Monthly Archives: October 2020

Zelensky to visit Britain Oct 7-8

The official visit will include talks with Boris Johnson.Photo from UNIAN President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine is set to pay an official visit to the UK on October 7-8. That’s according to the press service of the President’s Office. Zelensky is scheduled to hold talks with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, following which a Ukrainian-British agreement on political cooperation, free trade,

Read more

Belarus a blip, Russia looms large on Macron’s Baltic visit (Part One)

Emmanuel Macron’s meeting with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouska in Lithuania turned out to be even less than a side-show French President Emmanuel Macron’s meeting with Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouska in Lithuania turned out to be even less than a side-show: a half-hour private meeting, without a joint public appearance (BNS, Agence France Presse, September 28, 29). Instead, Russia

Read more

SBU says it blocked several networks of pro-Russian agitators in September

PHOTOS05.10.2020 16:34 The cyber department at Ukraine’s SBU Security Service blocked in September 2020 the activities of several regional networks of Internet agitators who, in the run-up to Ukraine’s local elections, tried to destabilize the situation in the country and called for the overthrow of the constitutional order and violation of territorial integrity, the SBU press center has reported. In

Read more

MEPs say certain Ukraine officials, oligarchs could be deprived of visa-free travel

The move may target those opposing reform, including that of the anti-corruption agencies.Photo from UNIAN A group of members of European Parliament have addressed chair of Ukraine’s ruling Servant of the People parliamentary faction David Arakhamia in an open letter, warning of their intention to consider lifting visa-free travel privileges off of a number of Ukrainian oligarchs and politicians. The joint

Read more

Why the Stakes in the Nagorno-Karabakh War Are So Much Higher This Time Round

Radical changes in the dynamics of the region over the past 25 years mean international actors have divided interests. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, which has simmered relatively peacefully for the past 25 years, blew up on Sept. 27. Although violence had flared up on several occasions in the past it seems as though this time the stakes are significantly higher, with

Read more

Zelensky: Ukraine will start moving towards ‘paperless’ workflow regime from 2021

President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky has announced that from 2021 Ukraine will begin entering the regime of reducing the number of paper documents and moving to a complete rejection of them. “The year of 2021 will be the beginning of the country’s entry into the ‘paperless’ regime. That is, no more papers. This applies to all state bodies. And most

Read more

EU says criminal prosecution for fraud with Privatbank matter of credibility for Ukraine

The European Union says that criminal prosecution for fraud with Privatbank is a matter of Ukraine’s credibility among international partners. A European official said this on Monday in Brussels on the eve of the Ukraine-EU summit. “Tomorrow, EU leaders will look for strong commitments regarding the continuation and irreversibility of efforts in fight against corruption and also in the judiciary.

Read more

Striking Dockers in Far East Russia Pelt New Management With Helmets

Striking dockers in Russia’s Far East capital of Vladivostok tossed their helmets at upper management in protest during an attempted negotiation Monday, the local VL.ru news website reported.   Video shows the Far East Shipping Company (FESCO) President Arkady Korostelev and Roman Kukharuk, the newly appointed manager of its subsidiary the Commercial Port of Vladivostok, attempting to walk toward an improvised

Read more

Belarusian Mortgage on Russia’s Future

Imperial ambition could again cost Russia. On Sept. 14 in Sochi, Russian President Vladimir Putin signaled that Russia was throwing its weight behind embattled Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. But any move by Putin to enforce his will in Belarus with force could invite tougher Western sanctions and scare investors, exacerbating problems of the already flagging Russian economy. Since a fraudulent

Read more

Russia Ignores Requests to Share Controversial Coronavirus Vaccine Data

Russia’s Gamaleya Institute has not responded to multiple requests to share more information on the results of clinical trials published in The Lancet. By Jake Cordell Russian scientists have not shared the data behind controversial clinical trial results into a coronavirus vaccine published in leading medical journal The Lancet a month ago, researchers who requested the information told The Moscow Times.

Read more

Turkey Seeks to Counter Russia in the Black Sea-Caucasus Region

By Emil Avdaliani October 5, 2020 Turkey increasingly views Ukraine, Georgia and Azerbaijan as parts of an arc that could help it balance Russia’s growing military presence in the Black Sea and in the South Caucasus. With this objective in mind, Ankara is stepping up its military cooperation not only with Baku, but also with Tbilisi and Kyiv. Turkey is signaling

Read more