Russia and Ukraine

Putin holds phone call with Poroshenko

Russian President Vladimir Putin has held a telephone conversation with Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. "Yes, the conversation took …

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Director Kira Muratova passes away

Kira Muratova, one of the Russian-speaking world's most influential filmmakers, passes away. She was 83. Muratova died in Odessa, Ukraine, where she had lived and worked for many years, her husband, Yevgeny …

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Gazprom's Dutch assets frozen

Ukraine’s state-owned Naftogaz said a Dutch court had approved its petition to freeze Dutch assets of Gazprom to enforce an arbitration ruling that Naftogaz should receive $2.6 billion from the Russian company. In late May, Swiss …

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Crimea to simplify visa issuance to foreigners

The Crimean authorities are ready to organize centers for the entry of foreign tourists for a simplified visa application, the head of the Parliamentary Committee of the Republic for the Sanatorium and Resort Complex and Tourism, …

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NATO and Russia resumes dialogue

The first since last October NATO-Russia Council (NRC) convened today in Brussels.  "The Council had an open exchange on several topics, including the situation in and around Ukraine, issues related to military activities, …

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Will Naftogas seize Gazprom's European property?

Russian gas giant Gazprom said it was aware of actions by Ukrainian oil and gas firm Naftogaz to enforce an arbitration court ruling. Naftogaz said earlier today it had initiated the enforcement of a $2.6 billion award from the …

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Does Ukraine want to destroy Russia using sanctions?

Russia must be "crushed" by sanctions, just like the Soviet Union was destroyed by them at one time, George Tuka, Deputy Minister for the temporarily occupied territories and internally displaced persons of Ukraine, …

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Poroshenko and Merkel discuss Nord Stream 2

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke by telephone about Merkel’s visit to Russia last week, efforts to implement the Minsk agreement, gas transit through Ukraine, …

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 FSB shuts down extremist group in Crimea

The Federal Security Service (FSB) has shut down the activity of an extremist group in Crimea that had been created by an aide to Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada member of parliament, the FSB Center for Public Relations said. "The …

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Kiev extends sanctions against Russia

Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council added more people and legal entities to its sanctions list imposed on Russia. Kiev synchronized sanctions with the ones imposed by the US Treasury on April 6 and extended recent years’ …

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US delivers Javelin antitank missiles to Ukraine

The United States has confirmed its delivery of American-made, Javelin antitank missile systems to Ukraine. "They have already been delivered," RFE/RL cited a US State Department official as saying. In a statement …

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