Monthly Archives: January 2020

Putin’s chef’s company wins oil rights in Syria

The Russian companies Mercury and Velada, which the Syrian government has authorized to develop three oil and gas fields in the country, are linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin’s Concord company, claims the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta. In December 2019, the Syrian Arab News Agency and The Syria Times reported that Syrian parliament had approved contracts to explore, develop and extract oil with two Russian companies

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Russian constitution rewritten in four days

The work group which Russian President Vladimir Putin established to change the constitution announced on Monday that it has drafted constitutional amendments which will affect at least 14 articles. A work group of 75 people, including senators, MPs and legal experts, as well as Cossack ataman Nikolay Doluda, pianist Denis Matsuev, and two times Olympic champion Yelena Isinbaeva, took only

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Over 60% of Ukrainians back Ukraine’s accession to EU

POLL21.01.2020 14:07 More than 60% of Ukrainians consider joining the European Union as Ukraine’s main integration area, and more than 50% support their country’s joining NATO as the best option for guaranteeing security for the state, according to a nationwide survey conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation. The results of the survey were presented on Tuesday, January 21.

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Belarus plans to buy 30% of oil via Ukraine – Lukashenko

21.01.2020 15:16Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has said that Belarus plans to buy 30% of oil via Ukraine, BelTA has reported. According to the report, he said this at a meeting to discuss ways to make the export of oil products more effective. “Indeed, there is no complete alternative to Russian oil now. But we have to diversify [imports] as we’ve agreed.

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Opposition politician suggests forming national salvation government in Ukraine

KIEV, January 21. /TASS/. The number-one threat to Ukraine’s security is flagrant incompetence of the country’s government. Only the national salvation government can steer the country out of the crisis, member of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada (parliament) and Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform – For life party Viktor Medvedchuk said on Tuesday. “Only the national salvation government

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Almost 70% of Ukrainians oppose granting Russian language official status – poll

16:40, 21 January 2020 At the same time, they believe Russian language should see no restrictions in citizens’ private communications. The majority of Ukrainians believe Ukrainian must remain the only official language – this opinion is shared by 69% of respondents, while only 15% support the status of the Russian language as official in some regions of Ukraine, and 12% say Russian should

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Russian ‘Plumbers’ Questioned at Davos Over Espionage Suspicions – Report

Two Russians who identified themselves as plumbers despite carrying diplomatic passports were checked in Switzerland on suspicion of espionage ahead of this week’s World Economic Forum (WEF), the Tagez Anzeiger newspaper reported Monday.  Held annually in the Swiss ski resort of Davos, the WEF gathers world leaders such as U.S. President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel with thousands

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Poroshenko And Zelenskyy Take 1,100 Foreigners Into Citizenship Of Ukraine In 2019, Most Of All – Russians

Presidents Petro Poroshenko and Volodymyr Zelenskyy accepted 1,100 foreigners into the citizenship of Ukraine in 2019, of which the majority are Russians. This is stated in the response of the State Migration Service to the request of the Ukrainian News Agency. “During 2019, 1,090 persons were accepted into the citizenship of Ukraine by decrees of the President of Ukraine,” the

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Most residents of Ukraine see themselves as Ukrainian citizens

The vast majority of Ukraine’s population considers themselves, first and foremost, Ukrainian citizens, according to a survey conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation and the sociological service of the Razumkov Center. The results of the survey were presented at a news conference on Tuesday, according to an Ukrinform correspondent. “The overwhelming majority of the population of Ukraine (75%)

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Russia may get a new aircraft carrier but only one of Soviet design and only in 10 years

Now that Vladimir Putin has signaled that he wants Russia to have a new aircraft carrier, officials are working hard to realize that project. But their efforts highlight Moscow’s problems: the new one will be a copy of earlier Soviet designs, and it won’t go to sea until 2030 at the earliest. The fate of the Admiral Kuznetsov, Russia’s only remaining

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Iran asks U.S., France for equipment to download downed plane’s black boxes

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran has requested equipment it says it needs from U.S. and French authorities to download information from black boxes on a downed Ukrainian passenger plane but Tehran had not yet received a positive response, the Iranian civil aviation body said. Canada, Ukraine and other nations who had citizens on the flight in which all 176 people aboard

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Britain ‘Regretful’ Ukrainian State Symbol Appears In Police’s ‘Extremist’ Guide

A statement by the British government says it is aware that Ukraine’s national symbol appears in a British police guide for identifying extremist symbols and that it is “regretful” of the fact. “We are aware and regretful of the insult caused by the appearance of the Ukrainian Trident in the British police’s visual guide,” a U.K. government spokesperson said late

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A frozen conflict may be Ukraine’s best option

The best Ukraine can expect from the Kremlin in the early 2020s is Transnistria East. And that may not be so bad. Russia’s Transnistria statelet in Moldova checks three of five key boxes. Shooting stopped 25 years ago. There is free movement of people and goods across its internationally unrecognized borders. Moldovan trucks routinely drive through to Odesa port. Going

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Ukraine to get in touch with Normandy format counterparts in connection with intensification of shelling in Donbas

20.01.20 16:35 Ukraine will try to reach out to its Normandy Format counterparts France, Germany, and Russia in the wake of the worsening situation in Donbas and the fact that territories not controlled by Kyiv are not complying with the Minsk Agreements, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said. “As concerns the Minsk process and the shelling, we are certainly concerned

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