Category Archives: UK

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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Biegun calls Russia greatest threat to security in Europe

Russia’s aggression against Ukraine is the most egregious violation of state sovereignty in all of Europe, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Deputy Secretary Stephen Biegun has said. “The most egregious violation of sovereignty and territorial integrity within the OSCE area remains Russia’s continued aggression in eastern Ukraine and occupation of Crimea. Since 2014, the conflict has killed over 13,000 Ukrainian

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Russia Imposes Reciprocal Sanctions on 25 UK Officials

Russia on Saturday imposed sanctions on 25 British officials, responding to penalties Britain imposed in July against the same number of Russians over human rights violations. “In response to unfriendly actions by the British authorities and on the basis of reciprocity, the Russian side made a decision to impose personal sanctions on 25 representatives of Great Britain who are now banned

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British Diplomats Harassed by Belarusian State-Controlled TV

A sensationalist report with shaky footage of a camera crew pursuing two individuals – this is how the Belarusian state-controlled ONT television chose to “inform” their audiences that Belarusian authorities were expelling two British diplomats. “These people were gathering information about the internal affairs of Belarus and the development of the protests. […] They met repeatedly with representatives of the

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“Black Sea mosquito fleet”: how the UK will help Ukraine regain its naval footing

ALYA SHANDRA On 7 and 8 October, Ukraine and the UK signed two important agreements. On 8 October – a comprehensive trade and cooperation agreement that will replace the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement after Brexit. We wrote about its details here. A no less important agreement was concluded on 7 October – the countries signed a memorandum to re-equip the Ukrainian Navy

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UK parliament committee says Huawei colludes with the Chinese state

LONDON (Reuters) – The British parliament’s defence committee said on Thursday that it had found clear evidence that telecoms giant Huawei had colluded with the Chinese state and said Britain may need to remove all Huawei equipment earlier than planned. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson in July ordered Huawei equipment to be purged from the nascent 5G network by the

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UK, Canada slap sanctions on Lukashenko, his son

The measures include a travel ban and asset freeze. The United Kingdom and Canada have imposed sanctions on Alexander Lukashenko with his son and six other Belarusian officials. This is announced in a statement by the British government on September 29. “The UK has sanctioned 8 members of the Belarusian regime, including Alexander Lukashenko, for human rights violations in Belarus after

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Illia Ponomarenko: Ukraine’s Friend and Foe of the Week

By Illia Ponomarenko 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

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FinCEN Files: Sanctioned Putin associate ‘laundered millions’ through Barclays

One of Vladimir Putin’s closest friends may have used Barclays Bank in London to launder money and dodge sanctions, leaked documents suggest. Billionaire Arkady Rotenberg has known the Russian president since childhood. Financial restrictions, or sanctions, were imposed on Mr Rotenberg by the US and the EU in 2014, which means Western banks could face serious consequences for doing business

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UK Says Russian State Link Likely in Navalny Poisoning

Britain on Sunday said Russia had “a very serious set of questions to answer” about the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, suggesting some form of state involvement in the high-profile case. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said it was “clear” the Kremlin critic was poisoned with the Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok, which was previously used in an attack against a

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WHAT DOES THE KREMLIN WANT?

To Properly Combat Putin’s Actions, We Need to Understand How the Kremlin Thinks  Edward Lucas  Since its publication last week, the British Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee report on Russia has drawn much attention. As a long-standing Kremlin critic (and the first witness to the inquiry), I feel enjoyably vindicated. The report lambasts previous British governments for overlooking the threat, while

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Russian-led forces violate new truce in Donbas – JFO Commander

The situation along the contact line is stable and under control. Ukrainian Joint Forces Commander, General Volodymyr Kravchenko has said Russian-led forces have already violated the newly-agreed truce in Donbas. “The situation along the contact line is stable and under control. Unfortunately, at 00:20-00:45 Kyiv time, the enemy shelled a unit of the 36th separate marine infantry brigade, using riles,

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Russia must fulfill its commitments on ceasefire in Donbas – British ambassador

British Ambassador to Ukraine Melinda Simmons has said she hopes that Russia will fulfill the agreements on a full ceasefire in Donbas. “Good to see Trilateral Contact Group agreement on additional ceasefire measures. I really hope these are implemented and civilians in Donbas see a sustained reduction in violence,” she wrote on her Twitter account. At the same time, Simmons

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