Monthly Archives: November 2019

Russia’s Putin sees risks of gas transit interruption to Europe via Ukraine

BRASILIA (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday there were risks that Russian gas transit via Ukraine to Europe could be interrupted. The current gas transit deal between Russia and Ukraine is expiring at the end of this year and Moscow has said it could consider clinching a short-term deal with Kiev, as it needs time to finish

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Ukraine welcomes implementation by Bundestag of EU Gas Directive

The respective amendments to the Gas Directive of the European Union were adopted on November 13. REUTERS The Ukrainian government welcomes the implementation by Germany’s Bundestag of the EU Gas Directive. “The Government of Ukraine welcomes 1:1 implementation by [the] Bundestag of the EU Gas Directive,” Ukrainian Prime Minister Oleksiy Honcharuk said on Twitter on November 13. “We also expect

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Putin: Russian economy has avoided recession

The Russian government has managed to prevent the economy from slipping into a recession, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a BRICS summit in Brazil, TASS reports. While speaking to participants of a BRICS forum, the Russian leader commented that the global economic situation remains difficult. “The use of unscrupulous competition in global trade has also had an effect: unilateral sanctions, protectionism

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Disinformation Review: In the Cards This Week

Cartomancy is the concept of fortune-telling, using a deck of cards. The similarity with traditional pro-Kremlin disinformation is strong: the disinformation operative uses unfounded and vague claims, suggesting connections where there are none; creating contexts from chance… just as a fortune-teller. The Kremlin cartomancers tell pleasant lies, using well-worn tropes of half-truths, ‘reliable’ narratives, clichés and prejudices. So what is

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Russia Recognizes Bolivia’s Interim Leader as Violence Continues

Russia has recognized violence-plagued Bolivia’s interim president until the South American nation’s next elections, the state-run RIA Novosti news agency quoted a senior diplomat as saying Thursday. Bolivia’s pro-Russian President Evo Morales resigned and fled the country this week to ease the violence that has been ongoing since a disputed vote last month. Senate vice-president Jeanine Añez assumed Bolivia’s presidency

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Russia Questions Authenticity of Dutch MH17 Phone Intercepts

The Russian Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that the authenticity of phone intercepts which Dutch investigators said show Moscow’s influence over pro-Russian rebels accused of downing Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was not confirmed. MH17 was shot out of the sky on July 17, 2014, over territory held by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine as it flew from Amsterdam to Kuala

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Prystaiko not ruling out Ukraine’s withdrawal from Minsk agreements

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has said that Ukraine might withdraw from the Minsk agreements if the process is delayed and there is no progress in their implementation by all parties. He stated this in an interview with BBC Ukrainian. “Yes, it [Ukraine’s withdrawal from the Minsk agreements] is possible if we see that this process is going on endlessly.

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Reuters: Top Putin aide named by MH17 airliner investigators

The investigation team published the telephone call intercepts on its website and appealed for witnesses to come forward. REUTERS An international investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 on Thursday released a series of phone intercepts, including one between a top aide to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Russian-controlled forces accused in the crash. Calls between officials in

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Russian Gazprom cancels eurobond placement due to Ukraine’s lawsuit

The Kremlin’s gas strategy in the last few years, designed to deprive Ukraine of revenue from gas transit to Europe by replacing the Ukrainian gas transport system with the Nord Stream 2 and Turkish Stream pipelines, appears to be backfiring on Gazprom. Already faced with a legislative ban on utilizing more than half of Nord Stream 2’s capacity, and having

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Defense minister calls Russia enemy, says financial, economic relations impossible with it

Russia is Ukraine’s enemy, with which no financial and economic relations are possible, Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk wrote on Facebook. “To put it briefly, I clearly realized back in 2014 that the enemy’s name consists of six letters – Russia. They are not ‘militia’ or ‘local police’, but ranking servicemen from the Russian Federation. It became even clearer during

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MH17 Crash Probe Releases Intercepted Calls Between East Ukrainian Rebels and Russian Officials

A team of international prosecutors investigating the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 has released a new batch of intercepted audio recordings of calls it says are between separatist fighters in eastern Ukraine and high-ranking Russian officials. The calls include conversations with separatist leaders including Alexander Borodai, self-proclaimed ‘prime minister,’ and defendant Igor Girkin, self-proclaimed ‘defense minister’ of the

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‘I’m a Big Fan’: Trump licking Erdogan’s sphincter

President Trump seemed unbothered by Turkey’s recent invasion of Syria, which prompted outrage in Congress and among some in his administration. One month ago, President Trump warned President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey not to “be a fool” or “a tough guy” by invading northeastern Syria. The Turkish leader sent his troops across the border anyway, outraging much of official

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Taylor explains significance of U.S. assistance for Ukraine to deter Russian aggression

09:00, 14 November 2019 The U.S. Charge d’affaires for Ukraine has stressed that the Russians are looking for any sign of weakness and any sign that support for Ukraine would be withdrawn. U.S. assistance for Ukraine aimed to help the country deter Russian aggression is a significant element, which gives Ukraine a stronger negotiating position in talks to end the

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Russia Launches New Air Base in Former U.S. Syria Stronghold

The Russian military has announced a new combat helicopter and air defense base in a formerly U.S.-controlled northern Syrian stronghold, the state-run TASS news agency reported Thursday. U.S. troops left the city of Qamishli, the administrative center of the self-proclaimed Kurdish autonomy in northern Syria, last month as Turkey launched an assault against Kurdish forces. Russia and Turkey later clinched

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Op-Ed in Novoye Vremya by CDA Taylor: Ukraine’s Committed Partner

November 10, 2019 Since I returned to Ukraine in June, one thing has been clear everywhere I’ve gone – from Lviv to Mariupol, from universities to military facilities, from government offices to NGOs’ workspaces — Ukraine is brimming with energy and new ideas. New ideas to resolve the conflict in the East while protecting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. New

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