Monthly Archives: December 2019

Repost from 2014: Republicans want Obama to confront Russia on nukes

Washington – Congress is stepping up pressure on the White House to confront Russia over allegations that it is cheating on a key nuclear arms treaty – a faceoff that could further strain US-Moscow relations and dampen President Barack Obama’s hopes to add deeper cuts in nuclear arsenals to his legacy. Butting heads with Russian President Vladimir Putin over compliance

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Gazprom tells Russians to prepare for the end of cheap gas within Russia

The revenue from exporting natural gas is no longer sufficient to subsidize Gazprom’s operation within Russia’s internal market, where the gas prices are one third of what they are in Europe, said Viktor Yatsenko, deputy head of Gazprom’s economic analysis and pricing department, at the Gas Russia 2019 forum. “Let’s be honest with each other and admit that this ‘junction’,

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Hryvnia continues to strengthen, defying expectations

By Igor Kossov. Published Dec. 11. Updated Dec. 11 at 5:49 pm The photo, released on Nov. 26, 2019, by the press office of the National Bank of Ukraine, shows new hryvnia banknotes. The hryvnia has been gaining in value throughout the fall season, defying earlier predictions by exporters and economists.Photo by Photo by Yelyzaveta Serhiienko/ Press office NBU The Ukrainian national currency,

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Russian Federation expects Zelenskyi to stop war in Donbass, – Lavrov

United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Foreign Affairs Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov have discussed results of the meeting of the leaders of the Normandy Four (Ukraine, Germany, Russia and France). Censor.NET reports citing Russian media. Lavrov made a corresponding statement during his visit to Washington on December 10, where he met with US President Donald Trump

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Servant of the People faction to draft new bill on Donbas status

It may take up to twelve months. Photo from UNIAN https://images.unian.net/photos/2019_12/1576075568-1533.jpg?0.5431240338664898 The Servant of the People parliamentary faction has announced it will draft a new bill on Donbas’ special status. Asked when this bill could be ready, First Deputy Chairman of the Servant of the People faction Oleksandr Korniyenko said: “It may be [ready] in more than six months, but

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Lindsey Graham Rebukes Election Meddling Conspiracies at Horowitz Hearing: It Was Russia, ‘Not the Ukrainians’

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reiterated on Wednesday that it was Russia, “not the Ukrainians,” who meddled in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, a comment that rebuked Republican-led conspiracy theories about Ukraine supposedly interfering in the race to help Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee to undermine the Trump campaign. “How the hell did this whole thing start? What

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At Normandy Summit near Putin was armed bodyguard

Putin’s bodyguard received accreditation for closed negotiations as member of Russian delegation Russian President Vladimir Putin was at a closed meeting of the Normandy Four together with his armed guard, who received accreditation as a member of the Russian delegation.  Gordon reports.  It is worth noting that people with weapons and bodyguards are not allowed into the negotiation room.  “One

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Putin Press Secretary: Putin disagrees with Zelensky use of term occupied Donbas

The Press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov said that Vladimir Putin does not agree with Ukrainian President Zelensky’s use of term “the occupied Donbas,” which he used during the negotiations at the Normandy Four meeting, reports TASS. “During the negotiations, speakers made such a remark every time. They were saying “occupied territories as you say, but we disagree with

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Children of Stalin’s Terror Win Crucial Housing Case

The children of victims of Stalin-era repressions have the right to receive state housing in the cities where their parents had been deported from, Russia’s Supreme Court has said in a landmark ruling Tuesday. Amendments to the 1991 law rehabilitating victims of Soviet-era political repressions adopted in 2005 contradict the Russian Constitution because they make it “impossible” for their children

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“To deter Russia from repeating annexations” — USA to conduct largest military exercises in Europe in 25 years

The United States planned in 2020 to conduct the largest military exercises in Europe since the end of the Cold War in order to “deter Russia.” American Major General Barre Seguin, who manages the operations of the allies from the NATO military headquarters in Belgium, told about the training, according to Reuters. 20,000 American troops will be deployed to Europe

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EU to extend economic sanctions against Russia – journalist

16:40, 11 December 2019 EU leaders will hear a report on the situation with the implementation of the Minsk Agreements at a summit in Brussels on December 12. Brussels-based RFE/RL journalist Rikard Jozwiak says the European Union will extend sectoral sanctions against Russia for another six months. “Sanctions on Russia expected to be extended by six months at the European

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Bildt warns Zelensky against Poroshenko’s persecution

Swedish politician, diplomat, former Prime Minister Carl Bildt has warned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky against the unjustified persecution of former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. He wrote this on his Twitter account. Bildt commented on a report that Ukraine’s State Bureau of Investigation opened criminal proceedings against Poroshenko regarding the signing of the Minsk agreements on the basis of a statement

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$6.5M U.S. Tech Bound for Russia Seized by Authorities

The attempted shipment of a Vector 40G turbine from the U.S. to Russia was halted last Tuesday as American authorities caught suspicions that the installation was destined for use in the Russian Arctic, the Kommersant business daily reported. The $6.5 million turbine is produced by U.S. company Dresser-Rand. Its exportation to Russia would mean a violation of U.S. sanctions against the

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Airing Fake MH17 Image Was a 'Mistake,' Russian State TV Chief Admits

The head of Russia’s largest television channel has admitted that airing footage it erroneously claimed to prove Ukraine’s role in the downing of MH17 was a “mistake,” according to a book excerpt published by The New Yorker. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over territory controlled by Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine, killing 298 people flying from Amsterdam to

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Erdogan: I admire Trump and Putin

Turkish President Recep Erdogan said that he admires the presidents of the United States and the Russian Federation Donald trump and Vladimir Putin. In particular, Trump Erdogan praised for his frankness, Radio Liberty reports . “ Whether you like it or not, Mr. Trump is an important name. He has no hidden agenda. He tells me things clearly and openly, ”Erdogan said and added that Trump is reciprocated.

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