Monthly Archives: December 2020

Trump vetoes ‘unconstitutional’ defence bill

US President Donald Trump has vetoed a $740bn (£549bn) defence spending bill that passed Congress this month. Mr Trump is objecting to provisions that limit troop withdrawals from Afghanistan and Europe and remove Confederate leaders’ names from military bases. He also wanted it to repeal a liability shield for social media companies. Lawmakers passed the measure with a veto-proof margin,

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MFA Ukraine to dismantle all Huawei equipment – U.S. State Dep.

Huawei provides a common 4G network in Kyiv’s subway.REUTERS The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine decided to dismantle all the equipment of the Chinese company Huawei from the buildings of the department. “Thank you PM Denys Shmyhal for supporting the principles of the Clean Network. Ukraine stands alongside your neighbors in NATO, EU, OECD, and Three Seas who are

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Russian Lawmakers Back New Restrictions on Free Speech, Information, Protests

Lawmakers in Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, have passed over a dozen laws this week that expand the government’s powers while imposing new restrictions on free speech and information access. State Duma deputy Dmitry Vyatkin authored many of the bills, which have moved through parliament at breakneck pace in what observers call an effort to restrain Russia’s

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Foreign Minister Kuleba lists seven diplomatic successes in 2020

Beefing up security in Ukraine and increasing sanction-related pressure on Russia are among them.Kuleba sums up the results of 2020 / REUTERS Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affairs Dmytro Kuleba has listed seven main successes of Ukraine’s diplomacy in 2020. He shared the Top-7 achievements on Facebook on December 22. Beefing up security in Ukraine tops the list, he said. “Ukraine was recognized

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Russia’s investigator accuses Vitaly Markiv of allegedly killing Rockelli and Mironov

Russian investigators have declared the Ukrainian military internationally wanted. The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation has charged Vitaliy Markiv, a soldier of the National Guard of Ukraine, with the alleged murder of Italian reporter Andrea Rockelli and translator Andriy Mironov . The Investigator of Russia reported about it on December 23. Article 105 of the RF Criminal Code, which Mr. Markiv is being tried to incriminate, provides for life imprisonment. Russian investigators

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Lancet Publishes German Doctors’ Navalny Treatment Report

The medical journal The Lancet has published Tuesday a case report detailing Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s treatment in Germany following his poisoning with the Novichok nerve agent. Doctors at Berlin’s Charité clinic, where Navalny was flown two days after falling suddenly ill on a flight in Siberia in August, diagnosed him with severe poisoning. Germany announced two weeks later

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Russia’s State Duma adopts Internet censorship law

The high-profile bill prohibiting web portals from censorship passed the third and final reading at the State Duma meeting on Wednesday; as reported earlier, the law will apply to YouTube and Facebook. In accordance with the bill, the Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) is authorized to block, either fully or partially, access to

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Leaked tapes implicate Constitutional Court chief in alleged corruption

Newly leaked audiotapes implicate Oleksandr Tupytsky, chairman of Ukraine’s Constitutional Court, in corruption, according to an investigation published by Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Schemes show on Dec. 21. Tupytsky has faced harsh public criticism since Oct. 27, when the Constitutional Court issued a ruling that effectively destroyed Ukraine’s entire asset declaration system for state officials, eliminating a crucial pillar of

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Colombia Expels Russian Diplomats on Spying Accusations – Reports

Colombia has expelled two alleged Russian intelligence officers working under diplomatic protection earlier this month, media reported Tuesday.  Colombian authorities said the Russian diplomats violated the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations but would not detail why they left, according to Reuters. The news agency reported that President Ivan Duque declined to reveal additional information, telling local television it would violate

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Russia Not Expecting ‘Anything Good’ From Biden Administration

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Wednesday Moscow was not expecting “anything good” from U.S. President-elect Joe Biden, accusing members of his future administration of “Russophobia.” “We are definitely not expecting anything good. And it would be strange to expect good things from people, many of whom made their careers on Russophobia and throwing mud at my country,” Ryabkov

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France could help Ukraine get coronavirus vaccine – Zelensky

The President of Ukraine had a telephone conversation with his French counterpart.Ukraine expects assistance from France / REUTERS Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky had a telephone conversation with his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, during which he raised the issue of France’s assistance in obtaining a licensed, high-quality vaccine against COVID-19. The Office of the President of Ukraine said this on its website.

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