Apr 17 2014 - 17:00
Members of the European Parliament have voted against the South Stream project. The decision has been made in the framework of the sanctions imposed on Russia after the country had taken conrol of the Crimea.
Apr 17 2014 - 16:14
Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatsenyuk doubts the success of the quadrilateral talks in Geneva. "I do not have too much hopes for this meeting because I do not believe the Russian side ... Now Russia plays only one game: further aggravation," he said quoted by "Interfax". As previously reported by VK, Geneva four-party talks to resolve the crisis in Ukraine take place today in Geneva. The talks involve Ukraine, Russia, the U.S. and the EU.
Apr 17 2014 - 15:24
The Ukrainian parliament plans to grant regions more authority as a concessions for the eastern parts of the country, according to Sergey Sobolev, head of the Fatherland fraction at the parliament, RIA Novosti reports.Regions will be authorized to form city and district councils, form own budget policy. The Russian language will have a fixed status in the eastern regions.
Apr 17 2014 - 15:14
Armenia will join the Customs Union on April 29, said acting Minister for Economy Vagram Avanesyan, News Armenia reports.Results of the membership negotiations will be announced on April 28. He did not give details about the membership terms.
Apr 17 2014 - 13:19
Russian President Vladimir Putin said that ministers were in touch with Ukrainian officials. He noted that Medvedev and Yatsenyuk, Naryshkin and Turchynov were in contact.The Russian leader called the presidential campaign in Ukraine unacceptable in the contact of the crisis and pressure on candidates from the east could not make the elections legitimate.Putin reminded that, according to the Constitution of Ukraine, the elections could not be held as long as Yanukovych remained the president.
Apr 17 2014 - 12:40
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, EU Chief Diplomat Catherine Ashton, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Ukrainian acting Foreign Minister Andrey Deshitsa have started a meeting in Geneva to discuss the Ukraine crisis, ITAR-TASS reports.The talks will continue for about 2 hours. They will be followed by informal meetings.