Monthly Archives: April 2021

Bill on status of oligarchs – Zelensky’s new initiative

Oligarchs must no longer be allowed to influence politics, economy, and Parliament, Zelensky believes.president.gov.ua Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed that a bill be drafted on the status of an oligarch in Ukraine. That’s according to the president’s televised address aired following a meeting of the National Security and Defense Council on Thursday, an UNIAN correspondent reports. “I suggested that

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Polish Foreign Ministry announced the expulsion of three Russian diplomats

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland has recognized three employees of the Russian Embassy in Warsaw persona non grata. Representatives of the Foreign Ministry informed Russian Ambassador Sergei Andreev about this, the ministry said in a statement. The basis for such a decision was the commission by these people of actions that do not correspond to the status of a

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“Army is ready”: Zelensky on latest tensions with Russia

Donbas has become a priority at today’s meeting of the NSDC, president said.Ukraine President’s Office Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says the National Security and Defense Council has discussed the latest developments in eastern Ukraine at a meeting held Thursday afternoon. The content of discussion remains classified, the head of state said in a televised address following the NSDC meeting, an UNIAN correspondent

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Ukraine flies first Turkish-made strike drone over Donbas

The Bayraktar TB2 drones were ordered by Ukraine in January 2019, with the first batch delivered in June of the same year.Ukraine Defense Ministry For the first time, the Ukrainian military used a Turkish drone Bayraktar TB2 for a reconnaissance mission over the Donbas region, as reported by local media. The flight, reported by the vice-chairman of the Ukrainian Parliament’s

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UK Summons Russian Ambassador Over ‘Malign Activity’

Britain on Thursday said it had summoned the Russian ambassador in the UK to express its deep concern at what it called Moscow’s “pattern of malign activity.” The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) said that included “cyber intrusions, interference in democratic processes, and the build-up of military forces near the Ukrainian border and in illegally annexed Crimea.” It came

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Diplomat warns US placing dollar and West’s payment systems in jeopardy

The Foreign Ministry spokeswoman pointed out that Russia’s gradual reduction of the dollar share in national and cross-border settlements is a “forced decision”Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova© Russian Foreign Ministry/TASS MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/. Recent US actions cast doubt on the advisability of using the dollar and payment systems controlled by the West, spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry,

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‘Not truly free and democratic’: Poll says over half of Russians cast doubt on US election

According to the survey’s results, 64% of those questioned took an interest in the November US election, while 35% said they had not followed the American presidential race© EPA-EFE/JUSTIN LANE MOSCOW, April 15. /TASS/. More than half of Russians don’t think that the recent US presidential election was free, according to a poll conducted by the All-Russia Public Opinion Research

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Germany’s FM believes Russian troops along Ukraine borders no reason to bury Nord Stream 2 – media

Rejecting the dubious gas pipe bypassing Ukraine will only “intensify” Russian aggression, Maas suggests. The aggravation of Russian aggression against Ukraine is not a reason for stopping the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline. This was stated by German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas. In the top diplomat’s opinion, “this will not lead to changes in Russian behavior,” Die Welt

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Biden declares “national emergency” over threat posed by Russia

The U.S. president has listed Russia’s harmful efforts in question.REUTERS U.S. President Joe Biden has declared a national emergency over the threat to the national security posed by Russia. In a letter to the U.S. Congress, released April 15, Biden said he had “issued an Executive Order declaring a national emergency with respect to the unusual and extraordinary threat to the national

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Russia Summons U.S. Envoy for ‘Harsh Talks’ on New Sanctions

Russia has summoned U.S. Ambassador to Moscow John Sullivan for “harsh talks” after Washington widened economic sanctions and ordered diplomatic expulsions in retaliation to what it calls Moscow’s malign behavior, Russia’s Foreign Ministry announced Thursday. Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the ministry would like to speak with Sullivan less than an hour after President Joe Biden ordered restrictions on U.S. banks buying new

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Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany: Ukraine will consider restoring its nuclear status if not accepted in NATO

If Ukraine is not accepted into NATO, it may consider restoring its nuclear status to defend against Russia, said Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk on Deutschlandfunk radio. According to him, to date, about 90,000 Russian military personnel have been transferred to the borders of Ukraine, the annexed Crimea and territories of the Donbas which are not under Kyiv’s control. The

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U.S.-Funded RFE/RL to Move Staff Out of Russia Over Crippling ‘Foreign Agent’ Fines – BBC

The U.S.-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) news outlet has offered some of its staff the opportunity to leave Russia as it faces crippling “foreign agent” fines, BBC Russia reported Wednesday. The move comes after Russia fined RFE/RL nearly $1 million for violating tagging requirements related to its “foreign agent” designation. Russia’s newly tightened “foreign agents” law could also lead

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British surveillance aircraft heading for Black Sea region

By George Allison A British surveillance aircraft is once again heading to the Black Sea region to monitor Russian forces on the Ukraine border. Open Source Intelligence account SkyScanWorld is following the deployment, we recommend you check them out. #RAF – Boeing RC-135W “Rivet Joint /Airseeker” – #ZZ664 All Refuelled & Now Heading To The Black Sea Region For A

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U.S. set to slap new sanctions on Russia as soon as Thursday: sources

By Trevor Hunnicutt, Humeyra Pamuk, Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States will announce sanctions on Russia as soon as Thursday for alleged election interference and malicious cyber activity, targeting several individuals and entities, people familiar the matter said. The sanctions, in which 30 entities are expected to be blacklisted, will be tied with orders expelling about 10 Russian

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Basil Kalymon: Nord Stream 2 and the Donbas

Truly one of the worst policy proposals that has emerged recently is a trade-off allowing the Nord Stream II pipeline to be completed in exchange for a Russian withdrawal from the Donbas. This idea, surfaced in an April 13 op-ed by Colin Cleary, a retired U.S. State Department official, is reminiscent of the Barack Obama era “reset” policy with Russia which led

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The Guardian view on Nato and Ukraine: a time for solidarity

Russia’s military buildup is a test of western resolve and Ukraine has suffered enough from territorial aggressions by its neighbour 14 April 2021 The motive for Russia’s military buildup on the border with Ukraine is unclear, but opacity is the point. Vladimir Putin’s foreign policy is meant to defy and confound international onlookers. Ordinary Russians have nothing to gain from

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