Ukraine’s capitulation, Putin expects a “concrete result”

Assistant to the President of Russia, Yuri Ushakov, recently stated that the summit of leaders of the Normandy format should be carefully prepared in advance to bring results. And warned that would not like to hold a meeting just for the sake of a meeting. These words were likely delivered by Russian President Vladimir Putin to his French counterpart, Emmanuel

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Trump, Macron agree that Russia should be invited to next year’s G7 conference – media

Trump is expected to broach the topic with other world leaders this weekend at the G7. U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday expressed his support for reinstating Russia into the G7, and French President Emmanuel Macron has agreed with the President that Russia should be invited to the G7 conference in 2020, according to a senior administration official. Later on

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