Monthly Archives: July 2020

Putin, Trump hope to boost trade, economic cooperation, says Kremlin

According to the Kremlin press office, in the conversation the presidents “gave a positive assessment to cooperation in the fight against the coronavirus infection”© Alexei Nikolskly/Russian president’s press service/TASS MOSCOW, July 23. /TASS/. The Presidents of Russia and the United States, Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump, held constructive and meaningful talks on the phone on Thursday, hoping to enhance trade

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Russia suspends deliveries of S-400 missiles to China

Russian newest S-400 air defense systems, acquired by China several years ago, were left without anti-aircraft guided missiles because Russia decided to stop supplying these weapons to China, reports the Chinese newspaper Sohu. The Russian side could not name the timing for the resumption of deliveries. It has been almost five months since the supplies have stopped. “This time, Russia announced the

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Vitaly Portnikov: Russia has no intention of adhering to the upcoming ceasefire agreement

On July 22, the Trilateral Contact Group held a video conference during which all the parties agreed on a new and comprehensive ceasefire in the Donbas. In particular, the parties – the Supreme Command of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and the so called “DNR/LNR authorities” – agreed to ban offensive, reconnaissance and sabotage operations, as well as operations of any types

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Kadyrov is given rank of Major General by Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin gave head of Chechnya Ramzan Kadyrov military rank of Major General. Kadyrov wrote on his VKontakte page that Putin himself read out the decree by phone and congratulated him on the new rank. “Yesterday, I had the honor to accept congratulations on the military rank of Major General personally from the President of Russia, Supreme Commander-in-Chief, Vladimir Putin,” Kadyrov wrote.

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Navalny’s group finds lavish real estate owned by Putin’s Far East envoy

According to a new investigation from Alexey Navalny’s Anti-Corruption Foundation (FBK), Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Trutnev is the owner of a large house located in Moscow’s Serebryany Bor Park. Trutnev, who is also the presidential envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, is known for his difficult relationship with the Khabarovsk Territory’s recently dismissed governor, Sergey Furgal. Putin’s envoy arrived in Khabarovsk unannounced on July 13, in an

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Chicken Kiev: Why Is Zelensky Afraid Of Reform In Ukraine?

Ukraine’s biggest problem isn’t Russia. It’s internal corruption. by Melinda Haring Doug Klain Ukrainians’ once bright dreams of reform are going up in smoke—literally. Early on the morning of July 23, one of the top anti-corruption activists in Ukraine, Vitaliy Shabunin, had his house burned down in what his watchdog organization, the Anti-Corruption Action Center, is calling an “assassination attempt.”

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U.S. Senate approves new sanctions against Nord Stream 2 pipeline

The U.S. Senate has approved the draft National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2021, which includes new sanctions against the Nord Stream-2 pipeline. The document, which was approved by the House of Representatives earlier this week, received 86 votes in favor and only 14 against. The $740.5 billion Defense Budget contains a provision for tightening sanctions against the Nord

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Putin and Zelensky to sign agreement on full ceasefire in Donbas

During his visit to the Donbas, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced that the agreement on a full ceasefire in the Donbas, which is expected to begin on July 27, will be signed with Russian President Vladimir Putin, as well as the rest of the Normandy Four member states. According to Zelensky, Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) reached an agreement on a full

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Russia refuses to approve 13 areas for mine clearance in Donbas

24.07.2020 11:53 24.07.2020 11:53The Ukrainian side welcomes the progress made by the Trilateral Contact Group on the ceasefire regime in Donbas but is concerned that the Russian side already refuses to approve 13 agreed areas for mine clearance. “We welcome yesterday’s agreement reached in the Trilateral Contact Group on additional measures to consolidate the ceasefire, starting at 00:01 on July

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Chechnya’s Kadyrov ‘Sanctions’ Pompeo, Accuses Him of ‘Ordering’ George Floyd’s Killing

The head of Russia’s republic of Chechnya has declared “all the sanctions” in his region on U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, baselessly claiming that the U.S. official ordered the killing of African-American man George Floyd that sparked anti-racism protests in the United States. Pompeo’s State Department placed Ramzan Kadyrov on its blacklist of human rights violators Monday for alleged

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EU urges Russia to fully implement Minsk accords, use its influence on armed formations it backs

At the same time, Borrell reaffirmed that the EU’s sanctions against the Russian Federation remain in place. High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission Josep Borrell has urged Russia to fully implement the Minsk agreements and uses its influence on the armed formations it backs. During a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal in

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Moscow court upholds undesirable NGO label of Ukrainian World Congress, Free Russia

MOSCOW, July 24 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has dismissed appeals filed by Free Russia Foundation and Ukrainian World Congress (UWC) against the undesirable organization label given to them by Russian authorities, RAPSI has learnt from the press service of the Prosecutor General’s Office. In 2019, Russian prosecutors declared Candian UWC and America’s Free Russia an undesirable organizations claiming

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Labour letter calling to revoke RT’s license is ‘devastating’ proof of UK war on free press – Afshin Rattansi

Warning! This article contains Russian BS. A letter from a high-ranking Labour MP demanding regulators carry out an “urgent” review of RT’s media license amounts to political interference and further proves an ongoing assault on the free media, said RT’s Afshin Rattansi. The letter, sent Wednesday by Labour’s Shadow Media Secretary Jo Stevens MP to the regulator Ofcom, called for

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Estonian Foreign Ministry summons Russian ambassador for justification of Soviet occupation

The Russian diplomat tried to pose the occupation and annexation of Estonia by the USSR as a legal move Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Estonia summoned the ambassador of the Russian Federation due to his attempts to justify the Soviet occupation of this country in the 1940s-late 1980s.  ERR reports that the diplomat was trying to pose the occupation and

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Belarus’ Lukashenko Threatens to Kick Out Foreign Press Over Protest Coverage

Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko has threatened to kick out foreign journalists he accuses of stirring up protests against him ahead of next month’s election. Lukashenko, 65, faces what analysts call the toughest re-election campaign in his 26 years in power. Three of his main election rivals have been either jailed or barred from running, prompting the opposition to rally around

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Case against notorious judges shows dire need of reforming Ukraine’s judiciary

It has been a year since the high-profile criminal case against top judge Pavlo Vovk has been obstructed and blocked by numerous officials and judges. Now Vovk and other judges of the Kyiv Administrative District Court, which is headed by Vovk, face new charges by the National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU). On July 17, judges Vovk, Yevhen Ablov, Ihor Pohribnichenko, Ihor Kachur, Bohdan Sanin, Oleksiy Ohurtsov and Volodymyr Keleberda were

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The Executioners Of Slovyansk

By Christopher Miller Contributing reporters: Sergei Dobrynin and Mark Krutov July 23, 2020 – RFE/RL A Death Squad Unmasked As Ukraine War Grinds On Six Years Later After an RFE/RL investigation, names and faces can now be put to the Russia-backed militants — including one with ties to a longtime Putin aide in the Kremlin — who ordered the extrajudicial

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