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    Russian support for separatists sparked off hostilities in Donbas – French FM
    Feb22

    Russian support for separatists sparked off hostilities in Donbas – French FM

    Russia is talking on behalf of the separatists, thus confirming it is involved in the Donbas conflict, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault has told TV5 Monde. Asked whether Russia acknowledges a behind-the-scenes intervention in Ukraine or denies it, Ayrault said that Moscow ”can`t be in denial because they`re around the table to implement...

    U.S. ”nuclear sniffer” plane to check whether Russia tested nukes in Arctic
    Feb22

    U.S. ”nuclear sniffer” plane to check whether Russia tested nukes in Arctic

    A U.S. Air Force plane, WC-135 Constant Phoenix, used to detect nuclear explosions was deployed in Britain as early as last week amid concerns over a spike in the levels of radioactivity found in Europe, the Daily Mail reports. News of the deployment comes amid claims Russia may be testing nuclear weapons, either to the east or in the arctic,...

    Russian, Ukrainian tensions evident at UN after Vitaly Churkin`s death – CNN
    Feb22

    Russian, Ukrainian tensions evident at UN after Vitaly Churkin`s death – CNN

    The UN Security Council paid public tribute to late Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin on Tuesday – but tensions simmered behind the scenes, as Ukraine blocked a more formal statement of condolences, according to CNN. The 15-nation Security Council stood for a minute of silence in honor of the popular and combative Russian diplomat, who died...

    Ukraine`s State Treasury reveals over 12,000 cases of budget violation in 2016
    Feb22

    Ukraine`s State Treasury reveals over 12,000 cases of budget violation in 2016

    The State Treasury Service of Ukraine in 2016 revealed over 12,000 cases involving UAH 5.1 billion in transactions when budget legislation was violated by managers and recipients of state and local budget funds, according to the service`s materials shared with UNIAN news agency. This was 37.8% up from transactions in 2015, which were estimated at...

    More tests needed on Russian UN ambassador`s cause of death
    Feb22

    More tests needed on Russian UN ambassador`s cause of death

    Medical examiners who performed an autopsy on Russia`s ambassador to the United Nations said Tuesday that more tests are needed to determine how and why he fell ill in his office and later died, according to The Associated Press (AP). Vitaly Churkin, who died Monday at a hospital at age 64, had been Russia`s envoy at the U.N. since 2006. He was...

    Russia to boost nuclear capabilities, sees no alternative to military force – Russian Defense Minister
    Feb22

    Russia to boost nuclear capabilities, sees no alternative to military force – Russian Defense Minister

    Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu announced that military force is becoming the main tool for resolving foreign policy issues, therefore Russia is set to further develop its strategic nuclear forces, an UNIAN news agency news agency news agency news agency correspondent in Moscow reported. See also: Russia seen putting new nuclear-capable...

    Russia`s attempts to destabilize Ukraine among most serious challenges facing Europe – U.S. Envoy to UN
    Feb22

    Russia`s attempts to destabilize Ukraine among most serious challenges facing Europe – U.S. Envoy to UN

    Greater cooperation with Russia cannot come at the expense of the security of Washington`s European friends and allies, according to the U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who addressed the UN Security Council Tuesday, according to RFE/RL. Speaking to the UN Security Council during a debate on conflicts in Europe, Haley said ”Russia`s...

    Poroshenko, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley discuss ways to counteract Russia aggression
    Feb22

    Poroshenko, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley discuss ways to counteract Russia aggression

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley, during which the parties discussed the enhancement of strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States and ways to counteract Russian aggression, according to the president`s press service. The Ukrainian president thanked...

    EU ready to pose as 3rd party in Ukraine-Russia WTO dispute – Ukraine`s Trade Representative
    Feb22

    EU ready to pose as 3rd party in Ukraine-Russia WTO dispute – Ukraine`s Trade Representative

    The European Union has expressed its interest in joining as a third party the review of a trade dispute between Ukraine and Russia, initiated by Kyiv in the framework of the World Trade Organization (WTO) in order to lift trade and transit restrictions imposed by Moscow against Ukrainian exports in January 2016, Ukraine`s Trade Representative...

    Merkel`s efforts to get Trump to take a harder line on Russia may be paying off
    Feb22

    Merkel`s efforts to get Trump to take a harder line on Russia may be paying off

    On February 7, Donald Trump used his first tweet of the day to distance himself from Russia and Vladimir Putin. Twenty minutes later in Berlin, the Chancellery issued a statement detailing Angela Merkel`s latest conversation with the Russian leader, according to Bloomberg. The call was Merkel`s second in three weeks with Putin to discuss the...

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