Caucasus-2020: Preparation for a new aggression?

Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered a snap “combat readiness check” involving 150,000 personnel and hundreds of aircraft and naval vessels to ensure security in Russia’s southwest, where he sees a “serious threat” from terrorism. Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on July 17 that the “check” had already begun and will test the readiness […]

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Russian Wagner Group complicating Libyan ceasefire efforts

The United States military command in Africa has accused the Kremlin-connected military contractor Wagner Group of violating a United Nations arms embargo and endangering the lives of innocent Libyans by laying land mines and improvised explosive devices in and around Tripoli. U.S. Africa Command said in a statement on July 15 that it had “verified […]

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Ukraine calls on OSCE to respond to killing of doctor in Donbas

Ukraine has called on OSCE participating states to respond to the killing by Russian occupation forces of a Ukrainian combat medic during an evacuation operation in Donbas, which constitutes a war crime, Deputy Permanent Representative of Ukraine to the International Organizations in Vienna Ihor Lossovskyi has said. He said that Ukrainian servicemen had previously received […]

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Policy regarding Ukraine and Russia will be among German priorities

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says that Germany’s policy regarding Ukraine and Russia will be one of the priorities for his country during the presidency of the Council of the European Union. According to him, there is “minimal consensus” within the European Union on the policy vis-à-vis Russia; it includes, among other things, the regular […]

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The Netherlands will force Russia to pay for MH17

The Dutch government is taking Russia to the European Court of Human Rights over the downing nearly six years ago of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 over eastern Ukraine, reports The New York Times. The Netherlands, home to roughly two-thirds of the victims, made the move to provide “maximum support” to individual cases brought to the […]

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Germany proposes first-ever use of EU cyber sanctions over Russia hacking

The German government has officially proposed that the European Union impose sanctions on Russian individuals responsible for a large-scale hacking of the Bundestag. It was the largest cyber hacking ever carried out against the Bundestag. In May, Germany’s attorney general issued an arrest warrant against Russian citizen Dmitry Badin, who is “strongly suspected of being […]

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Ukraine & NATO agree to strengthen military presence in Black Sea region

Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Taran and NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg discussed the security situation in eastern Ukraine and in the Black Sea and agreed to strengthen the military presence in the Black Sea region. They discussed these issues during a phone conversation on July 9, the press service of the Ministry of Defense reports. […]

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EU calls on Russia to end pressure on Crimean Tatars in occupied Crimea

The European Union has condemned systemic human rights abuses in the occupied Crimea and called on Russia to end the pressure on the Crimean Tatar community. “On 7 July 2020, seven individuals, mostly Crimean Tatars, were arrested in the Crimean peninsula for their alleged political affiliation. The European Union considers their detention to be politically […]

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Lithuania bans Russian television channel RT

Lithuania’s media watchdog has banned RT due its connection with Dmitry Kiselev, a Russian national who is under EU sanctions for his role in promoting Kremlin’s propaganda during the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea in 2014. The ban includes five different RT channels: RT, RT HD, RT Spanish, RT Documentary and RT Documentary HD. The move […]

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