Monthly Archives: February 2020

Iran will continue to work with other countries on Ukraine crash investigation – statement

DUBAI (Reuters) – Iran will continue to work with other countries in investigating the crash of a Ukrainian airliner last month and called on all parties to avoid politicizing the issue, Iran’s Civil Aviation Organization said in a statement on Tuesday. A leaked audio recording of an Iranian pilot talking to the control tower in Tehran shows that Iran knew

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U.S. to slap new sanctions against Russia’s Nord Stream 2 – German media

They are expected in February or March 2020. The U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate are ready to adopt a new bill on sanctions against Nord Stream 2 if Russia completes kilometers of the pipeline. The sanctions will concern European investors participating in the Russian project and companies that will buy gas through the pipeline, Germany’s leading business

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Ukrainian labor migrants transferred USD 12 billion to motherland in 2019

Significant money inflows were instrumental in terms of improving the currency exchange rate, – National Bank of Ukraine19:44, 4 February 2020Open source In 2019, Ukrainian labor migrants conducted money transfers to their families to the overall amount of 12 billion U.S. dollars. The press office of the National Bank of Ukraine reported that, replying to the request by Hromadske. “Good export indexes,

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Zelensky charges Security Service to deal with Gülen’s followers in Ukraine

There are Turkish preacher’s FETO schools in this country, the President claimed17:43, 4 February 2020aa.com.tr President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky charged the SBU, Ukraine’s State Security Service to deal with the followers of Fethullah Gülen, the Turkish preacher suspected in the organization of coup d’etat in Turkey in July 2016. Zelensky said so during the joint briefing with Turkish leader Recep

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Russian Warships to Hold Missile Drills Near Norway’s Gas Pipeline to Europe

Two Russian warships will conduct missile drills near Norway’s northernmost gas pipeline to Europe, the VG news website reported, citing the Norwegian Intelligence Service (NIS). A notice to airmen (NOTAM) is set for an area in the Norwegian Sea west of Helgeland, the Norwegian Joint Headquarters at Reitan near Bodø confirmed. The area with warnings to civilian air traffic is just south

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Chechen Dissident Killed in France Amid Series of High-Profile Murders Abroad

A Chechen emigre and vocal critic of the southern Russian region’s ruler has been stabbed to death in the northern French city of Lille, Agence France-Presse reported Monday. The killing “bears all the hallmarks of having a political motive,” the AFP source was quoted as saying. The AFP source said Aliyev arrived in Lille from neighboring Belgium, where he reportedly had political

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Russians evacuated from China will be sent to Siberia, they will be guarded by the Russian Guard

Russia will establish in Siberia a well-guarded quarantine zone for Russians and foreigners evacuated from the Chinese province of Hubei due to an outbreak of coronavirus. This was announced by Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, reports Interfax. According to her, Russia is evacuating 147 people from Wuhan and Hubei, including one citizen of Ukraine. They are isolated for 14 days in the Tyumen

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Russia cannot be put in corner as “student in class” – French envoy

The ambassador emphasized that France favors a demanding dialogue that should yield results. French Ambassador to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins has said Russia cannot be put in a corner as a “student in a school class,” while dialogue is needed. In an interview with hromadske, the ambassador said the starting point for French President Emanuel Macron was that the previous

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Reuters: Russia sends Lavrov to Venezuela to ‘counteract’ U.S. sanctions

In Venezuela, Lavrov will meet Maduro as well as Executive Vice President Delcy Rodriguez and Foreign Minister Jorge Arreaza. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will visit Venezuela on Friday in a show of support for President Nicolas Maduro, a socialist who Washington wants out of power. Russia has helped Maduro weather a political crisis as the United States has targeted

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Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Apologizes for ‘Pro-Russian’ Commemoration

Israel’s Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial museum has apologized for hosting an “unbalanced” forum after the event drew criticism for showing what observers said were pro-Russian videos, Israeli media reported Monday. The clips shown at the Jan. 23 event in Jerusalem portrayed the Soviet Union as nearly the only victor over Nazi Germany, the Haaretz daily reported Monday, sparking backlash from

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Dubilet proposes to link president’s, PM’s, speaker’s bonuses to GDP growth

Minister of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine Dmytro Dubilet has said that the size of bonuses for Ukraine’s president, prime minister and Verkhovna Rada chairman should be linked to GDP growth in the country. “The president ordered us to put forward a general proposal on the architecture of salaries. I have been working on the issue during past week.

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Terrorist leader Girkin says not to testify in MH17 trial

The Russian national says he doesn’t recognize charges pressed against him. Photo from UNIAN Former “Defense Minister” of the so-called “Donetsk People’s Republic” (“DPR”) and an allegedly-retired GRU officer Igor Girkin, nom de guerre Strelkov, has said he is not going to testify in the Dutch-led trial of the MH17 downing case. “I don’t recognize the charges pressed against me and I

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PHOTOFACT. Doctors near Rada protest against reduction of emergency ambulance crews

Near the walls of the Verkhovna Rada, several dozen Kyiv ambulance employees are protesting against the reduction of ambulance crews, the number of which has decreased from 150 to 100 from February 1. They also demand resignation of director of the Center for Emergency Medicine and Disaster Medicine Anatoliy Vershyhora. Kyiv, February 4, 2019 (c)OSTROV 2020

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Deutsche Bahn can only provide advice and assistance to “Ukrzaliznytsia”

According to an article on a German resource MDR.de, the German partners don’t understand why they are invited to the Ukrainian “Ukrzaliznytsia”, because the problems the department face should be solved without outside interference. The publication argues that German experts can provide technical consulting, but they cannot help with most of the problems the UZ has. “Deutsche Bahn joins the

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Including Crimea issue in Normandy format may drag “negotiating ship” to bottom – French envoy

The ambassador said France was striving to be pragmatic on the issue of the format of talks. French Ambassador to Ukraine Etienne de Poncins has said the inclusion of the issue of Russian-occupied Crimea in the Normandy format of talks will pull the “negotiation ship” to the bottom. In an interview with hromadske, the envoy said France was striving to

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Power Vertical Podcast Ep. 57

The Gray Cardinal has left the building. Vladislav Surkov, architect of Russia’s so-called “sovereign democracy,” with its fake political parties, manufactured social movements, and feigned elections, announced his resignation this week. And Surkov’s departure from the Kremlin came at a time when the Russian Constitution is being overhauled with amendments to make Orthodox Christianity the official religion, to enshrine Russia’s

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‘Has There Ever Been a Country Other than Russia that has Killed More of Its Own Citizens than Aggressors have?’

Paul Goble  Staunton, January 28 – As the Russian Federation moves toward the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II in Europe, Russian officials and commentators are ever more frequently pointing to the enormous human losses the Soviet population suffered as a result of the German invasion.             But the question that Russians should be focusing on now,

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France ready to help Ukraine analyze UIA PS752 black boxes

02:40, 04 February 2020 France was also affected by the tragedy. France is ready to help Ukraine analyze the black boxes of Ukraine International Airlines (UIA) flight PS752, which was downed in Iran on January 8. “France’s position regarding the opportunity to analyze the black boxes in France is quite positive. I’ve officially informed Ukraine’s Foreign Ministry about this. If

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