It is unbecoming of the Western states to seek to reduce relations with Russia solely to the situation in Donbass, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said in an interview with the Kommersant daily.
Kazakhstan is ready to organize talks on the Donbass reconciliation in its capital Astana if the parties to the conflict agree, Kazakhstan’s UN envoy Kairat Umarov said, commenting on the possibility of relocating the talks, currently held in the Belarusian capital, Minsk.
The US federal government had to stop working on Saturday midnight (January 20) local time due to lack of funding, RIA reports.
This happened after Republicans and Democrats in the Senate could not agree on the adoption of a new bill that would allow transferring funds to the activities of state institutions.
The nationalist battalion Azov is armed with US weapons, in particular TOW antitank missiles, while US drones and a reconnaissance plane have been spotted on the borders with some regions in Donbass since the start of this year, Russia’s OSCE Ambassador Alexander Lukashevich told at a session of the OSCE Permanent Council on Thursday.
"The aim is very plain and clear: to declare war on Russia in the sphere of symbols, to provoke Russian authorities, to dig a deep dividing precipice between the Polish and Russian peoples".
The composition of the mission of UN peacekeepers in Donbass should be determined by Kiev and the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said at a press conference on the Russian diplomacy activities in 2017.
Ukraine’s military hardware remaining in the Crimea is hardly of any interest for Kiev due to its deplorable state, member of the Defense and Security Committee in the upper house of Russia’s parliament Olga Kovitidi told TASS on Friday.
The Investigative Committee of Russia has already initiated over 200 criminal cases on the facts of crimes in Donbass, the chairman of the Investigation Committee (IC) of the Russian Federation, Alexander Bastrykin, said in an interview with Rossiyskaya Gazeta.
The United States does not plan to supply TOW anti-tank complexes to Ukraine, the Pentagon reported.
"There are no plans to sell or transfer TOW to Ukraine," Pentagon spokesman Johnny Michael said.
Russia’s Investigative Committee has opened a number of criminal cases on charges of rehabilitation of Nazism in Ukraine, chairman of the Russian Investigative Committee Alexander Bastrykin said in an interview with the Rossiiskaya Gazeta daily.
Russian President Vladimir Putin did hold a meeting with Viktor Medvedchuk, the leader of the Ukrainian Choice movement and Kiev’s representative to the humanitarian subgroup of the Contact Group on resolving the situation in Donbass, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, declining to elaborate when the meeting had taking place.
Lithuanian volunteer Mikus Alps, who fought in the Ukrainian Volunteer Army, and then helped it, was killed on the British island of Guernsey. This was reported by Alps' colleagues on the page in Facebook.
The UN peacekeeping mission in Donbass makes sense if it will contribute to the improvement of the situation of the civilian population in the region, Steffen Seibert, an official representative of the German Cabinet of Ministers, said at a briefing.
In 2017 Ukraine imported Russian coal for more than $1.55 billion, which is 56.57% of its total imports. This is evidenced by customs data of the Ukrainian State Fiscal Service (SFS).
The court of the French city of Aix-en-Provence has postponed the hearings scheduled for Thursday, January 11, on the case of the closure of the Representative Center of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in Marseilles, France, to March 1, reported the Head of the Rep
The situation in Donbass acquires features of a frozen conflict, it is out of anybody’s favour, the implementation of the Minsk agreements on Ukraine, including the adoption of a law on the special status of Donbass, would completely suit Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin said.