Monthly Archives: November 2019

Ministry of Defense considers return of captured ships by Russia as execution of decision of Maritime Tribunal

Meanwhile, Russian side denies connection between decision of tribunal and transfer of ships to Ukraine The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine considers the return by Russia of the Nikopol, Berdyansk and Yana Kapu tugboats captured in November last year as the implementation of the May decision of the International Maritime Tribunal. Andriy Zagorodniuk announced it on Facebook “The return of

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Zelensky’s Three Closest Advisors Working for the Kremlin, Piontkovsky Says

Paul Goble             Staunton, November 15 – The collapse of Kyiv’s position at home and abroad over the last six months reflects the fact that Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s three closest advisors are working for the Kremlin and have given Vladimir Putin a victory he very much needed but doesn’t deserve, Andrey Piontkovsky says.             During his presidential campaign at

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India calls French Rafale fighters superior to Russian Su-30MKIs

India is purchasing French 4th generation Rafale fighters instead of Russian Su-30MKI fighters because the former’s capabilities are superior to the latter’s, The Economic Times reports. The Indian news outlet writes that the Rafale’s extended loitering ability is 50% greater than the Su-30MKI’s. The former’s flight range is 780-1055 km, as opposed to the latter’s 400-550 km. The French fighter can also

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EU, US “fully support” Georgia’s anti-government protests

By Tamar Svanidze Journalist, Global Affairs The United States and the European Union have thrown their support behind Georgia’s anti-government protesters who took to the streets of the capital Tbilisi after the country’s parliament failed to pass an amendment that changes the voting system to proportional representation. In a joint statement released on Monday, they expressed “full support for the

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Kyiv to inspect equipment, documents on board ships returned by Russia – Ukrainian Foreign Ministry

As Russia has returned the Ukrainian Navy’s Nikopol and Berdyansk gunboats and the Yany Kapu tugboat, which were captured with the use of weapons in the Kerch Strait area in November 2018, Ukraine will inspect them to find out whether any equipment and documents were removed from them, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said. “It would become clear following a careful

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EUvsDisinfo goes to Georgia!

ქართული ვერსიის სანახავად მიჰყევით Pro-Kremlin disinformation messages have been surfacing in Georgia for a long time, targeting Georgian sovereignty, its values and European aspirations. During the week between 18-23 November 2019, we will be looking very closely at what has been happening in Georgia, as strategic communication experts, EU officials, diplomats, young professionals, civil society and media from across the

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Russian ‘Agent’ Butina Offered Job in Parliament Following Return Home

A controversial Russian lawmaker has offered admitted agent Maria Butina a parliamentary post, Russian news agencies reported Monday. State Duma deputy Leonid Slutsky met Butina the day after she returned to Russia in October, saying that Butina “has many victories ahead.” Butina served most of her 18-month sentence in a U.S. prison after pleading guilty to conspiring to act as

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Without returning… Prystaiko tells how displaced persons will be able to vote in Donbass elections

It is possible to apply electronic or remote voting in local elections in the Donbass for temporarily displaced persons. This was told by Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Prystayko in an interview with RBC-Ukraine. Prystaiko believes, “the longer we discuss in theory, not looking for ways to count the people who stayed there, or ensure the displaced people

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Russia’s chief intelligence officer: we should prepare for war

The global nuclear weapons control system that was set in place by Moscow and Washington in the last few decades of the Soviet Union is slowly but surely falling apart. Following the breakdown of the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, the last key nuclear arms reduction treaty, New START, will also soon be history. The treaty, which restricts the number

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Lutsenko says he returned $4 bln to Ukraine

He said this in an interview with the Ukrayinska Pravda news site. “During my tenure, the Prosecutor General’s Office, together with colleagues from the Interior Ministry, the Security Service of Ukraine, the State Fiscal Service, returned $4 billion to the state in money or property. $4 billion. Of these funds, $1.5 billion is money from the criminal organization of [former

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Gazprom sends Naftogaz formal proposal on gas transit

Russian gas monopoly Gazprom has sent a formal proposal to NJSC Naftogaz of Ukraine on extending the current contract or signing a new contract on natural gas transit through Ukraine for a one-year period, taking into account European buyers’ projected demand for gas in 2020, Interfax has reported, with reference to the Russian company’s press service. “Gazprom’s proposal states that

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Girkin considers extradition and indictment in MH17 case possible in light of new phone call evidence

Igor “Strelkov” Girkin, former “defense minister” of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), has admitted that the investigators of the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 catastrophe have intercepted a phone call from 2014 between him and then “prime minister” of the DPR Alexander Borodai. Girkin published his reaction to the recording on VKontakte, a Russian social network. The Joint Investigation Team’s (JIT) report mentions an

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Russian company wants to sell Putin’s canned farts

A Russian company from St. Petersburg wants to sell Vladimir Putin’s canned farts. Planned is to sell up to 500.000 cans per year, confirms FARTOV’s manager Igor Proliv during an interview at the company’s headquarters at 55 Savushkina Street in St. Petersburg. Putin became famous when he ordered the invasion of Ukraine to protect the Russian speaking population. Putin also

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Belarus election: No seats for opposition as Lukashenko maintains power

After their surprise election in 2016, neither of the two sitting opposition candidates were allowed to stand this time. Strongman leader Alexander Lukashenko plans to stand again in presidential elections next year. Official results announced on Monday show that Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko maintained his hold on power after parliamentary elections. Not a single opposition candidate was elected. Often described

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