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Vehicle Breaches U.S. Ambassador’s Moscow Residence – Embassy

A vehicle driven by a Russian national crashed through the perimeter of Spaso House, the U.S. Ambassador to Russia’s central Moscow residence, the U.S. Embassy’s spokeswoman said Friday. The unnamed Russian driving the vehicle was intercepted by Embassy staff and handed over to local authorities, spokeswoman Rebecca Ross said on Twitter. At approximately 16:20, a Russian national in a vehicle

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All that is wrong with defending Russia

Dimitri Trenin of the Carnegie Institute Moscow is as polished as ever in his most recent article on Russia’s failing relationship with the West, specifically Germany (Russo-German Relations: Back to the Future). But he doesn’t get to the point about what brought us to this moment. In fact, his introductory caption summarizes precisely what is wrong with the article.  It

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Russian-German Relations: Back to the Future

Dmitri Trenin Berlin is ending the era launched by Gorbachev of a trusting and friendly relationship with Moscow. Russia, for its part, no longer expects anything from Germany, and therefore does not feel obliged to take into account its opinion or interests. The poisoning of the opposition activist Alexei Navalny has become a turning point in Russo-German relations. The details

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The price of dialogues and compromises

The confrontation in Belarus remains a story with an open end. Alexander Lukashenko’s meeting with Vladimir Putin is only a separate and, it seems, not the most important event in the dramatic times the country has entered. However, already today the events give an idea of ​​Russian tactics in the post-Soviet space. It is highly undesirable for Ukraine to ignore this lesson. At

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Kuleba on statement by Lavrov: Minsk agreements signed by Russia in 2014 confirm its status as party to conflict

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba in response to the statement by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov about the lack of progress in the implementation of the Minsk agreements has recalled that the Minsk agreements signed by the Russian Federation in 2014 confirm its status as a party to the conflict. “I am especially offended to read these words of Minister

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“Go drink some water and calm down”: Avakov ridicules Lukashenko’s allegations of Ukraine meddling

The Belarusian leader, whose win in the latest election is being widely contested, labeled Ukraine “an outpost of political provocations.” Ukraine’s Interior Minister Arsen Avakov has said the accusations of President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko of Ukraine’s alleged meddling into the affairs of Belarus are “complete nonsense.” “Lukashenko seems to have gone nuts about his power and paranoia around it.

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Edward Lucas: When regimes fall, there is a split at the top and a collapse at the bottom. In Belarus, both the first and the second are possible

The key to victory is the driving force. Representatives of the regime increasingly understand that it is doomed to failure. Nobody wants to be on the side of the losers. When regimes fall, there is a split at the top and a collapse at the bottom. In Belarus, both the first and the second are possible. The task of the protesters and their friends

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Russia demands answers from Washington on whether the US is facilitating terrorist attacks in Crimea, after NBC report

More BS from the Kremlin lie machine. Russia’s embassy in the US has demanded clarification after an unnamed American official was cited in a report stating that US forces are providing weapons to militant units in Crimea as they launch attacks on Russian troops. The embassy said it treated the statement with “grave concern” in a social media post on

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Belarus Shuts Western Borders as Lukashenko Warns of ‘War’

Update: Belarus’ borders remained open Friday after President Alexander Lukashenko announced they would be closed. The country’s border guard service said on its Telegram channel that “checks have been stepped up” and “tactical reinforcements have been deployed,” but that “checkpoints are permitting people to enter and leave.” Belarus will close its borders with Poland and Lithuania and step up security measures

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Illia Ponomarenko: 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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EU threatens Ukraine to cancel visa-free regime due to troubles with SAPO head appointment

Besides, the next 1.5 billion euros tranche might be disrupted The European Parliament stated the risk of cancelation of a visa-free regime due to the problematic selection of the head of the Specialized Anti-Corruption Prosecutor’s Office (SAPO) as MEP and Deputy Head of the European Parliament’s Delegation to the EU-Ukraine Parliamentary Association Committee Viola von Cramon reported on Twitter. “While international community is occupied with

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Navalny nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

The scientists started the initiative to nominate the oppositionists Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny was nominated for Nobel Peace Prize as Professor of New Jersey Rutgers University Sergei Erofeev reported on Facebook. “There is more news about Alexei Navalny: today, a number of professors of recognised universities who deal with Russia nominated him for Nobel Peace Prize. It is not

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Protest-Plagued Belarus Strongman Transfers Son to Moscow School – Reports

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has transferred his youngest son to an elite boarding school in Moscow amid ongoing protests against his disputed re-election, Russian tabloids reported Thursday.  Nikolai “Kolya” Lukashenko, 16, has become a social media sensation as he has grown from a pudgy kid to an apparent “successor” to the presidency who is frequently seen at his father’s side

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Medvedchuk: Verkhovna Rada’s decision on non-recognition of Belarus elections is scheme of ‘party of war’ aimed at severing relations with all our neighbors

The politician stressed that he strongly disagrees with this opinion because Belarus is our neighbor The decision of the Verkhovna Rada on non-recognition of the elections in Belarus is a scheme of the “party of war” aiming to sever relations with all our neighbors. The Chairman of the Political Council of the Opposition Platform – For Life Party and MP

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Belarus calls upon Ukraine to respect rights of believers

MINSK, 16 September (BelTA) – The Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs insists that Ukrainian authorities should respect fundamental human rights, rights of believers, and universally recognized democratic norms. The Ukrainian authorities should also abide by principles of humanism. Anatoly Glaz, Head of the Information and Digital Diplomacy Office, Press Secretary of the Belarusian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, made the statement

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Lukashenko: Belarus should not lose fraternal Ukrainian nation

MINSK, 16 September (BelTA) – It is important to remain friends with the brotherly Ukrainian nation in the face of reckless politics and corrupt rhetoric of constantly changing elites, Belarus President Aleksandr Lukashenko said as he met with high-ranking officials on 16 September, BelTA has learned. “Everything can be fixed, including economy, trade, and diplomatic relations. However, the spiritual bonds

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Belarus Opposition Leader Is U.S. Protege – Russia Spy Chief

Russia’s foreign intelligence chief on Wednesday accused the United States of protecting Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya and allocating $20 million to promote anti-government protests that erupted after disputed presidential elections. Sergei Naryshkin, who heads the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR), said Washington had taken the former presidential candidate Tikhanovskaya and other activists “firmly under its wing” in a statement

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Prosecutor general blocks bribery charges against Zelensky lawmaker

The National Anti-Corruption Bureau of Ukraine (NABU) on Sept. 15 said it had drafted bribery charges against Oleksandr Yurchenko, a lawmaker from President Volodymyr Zelensky’s Servant of the People party, and published evidence of the alleged bribery. According to law, charges against Verkhovna Rada members must be approved by the prosecutor general. However, Prosecutor General Iryna Venediktova said on the

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Austria, Ukraine have different views on Nord Stream 2 construction – Kurz

Austria’s Chancellor says friends should openly discuss different topics. Austrian Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says his country and Ukraine have different views on the construction of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. He made this announcement at a joint press conference with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Vienna. The event was broadcast live on the Facebook page of the President’s

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Soviet Classic Turns 50 at GUM AutoRally

This weekend, Muscovites got the chance to witness the best of the Soviet Union’s automobile legacy as 100 Zhiguli sedans raced in the annual GUM AutoRally on Saturday. This year’s event marked 50 years since the release of Zhiguli’s first model, VAZ-2101, commonly known as ‘Kopeyka’ (named after the smallest ruble coin, the kopek). Here’s a look at the nostalgia-filled

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Putin accuses Ukraine of selective fulfillment of Donbas commitments

The President of the Russian Federation paid special attention to “Kyiv’s attempts to interpret the Minsk agreements in its own way” Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of taking a selective approach to fulfilling its commitments in resolving the conflict in Donbas during a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron. This was reported by the Kremlin’s press service.

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Ukrainian govt prosecutes opposition MPs who negotiated with Moscow on Normandy Format, – French MP

Sebastian Moran claims that the French government should pay more efforts to live up to Minsk agreements French Senator Sebastian Moran expresses his disapproval over the fact that the Ukrainian authorities have been prosecuting opposition MPs who came to Moscow in March 2020 to present the parliamentary dimension of the Normandy format.  “We’re very disappointed with what’s happening in terms

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Explore Ukraine: Chernihiv, a city of churches, legends, gastro tours and craft beer

Chernihiv, located just 140 kilometers north of Kyiv, is often associated with churches, cathedrals and other religious sites. Besides that, it attracts tourists with its wide range of affordable restaurants, wooden carvings on old buildings, nature and legendary stories. With just about 280,000 citizens, Chernihiv is a fairly small city. That means, it can be fully explored in just a

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