The Supreme Council of Transnistria has asked Russian President Vladimir Putin to recognize its independence. Transnistrian legislators refer to the right for self-determination and the 2006 referendum results when 97% of the population vote for independence. Sergey Cheban, head of the Transnistrian parliament commission for foreign policy and international affairs, said yesterday that recognition of the independent state was the main goal.
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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.
Constantine Romodanovsky, head of the Russian Federal Migration Service, said that there were signs of a humanitarian catastrophe in Ukraine, Interfax reports.He noted the rising number of requests for temporary residence from Ukraine.
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.
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.
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.
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,"
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.
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 …
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 …
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.