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Acting leader of Crimea Sergey Aksenov said that Crimea was ready to give the south-eastern part of Ukraine material aid, RIA Novosti reports.He expressed moral support for Sloviansk, Kramatorsk and Donetsk.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the Ukraine crisis and the Iranian nuclear program with Russian President Vladimir Putin in a telephone conversation on April 16. Netanyahu is probably facing rising pressure from the EU and the U.S. demanding to condemn Russia and support the West. Many Russian businessmen and politicians prefer to keep money in Israeli banks, so support of Israel in anti-Russian sanctions plays a very important role.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel that the first blood of self-defense activists in Kramatorsk (Ukraine) was putting Ukraine on the edge of a civil war.Alexey Vlasov, executive …

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Karl Georg Welman: “Russian gas supplies to Ukraine must be paid”

Karl Georg Welman, German MP from the CDU, member of the Foreign Policy Committee of the Bundestag, member of the German-Russian Parliamentary Group, and Alexander Rahr, Scientific Director of the German-Russian Forum, member of the Consultative Council of the International Discussion Club of Valdai, spoke about settlement of the problem of gas supplies to Ukraine and Europe and about the opportunity of establishing a trilateral consortium between Russia, Germany, and Ukraine.

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Ivan Grachyov on settlement of the gas issue with Ukraine

Ivan Grachyov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee for Energy, spoke about settlement of the gas supply problem with Ukraine and Europe, and what the chances are for establishing a multilateral consortium between Russia, Germany, and Ukraine for modernizing the gas transport system.

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Konstantin Simonov: “Ukraine is a pirate state”

Konstantin Simonov, the first vice principal of the Financial University under the Russian government, thinks that today nobody wants decentralization in Ukraine. However, according to the political scientist, nobody considers the interests of national minorities in the country, where everybody speaks about European values.

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US sends FBI and treasury experts to advise Ukrainian government

The US authorities have sent FBI, Treasury Department and Justice Department experts to Ukraine as part of additional economic and diplomatic assistance to Kiev, the US State Department affirmed Monday. As part of an extensive assistance package to Ukraine the US "sent a team of experts from the Treasury Department, Justice Department, and FBI to advise the Ukrainian government on how to investigate and collect evidence needed to recover stolen assets located abroad,"

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Kiev prosecutors have filed materials on Oleg Tsarev, a candidate for president and member of the Party of Regions, to the Ukrainian Unified Registry of Pre-Trial Studies for infringement of territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine, Interfax reports.The materials were initiated over his speeches in mass media, encouraging separatism. The Prosecutor General’s Office will request the parliament to remove Tsarev from the list of candidates for president. As a member of parliament, Tsarev is immune to prosecution.

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Russian legislator accuses Ukraine of following US orders

Alexey Pushkov, head of the Duma committee for international affairs, said that the visit by CIA Director John O. Brennan to Ukraine cast doubts about the independence of the new Ukrainian government from Washington, ITAR-TASS reports.Pushkov …

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NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said that it was too early to deploy forces in Eastern Europe, ITAR-TASS reports.He noted that no one should doubt the commitment of the Alliance to secure its members. The secretary general …

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Gaz System (Poland) will supply Ukraine with about 4 million cubic meters of gas, the maximum volume the Hermanovice can pump, RIA Novosti reports.Poland was the first state to supply Ukraine with gas from Europe in November 2012. Gas pumping …

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The May presidential polls in Ukraine will bring stability to the country, said Petr Poroshenko, a legislator and candidate for president, at a meeting with the head of the OSCE monitoring mission Tana de Zulueta in Kiev, Ukrinform reports.Poroshenko added that it would contribute to European security.

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