Category Archives: UK

Russian Billionaires, Rosneft Sue Over Book on Putin’s Rise – FT

Three Russian tycoons and the Rosneft oil giant have filed libel and data protection lawsuits in Britain against the publisher of journalist Catherine Belton’s acclaimed 2020 book “Putin’s People,” the Financial Times has reported. The billionaires — Mikhail Fridman, his longtime business partner Peter Aven and real estate tycoon Shalva Chigirinsky — and Rosneft filed the flurry of suits in

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Ukraine war: Vladimir Putin’s propagandist Margarita Simonyan, of RT, should be added to UK sanctions list as part of non-military efforts to prevent escalation of fighting – Stewart McDonald MP

The Ukrainian town of Avdiivka is a key part of the Donbas region’s heavy industrial footprint. It’s home to a huge coke and chemical plant, the largest in Ukraine, and was constructed in 1963 when Ukraine was a Soviet Socialist Republic to meet the needs of the Mariupol steelworks. When you think of heavy soviet industrial architecture, it’s the Avdiivka

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Top secret American U-2 spy plane takes off from RAF Fairford for another reconnaissance mission on the edge of space as Russian forces withdraw from Ukrainian border

Photographs of the Lockheed U-2, nicknamed the Dragon Lady, were captured at RAF Fairford on April 16  High altitude aircraft was seen above the base in recent weeks but Ministry of Defence was unable to say why  Purpose of deployment is unclear but it could present a warning to Vladimir Putin amid tension near Ukraine  By Faith Ridler For Mailonline

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U.S. considers more weapons shipments to Ukraine amid Russian buildup… — Hagaag.com

Natasha Bertrand and Lara SeligmanPOLITICO . Wed, April 21, 2021, 5:30 AMThe White House is weighing requests from Kyiv to send additional weaponry to Ukraine as it faces the biggest military buildup of Russian forces on its border in nearly a decade. Consideration of the request is in its early stages, according to people briefed […] U.S. considers more weapons shipments

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UK warships to sail for Black Sea in May as Ukraine-Russia tensions rise- Sunday Times

British warships will sail for the Black Sea in May amid rising tensions between Ukraine and Russia, the Sunday Times newspaper reported, citing senior naval sources. The deployment is aimed at showing solidarity with Ukraine and Britain’s NATO allies, the newspaper reported. One Type 45 destroyer armed with anti-aircraft missiles and an anti-submarine Type 23 frigate will leave the Royal

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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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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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Her Majesty’s useful idiot? Integrity Initiative-linked Scots Nats MP demands London spy agencies probe Russian ‘disinformation’

Warning! This article contain Russian whining on a grand scale. By Kit Klarenberg, an investigative journalist exploring the role of intelligence services in shaping politics and perceptions. The British Parliament’s most enthusiastic Russia-basher wants UK intelligence services to formally instruct MPs on alleged “foreign propaganda.” His odd biography for an SNP representative and deep state links make it notable. Stewart McDonald’s

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Kremlin Denounces UK Plan to Increase Nuclear Arsenal

The Kremlin said Wednesday it regretted the UK’s decision to increase its nuclear arsenal, after Britain unveiled plans to bolster its stockpile from 180 warheads to 260 by the end of the decade.  Britain on Tuesday published a document outlining a recalibration of its foreign policy that included the announcement to grow its nuclear arsenal, reversing a previous commitment to

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Rumors about AstraZeneca insecurity may be related to information attack from Russia – Tkachenko

Rumors about insecurity of AstraZeneca may be associated with an information attack from the Russian Federation, the purpose of which is to clear the pharmaceutical market for Sputnik 5, Minister of Culture of Ukraine Oleksandr Tkachenko said. “The Sputnik has not yet been approved for use in the European Union. The Kremlin, of course, blamed the United States and its

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UK to design new missile boats for Ukraine – Defence Attaché Woods

They expect to start building the first boat early next year. British Defence Attaché in Ukraine, Commodore Tim Woods says the British industry will design new missile boats specifically for Ukraine as part of a memorandum signed by the two countries, which provides for the re-equipment of the Ukrainian Navy. The boats of approximately 50 to 65 meters long will

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Condemning Russia’s actions in Crimea is worth doing, but it’s not enough – British MP

The United Kingdom must continue its policy of condemning Russia’s occupation of Crimea while strengthening itself to counter the Russian threat. Stewart McDonald, a member of the UK Parliament for Glasgow South, wrote about this in an article for The Scotsman. “Condemning Russia’s actions in Crimea is worth doing, but it’s not enough. Meaningful solidarity also means ensuring we aren’t the

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Ukraine has agreed with Britain on the import of fish – the State Food and Consumer Service

The Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has approved a certificate for the import of fishery products into Ukraine. This was reported by the press service of the State Food and Consumer Services. “This means that Ukraine will soon be able to import fish and fish products from the UK,” the

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Beijing’s 17+1 Summit Flop; Britain fumes over Chinese spies

Edward Lucas In this issue: Lithuania derails the 17+1 summit, Beijing bets on vaccines and Britain wakes up to spies and lies. “The East is Red” is a popular Communist Party ballad. Make that “Red-faced,” after the failure of China’s  17+1 supposed showcase summit with central and east European leaders this week. What went wrong? First, the turnout. Six of

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British Ambassador to Ukraine welcomes imposition of sanctions against NewsOne, ZIK, 112 Ukraine

British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons said she welcomes the decisive actions of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to combat disinformation, which is causing real damage to the country. “I welcome President Zelensky’s bold action in tackling disinformation, which causes real harm to Ukraine. I also welcome his assurances on the need to protect media freedom and plurality in Ukraine,” Simmons

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Moscow Expands List of UK Officials Banned From Russia

Moscow on Wednesday expanded a list of UK officials banned from entering Russia in a tit-for-tat response to British sanctions imposed over the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. The Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement that in response to “unconstructive and unfriendly” UK penalties it had “decided to expand the number of British citizens who are denied entry to our

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Covid-19: Oxford-AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine approved for use in UK

The Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine has been approved for use in the UK, with the first doses due to be given on Monday amid rising coronavirus cases. The UK has ordered 100 million doses – enough to vaccinate 50 million people. This will cover the entire population, when combined with the full order of the Pfizer-BioNTech jab, Health Secretary Matt Hancock said.

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Ukraine not to suspend flights from Britain over new COVID-19 strain

22:59, 21.12.20 – UNIAN The Minister explained why the authorities had made such a decision. Ukraine will not yet suspend flights from the United Kingdom over reports on cases where a new mutant coronavirus (COVID-19) strain was identified. This was announced by Infrastructure Minister Vladyslav Kryklii on Facebook on December 21. He explained why the authorities had made such a decision. “We

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