Monthly Archives: December 2019

Kremlin promises to respond to new US sanctions against Russia

Russia will respond to the US sanctions imposed against eleven Russian citizens, and six Russian companies, reports the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The reason for sanctions was Washington’s accusation of cyber fraud. The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed to the “politicization” of the US claims. Diplomats note that if Washington’s representatives had “real evidence,” they would have appealed

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Putin promises German businessmen to continue gas transit through Ukraine

During the meeting with top German managers in Sochi on December 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the launch of a new gas pipeline does not mean that Russia will stop gas transit through Ukraine. Representatives of the German business insisted on maintaining the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine. “Time is running out. It is important to maintain

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Russia – Ukraine war updates: daily briefings as of December 7, 2019

Russia – Ukraine war updates from the war zone in southeast Ukraine as of December 7, 2019 by Joint forces operation HQ data: EMPR highlights. (1) Russian hybrid forces increased to 14 the number of attacks in the war zone in eastern Ukraine for the last 24 hours. The enemy continue to use forbidden 120-mm and 82-mm mortar launchers fire against Ukrainian troops. (2)

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U.S. Says Drone Shot Down by Russian Air Defenses Near Libyan Capital

The U.S. military believes that an unarmed American drone reported lost near Libya’s capital last month was in fact shot down by Russian air defenses and it is demanding the return of the aircraft’s wreckage, U.S. Africa Command says. Such a shootdown would underscore Moscow’s increasingly muscular role in the energy-rich nation, where Russian mercenaries are reportedly intervening on behalf of east

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Naftogaz's Vitrenko expects positive decision in Netherlands on enforced recovery of $3 bln from Gazprom on Feb 25

Executive Director of NJSC Naftogaz Ukrainy Yuriy Vitrenko positively assesses hearings held in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on the forced recovery of $3 billion from Russia’s gas giant Gazprom in pursuance of the Stockholm arbitration award, awaiting a positive final decision on February 25, 2020. (C)INTERFAX UKRAINE 2019

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Zelensky on Paris meeting: I want to understand if Putin wants to end the war in Donbas

On the “Freedom of Speech by Savik Shuster” TV program, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed his bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. “Yes, all presidents will have bilateral meetings,” he said. Volodymyr Zelensky said that during the Normandy Four Summit in Paris, all leaders will hold personal meetings. The Ukrainian President also added that he is not nervous before

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National Security and Defense Council: Elections in occupied Donbas possible after de-occupation only

Elections in the temporarily occupied territory of Donetsk and Luhansk regions will be held only after its de-occupation and in accordance with the Ukrainian legislation. The press service of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine released the corresponding statement. According to NSDC Secretary Oleksiy Danilov, the efforts of the Ukrainian authorities are aimed at the implementation of the

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Report on human rights abuses in occupied Crimea presented in The Hague

PHOTOS07.12.2019 13:49 The report on human rights abuses in the context of imposition of Russian citizenship in occupied Crimea was presented in The Hague. An expert meeting was held at the Embassy of Ukraine in the Netherlands, an Ukrinform correspondent in The Hague reports. The report was prepared by experts of the Open Society Justice Initiative. In particular, it deals with

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Ukraine not to talk with Russian-led forces, IDPs should be involved in TCG – Zelensky

Zelensky says the Trilateral Contact Group should have representatives of Donbas who moved to Kyiv or other cities. REUTERS Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says Ukraine will not talk with Russian-led forces and supports the inclusion of representatives of IDPs from the occupied territories of Donbas in the negotiations of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) in Minsk. Read also Zelensky confirms

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U.S. Army soldiers deploy to Ukraine – media

Task Force Juvigny, along with NATO allies: Canada, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Lithuania, and Poland are in Ukraine to aid and support Armed Forces Ukraine’s training abilities along with increasing NATO interoperability with Ukraine. REUTERS The U.S. Army has announced that earlier this month approximately 160 American soldiers with the 32nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team headquarters company deployed to Ukraine

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Putin Rules Out Discontinuation Of Russian Gas Transit Via Ukraine After Launch Of Nord Stream-2 Pipeline

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ruled out the possibility of discontinuation of transmission of Russian natural gas on transit through Ukraine to European countries after the launch of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. This was reported by the Russian publication, Kommersant, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “I want to emphasize that it (the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline) is purely a commercial

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