Monthly Archives: May 2021

Austria demanded an explanation from Russia over refusal to agree on the route of the Vienna-Moscow flight bypassing Belarus

The Austrian Foreign Ministry demanded clarification from Russia over the refusal to issue a permit for a flight of Austrian Airlines from Vienna to Moscow to fly on a new route bypassing Belarus. This was reported by “Interfax” with reference to the statement of the Austrian Foreign Ministry. We call on Russia to immediately clarify the situation and no longer interfere

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Russian foreign ministry reacts to Kravchuk’s comment on moving Donbas talks from Minsk

Lavrov hopes France and Germany will not support the move.Leonid Kravchuk / Photo from UNIAN Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov reacted to the latest statement by Leonid Kravchuk, chief of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group, Leonid Kravchuk, about the transfer of the negotiating platform on Donbas settlement away from Belarus capital Minsk. Speaking at a press conference

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Bomb threat email cited by Belarus sent after plane was diverted – Swiss email provider

Hamas earlier denied it was aware of or had any connection to any such bomb threat. A bomb threat referred to by Belarusian government as grounds for forcing a Ryanair flight carrying an opposition journalist to land in Minsk was sent after the plane was diverted, email provider Proton Technologies AG says. Belarusian officials say they ordered the plane flying

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No Easy Answer on Belarus Sanctions

Autocrats around the world are watching the EU. Tough sanctions against Belarus would send a strong signal about Brussels’ resolve. The hijacking of a Ryanair flight and the arrest of Belarusian journalist Roman Protasevich on May 23 brought the Belarus crisis back onto front pages around the globe. The brazen act reignited international outrage which had first flared up following

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EU prepares to block import of Russian gas through Belarus

The European Union is preparing to tighten the currency stranglehold around Alexander Lukashenko’s neck, whose regime is already losing a key source of export earnings after NAFTAN refinery was put on the U.S. “blacklist”. The European sanctions against Belarus in response to the forced landing of the Ryanair flight in Minsk may include measures against the transit of Russian gas through Belarus,

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Brian Bonner: 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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Ukrainian, British navies conduct joint PASSEX-type training in Black Sea

In the Black Sea, a joint ship-and-boat tactical group of the Naval Forces of Ukraine and the United Kingdom of Great Britain conducted a the PASSEX-type maritime training. According to the Ukrainian Navy press service, the purpose of the event was to maintain security in the Black Sea region, improve the learning ability and compatibility of the crews of the

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Ukrainian army evaluating capabilities of new, domestically developed UGVs

27.05.2021 11:52 The Ukrainian Air Assault Forces have held a demonstration of new unmanned ground vehicles (UGVs) offered by top leading domestic manufacturers, Defense Express has reported. According to the report, at their training and testing range located outside Zhytomyr, the Air Assault Forces have recently staged a demo of combat UGV projects being developed by companies from Kyiv, Zaporizhia, and

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Ukraine’s NVK Iskra develops multifunctional, ‘three-in-one’ radar

27.05.2021 12:08 The R&D and Production Company NVK Iskra – a renowned Ukrainian manufacturer of radar systems – has revealed details of its new multi-mission radar to be known as L1300 Mangust/Mongoose, Defense Express has reported. According to the report, this state-of-the-art technology provides a three-in-one replacement for Iskra’s other recent product releases – the 1L220UK counter-battery radar and 36D6M/80K6 series

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Moscow refuses to allow European flights bypassing Belarus to enter Russia’s airspace

The Russian authorities seem to have come up with a response to air blockade of Belarus, which was introduced by the European Union after Lukashenko’s special operation to force the landing of the Ryanair flight in Minsk. On Wednesday, Air France, Europe’s third-largest airline by passenger traffic, was forced to reschedule an evening Paris-Moscow flight because it did not get

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Bastrykin blamed the parents of the students for the lack of security at the school in Kazan, where nine people were killed

The head of the Investigative Committee, Alexander Bastrykin, criticized the security of school No. 175 in Kazan, where the massacre took place on May 11 . Bastrykin blamed the parents for the lack of security.  The school was not guarded, although there was a security agreement. I ask the headmistress: “Why didn’t they guard the school?” – “Parents were against” – “Why?” Is silent. And I know why

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EU, US diplomats express concern over developments in Russia, Ukraine, Belarus

The European Union and the United States exchanged views on deepening cooperation on key international issues and expressed mutual concern over developments in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus. This was said during a meeting between European External Action Service Secretary General Stefano Sannino and U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman in Brussels on May 26, Ukrinform reports with reference to

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‘Undesirable’ Open Russia Opposition Group Closes Ahead of Elections

Open Russia, an opposition movement established by exiled Kremlin critic Mikhail Khodorkovsky, announced its closure Thursday to avoid jail for supporters ahead of parliamentary elections. Executive director Andrei Pivovarov linked the decision to bills advancing through Russian parliament tightening criminal punishment for Russians who support and work for “undesirable” organizations. Open Russia was labeled “undesirable” in 2017 in line with

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UN Aviation Body to Meet Over Belarus Plane Diversion

The UN civil aviation agency will hold an urgent meeting Thursday to discuss Belarus after Western powers on the UN Security Council called for the body to investigate Minsk’s diversion of a European flight and arrest of a dissident. The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Council will meet as the consequences of the incident play out in Europe’s airspace, with

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What Does Putin Have on Biden?

DAILY SIGNAL COMMENTARY BY David Harsanyi@davidharsanyi David Harsanyi is a senior writer at National Review and the author of “First Freedom: A Ride through America’s Enduring History With the Gun, From the Revolution to Today.” May 21. 2021 Only a few months ago, the Biden administration argued that Nord Stream 2, a proposed natural gas pipeline running from Russia to Germany, was

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Did Russia assist in Belarus dictator’s act of air piracy?

UkraineAlert by Brian Whitmore It has been called an act of state-sponsored air piracy, a hijacking, and a kidnapping. It has led European leaders to order EU-based airlines to stop flying over Belarusian airspace and to ban Belarusian carriers from flying over EU airspace or using its airports. It has isolated Belarus like never before. And it will almost certainly

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Timothy Ash: Tightening the screws on Lukashenko — and Putin too

By Timothy Ash. The European Union and the US seem to be coordinating further sanctions iterations, having picked the low-hanging fruit thus far by restricting air travel to and thru Belarus. On the sanctions front, it’s interesting that there seems to be unusual unanimity within the West as to the merits of aggressively sanctioning Alexander Lukashenko. I guess this reflects a

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Is Biden Going Soft on Putin?

The administration is signaling it wants to reach an understanding with Moscow. Its predecessors made the same mistake. byDAVID J. KRAMER MAY 24, 2021 After taking an appropriately hard line toward the Putin regime in its early months, the Biden administration seems to be going wobbly. Early on, the administration coupled sanctions on Russian officials for the poisoning and arrest

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Critics Question Wisdom of Biden-Putin Summit

Ranking member Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb., makes his opening statement during a hearing at the U.S. Capitol on April 27, 2021, in Washington, D.C. (Tasos Katopodis-Pool/Getty Images) By Brian Freeman | Wednesday, 26 May 2021 12:57 PM The announcement of a summit between President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin in June has made some question the wisdom of such

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