Monthly Archives: January 2020

Britain could freeze Russia’s assets after Brexit – media

London is leaning toward a tougher American stance on sanctions, while the EU may start easing pressure following the UK withdrawal. REUTERS Companies operating in Europe face a headache as the UK prepares to diverge from the European Union’s sanctions regime, making it even more complex to avoid doing business with blacklisted people, businesses and countries. A framework of EU

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Lustrated officials get high positions during Zelensky’s presidency

Former consul of Ukraine in Barcelona Oleksandr Khrypunov was appointed as advisor of President’s Office Head Andriy Bohdan14:49, 31 January 2020 The officials of Yanukovych time, who were lustrated, occupy the high position during the presidency of Volodymyr Zelensky as Radio Liberty reported. Former consul of Ukraine in Barcelona Oleksandr Khrypunov was appointed as advisor of President’s Office Head Andriy Bohdan. Earlier, he

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New bill on lifting parliamentary immunity challenged in Constitutional Court

Authors of the appeal believe that the bill passed the Rada in violation of the constitutional procedure. Photo from UNIAN The Constitutional Court of Ukraine received a submission to verify constitutionality of Law “On Amendments to Article 80 of the Constitution of Ukraine (regarding the immunity of people’s deputies of Ukraine)”. The appeal, received January 31, was submitted by a

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Lukashenko: We need to overcome the problems Russia has dumped on us

In its planning for the next five years, the Belarusian government will have to deal with some serious challenges, said the republic’s president Alexander Lukashenko during a meeting with the newly appointed officials of his administration. According to the president, several of the economic problems are linked to Russia. “We will need to plan, and very seriously. Even this year,

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PHOTOFACT. BMW X5 blown up in parking lot of the so-called “Organized Crime Unit of DNR” in occupied Donetsk

BMW X5 was blown up in occupied Donetsk on January 31. Local residents write this on social networks. “BMW X5 car was blown up in parking lot of the Organized Crime Unit of the DNR”, – one of the eyewitnesses wrote. The commentators clarify that the explosion occurred in the morning. After, the Donetsk residents observed smoke from the fire. (C)OSTROV

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PACE recognizes Russia as “party to Minsk agreements”. Delegation of Russian Federation protests

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has adopted a resolution in which Russia was recognized as “a party to the Minsk agreements”. This is reported from Strasbourg by correspondent of European Pravda. It is reported that on January 30, the PACE approved a resolution on the status of the monitoring procedure with critical comments towards Russia, in which,

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PACE demands that Russia cease military interference in Donbas

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) demands that Russia “put an end to its military interference” in eastern Ukraine, according to a resolution adopted on Thursday, January 30, at a meeting during PACE’s winter session in Strasbourg devoted to the assembly’s monitoring procedure between January and December 2019. In the document, PACE members call on Moscow to

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MH17 suspect Tsemakh reportedly killed in Moscow late in Jan – Russian media

Tsemakh is said to have left for Moscow on business on January 26, 2020, after which the connection with him was lost. REUTERS Russia’s propaganda resource Russia Today (RT) has published a news report alleging that Volodymyr Tsemakh, a suspect in the MH17 downing probe, was killed in Moscow. Read also ECHR rejects ban on MH17 suspect Tsemakh’s extradition to

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Quarantine Of Passengers Arriving From China Will Not Be Effective To Deter Coronavirus – Health Ministry

Ihor Kuzin, director general of the Ministry of Health’s Public Health Center, states that quarantine of passengers who come from China is not an effective way to deter the extension of Coronavirus (2019-nCoV). He said this at a briefing, Ukrainian News Agency reports. “Quarantine or isolation of passengers does not increase the detection efficiency of new cases or deter the

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Ongoing Violations of International Law and Defiance of OSCE Principles and Commitments by the Russian Federation in Ukraine

As delivered by Ambassador James S. Gilmore IIIto the Permanent Council, ViennaJanuary 30, 2020 Thank you, Mr. Chair. The United States joins the European Union and all of its aligned countries in support of the Ukrainian statement on this issue that has come before the Permanent Council once again this evening. Russia’s continued aggression in eastern Ukraine and repeated contraventions

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PACE officially recognizes Russia as party to Minsk agreements

Russia was outraged by the paragraph of the resolution and insisted on crossing it off The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) adopted a resolution recognizing Russia as a party to the Minsk agreements, European Pravda reports. The PACE also applied a resolution on the state of the monitoring procedure with critical remarks against Russia, in which, in

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Should the West be Wary of an Imminent ‘Union’ of Russia and Belarus?

Speculation that Belarus might be the next flash-point for tensions with Russia has recurred periodically since the war in Ukraine began in 2014. The latest scenario sees Russia trying to use the twentieth anniversary of the nominal “Union Treaty” signed between the two states in 1999 to upgrade it into something more substantial in 2019, using economic pressure on Minsk

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Pompeo: The United States and Ukraine Share Common Aspirations for Democratic Values Sovereignty and Prosperity

Channel 1 Los Angeles 01/30/2020 04:30 PM EST Office of the Spokesperson “Ukrainians continue to fight this battle as they work to build a modern, democratic, Western state. They know that a free and well-governed nation is a hard-won victory, but it’s worth it. The United States supports those efforts and honors the achievements […] THE UNITED STATES AND #UKRAINE SHARE

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Latvia, a disappearing nation

RIGA — Atis Sjanits has an unusual remit for an ambassador. The Latvian diplomat is not responsible for relations with another nation — but with his own country’s diaspora. Sjanits’ job is to respond to the exodus triggered by Latvia’s accession to the EU. Since joining the bloc, nearly a fifth of the nation has left to work in more

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