Monthly Archives: January 2020

Russian gas deliveries to Europe drop by 20 percent

Gazprom started 2020 by significantly reducing its gas deliveries to Europe. During the first eight days of January, Russian gas exports dropped by 20%, writes Kommersant, citing statistics from gas operators. Transit through Ukraine has dropped by nearly two thirds, from 262 to 91 million cubic meters per day. On January 7, Gazprom supplied only half the average volume stipulated by its

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Iraq resumes negotiations on purchase of Russian S-300 aerial defense systems

Iraq has resumed its talks with Russia on the purchase of Russian S-300 anti-air systems, RIA Novosti reports, citing Mohammed Ridha, head of Iraq’s parliamentary defense and security committee. According to the Iraqi MP, negotiations should have been resumed a long time ago, and the systems should have been purchased already. Ridha noted that he does not know exactly which stage the

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Ukraine to demand compensation if downing of its plane in Iran proved – Foreign Ministry

The minister says the victims’ families will get insurance payments and support from the state. Minister Prystaiko / Photo from UNIAN Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine Vadym Prystaiko says that the Ukrainian side will demand that those guilty be held liable and financial compensation be paid if it is proved that a Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) plane was shot

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Swiss court obliges Russia to pay compensation to Ukrainian firms due to loss of assets in Crimea

insight-ukraine.org Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland upheld the decision of the arbitrage in Geneva, which obliged Russia to pay $81.1 million to 12 Ukrainian companies as the compensation for losses sustained in the result of the confiscation of all assets in Crimea after the annexation in 2014 as SWI reported. Two proper court decisions were published on January 9. They reject the appeal

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Putin says Crimean Bridge built to serve people ‘for centuries’

The Russian leader said he experienced “a feeling of joy and satisfaction for the work done with a good result,” when he was crossing this bridge © Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS MOSCOW, December 29. /TASS/. The Crimean Bridge has been built using the latest technologies and can operate for centuries, if it is maintained properly, Russian President

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Russia’s Nordwind Airlines plane makes hard landing in Antalya

According to the website, pilots of aircraft A321-200 with tail number VQ-BRS requested emergency landing in Antalya due to detection of smoke Airbus A321-200 aircraft© Shutterstock/FOTODOM, archive MOSCOW, January 10. /TASS/. A passenger aircraft belonging to Russia’s Nordwind Airlines traveling from Moscow has performed a hard landing in Antalya on Friday, Turkish portal Airporthaber informed. According to the website, pilots

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Tulsi Gabbard Joins The Blaming Of Trump For Iran’s Fatal Attack On A Civilian Airliner

2020 Democratic candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii refused to blame Iran for shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner in Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom” Friday morning. Instead, she joined Pete Buttigieg in blaming President Trump for the death of 176 people aboard the Ukrainian passenger plane. Buttigieg initiated the narrative that the United States is to blame for Iran shooting down the

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Ukrainian officers detain militant who guarded MH17 crash site in Donbas

10.01.2020 16:22 Ukrainian officers of the Joint Forces detained a militant who was guarding the MH17 crash site in Donbas. “From the end of August 2014, he guarded the site of crash of MH17 flight which had been downed by Russian troops. In addition, he was selling the picked aircraft wreckage and personal belongings of crash victims to the militants

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Belarusian President Lukashenko displeased by Gazprom’s gas price hike

At an awards ceremony yesterday, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that the situation surrounding the price of Russian gas, in which Russia’s Gazprom earns “three times as much” from supplying fuel to Belarus as to Germany, is abnormal. Commenting on the gas price negotiations, Lukashenko accused the Russian concern of earning three times as much in Belarus as in Germany.

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What do the pro-Kremlin media mean by “Anglo-Saxons”?

In its relentless disinformation efforts, the pro-Kremlin media tend to fill words with alternative meaning. Here’s a brief explanation of what is behind some of those words. Some 1600 years ago, Germanic tribes migrated to the British Isles. Today these tribes are known as Anglo-Saxons. But the pro-Kremlin media has given this historical term a whole new meaning. According to

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Ukrainian airliner may have been shot down by faulty Russian anti-air system in Iran

Ukrainian experts are considering two theories regarding the crash of the Ukrainian International Airlines plane in Iran which, if proved, could point to Russia, wrote Yuriy Butusov, journalist and editor-in-chief of Censor.NET, on Facebook. According to him, experts are considering a theory in which a Russia-produced Iranian Tor-2ME anti-air system fired a missile by mistake, and another theory in which there

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Ukrainian Investigative Commission: Iran is bulldozing the Ukrainian airliner’s crash site, thorough is investigation impossible

Yuriy Butusov, journalist and editor-in-chief of the Ukrainian publication Censor.NET, wrote on Facebook, citing a source in the Ukraine’s State Investigative Commission, that the plane wreckage at the crash site is being bulldozed, and expressed doubt that Iran is interested in thorough investigation into what happened.   According to Butusov, at 12.00 pm, his source informed that the Ukrainian experts were

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Video appears to show missile strike as Canada and UK say they have intel Iran shot down Ukrainian plane

CNN has obtained video on Thursday that appears to show a missile being fired into the Tehran sky and striking an object, around the same time that a Ukrainian plane crashed just after taking off from the city’s airport. News of the video comes hours after the leaders of Canada and Britain said that they have intelligence that the Ukrainian

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PS752 tragedy: Iran agrees to decipher black boxes with Ukraine, Canada, Russia and France

Any statements made prior to the official decision after the investigation may be considered manipulation, Iranian flight authority says Iran urges other countries to stay away from any comments about Boeing 737 and its downing; Tehran is ready to decrypt the recovered black boxes from the aircraft. Bloomberg added that the Iranian authorities are ready to do so in cooperation

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U.S. satellite detected heat signature of two missiles as they approach the airliner

American satellite had detected the heat signature of the two missiles as they approached the airliner, ABC News said referring to an unnamed senior U.S. representative. A U.S. official told ABC News that an American satellite had detected the heat signature of the two missiles as they approached the airliner. According to him, U.S. intelligence is confident that Iran painted

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Russia Reacts to Claims of Iranian Missile Downing Ukrainian Plane

An Iranian missile likely accidentally brought down a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed near Tehran, killing all 176 aboard, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday. The Ukraine International Airlines flight to Kiev from Tehran crashed Wednesday, hours after Iran fired ballistic missiles at two U.S. military bases in Iraq. The U.S. government believes Iran shot down the plane by

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Russian Propagandists Are Spreading Conspiracies About The Ukrainian Plane That Was Shot Down

The founder of pro-Russia site USA Really cast blame on Ukraine for the downed plane in Iran this week — and for another plane crash six years ago that was Russia’s fault. A Russian state propagandist is casting blame on Ukraine for the recent plane crash near Tehran — echoing the disinformation that emerged after the downing of Malaysia Airlines

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