Monthly Archives: December 2019

Putin says Trump impeached over ‘invented reasons’ to remove him from office

Russian President Vladimir Putin has dismissed the impeachment case against President Donald Trump, accusing the Democratic Party of using “absolutely invented reasons” to try and remove him from office. Asked about the impeachment at his annual end-of-year press conference in Moscow on Thursday, Putin noted that it was unlikely it would get further than the Senate. “It needs to go

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Kremlin: NATO is preparing for large-scale conflict with Russia

NATO is preparing for a large-scale military conflict on its eastern borders, said Valery Gerasimov, Chief of Russia’s General Staff. According to the Russian general, this is indicated by the military exercises in Europe and the redeployment of alliance troops in the east. Russia is designated an enemy in NATO countries’ military doctrine, Gerasimov noted at a briefing for foreign

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Ukraine Illuminated: Insiders Parse the 1994 Budapest Memorandum, Then and Now

In today’s U.S. media landscape, stories about Ukraine abound, crammed into a merciless 24-hour news cycle: in connection with impeachment hearings, of course, but also about local farmers and obscure lawsuits and side by side with recipes for gingery chocolate cookies. Amid the din, it came as a relief this month to see a unique conference zoom out with historical

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Fire damage on Russia’s Admiral Kuznetsov equal to aircraft carrier’s current value

 Thursday, December 19, 2019 2:00:00 PM The damage caused by the fire on the Russian aircraft carrier “Admiral Kuznetsov” is effectively equivalent to the current value of the ship, at 95 billion rubles (around $1.52 billion), writes Kommersant, citing a source in the headquarters of Russia’s Northern Fleet. “The damage caused by the fire that broke out has been provisionally estimated at

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Putin’s End-of-Year Press Conference, in Quotes

We watched all four hours so you don’t have to. President Vladimir Putin held his annual end-of-year press conference on Thursday, answering questions from state media and independent journalists on an array of topics related to Russia’s domestic and foreign policy. Here are the highlights from the marathon presser that lasted four hours and 19 minutes: On constitutional term limits

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Russia not to comply with Minsk agreements regarding withdrawal of foreign troops because “they are not there” – Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin, who insists on the full implementation of the Minsk agreements, has stated the impossibility of withdrawing foreign, that is, Russian, troops from the occupied Donbass, since they are not there. He stated this at a press conference. “There is a clause in the Minsk agreements on the withdrawal of mercenaries and foreign troops and closure of

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Putin says Russia has no desire to aggravate situation in Ukrainian energy sector

Russian President Vladimir Putin has stated that Russia does not want to exacerbate the situation in the Ukrainian energy sector and use it to influence processes in the country itself. “We have no desire to aggravate the situation in the energy sector and somehow use it to influence the situation in Ukraine itself,” Putin stated at his annual press conference

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No discrimination against minority languages in Ukraine – Poroshenko

There are no problems in Ukraine for the full study and use by representatives of national minorities of their mother tongues, European Solidarity party leader and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said. He said this at a meeting of the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee in Strasbourg on Thursday, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “Discrimination is the situation when representatives

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Ukraine Statistics Service revises GDP growth forecast in Q3 downwards: to 4.1% from 4.2%

The growth of gross domestic product (GDP) in Ukraine in July-September 2019 was 4.1% year-over-year, whereas the pace of growth in the second quarter was higher (4.6%) and that in the first quarter was lower (2.5%). The updated but still not final figures were made public by Ukraine’s State Statistics Service on Thursday, December 19. At the same time, the

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Gunman Opens Fire in Central Moscow, Killing at Least 1 Near FSB Building

45 minutes ago    At least one person has been killed in a shooting in downtown Moscow on Thursday evening, local media have reported.  An unidentified gunman opened fire with a Kalashnikov rifle in the lobby of the Federal Security Services (FSB) building before fleeing the scene, the RBC news website cited an police source as saying. The 112 Telegram channel reports that three members

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Putin shares his opinion on Russia’s presence in Donbas

According to President of the Russian Federation, “there are local citizens fighting in Donbas” President of Russian Federation Vladimir Putin stated that Russia is not present in Donbas, but noted that militants received tanks and heavy artillery from the countries, which sympathize with them. He said this at a press conference, Ukrainian Pravda reports. “There are no foreign troops. Yes,

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Putin: there is an arbitration ruling that awarded Naftogaz $2.6 bln, but there is also Kyiv’s $3-bln debt on eurobonds

Russia will in its actions be guided by the Stockholm arbitration tribunal’s ruling on the gas transit dispute with Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin said at his annual press conference. But Putin said it should not be forgotten that Kyiv owed Moscow $3 billion on Eurobonds. Commenting on the Stockholm arbitration ruling for Gazprom to pay Ukraine’s Naftogaz $2.6 billion, Putin

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Putin defends rebel leaders in eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin has defended the pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine, calling for direct talks between them and the Kyiv government to help restore peace. He said Ukraine had accepted the rebel leaders’ signatures on the 2015 Minsk ceasefire deal, so recognising them. The separatists launched a Russian-backed insurgency in April 2014, seizing most of the Donbas region. Ukraine

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Putin Says WADA 4-Year Doping Ban Not Justified

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) four-year ban for Russia from international sporting competition over doping was not justified. He said bans should be handed out on an individual, not collective, basis. Speaking at an annual press conference, Putin said the decision was political and not fair. “If the vast majority of our athletes are clean,

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Russian invaders launch seven attacks in Donbas. One soldier wounded

On December 18, the armed formations of the Russian Federation violated ceasefire seven times in the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) area in Donbas. “The enemy used weapons on infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers of different systems, heavy machine guns and other small arms to shell positions of the Joint Forces,” the press center of the JFO Headquarters reports. As noted,

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U.S. approves nearly $700 mln in aid to Ukraine

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed bipartisan, bicameral Appropriations legislation approving $698 million for security and foreign assistance for Ukraine in 2020. This is $2.3 million more than in fiscal year 2019, according to Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur, Co-Chair of the Congressional Ukraine Caucus and a senior Member on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. “This support for Ukraine is

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$29 million transferred to Hillary Clinton might have been stolen from Ukraine

Ukraine and the United States should investigate the transfer of $29 million by businessman Victor Pinchuk from Ukraine to the Clinton Foundation, Ukrainian Member of Parliament (independent) Andriy Derkach has said. According to him, the investigation should check and establish how the Pinchuk Foundation’s activities were funded; it, among other projects, made a contribution of $29 million to the Clinton

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