Category: Ukraine

Russia to call for international probe into Zakharchenko’s murder at Contact Group meeting

Russia to call for international probe into Zakharchenko’s murder at Contact Group meeting

MOSCOW, September 4. /TASS/. Russia will call for an international investigation into the murder of head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko at the upcoming meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk, Russia’s envoy to the Minsk talks Boris Gryzlov told reporters on Tuesday. “We will raise the issue of an international investigation into the murder of DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko at a Contact Group meeting tomorrow,” he said. “I believe that this investigation should be as open an impartial as possible involving all participants in the Minsk process.” Gryzlov recalled that the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk…

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Normandy Four political directors to gather for another meeting in September

Normandy Four political directors to gather for another meeting in September

KIEV, August 22. /TASS/. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin has said that a meeting of the political directors of the Normandy Four countries (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine) will be held in September. “We are talking about resuming our conversations in the Normandy format. There will be another meeting in September, first, between the political directors to discuss the peacekeeping concept. I spoke with the German Foreign Ministry a few days ago and will talk with the French minister one of these days,” he told Ukraine’s Newsone TV channel on Wednesday. According to Klimkin, security issues, release of prisoners and the format of the Donbass…

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Trump's statements on lifting anti-Russian sanctions 'just rhetoric', says Russian MP

Trump’s statements on lifting anti-Russian sanctions ‘just rhetoric’, says Russian MP

MOSCOW, August 21. /TASS/. US President Donald Trump’s pronouncements about possible lifting of the anti-Russian sanctions in exchange for Russia’s concessions on Syria and Ukraine are nothing but sheer rhetoric to meet popular demand in the United States for better relations with Russia as the ultimate decision on that matter is up to the Congress, a senior Russian lawmaker told TASS on Tuesday. US President Donald Trump said in an interview with Reuters earlier that he was ready to look at possible lifting of the anti-Russian sanctions should Moscow did anything useful for Washington on Syria and Ukraine. “I don’t think the political weight of…

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Press review: Trump plays hardball on sanctions and Russia’s Afghan plan comes under fire

Press review: Trump plays hardball on sanctions and Russia’s Afghan plan comes under fire

  Media: Trump puts the ball in Putin’s court A US Federal Register notice is expected to be published on August 22, regarding new sanctions against Russia put together by the Trump administration in the wake of the alleged poisoning of former Russian military intelligence Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter in the British city of Salisbury. The new restrictions will include a total ban on the supply of electronic devices and other dual-use products to Russia. More tough measures may be taken in November, Russian media outlets report. According to Washington, Russia may escape the harsher sanctions if it provides credible guarantees not to…

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President says Ukraine will never accept Russia’s conditions for peace in Donbass

President says Ukraine will never accept Russia’s conditions for peace in Donbass

KIEV, August 22. /TASS/. Kiev will never accept Moscow’s conditions for resolving the Donbass conflict, Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko said at a meeting with former participants in the military operation in the country’s southeast on Wednesday. He once again accused Moscow of aggressive aspirations and unwillingness to search for a peaceful solution to the issue. “The key to peace can be found neither in Kiev, nor in Washington nor in Brussels,” Poroshenko said. “The Kremlin holds the key to peace. But if someone tries to impose Russia’s onerous terms on us, I would like to point out that it would be unacceptable not only for…

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Russian, Finnish presidents to meet in Sochi

Russian, Finnish presidents to meet in Sochi

MOSCOW, August 22. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto will hold talks in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on Wednesday, August 22. According to the Kremlin press service, the two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral relations and pressing international issues. “Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto who will pay a working visit to Russia on August 22, 2018, in Sochi,” the Kremlin press service said. “During the talks, it is planned to discuss the key issues of Russian-Finnish cooperation and some pressing global and regional issues.” Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier…

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Jury finds Manafort guilty on 8 counts, mistrial declared in 10

Jury finds Manafort guilty on 8 counts, mistrial declared in 10

The Virginia jury deliberating the 18 federal charges against former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort could only reach consensus on 8 counts, finding him guilty. The judge has declared a mistrial on the 10 remaining counts. Manafort was found guilty on five counts of tax fraud, one count of hiding foreign bank accounts, and two counts of bank fraud. The veteran political operative was charged with a laundry list offenses related to his income from lobbying for the government of Ukraine prior to 2014. If convicted on all counts, he would have faced over 300 years in prison. None of the charges are in any…

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Russia, China, Mongolia to hold largest military drills since the Soviet era

Russia, China, Mongolia to hold largest military drills since the Soviet era

Russia is preparing to hold the largest military exercises in decades. The drills, in which China and Mongolia will participate as well, will be of an “unprecedented” scale, the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said. A series of drills, which will hold a joint title ‘Vostok-2018’ will take place in Russia’s Siberia and Far East and will be “of unprecedented scale when it comes both to geographical coverage and to the total number of troops and forces taking part in it,” the Russian defense minister added. Shoigu said that the drills will be bigger than the biggest training exercise in Soviet history, held back in…

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US State Dept: U.S. Strategy Toward the Russian Federation

Remarks A. Wess Mitchell Assistant Secretary, Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs Senate Foreign Relations Committee Washington, DC August 21, 2018 As delivered Chairman Corker, Ranking Member Menendez, thank you for inviting me to testify today. If you’ll indulge me, I want to start with a piece of welcome news, it’s unrelated to this morning’s testimony. Yesterday, August 20th, the U.S. government removed to Germany, Jakiw Palij, a former Nazi camp guard at the notorious, Trawniki slave labor camp for Jews in Nazi-occupied Poland. While this process took far longer than we wanted, the removal of this individual can bring some comfort to Holocaust survivors and…

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Trumps’ statements on lifting anti-Russian sanctions 'just rhetoric', says Russian MP

Trumps’ statements on lifting anti-Russian sanctions ‘just rhetoric’, says Russian MP

MOSCOW, August 21. /TASS/. US President Donald Trump’s pronouncements about possible lifting of the anti-Russian sanctions in exchange for Russia’s concessions on Syria and Ukraine are nothing but sheer rhetoric to meet popular demand in the United States for better relations with Russia as the ultimate decision on that matter is up to the Congress, a senior Russian lawmaker told TASS on Tuesday. US President Donald Trump said in an interview with Reuters earlier that he was ready to look at possible lifting of the anti-Russian sanctions should Moscow did anything useful for Washington on Syria and Ukraine. “I don’t think the political weight of…

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US slapped sanctions on Russia not due to Syria or Ukraine, but to deter Moscow — Lavrov

US slapped sanctions on Russia not due to Syria or Ukraine, but to deter Moscow — Lavrov

© Alexander Shcherbak/TASS SOCHI, August 21. /TASS/. Washington has introduced sanctions against Moscow only because of the wish to promote the policy of deterring Russia, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday. “Everyone understands that the sanctions against Russia were launched not because of Syria and not because of Ukraine or Crimea, or whatever, but only because of the wish to use the methods of unfair competition and promote the absolutely dead-end policy of deterring the Russian Federation,” Lavrov noted. “Problems with the Syrian settlement and the Ukrainian settlement are rooted not in Russia’s position, but in the unwillingness of certain circles – both in…

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Sergey Lavrov’s remarks following talks with Serbian Minister Ivica Dacic in Sochi

Ladies and gentlemen, We have held the first part of our talks, and we will continue at the working breakfast. We reiterated our commitment to the all-round strengthening of our strategic partnership as agreed by Russian President Vladimir Putin and Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, including as part of their talks during celebrations of the anniversary of Victory on May 8 and 9. During that visit, President Vucic invited President Putin to visit Serbia, and we are now working on making this visit happen. Contacts between our respective ministries are very intensive. I was in Belgrade in February where we celebrated the 180th anniversary of our…

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Rise of Crimea: How this strategic republic has become a symbol & star of 'New Russia'

Rise of Crimea: How this strategic republic has become a symbol & star of ‘New Russia’

A piece featured The Duran about two weeks ago noted that the Crimean “takeover”, as it is called by the West, is anything but a descent into the darkness of live under the evil overlord President Vladimir Putin. As a matter of fact, the (real) referendum and vote that was taken in 2014 has not been redone, nor have the people in Crimea expressed any regret over rejoining the Russian Federation. Yes, “rejoining.” Crimea was “given” to Ukraine by the General Secretary of the Soviet Union, Nikita Kruschev in 1954. However, it was part of Russia from the time of the Russian defeat of the…

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Orthodox Grandma Teaches Street Preacher a Lesson

Orthodox Grandma Teaches Street Preacher a Lesson

Over five hundred years before any Protestants existed, St. Vladimir of Kiev was overseeing the spread of the Christian Gospel through lands that are now part of modern day Russia and Ukraine. Since that time, countless millions of Christians have built tens of thousands of churches throughout these lands. Centuries later, an American street preacher arrives in this country that has already had the Gospel for a thousand years, and he starts trying to preach a modern version of the Gospel. An Orthodox Christian babushka confronts him and sets him straight, informing him that she and Jesus are already well acquainted. Start watching at around 3:05 on…

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Kremlin wants to know why Trump wants Kiev to do nothing

Kremlin wants to know why Trump wants Kiev to do nothing

The Kremlin welcomes the statements rom US President Donald Trump about his readiness to cooperate on Syria and Ukraine to lift anti-Russian sanctions. The Russian authorities expect  Washington to take certain actions in this direction, Putin’s official spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “We hear many different statements. Of course, one should realize which conditions are being discussed. We certainly welcome the statements that confirm the willingness to cooperate, but we would welcome certain actions even more,” Peskov said. “No one except Russia contributes to the political and diplomatic settlement of the situation in Syria, so that life in the country gets back to normal and…

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Putin, Finland’s president to discuss Syria and bilateral economic cooperation — Kremlin

Putin, Finland’s president to discuss Syria and bilateral economic cooperation — Kremlin

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, August 21. /TASS/. During the upcoming negotiations between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Finland’s President Sauli Niinisto, which will take place on Wednesday, August 22, they will discuss a wide range of issues on the bilateral and regional agenda. Namely, they will focus on trade and economic cooperation between both countries, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov informed. “The visit was agreed upon in advance,” the Kremlin representative reminded. “You know that there was a brief contact with Finland’s President Niinisto in Helsinki after the meeting with [US President Donald] Trump, and the dialogue about bilateral trade and economic cooperation will continue.” Peskov…

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Kremlin expects specific proposals on Syria and Ukraine from Trump

Kremlin expects specific proposals on Syria and Ukraine from Trump

MOSCOW, August 21. /TASS/. The Kremlin is waiting for specific proposals on cooperation to resolve the situation in Syria and Ukraine, which, according to US President Donald Trump, is the condition for lifting anti-Russian sanctions, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “We need to understand what conditions [for removing sanctions] are meant specifically,” he said. “Of course, we welcome statements, which confirm willingness to cooperate. However, we would welcome any specific actions even more,” Peskov added.

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Russia gives up on helicopter carriers, Armata tanks and Su-57 jets

Russia gives up on helicopter carriers, Armata tanks and Su-57 jets

On August 20, Russia’s Minister for Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov, said that Russia would not be building its own helicopter carriers. However, in June of this year, deputy commander-in-chief of the Navy for armament, Vice-Admiral Viktor Bursuk, said that Russian helicopter carriers would be built after 2020. “We will have these ships, they are included in the ship-building program, and they will be built during the second stage of the implementation of the program – after 2020,” Bursuk said a few months ago. Even earlier, Russian ship-builders unveiled a model of the Russian helicopter carrying vessel. The project was called “Priboi.” After the presentation,…

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'Not even for a moment': Trump says 'not considering' lifting sanctions unless Russia does 'something good' - New poll reveals most Americans favor diplomacy over sanctions

‘Not even for a moment’: Trump says ‘not considering’ lifting sanctions unless Russia does ‘something good’ – New poll reveals most Americans favor diplomacy over sanctions

US President Donald Trump set tongues wagging when he admitted he could potentially “consider” lifting sanctions on Russia if Moscow ever makes concessions and does something “good” for Washington on issues like Syria and Ukraine. “I haven’t thought about it. But no, I’m not considering it at all,” Trump responded to Reuters’ question about whether he would consider lifting sanctions against Russia. “I would consider it if they do something that would be good for us. But I wouldn’t consider it without that,” he added. “In other words, I wouldn’t consider it, even for a moment, unless something was go – we have a lot…

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As new poll claims 75% of Americans believe Russia meddled, Trump says he "wouldn't even consider, not even for a moment" lifting sanctions

As new poll claims 75% of Americans believe Russia meddled, Trump says he “wouldn’t even consider, not even for a moment” lifting sanctions

US President Donald Trump set tongues wagging when he admitted he could potentially “consider” lifting sanctions on Russia if Moscow ever makes concessions and does something “good” for Washington on issues like Syria and Ukraine. “I haven’t thought about it. But no, I’m not considering it at all,” Trump responded to Reuters’ question about whether he would consider lifting sanctions against Russia. “I would consider it if they do something that would be good for us. But I wouldn’t consider it without that,” he added. “In other words, I wouldn’t consider it, even for a moment, unless something was go – we have a lot…

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Trump might consider lifting Russia sanctions if Moscow works with US on Syria and Ukraine

Trump might consider lifting Russia sanctions if Moscow works with US on Syria and Ukraine

President of the United States Donald Trump © EPA-EFE/Mark Wilson / POOL WASHINGTON, August 21. /TASS/. President of the United States Donald Trump would be ready to consider the possibility of lifting the US sanctions on Russia if Moscow begins taking joint steps with Washington, including on Syria and Ukraine, he said this on Monday in an interview with Reuters. Trump said that the question of lifting US sanctions on Russia was not brought up during his recent meeting with Vladimir Putin, however, he stated a condition for its possible withdrawal. “I would consider it if they do something that would be good for us. But…

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Trump might consider lifting sanctions on RF if Moscow works with US on Syria and Ukraine

Trump might consider lifting sanctions on RF if Moscow works with US on Syria and Ukraine

President of the United States Donald Trump © EPA-EFE/Mark Wilson / POOL WASHINGTON, August 21. /TASS/. President of the United States Donald Trump would be ready to consider the possibility of lifting the US sanctions on Russia if Moscow begins taking joint steps with Washington, including on Syria and Ukraine, he said this on Monday in an interview with Reuters. Trump said that the question of lifting US sanctions on Russia was not brought up during his recent meeting with Vladimir Putin, however, he stated a condition for its possible withdrawal. “I would consider it if they do something that would be good for us. But…

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Wishful thinking: Atlantic Council fantasizes about how Russia 'probably' will influence US politics

Wishful thinking: Atlantic Council fantasizes about how Russia ‘probably’ will influence US politics

Russia is “likely” using a “three-pronged” strategy to influence US politics, according to bombshell speculation by the Atlantic Council. RT interviewing newsworthy people is even cited as evidence of this dangerous plot. The article, “We Regret to Inform You That Russia Is (Probably) At It Again,” is co-authored by none other than Evelyn Farkas, a dutiful Russia-basher and senior fellow at the NATO-funded Atlantic Council. Her particular skillset was put to good use when she served as former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Russia, Ukraine, and Eurasia during the Obama administration. True to form, Farkas employs generous dollops of “may,” “could,” and “likely” as…

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Press review: Do Putin, Merkel see eye to eye and will Turkey’s S-400 deal threaten NATO

Press review: Do Putin, Merkel see eye to eye and will Turkey’s S-400 deal threaten NATO

  Media: Putin, Merkel synchronize watches on pressing global issues Saturday’s meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at Meseberg Palace, outside Berlin, attests to the intensifying cooperation between the two major European powers in spite of all the discord in bilateral relations that has accumulated recently, Izvestia writes. The fact that both sides see eye to eye on the need to shield the implementation of the Nord Stream 2 project from third countries proves that too. Putin and Merkel not only exchanged views on key issues, they also made it clear that the two countries are ready to move from…

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Russia refuses to build helicopter carriers, but considers aircraft carriers

Russia refuses to build helicopter carriers, but considers aircraft carriers

Russia will not build its own helicopter carriers for the navy, the Minister of Industry and Trade, Denis Manturov said. “Questions related to the construction of an aircraft carrier for the Russian Navy are currently under discussion. As for the construction of helicopter carriers, I can say for sure that helicopter carriers will not be built,” the official said. However, Manturov specified that the Russian Navy should have vessels capable of carrying helicopters. It goes about aircraft-carrying cruisers that should be equipped with helicopters, as well as amphibious ships, where helicopters will be used for landing operations. In July 2016, it was reported that the…

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Paris may host new Normandy Quartet summit

MOSCOW, August 20. /TASS/. A new Normandy Quartet summit, involving the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany, may take place in Paris but no dates have been determined yet, Russian Presidential Aide Yuri Ushakov said in an interview with the Izvestia daily. “Experts have been instructed to continue preparations for such a meeting. However, no time frames have been set though the possibility of a meeting was discussed. Plans are to hold the meeting in the French capital of Paris,” Ushakov said. According to him, thorough preparations for the meeting must be made in order to achieve real results. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov…

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Italy arrests three men accused of fighting for Donbass against Ukrainian aggression

Italy arrests three men accused of fighting for Donbass against Ukrainian aggression

For years they traveled with ease from Italy to take part in the Russia-backed insurgency in eastern Ukraine. Many boasted of their martial exploits on social media and in videos, often decked out in camouflage fatigues and brandishing weapons. Comment: Good for them. The more help the Donbass gets the better. They’re the ones fighting actual Nazis, after all. And for years, authorities in Italy largely turned a blind eye, failing to stop these mercenaries despite protests and complaints from officials and others in Kyiv. Comment: And yet authorities around the Western world still turn a blind eye to every other fact of the Ukraine…

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Text of Trump letter delivered by Rand Paul to Putin leaked

Text of Trump letter delivered by Rand Paul to Putin leaked

The Gateway Pundit has obtained a copy of the letter that President Donald Trump gave Senator Rand Paul to give to Vladimir Putin. Senator Rand Paul delivered the letter to the Kremlin last week during his trip to Moscow. The letter, penned on August 1, begins with “Dear President Putin,” but has “President Putin” crossed out with thick black marker and “Vladimir” written over it by President Trump to make it more personal. It states that he enjoyed the meeting and looks forward to the next one in DC after the New Year. “It remains my view that it is vital for us to engage…

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