Monthly Archives: January 2020

Russia ready to change key political player in Abkhazia where clans fight for access to aid – think tank

The crisis is unlikely to bring any foreign policy changes as all forces are pro-Russian / panoramio.com The political crisis in the self-proclaimed and internationally-unrecognized Abkhazia will result in no foreign policy changes, while reflecting the local elites’ struggle for Russia’s financial support. On January, 9 a group of protesters stormed the building hosting the “presidential administration” after the local

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Merkel says construction of Nord Stream 2 needs to be completed

The statement comes following her meeting with Putin on Saturday. REUTERS German Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel ha said that the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, bypassing Ukraine, should be completed. The statement comes following her meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Saturday, an UNIAN correspondent in the Russian Federation reports. We also spoke, of course,

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Ukraine had evidence of rocket attack against UIA plane before Iran’s statement – NSDC

11.01.2020 17:30 Ukraine had evidence of a rocket attack against a Ukraine International Airlines plane before Iran’s statement that the Iranian military shot down the aircraft accidentally, Secretary of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) Oleksiy Danilov has told BBC Ukrainian. “We knew this information even before Iran changed its position. We knew this information before it was

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Zelensky, Rouhani discuss UIA plane crash

11.01.2020 19:13 President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky had a phone conversation with President of the Islamic Republic of Iran Hassan Rouhani. “Acknowledgment of shooting down our plane is a step in the right direction. I insist on the immediate completion of the identification of bodies and their return to Ukraine. The perpetrators should be brought to justice. We look forward

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Exiled Prince Says Khamenei Responsible For Downing Of Ukraine Airliner

Iran’s exiled Prince Reza Pahlavi says the Islamic Republic Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei is responsible for the downing of a Ukraine Airlines Boeing, which killed all 176 people onboard. Three days after the airliner crashed on a flight from Tehran to Kyiv, the Islamic Republic admitted that it was “erroneously” shot down by an anti-aircraft missile. The last heir

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OSCE spots tanks transported by freight train in occupied Donbas

The train was seen moving eastwards in the strategic railway hub of Debaltseve, which is beyond Ukraine government control. Transportation was recorded January 8 / OSCE The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in its spot daily report published Friday said they “observed seven tanks loaded on a cargo train travelling eastwards in Debaltseve (nongovernment-controlled, 58km north-east of Donetsk), as well as

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Finland begins air patrols of border with Russia

 Saturday, January 11, 2020 11:00:37 AM Helsinki has decided to monitor the border from the air in order to combat illegal infiltration into its territory from the Russian Federation. To do this, border guards will use helicopters and aircraft, reports YLE. Forests in the east and north, where border guards are less likely to be protected compared to other Finnish territories, will

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US bears full responsibility for the tragic downing of Ukraine airliner: Analyst

The regime led by US President Donald Trump is the most dangerous regime in American history and it bears the “full responsibility for the tragic downing of Ukraine airliner,” according to American writer and political analyst Stephen Lendman. “Make no mistake. The Trump regime, which has launched hot wars and by other means against regional countries, bears full responsibility for

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Iran protesters take to the streets over shooting down of Ukrainian airliner

Protesters took to the streets of Tehran on Saturday night after the regime was forced into the embarrassing admission that it accidentally shot down a civilian airliner. After three days of officially denying any involvement in the crash, Iran abruptly reversed course and said “human error” had led its forces to shoot down Flight PS752 after mistaking it for a US cruise

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Russians Fighting in Libya Do Not Represent the State, Putin Says

Russian President Vladimir Putin, asked on Saturday whether mercenaries known as the Wagner Group were fighting in Libya, said that if there are Russians in Libya, they are not representing the Russian state, nor are they paid by the state. Russian private military contractors have clandestinely fought in support of Russian forces in Syria and Ukraine, Reuters and other media have previously reported.

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DPR militants involved in ‘coup’ in Abkhazia

 Saturday, January 11, 2020 10:00:29 AM The administration of the Abkhazian President, Raul Khajimba, accused members of the so-called Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) of the coup attempt, reports Interfax. Abkhazia’s officials are trying to determine how these people arrived and stayed in the region. According to the publication Echo of the Caucasus, one of the organizers of the rally on January 8-9, which

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UIA will provide all compensation, insurance payments for crashed plane under international rules

Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) will pay all insurance payments and compensations to the families of killed passengers of crashed plane of Tehran-Kyiv flight in accordance with the international rules, UIA President Yevhen Dykhne reported at a briefing in Boryspil airport on Saturday. “All compensations and insurance payments that are defined by law and are in the airlines’ area of responsibility

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GTS Operator to earn UAH 225 bln over five years

11.01.2020 15:10 In 2020-2024, the Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU) will earn UAH 225 billion (inclusive of VAT). “The aggregate income of GTSOU in 2020-2024 will total UAH 225 billion. In particular, UAH 40 billion will come from gas transportation within Ukraine and UAH 185 billion – from transit (according to effective gas transportation tariffs approved by the

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Iranian military says requested no-fly zone before downing Ukrainian plane

11.01.2020 14:28 Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) Aerospace Commander Amir Ali Hajizadeh has said that before the shooting down of a Ukraine International Airlines plane in Iran, IRGC requested the establishment of a no-fly zone due to the war situation in the country. He said this at a news conference on Saturday, January 11, according to Reza Khaasteh, a journalist of

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Iranian ambassador apologizes for wrong statement about UIA plane crash

Iranian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Hamid Baeidinejad in a post on Twitter expressed his apology for his wrong statement about the Ukrainian plane crash. “In my statement yesterday to the UK media, I conveyed the official findings of responsible authorities in my country that missile could not be fired and hit the Ukrainian plane at that period of time.

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Official: Iranian Air Defense System took Ukrainian aircraft for cruise missile

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Jan. 11 By Elnur Baghishov – Trend: Iran’s Air Defense System, located 19 kilometers from where the Ukrainian aircraft was shot down, evaluated the aircraft as a cruise missile, Amir Ali Hajizadeh, the commander of Aerospace Force of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), said, Trend reports via Fars News Agency. After the Iranian attack on the US

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Iranian ambassador apologizes for wrong statement about UIA plane crash

Iranian Ambassador to the United Kingdom Hamid Baeidinejad in a post on Twitter expressed his apology for his wrong statement about the Ukrainian plane crash. “In my statement yesterday to the UK media, I conveyed the official findings of responsible authorities in my country that missile could not be fired and hit the Ukrainian plane at that period of time.

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UIA plane’s black box to be downloaded in France

11.01.2020 12:10The black box recordings of the Ukraine International Airlines plane, which was accidentally shot down by Iranian military near Tehran on January 8, will be downloaded in France. “Black box recordings of the Ukrainian airliner, which crashed on the outskirt of Tehran on Wednesday, will be downloaded in France,” head of the accident investigation board of Civil Aviation Organization

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Iranian military says it thought the Ukrainian passenger plane it shot down was a US military plane

The Iranian military said it mistook the Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 as a “hostile target,” following reports of US military planes in the area. The passenger plane bound for Kyiv, Ukraine, was taken down by an Iranian missile shortly after taking off from Tehran on Wednesday. The crash killed all 176 passengers on board. Iran admitted on Saturday morning

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Zarif blames ‘US adventurism’ over tragic plane incident, offers apologies

TEHRAN – Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif expressed apologies and condolences to all who have been affected by the tragic Ukrainian plane crash in Tehran, saying that US adventurism has led to this disaster. “A sad day. Preliminary conclusions of internal investigation by Armed Forces: Human error at time of crisis caused by US adventurism led to disaster,” Zarif

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