Ukraine’s Naftogaz strikes again at Gazprom

Naftogaz of Ukraine has managed to have the accounts of GazAsia Capital S.A., the company that placed Gazprom’s yen-denominated eurobonds, frozen, Interfax reports, citing a memorandum on the Russian company’s new eurobond placements. GazAsia Capital S.A. is an SPV company, created for a specific purpose. Through it, Gazprom placed 10-year bonds for 65 billion yen (approximately $595 million) in December

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Pentagon confirms that military aid for Ukraine frozen for political reasons

12.11.2019 09:42Laura Cooper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Defense, a Ukraine expert at the Pentagon, confirmed that she had information about intentions of President Trump’s Administration to freeze military aid for Ukraine in exchange for statements linked to investigations against the Bidens. The U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on November 11 issued the relevant statement announcing

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Ukraine will accede to NATO earlier than to EU – Kuleba

12.11.2019 14:01Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers plans to get within five years NATO’s decision on the country’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Dmytro Kuleba has said in an interview with RBC-Ukraine. According to him, a new format of cooperation will allow the Ukrainian government to identify priority areas to which the assistance received

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Kremlin admits: Billions stolen in construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome

More than 10% of the funds allocated to the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome were stolen, said Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Monday, November 11. “A total of 11 billion rubles (around $172 million) was stolen, 3.5 billion rubles ($55 million) has been recovered,” Peskov said, noting that, overall, the equivalent of $1.4 billion was allocated to the construction of

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Russia denies its involvement in death of White Helmets founder

The Russian Foreign Ministry stated in a post on its Facebook page that allegations of British media about Russia’s involvement in the death of one of the White Helmets organization founders, James Le Mesurier, are groundless. On November 11, The Independent published an article stating that “James Le Mesurier, British co-founder of the White Helmets, has been found dead, just days after

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Russia’s Gazprom sues EU for loss of Nord Stream 2 capacity

Nord Stream 2 AG, the Swiss subsidiary of the Russian company Gazprom, has taken the EU government to court regarding the gas legislation amendments that prohibit the Russian company from using more than 50% of the capacity of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. As reported by Interfax, Gazprom informed potential investors about the start of the litigation through a memorandum

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Israel Extradites Suspected Russian Hacker to U.S. in Snub to Moscow

Israel has extradited suspected Russian hacker Alexei Burkov to the United States despite Moscow’s proposal to swap him for an Israeli woman jailed in Russia over marijuana possession, The Times of Israel reported Monday. Burkov, who was detained during a visit to Israel in 2015, is wanted in the U.S. on charges of credit card fraud. Russia last month had

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Ambassador: Korean companies interested in infrastructure projects in Ukraine

Korean companies have extremely strong interest in the infrastructure projects in Ukraine in various areas. Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Ukraine Kwon Ki-chang made a corresponding statement during a meeting with Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine Vladyslav Kryklii, the Ministry’s press service reports. In particular, Kwon Ki-chang noted that Korean companies have extremely strong interest in the infrastructure

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US Ambassador to Ukraine: I have warned Zelensky repeatedly that Kolomoisky could cause him to fail

US Chargé d’Affaires in Ukraine William Taylor said that he has warned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on multiple occasions that the harmful influence of the oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky could lead to his downfall. Taylor spoke about this on October 22 during closed hearings related to the impeachment of US President Donald Trump. “The influence of one particular oligarch over Mr.

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Merkel demands more money for German Armed Forces because of situation in Eastern Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a weekly televised statement, which is published on German Government’s website, that the situation in Eastern Ukraine forces NATO member countries to reconsider the Alliance’s defense strategy. “Because of the conflict in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea, the topic of national defense and Alliance defense came into focus,” said German Chancellor. According to

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Lavrov: Russia won’t cooperate with EU at expense of China

An abnormal situation was created after the EU supported the coup abroad that took place the morning after the agreement on the settlement of the political crisis in Ukraine was signed through the mediation of France, Germany and Poland. This is what Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Lavrov declared during a meeting with the students of the Diplomatic

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Proportion Of Ukrainians Whose Hopes Were Justified By New Government’s Performance Down From 23% To 17% – Razumkov Center Poll

The proportion of Ukrainians whose expectations have been met by the new government’s performance has reduced from 23% to 17.1%, compared with October. This is indicated by the results of a poll conducted by the Oleksandr Razumkov Ukrainian Center for Economic and Political Research. This is evidenced by the results of the survey, Ukrainian News Agency reports. According to the

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Syrian Leader’s Family Owns $40M in Moscow Luxury Apartments – Watchdog

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s extended family and associates own $40 million worth of luxury apartments in Moscow’s skyscraper district, according to the anti-corruption campaign group Global Witness. Russia has been a staunch ally of the Assad family over its nearly 50-year rule. The Kremlin threw its military support behind Assad in 2015, helping Damascus retake most of Syria in its

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Libya Slams Russian Intervention: ‘Wherever Wagner Goes Destruction Happens’

Russia is using private military contractors to escalate the conflict in Libya and boost its influence there, the security chief of Libya’s UN-backed government has said. Libyan interior minister Fathi Bashagha’s accusations follow reports of at least two deployments of Kremlin-linked Wagner mercenaries in recent months as forces based in eastern Libya attempt to take the capital. Russia denies its military

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Putin, Merkel agree Ukraine should give special status to Donbass – Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a phone call on Monday that Ukraine should give the separatist-controlled Donbass region a special status set out in Ukrainian law, the Kremlin said. The leaders also discussed preparations for a four-way Ukraine peace summit comprising Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France, the Kremlin said without giving

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UN General Assembly to consider two resolutions related to Crimea by the end of the year

Until the end of 2019, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) will consider two draft resolutions related to the Russian occupation of Crimea. According to Ukrinform, this is a draft resolution on the violation of human rights and Russia’s militarization of the Ukrainian peninsula. The draft resolution on the violation of human rights in the temporarily occupied Crimea, initiated by

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