Section: International

      Boris Johnson calls on all parties to implement agreed ceasefire in Donbas
      Dec24

      Boris Johnson calls on all parties to implement agreed ceasefire in Donbas

      British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has welcomed the announcement of the ceasefire in Donbas and called on all parties to implement it. ”I welcome the announcement of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, which follows particularly high levels of violence over recent days,” he said in a statement. According to Johnson, this conflict continues to...

      Obama signs Defense Act authorizing up to USD350 mln for Ukraine security
      Dec24

      Obama signs Defense Act authorizing up to USD350 mln for Ukraine security

      U.S. President Barack Obama has signed into law the National Defense Authorizations Act (NDAA), 2017 authorizing up to US$350 million to be made available for security assistance to Ukraine, according to Ukraine`s Embassy to the United States. This amount includes lethal defensive assistance, for the fiscal year 2017, the Embassy wrote on...

      U.S. abstains as UN Security Council demands end to Israeli settlements
      Dec24

      U.S. abstains as UN Security Council demands end to Israeli settlements

      The United States on Friday allowed a UN Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction to be adopted, defying extraordinary pressure from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu`s government in alliance with President-elect Donald Trump, according to CNN. The Security Council approved the resolution with 14 votes, with the US...

      Amid nuclear arms race, Trump releases friendly Putin letter
      Dec24

      Amid nuclear arms race, Trump releases friendly Putin letter

      President-elect Donald Trump on Friday made public a conciliatory holiday letter from Russian President Vladimir Putin and said the two countries can forge a constructive new relationship or ”travel an alternate path,” according to Yahoo News. Trump released the message, which was dated December 15, after reportedly shrugging off concerns he...

      Ukraine expects IMF decision on next loan tranche by end of January
      Dec23

      Ukraine expects IMF decision on next loan tranche by end of January

      Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk says Ukraine expects to conclude talks with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) about the next tranche of a $17.5 billion loan by the end of January 2017, according to Reuters. ”We are discussing amendments to the memorandum with the IMF. We hope to be ready for the IMF board meeting at the end of January,”...

      Putin explains why he does not agree to prisoner exchange with Ukraine
      Dec23

      Putin explains why he does not agree to prisoner exchange with Ukraine

      Russian President Vladimir Putin has explained why the ”representatives of Donbas” are not satisfied with the negotiations with Ukraine on the exchange of prisoners, according to an UNIAN correspondent from Russia. ”Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has once expressed the idea of an ”all for all”  exchange. I totally agree with that, but later...

      Putin says early presidential elections in 2017 possible
      Dec23

      Putin says early presidential elections in 2017 possible

      Russian President Vladimir Putin considers ”inappropriate” to hold early presidential elections in 2017 but at the same time admits they are possible. A journalist of The Wall Street Journal asked whether it was possible to hold early presidential elections next year. ”It is possible, but inappropriate,” Putin answered at a press conference in...

      ”We do not feel guilty” – Putin comments on Crimea annexation, Donbas war
      Dec23

      ”We do not feel guilty” – Putin comments on Crimea annexation, Donbas war

      Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that Russia is not to blame for the war in Donbas and other tragedies that have taken place in Ukraine over the past three years. Speaking at a press conference on Friday, he said that Russia had not been the initiator of ”what has happened,” according to the Ukrainska Pravda online newspaper. ”We do not...

      U.S. State Department appeals to Russia about accords on ”ceasefire” in Eastern Ukraine
      Dec23

      U.S. State Department appeals to Russia about accords on ”ceasefire” in Eastern Ukraine

      The U.S. State Department hopes that a long-term truce will be established in Donbas in connection with the intention of parties to armed conflict to observe the ”ceasefire” from midnight on December 24. ”The United States welcomes the trilateral contact group`s announcement of an agreement for a holiday ceasefire in eastern Ukraine – excuse me –...

      U.S. returns part of Okinawa island to Japan
      Dec23

      U.S. returns part of Okinawa island to Japan

      The return of land on Okinawa`s Northern Training Area will reduce the footprint of U.S. forces on the Japanese island by 20%, U.S. Department of Defense reports, according to Ukraine Today. The land that used to be a training area was returned during a ceremony hosted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at his office in Tokyo, Ukraine Today...