Monthly Archives: December 2019

Germany Expels Two Russians in Dispute Over Killing of Georgian in Berlin

Germany said on Wednesday it had expelled two Russian embassy employees in protest over what it said was Moscow’s lack of cooperation in an investigation into the murder of a Georgian man in Berlin. German prosecutors suspect Russian or Chechen involvement in the murder of the man in a Berlin park in August. Russia has denied any involvement and said on Wednesday it would

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Putin Considers Ukraine’s Proposed Terms For New Gas Transit Contract Economically Unacceptable

Russian President Vladimir Putin considers the conditions that Ukraine proposed for conclusion of a new contract for transit of natural gas from January 1, 2020, economically unacceptable. This is stated in a report by the Russian agency, TASS, the Ukrainian News Agency reports. Putin also said that Russia was ready to continue transmission of natural gas on transit through Ukraine.

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Macron’s openness towards Russia is testing the patience of NATO

Nobody likes to hear that an old friend is “brain dead,” so perhaps it’s not surprising that France’s allies seem to be going through the seven stages of grief over Emmanuel Macron’s pronouncement in the Economist last month that NATO is languishing. There was first shock and denial. Speaking alongside NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on November 7, German Chancellor

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Defected Pro-Kremlin Lawmaker Resettles in Germany

A former pro-Kremlin lawmaker who voted for a law banning U.S. citizens from adopting Russian children has resettled in Germany, the country’s Süddeutsche Zeitung daily reported Monday. Robert Schlegel supported the adoption ban, tried to push through a “fake news” bill, co-authored Russia’s “Google tax” and boasted about a 2007 cyberattack that crippled neighboring Estonia’s networks.  Schlegel told Süddeutsche Zeitung,

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U.S. Charges Russian Companies for Attempt to Evade Trade Sanctions

U.S. federal prosecutors have charged Russian, Italian and U.S. companies and several employees for allegedly trying to evade U.S. sanctions by providing a U.S.-manufactured power turbine to a Russian state-controlled business, the U.S. Justice Department said on Tuesday. The unidentified Russian company was barred from acquiring the turbine under U.S. sanctions imposed after Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014. But

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Ukraine’s Foreign Minister compares Russians with terrorist forces as NATO major adversaries

They kill people in Ukraine and use chemical weapons in Europe to reach their political goals, Vadym Prystaiko said Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko has compared Russia with terrorist forces that are considered major NATO adversaries. He said so during the conference NATO Engages on December 3.  “…I don’t see any difference between the terrorism and Russia. Terrorists are those

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Russia Accuses Alleged U.S. Spy Whelan of Lying About Ill-Treatment in Jail

Russia on Tuesday accused a former U.S. Marine it has held for almost a year on spying charges of faking health problems in custody and lying about his ill-treatment, comments the U.S. Embassy rejected as factually inaccurate “pulp fiction.” Paul Whelan, who holds U.S., British, Canadian and Irish passports, was accused of espionage after agents from Russia’s Federal Security Service detained him

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