Monthly Archives: November 2019

GOODBYE GAZPROM: POLAND INTENDS TO REFUSE RUSSIAN GAS FROM 2023

The Polish oil and gas company PGNiG sent a statement to the Russian energy company Gazprom about its intention to terminate the Yamal agreement from December 31, 2022. The Polish Radio reported about the decision. “According to the contract, the parties to the agreement are required to submit an application for further cooperation after 2022 three years before the expected end of

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US pays Russia $3.9 billion for ferrying astronauts to ISS

NASA spends between $3 and $4 billion annually to operate the ISS, including payments for transportation of crew and cargo © Sergei Savostianov/TASS TASS, November 15. The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has purchased $3.9-billion worth of seats from Russia to transport its astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) since July 2011, says NASA Inspector

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Putin: Luhansk and Donetsk People’s Republics will respond if Ukrainian Forces move back to the disengagement areas in Donbas

During a press conference at the BRICS Summit in Brazil, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that if Ukrainian Police and the National Guard enter the withdrawal areas, then militants of Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) will respond to these actions. Putin welcomed the withdrawal of troops in Zolote and Petrovske areas but stressed that there are “some

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Norwegian Arctic resident held in Russia comes home in Cold War-style swap with Norway and Lithuania

Frode Berg, a retired border guard from Kirkenes, on Norway’s Arctic border with Russia, had been held since 2017. VILNIUS — Russia freed two Lithuanians and a Norwegian on Friday in return for two Russian spies held in Lithuania, in a Cold War-style spy swap that brought several high-profile espionage cases to a close. “The exchange took place at one

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Ukrainian naval commander: Russia rehearsed missile strike against Odessa

This summer, Russian Tu-22M3 strategic bombers rehearsed carrying out a strategic missile strike against the city of Odessa, said Ukrainian Naval Commander Admiral Ihor Voronchenko at the third international maritime security conference for countries in the Black Sea region, Dumskaya reports. According to Voronchenko, the aircraft performed a virtual launch 60 km from Odessa, and then went back towards the Bosporus

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BREAKING: SBU arrests major Islamic State warlord in Ukraine

By Illia Ponomarenko. Published Nov. 15. Updated Nov. 15 at 5:24 pm An image taken from a propaganda video released on March 17, 2014 by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL)’s al-Furqan Media allegedly shows ISIL fighters waving the trademark Jihadi flag as they stand on an armoured vehicle at an undisclosed location in the Anbar province.Photo by AFPPopular Ukraine’s

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Kolomoisky has no authority to speak on behalf of Ukraine or President’s Office

Businessman Ihor Kolomoisky is not a representative of President Volodymyr Zelensky’s team, and no state affairs are discussed with him. Ukrainian President Spokesperson Iuliia Mendel wrote about this on her Facebook page. “Ihor Kolomoisky is neither a representative of the government nor a member of Volodymyr Zelensky’s team. He has no authority to speak on behalf of Ukraine or the

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‘DPR/LPR’ a threat to peace efforts, must be disbanded – U.S. at OSCE

The illegitimate authorities of the so-called “people’s republics” in Donbas are a threat to peace efforts and must be disbanded before any elections are held in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, Political Counselor Gregory Macris of the U.S. Mission to the OSCE has said. He said this at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on

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Anders Aslund urges Ukraine to escape oligarch Kolomoisky’s influence

By Vyacheslav Hnatyuk. The major problem for Ukraine today is to find the right way to neutralize the influence of oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky, according to Swedish economist Anders Aslund, a senior fellow at the Atlantic Council. Speaking at a U.S.–Ukraine Business Council press event in Kyiv on Nov. 14, Aslund said that Ukraine is doing well: its current government cares

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