Monthly Archives: March 2020

Ukraine president: Putin has one year to strike deal to end war – media

Zelensky gave a deadline of a year from December’s first summit with Putin to find a breakthrough. President Zelensky / REUTERS Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, believes he can negotiate a deal with Vladimir Putin to end the war in Ukraine, but has threatened to walk away from talks after a year if there is no progress with his Russian counterpart. “Time

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Ukraine’s GDP 0.5% down in Jan – Economy ministry’s assessment

Ukraine’s GDP in January 2020 decreased 0.5%, the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Agriculture has said based on information from the State Statistics Service. “In January 2020, the decrease in the Composite Production Index was 2.6% and, accordingly, the decline in GDP was estimated at 0.5%,” the ministry said in a review of economic activity for January, released on

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The EU digital strategy unpacked: How the European Union plans to tackle disinformation over the next five years

A European approach to the digital transformation of society… On the 20th of February, the European Commission released its digital strategy. Underpinning the EU’s actions vis à vis digitalisation and internet governance are three core pillars: technology that works for the people; a fair and competitive digital economy, and open, democratic, and sustainable society. The EU’s digital strategy indicates the

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Putin Says Will Not Bend Law to Extend Grip on Power

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Friday he would not bend the law to extend his term in power and is seeking to amend the constitution to secure the country’s future for decades to come. Speculation has swirled over the 67-year-old president’s future after he unleashed a political storm in January by proposing major constitutional changes. Putin has been in power

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Amid Questions About Political Future, Putin Says He Doesn’t Intend To Become Head Of State Council

March 06, 2020 17:26 GMT Russian President Vladimir Putin has said he did not intend to head a newly empowered State Council once his presidency formally ends in 2024. In comments on March 6, Putin also said he doesn’t want to end presidential term limits. The remarks add to mounting questions about his future plans, as well as uncertainty about

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U.S. says there is contrast between Russia’s rhetoric claiming adherence to OSCE principles and facts on ground

A Russian delegation at the weekly meetings of the OSCE Permanent Council constantly declares compliance with OSCE principles, but the facts indicate the opposite. Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to the OSCE Harry Kamian said this at a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna on Thursday, March 5, an Ukrinform correspondent reports. “Each week we witness a stark contrast in

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Ukraine’s visa-free regime with Ecuador enters into force on April 2

The Ukrainian-Ecuadorian agreement on the mutual abolition of visa requirements enters into force on April 2, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has reported on Twitter. “Citizens of Ukraine may stay in Ecuador without visas for a period not exceeding 90 days, renewable for another 90 days within one year from the date of first entry into Ecuador,” the tweet reads. The

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