The creation of the Eurasian Economic Union has been predetermined by three historical aspects, which, within the framework of close cooperation, determine the direction of the economies of the member states. These three formats, which are interfaced to one degree or another, gave the prototype of the EAEU.
Erdogan made a statement that he does not recognize the Crimea as part of Russia. The Kremlin representative said that the Union of Russia and Turkey is impossible after Erdogan’s words about Crimea. “Erdogan has his own agenda. We can’t even talk about any ‘Union’,” Pushkov said.
Russia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Alexander Shulgin, was summoned to the Dutch Foreign Ministry after Russia decided not to participate in trilateral consultations on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in 2014. That’s according to a message from the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister, Stef Blok, to the Dutch Parliament.
Recently, the American strategic bombers were observed over Ukraine skies near the capital and the Black Sea. Kiev and Odessa residents reported seeing them in the sky, during the active phase of the joint efforts exercise. Hence, the US bombers seen did not enter the Ukraine air space by accident.
This week, the Ukraine Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Alexey Danilov, dealt a decisive blow to the “unruly” Russian social network Vkontakte. VK is a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg. VK is available in multiple languages but it is predominantly used by Russian-speakers.
This weekend it became clear that Poland is working on the integration project with Lithuania. Hence, it would create the new Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth. This would also mean that both nations will be leaving the EU. It should be noted, Poland and Lithuania have been on the forefront of the Belarus situation.
Belarus continues to experience a challenging situation. There have been casualties and mass arrests. This week, President Alexander Lukashenko met with the Russian President, Vladimir Putin. During the meeting, Putin provided Lukashenko with financial aid and support.
The Israeli government has chosen to begin its lockdown a few hours before the Jewish New Year, called Rosh Hashanah, will be celebrated. The lockdown will continue for three weeks, extending into the holiday of Yom Kippur and Sukkot. The lockdown will begin at 2:00 in the afternoon.
Exiled Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has demanded the immediate release of her political collaborator, Maria Kolesnikova, who was arrested by the Belarusian authorities yesterday. Tikhanovskaya issued a statement Tuesday from exile in Lithuania.
Belarus has been embroiled in protests all August. The protests intensified after the presidential election on the August 9th. The election was flawed, yet Russia recognized the election as legitimate. Nevertheless, the opposition leader Svetlana Tichanovskaya had to leave the country, due to the alleged attempt on her life.
On Friday, a Russian language teacher was arrested in the Ukrainian city of Kherson. She is remanded in custody until October 9th. This is unsafe, as Coronavirus numbers continue to increase in Ukraine. The pandemic is taking a huge toll on Ukraine now. The accused, Tatyana Kuzmich, is charged with treason.
Alexei Navalny has received attention from the Western leaders. His alleged poisoning by tea in Siberia, and consequent induced coma, made the international headlines. Currently, he is receiving treatment in Charite Clinic in Germany. Chancellor Angela Merkel demanded the alleged poisoning to be investigated by Russia.
The Canadian government has confirmed that it has received a report from Iran’s Islamic Republic Aviation Authority about the crash of Flight 752, but this initial report contains only “limited and selected information.” Two federal cabinet ministers said they expect Iran to answer all questions.
Turkey has estimated the gas reserves found in the Black Sea at about $ 65 billion. This was stated by the Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey Fatih Dönmez, reports Reuters. Experts clarify that the declared volumes of gas may be enough for the country for a short time. The country will use up 320 billion cubic meters in just six years on its own.
Touraj Dehghani Zanganeh, head of the Iran Aviation Authority, confirmed that Iran would soon begin talks in Tehran on compensation for the victims of the Ukrainian airliner. Flight 752 (PS752) flight from Tehrand to Kiev operated by Ukraine International Airlines. on January 08, 2020, was shot down and all 174 passengers and crew died.
Alexey Zhuravko, ex-deputy of the Ukrainian Verkhovna Rada, made a post on his Facebook page alleging that Ukrainian nationalists and radicals with experience in organizing street riots in their own country traveled en masse through the territory of Poland to Belarus. Zhuravko is now a journalist for Politnavigator news.
Belarus has been in turmoil since the election on August 9th. At this point, it is for President Alexander Lukashenko to hold on to power or not. It largely depends on his action. There are certain external actors that are involved in the process. The reason for such diverse actors is based on Lukashenko playing multiple arenas.
Belarus continues to be in turmoil. The flawed election Sunday resulted in massive protests, deaths, and mass detainment of protesters. Some released reports of being tortured by the Belarusian KGB. However, the alleged Wagner mercenaries arrested in Minsk have been released, and made it safely back to Russia.
In the last 24 hours, 1,592 new cases of coronavirus infection have been detected in Ukraine, a record in the country for the entire epidemic. Most infections are in Kharkiv and Lviv regions. On the last day, 22 people died who were confirmed to be infected with the coronavirus, 530 patients recovered.
Lithuania, Poland, and Ukraine formed a geopolitical triplet called the Lublin Triangle. There are conjoined statements by the Foreign Ministers of the three countries expressing “deep concern over the escalation of the situation in Belarus,” following the country’s presidential elections.
In Ukraine, 1,008 new cases of coronavirus infection have been recorded in the last 24 hours, 387 patients have recovered, and 25 people with coronavirus have died. Most infections are in Lviv (130), Ivano-Frankivsk (121), Kharkiv (117), and Chernivtsi (108) oblasts. Sixty-six new cases were recorded in Kyiv.
This week, a scandal pertaining to the detainment of Wagner mercenaries made international news. Belarus, and Minsk in particular, was used by Wagner as a transport hub in the period of the Coronavirus pandemic closures. This information became available to the WarGonzo project from the Russian Special Forces sources.
Ukraine’s foreign minister Dmytro Kuleba says flight recorders from Ukraine International Airlines flight 752(PS752), which was shot down in Iran in January, were successfully decrypted in France yesterday. He said Ukraine expects an impartial investigation, justice, and compensation from Iran.
In the center of Lutsk on Tuesday morning, an armed man hijacked a bus with about 10 hostages. He had an explosive device and a weapon, according to the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Ukraine on Facebook. It is unknown at this time whether there were any injuries or damage to the bus.
Over the past 24 hrs, the System of Monitoring the Spread of the Coronavirus Epidemic of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine reported 731 new cases of coronavirus infection in the country. At the same time, 354 patients recovered, and eight patients with COVID-19 have died.
Mohsen Baharvand, Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran for International and Legal Affairs, announced that the black box of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, which was shot down over the skies of Tehran by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps on January 8, has been sent to France.
On the sixth anniversary of the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in the skies over Donbass, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine declared that it will do everything possible to establish justice in the plane crash, and calls on Russia to recognize its responsibility for the crime.
Ukraine’s Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Yevhen Yenin has said that his country may, “sooner or later,” sue Iran in the International Court of Justice over the crash of a passenger plane. However, Yenin insisted Ukraine was committed to resolving the issue through “negotiations.”
Russia participated in the “Normandy format” talks that were hosted by Germany on Friday. The negotiations lasted the whole day. Representatives from France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine participated at the summit, which was held in Berlin. The Normandy Format Talks were created in 2014, after Crimea’s annexation by Russia.
Today is a big day for former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The Ukrainian Prosecutor General will expect Poroshenko in his office under suspicion of committing a crime under Article 109, “actions aimed at overthrowing the constitutional order.” Such a charge carries five to ten years in prison.
On Wednesday, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, spoke at a joint press conference with President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. During a press conference, President Trump said that the United States plans to reduce American military personnel stationed in Germany.
The issue of reading the black box of a Ukrainian passenger plane seems to be coming to an end. French officials have announced that they will begin reading the black box on July 20. The passenger plane was shot down by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps on January 8.
On June 26, the head of the Russian delegation in Vienna stated that there are no prerequisites for the modernization of the Vienna Document, which was initiated by 34 states. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) held its annual conference in Vienna from June 23-25. The statement came post-OSCE Conference.
Ukraine is going to hold local elections in October 2020. Due to the Coronavirus, campaigns for the autumn elections must be adapted to the new norm, with coronavirus restrictions and social distancing. Therefore, it is difficult to hold a rally or a large gathering of people to convey your platform message.
Russia’s Federal Security Bureau (FSB) announced the arrest of the head of the district Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Kursk region, Police Lieutenant Colonel Dmitry Borzenkov, on Monday. He is charged with high treason pertaining the transmission of information constituting Russian State secrets to the SBU (Security Service of Ukraine).
A new documentary called “Russia, Kremlin, Putin” aired on Russia-1 TV channel on Sunday, mostly about Russian President Vladimir Putin. The documentary was a compilation of Putin’s interviews from the past to the present, including statements and artifacts that have never been seen before.
Expenditures on medicine in Ukraine will increase by another 8 billion Ukranian hryvnias, and the salaries of all Ukrainian doctors will be increased from September 1, said Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. The President made his remarks in a speech on the occasion of the Medical Worker’s Day.
The campaign #НашВыборРоссия (“Our Choice — Russia”), which started in Donetsk on June 1, in honor of Russia Day, is declared indefinite. This was reported on the official site of the self-proclaimed republic. The press service of the organization recalled statements made by the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin.
Former National Security Advisor John Bolton alleges that President Trump begged for help from his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, in order to be re-elected this year. Bolton’s controversial new book, entitled “The Room Where It Happened: A White House Memoir,” is set to be released on June 23.
Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the scheduled vote on amendments to the Russian Constitution will run from June 25 to July 1. According to the Kremlin, the ballot will not contain separate items for each amendment; voters can only vote for the entire package at once by answering just one question: “Do you Approve of changes to the Constitution of the Russian Federation?” Yes or No?
Ukraine ranks fifth amongst the fastest growing freelance markets at over 35% of world growth in the Global Gig Economy Index. This is likely due to Ukraine’s special tax regulation for freelancers and digital product companies that exempt them from the value-added tax, which has accelerate their growth far ahead of most countries.
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the Nuclear Weapons decree on June 2. The decree titled “On The Basis Of The State Policy Of The Russian Federation In The Field of Nuclear Deterrence” is a document regulating the conditions under which Russia has the right to launch a nuclear strike against an aggressor (or a pack of aggressors). The main goal is to legalize the use of nuclear weapons in limited local conflicts.
Consultations on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas area should begin with the participation of Ukraine, the US and the UK according to the Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Olexii Reznikov. On March 4 the Ukrainian Parliament approved the country’s new Cabinet of Ministers. Due to his appointment as Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine – Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, Reznikov has ceased his partnership in Asters law firm.
Shopping and entertainment centers in Kyiv will open on Saturday, May 30, but without the operation of entertainment zones, and in compliance with sanitary norms and regulations, said Kyiv Mayor Vitaliy Klitschko. He made this announcement at an online briefing on Wednesday, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
Last week, there was a press conference in Ukraine pertaining to “New facts of the international corruption and external governance.” The event organizers were the non-factional Deputy Andrey Derkach and ex-head of the special group of prosecutors Konstantin Kulik. At the press conference, seven fragments of conversations were released between President Petro Poroshenko, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.
This Saturday the body of Ukrainian MP Valery Davydenko was found by the toilet. The cleaning lady who found his body stated that he appeared to have a gunshot wound to the head. The location was the office of the European Solidarity party, a political party in Ukraine. It has its roots in a parliamentary group called Solidarity dating from 2000 and has existed since in various forms as a political outlet for Petro Poroshenko.
Ukrainian prosecutors will investigate leaked tapes allegedly featuring former President Petro Poroshenko and then-U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. The heavily-edited contents concern conditions for a $1 billion loan between the two former leaders. The tapes, which have yet to be authenticated, were released on May 19 by a pro-Russian Ukrainian lawmaker.
Ukrainian MP passed to the Prosecutor’s office materials about “Biden’s influence on Poroshenko.” The just released tapes are conversations between former US Vice President Joseph Biden and former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. People’s Deputy of Ukraine Andriy Derkach released audio materials that, according to him, may indicate the influence of Biden on the fifth President of Ukraine.