Monthly Archives: June 2021

Russian Foreign Ministry announces visit of Hamas representatives to Moscow

Representatives of various Palestinian movements, including Hamas, intend to visit Moscow for consultations, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov. “Both Fatah, Hamas and other organizations from the West Bank,” RIA Novosti quoted Bogdanov as saying. “We not only hold telephone conversation with them but are in active contacts with all Palestinian structures.” “If they have a desire to communicate with each

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Zelensky tables so-called Oligarchs Bill in parliament

It will be considered with the use of an expedited procedure.REUTERS Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky tables a bill in parliament to eliminate the oligarchic system in Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the President’s Office. Draft law No. 5599 on preventing threats to national security associated with the excessive influence of persons with significant economic or political heft in

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Due to flight restrictions Belavia has suspended flights to 20 countries and the Kaliningrad region of Russia

The Belarusian state-owned airline Belavia has lost two-thirds of its destinations due to restrictions imposed after an emergency landing of a Ryanair plane in Minsk . The carrier announced this on Facebook. Flights are suspended to 20 countries: Lithuania, Great Britain, France, Ukraine, Latvia, Finland, Czech Republic, Sweden, Estonia, Poland, Italy, Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Spain, Hungary, Moldova, Serbia and Cyprus. And also to

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Germany Blocks Incoming Russian Flights in Tit-For-Tat Action

Germany has blocked flights operated by Russian airlines from arriving in its territory in tit-for-tat action after Moscow failed to provide authorizations for Lufthansa, the transport ministry said Wednesday, amid tensions over Belarus. Two Russia-bound Lufthansa flights that were due to depart earlier Wednesday from Germany had to be canceled because Russian authorities did not provide the necessary permits for

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Zelensky: Germany and France are afraid to recognize Russia as participant in Donbas conflict

In an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Germany and France are afraid to call Russia a participant in the Donbas conflict. “At the last meeting of the advisors to the leaders of the Normandy Four countries, where Mr. Dmitry Kozak, who represents Russia, asked our European partners whether Russia was a participant in the conflict,

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JBS hack latest escalation of Russia-based aggression ahead of June 16 Putin summit: experts

2 June, 2021 – By Caitlin McFall | Fox News Experts say Putin is making show of strength ahead of Geneva meeting, while US has yet to say Russia’s government was involved. Russia-based cyberattacks have targeted U.S. interests in recent months, which experts say is directly related to the upcoming U.S.-Russia summit. The latest ransomware assault this week shut down the U.S.-based meat plants

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Belarus Opposition in Exile Wants Tougher EU Sanctions Against Lukashenko

Activists told The Moscow Times they fear outrage over the forced landing of a plane in Minsk might not spark harsh enough action. Belarusian opposition activists in exile are calling for the EU to ramp up sanctions on President Alexander Lukashenko’s regime after the forced landing of a Ryanair Athens to Vilnius flight and arrest of a dissident journalist onboard.

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The Russian government has proposed to impose sanctions against any foreigners

The Russian government has submitted to the State Duma for consideration a bill allowing the introduction of visa and financial sanctions against any foreign citizens and stateless persons. Such changes are proposed to be made to the  “law of Dima Yakovlev” , which now allows the imposition of sanctions only against US citizens. The authors of the bill emphasized in an explanatory note that “violation

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Plus 5% annually: PM Shmyhal predicts sustainable economic growth trend

02.06.2021 17:55 Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal forecasts a steady trend of economic growth by 5% starting from 2023. “This week, the government approved two extremely important documents: the Forecast of Economic and Social Development of Ukraine for 2022-2024 and the Budget Declaration for 2022-2024. In these documents, people will be able to see what exactly their taxes will

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Additional sanctions on Nord Stream 2 may be approved this year – U.S. senator

02.06.2021 15:07 The U.S. Congress will continue to look for ways to stop the construction of the Nord Stream 2 project and further actions if it is completed, as this project has serious consequences for Ukraine and Europe’s energy security, U.S. Senator for New Hampshire Jeanne Shaheen (Democratic Party) has said. She said this at a briefing following a meeting

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Ukraine will impose sanctions on Belarus if it launches flights to Crimea – Dzheppar

02.06.2021 17:04 Ukraine will act immediately against any attempts to legitimize Russia’s occupation of Crimea, and if at least one plane of a Belarusian airline flies to the occupied Crimea, sanctions will be inevitable with all the negative consequences, Ukraine’s First Deputy Foreign Minister Emine Dzheppar has told Ukrinform. She said that “we have recorded for ourselves the statements of

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Belarus to appeal air traffic blockade by Ukraine

Belarusian officials claim the move violates provisions of the Chicago Convention on International Civil Aviation of 1944 and the Agreement between the Government of Belarus and the Government of Ukraine on Air Services of 1995.ua.depositphotos.com Belarus will appeal to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) the ban imposed by Ukraine and other states on the use of their airspace by

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Lukashenko de facto recognizes puppet “republics” in Donbas – Delegate to TCG Garmash

Following the statement on Protasevich interrogation prospects by unrecognized authorities, Minsk has publicly ceased to be neutral.REUTERS Serhiy Garmash, a member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Donbas, considers the proposal by self-proclaimed President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, that the “investigators from Donbas” interrogate a dissident journalist detained in Minsk as de facto recognition of

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Putin’s Imperial Palaces Are a Manchild’s Dream

The Russian leader isn’t the macho genius of Western fantasy. By Konstantin McKenna, a writer in Tennessee. JUNE 1, 2021, Ever since his accession, Westerners have been fascinated by the macho image of Russian President Vladimir Putin. The shirtless, horseback-riding, karate-chopping leader became a meme. So did the ideas about his power that went with it: a Machiavellian leader and

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Exclusive: How an Accused Russian Agent Worked With Rudy Giuliani in a Plot Against the 2020 Election

Illustration by Aaron Marin for TIME; Derkach (Courtesy); Unsplash (4 BY SIMON SHUSTER/KYIV MAY 28, 2021 The accused Kremlin agent was not hard to find. It only took a few days of pestering him for a meeting in early April before his answer arrived via encrypted message, beneath a profile picture of a lion showing its fangs. “I tried very

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Kleptocracy rules, OK

June 1, 2021 Belarus won this battle. Who will win the war? Aliaksandr Lukashenka can seem like a character from a satirical novel about an imaginary east European country. It is easy to mock the Belarusian strongman’s fractured syntax, awkward body language, deluded world view, and nepotistic habits (his gormless son Nikolai was an awkward presence at last week’s lunch with Vladimir

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Ukraine’s authority meddles with Belarusian internal affairs, – MP

By doing so, the government legalizes Russia’s actions against Ukraine in 2014; president Zelensky, in fact, recognizes Ukraine’s right to interfere into domestic conflicts in Belarus, opposition figure says By interfering with Belarus’s domestic affairs, the Ukrainian government actually legalizes Russia’s actions against Ukraine in 2014. Renat Kuzmin, the MP from Opposition Platform-For Life party posted this on Facebook. “[President]

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Russia pledges to continue gas transit via Ukraine

Putin’s press secretary says the transit will continue even after the current agreement expires.Dmitry Peskov / Photo from UNIAN The Russian Federation pledges to continue natural gas transit via Ukrainian territory even after the current agreement expires. Such a statement was made by Russian President Vladimir Putin’s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov, according to the Russian news agency TASS. “Russia and Ukraine

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Averting Collapse in the Donbas: Why We Shouldn’t Wait for a Long-Term Political Resolution to Address the Region’s Socio-Economic Crisis

Brian Milakovsky May 2021 The negotiations within the format of the Minsk Accords have revealed how incompatible the positions of Moscow and Kyiv are: while Moscow is seeking to keep Ukraine within its “sphere of influence” by using the separatist “republics,” Ukraine strives for sovereignty and independence. Can practical solutions for people living in the occupied areas of the Donbas

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