Monthly Archives: September 2020

Kyiv agrees to integrate “Steinmeier formula” into law on Donbas special status – Ukraine delegate to TCG

Negotiations are underway on the clauses that should be amended so that the law could work from a legal perspective. REUTERS Ukraine’s envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), MP with the Servant of the People parliamentary faction Andriy Kostin says the Ukrainian side has agreed to integrate the so-called “Steinmeier formula” into the law on the special status of

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Kremlin spokesman says Navalny’s ‘poisoned water bottle’ is a mystery to Russian officials because it was never shared with local investigators

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Friday the Putin administration doesn’t know where European specialists were able to find traces of a Novichok-class nerve agent on Alexey Navalny’s water bottle because Russian police never examined the alleged water bottle. “We can’t explain this [the discovery of traces of poison on the bottle] because, as you know, the bottle —

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Speaker of Russia’s Parliament suspects that German intelligence agents poisoned Navalny to limit Moscow’s options in Belarus

State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin thinks German intelligence agents may have poisoned Russian opposition figure Alexey Navalny as part of a plot to undermine Moscow’s support for Belarusian sovereignty.  In comments published on the State Duma’s website on Friday, Volodin condemned the European Parliament’s recent decision to cease recognition of Alexander Lukashenko’s presidency on November 5 and welcome the Belarusian opposition’s “Coordination Council” as

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Russia delivering repaired military equipment, fuel, munitions to Donbas – Defence Ministry intelligence

18.09.2020 15:50 In September, Russia has delivered 1,200 tonnes of fuel, six wagons and more than ten trucks full of anti-tank mines and munitions to the occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions. “Since the beginning of September, about 1,200 tonnes of fuel, six wagons and more than ten trucks full of anti-tank mines and munitions, including for artillery systems,

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European Commission President: hope for completing Nord Stream 2 is fading

The EU’s relations with Russia in connection with the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline are unlikely to improve in the future. Therefore, the approach to this project should be changed, said the head of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen, reports the newspaper Les Echos. “Russia’s behavior has not improved and even tends to worsen. Our hope for

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Vehicle Breaches U.S. Ambassador’s Moscow Residence – Embassy

A vehicle driven by a Russian national crashed through the perimeter of Spaso House, the U.S. Ambassador to Russia’s central Moscow residence, the U.S. Embassy’s spokeswoman said Friday. The unnamed Russian driving the vehicle was intercepted by Embassy staff and handed over to local authorities, spokeswoman Rebecca Ross said on Twitter. At approximately 16:20, a Russian national in a vehicle

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European Parliament demands halt to Nord Stream 2 project over Navalny’s poisoning

The resolution was backed by 532 MEPs. The resolution is non-binding / REUTERS The European Parliament (EP) has demanded that sanctions against the Russian Federation should be strengthened and the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline should be halted over the poisoning of Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny. This is stated in a resolution posted on the EP’s website.

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All that is wrong with defending Russia

Dimitri Trenin of the Carnegie Institute Moscow is as polished as ever in his most recent article on Russia’s failing relationship with the West, specifically Germany (Russo-German Relations: Back to the Future). But he doesn’t get to the point about what brought us to this moment. In fact, his introductory caption summarizes precisely what is wrong with the article.  It

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Russian-German Relations: Back to the Future

Dmitri Trenin Berlin is ending the era launched by Gorbachev of a trusting and friendly relationship with Moscow. Russia, for its part, no longer expects anything from Germany, and therefore does not feel obliged to take into account its opinion or interests. The poisoning of the opposition activist Alexei Navalny has become a turning point in Russo-German relations. The details

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EU, U.S. announce that further support for Ukraine to depend on transparency of election of SAPO head

   “EU, U.S. take note of Ukrainian parliament’s decision to appoint members to the commission to choose the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor. The commission needs to embark on a transparent process with candidates’ integrity and merits at its core. Our further support will depend upon it,” a statement posted by the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine and the EU Delegation to Ukraine

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The price of dialogues and compromises

The confrontation in Belarus remains a story with an open end. Alexander Lukashenko’s meeting with Vladimir Putin is only a separate and, it seems, not the most important event in the dramatic times the country has entered. However, already today the events give an idea of ​​Russian tactics in the post-Soviet space. It is highly undesirable for Ukraine to ignore this lesson. At

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Kuleba on statement by Lavrov: Minsk agreements signed by Russia in 2014 confirm its status as party to conflict

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in response to the statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the lack of progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements has recalled that the Minsk agreements signed by the Russian Federation in 2014 confirm its status as a party to the conflict. “I am especially offended to read these words of Minister

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“Go drink some water and calm down”: Avakov ridicules Lukashenko’s allegations of Ukraine meddling

The Belarusian leader, whose win in the latest election is being widely contested, labeled Ukraine “an outpost of political provocations.” Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said the accusations of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko of Ukraine’s alleged meddling into the affairs of Belarus are “complete nonsense.” “Lukashenko seems to have gone nuts about his power and paranoia around it.

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Edward Lucas: When regimes fall, there is a split at the top and a collapse at the bottom. In Belarus, both the first and the second are possible

The key to victory is the driving force. Representatives of the regime increasingly understand that it is doomed to failure. Nobody wants to be on the side of the losers. When regimes fall, there is a split at the top and a collapse at the bottom. In Belarus, both the first and the second are possible. The task of the protesters and their friends

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Russia demands answers from Washington on whether the US is facilitating terrorist attacks in Crimea, after NBC report

More BS from the Kremlin lie machine. Russia’s embassy in the US has demanded clarification after an unnamed American official was cited in a report stating that US forces are providing weapons to militant units in Crimea as they launch attacks on Russian troops. The embassy said it treated the statement with “grave concern” in a social media post on

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Belarus Shuts Western Borders as Lukashenko Warns of ‘War’

Update: Belarus’ borders remained open Friday after President Alexander Lukashenko announced they would be closed. The country’s border guard service said on its Telegram channel that “checks have been stepped up” and “tactical reinforcements have been deployed,” but that “checkpoints are permitting people to enter and leave.” Belarus will close its borders with Poland and Lithuania and step up security measures

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Illia Ponomarenko: Ukraine’s Friend & Foe of the Week

Editor’s Note: This feature separates Ukraine’s friends from its enemies. The Order of Yaroslav the Wise has been given since 1995 for distinguished service to the nation. It is named after the Kyivan Rus leader from 1019-1054, when the medieval empire reached its zenith. The Order of Lenin was the highest decoration bestowed by the Soviet Union, whose demise Russian

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Conservatives Must Support Freedom for Ukraine

ACCURACY in MEDIA by Cliff Kincaid on February 28, 2014 Readers please note; this is a historical piece from almost 7 years ago that could have been written yesterday. The outstanding writer’s pleas have largely been ignored. Moscow is invading Ukraine, a sovereign nation, with troops and helicopters, and the Obama administration is doing nothing except talk. The outcome will

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Poland seeks arrest of Russian air traffic controllers linked to President Kaczynski’s plane crash

Thursday, September 17, 2020 10:00:00 AM – UA Wire The investigative team of the Polish National Prosecutor’s Office appealed to the District Court of Warsaw with a request for the temporary arrest of three Russian air traffic controllers who were working at Smolensk airport when the plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski crashed in 2010, a spokeswoman for Poland’s National Prosecutor’s

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Update: Navalny’s Team Says Water Bottle With Traces Of Novichok Found In His Hotel Room In Tomsk

September 17, 2020 09:20 GMT UPDATED September 17, 2020 14:57 GMT By RFE/RL’s Russian Service Associates of Aleksei Navalny say traces of the nerve agent used to poison the Russian opposition politician were found on a water bottle in the hotel room he was staying in in the Russian city of Tomsk. Navalny, 44, felt unwell while on a plane on his way from

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