Monthly Archives: June 2021

Belarus in response to US sanctions reduced the staff of the American diplomatic mission and tightened the issuance of visas

The Belarusian Foreign Ministry decided to reduce the staff of the US Embassy in the country in response to the US sanctions imposed after  the Ryanair plane landed in Minsk  and the arrest of the Belarusian opposition journalist Roman Protasevich. The Foreign Ministry also decided to toughen visa procedures, temporarily restrict the work of Americans in the country and revoke the decision

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Envoy to Berlin: Putin’s insane goal to destroy independent Ukraine

14:00, 03.06.21POLITICS To Putin, the pro-Western and democratic development of Ukraine is like an eyesore since it threatens his totalitarian and corrupt regime, the envoy said. Read more on UNIAN: https://www.unian.info/politics/ukraine-s-envoy-to-berlin-putin-s-insane-goal-to-destroy-independent-ukraine-11441671.html?fbclid=IwAR31uImF9jpijAYTaAngB5ThdU7NEqdTiiTUeFWiY2csrWG7imhvf6b8F3I Russian President Vladimir Putin seeks to destroy an independent Ukrainian state. Ukraine’s Ambassador to Germany Andriy Melnyk made the relevant statement in an interview with the .loyal magazine, answering

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EASA Requires Member States To Bar Flights over Belarus

The European Union Aviation Safety Agency on Wednesday issued a safety directive (SD) calling on EASA member states to ban their aircraft operators from flying into Belarus airspace. The move for the first time calls for mandates to not overfly Belarus “unless required for safe operations in unforeseen circumstances,” said EASA. The directive calls on national aviation authorities to put the measures in

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IMF Warns Russia Not to Underestimate Green Energy Transition

Russia’s Economy Minister blasted the EU’s plans for a carbon border tax as “protectionist.” The head of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has warned Russia’s business and political elite not to underestimate the challenges the global green energy transition will present for the country, as a leading government minister blasted the EU’s green energy plans as “protectionist.” “We will see

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russia: The Ministry of Finance decided to completely abandon dollars in the National Welfare Fund

The government decided to stop investing funds from the National Wealth Fund in dollar-denominated assets. This was announced by Finance Minister Anton Siluanov.  We, like the Central Bank, have made a decision to reduce the NWF’s investments in dollar assets. If today, in terms of structure, we have about 35% of the NWF’s investments in dollars, 35% – in euros, then we

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Zelensky: About a thousand Great Construction projects being implemented in Ukraine

03.06.2021 17:58 In the next few years, about 1,000 projects of the Great Construction program will be implemented in Ukraine. “Almost 1,000 facilities of the Great Construction project for 2021 and projects planned for the next years must be completed, reconstructed, and put into operation,” President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said during a meeting of the House of Local Authorities

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Ukrainian parliament adopts law on imprisonment for lies in asset declarations

03.06.2021 17:00 The Verkhovna Rada has passed a law tightening liability for declaring unreliable information and failure to file an asset declaration, which provides for punishment in the form of imprisonment. According to an Ukrinform correspondent, 307 MPs voted for bill No. 4651 “On the introduction of amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses and the Criminal Code to improve

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Zelensky proposes banning oligarchs from participating in large-scale privatization

03.06.2021 13:20 Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has proposed that the Verkhovna Rada ban oligarchs from participating in large-scale privatization. According to Ukrinform, this is stated in bill No. 5599 “On the prevention of threats to national security associated with the excessive influence of persons who have significant economic or political weight in public life (oligarchs),” the text of which has

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Valentin Vyhivsky: Either Russia releases me, or I’ll return to Ukraine “by heavenly express”

01.06.2021. Halya Coynash Vyhivsky imprisoned  Almost seven years after Valentin Vyhivsky was abducted from occupied Crimea and imprisoned in Moscow, he has spoken openly of his despair in Russian captivity, and his certainty that he cannot endure another four years of imprisonment “in a concrete basement”. The 37-year-old former Maidan activist has already been imprisoned in Russia for longer than

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How Russia “overcame” Crimea’s water blockade

Spoiler alert: it didn’t. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu claims that Russia has set up a 32-kilometer temporary water pipeline in the occupied Crimea, which he says helped lift the “water blockade” of the peninsula before the trunk water pipeline construction is completed. The statement can be viewed as a post-truth policy and propaganda message that doesn’t correspond to the

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Russia to Expand Anti-Magnitsky Sanctions Worldwide, Keep U.S. Adoption Ban

Russia is seeking to expand wide-ranging sanctions it adopted in response to a U.S. human rights abuse law to all foreigners but will continue to limit its controversial adoption ban to U.S. citizens, according to legislation introduced Wednesday. “Currently, sanctions for violating the rights and freedoms of Russians are only set for U.S. citizens,” said Russia’s lower house of parliament,

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Georgia Opposition Ends Parliamentary Boycott

May 30, 2021 By Agence France-Presse Georgia’s main opposition party on Sunday announced the end of a months-long parliamentary boycott that has plunged the Caucasus nation into a spiraling political crisis, following disputed elections last year. Georgia’s opposition parties have denounced massive fraud in the October 31 parliamentary elections, which were won narrowly by the ruling Georgian Dream party. In

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£1 billion compensation for genocide ‘too little too late’, Namibian tribes tell Germany

The tribes’ leaders have asked for a far larger sum, almost £500bn, to go directly to descendants of the massacres By Justin Huggler BERLIN 2 June 2021 Namibian tribes have rejected Germany’s ‘offensive’ offer of €1.1bn (£950m) in recognition of an early 20th century genocide, throwing into doubt an agreement through which Berlin hoped to atone for the colonial atrocity. 

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Russia still has a military edge over Ukraine, but Ukraine has plans to make a future war more costly for Moscow

Benjamin Brimelow. June 2. 2021 Russia’s recent military buildup on its border with Ukraine pushed tensions to their highest point in years. US defense officials said that Russian force was bigger than the one that massed in 2014, when Russian seized Crimea. During that fighting, Ukraine’s military was at a low point, but Kyiv has rebuilt its forces to ensure

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