Posts tagged as Moscow

Lithuanian president refuses comment on Estonian colleague’s trip to Moscow

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite refused on Tuesday to comment on the visit made by Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid to Moscow lately. “I cannot make judgements about the behavior of other countries’ leaders,” Grybauskaite told reporters in Vilnius. Kaljulaid opened Estonia’s renovated embassy building in Moscow and met with President Vladimir Putin during her trip to the Russian capital in April. The Estonian leader said after the meeting that they “discussed…

Gallery: Renovated Estonian Embassy in Moscow to be reopened Thursday

Thursday, April 18, 2019

President Kersti Kaljulaid will on Thursday formally reopen the newly renovated Estonian Embassy building in Moscow. Since its beginning in 1921, Estonia’s diplomatic mission in Moscow has operated in the same building. The Estonian Embassy is located in the heart of historic Moscow, sandwiched between Maly Kislovsky Pereulok and Kalashny Pereulok. The Kremlin, the Arbat and the Moscow Conservatory are all right nearby. The building itself, an early art nouveau-style…

Lithuanians plan to open iLunch restaurants in Moscow, Warsaw

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Inovatyvus Restoranai, the owner of six iLunch restaurants operating in Vilnius business centers, is planning to expand the chain to Moscow and Warsaw, according to the business daily Verslo Zinios reported LETA/BNS. “We are entering Moscow through our acquaintances, people who have big businesses in Russia. We have serious partners,” it quoted Inovatyvus Restoranai Director Aurelijus Jasevicius as saying. “Plans call for opening at least 50 lunch restaurants in Moscow…

Cost of renovation of Estonian embassy in Moscow to be opened in April totals EUR 20 mln

Thursday, March 28, 2019

The final cost of the renovation of the Estonian embassy in Moscow, which is to be opened mid-April, was 20 million euros, that is two million euros less than initially planned. “Approximately 22 million euros had been initially planned for the project, but the Ministry of Foreign Affairs carried some work out on a smaller scale and at a lower cost,” ministry spokespeople told BNS. In November, the government decided…

The Orientalism of Western Russophobia

By Max Parry on Saturday, March 9, 2019

Last year marked the 40th anniversary of the publication of Edward W. Said’s pioneering book, Orientalism, as well as fifteen years since the Palestinian-American intellectual’s passing. To bid farewell to such an important scholar shortly after the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq, which Said fiercely criticized until his dying breath before succumbing to leukemia, made an already tremendous loss that much more impactful. His seminal text forever reoriented political discourse by…

Congress has new questions for Donald Trump Jr

By John Santucci on Friday, March 8, 2019

Congressional investigators are making plans to ask Donald Trump Jr. to return to Capitol Hill, in part, to ask why he told lawmakers under oath that he knew “very little” about a deal with Russian developers in 2016 to put the Trump brand on a skyscraper in Moscow, sources familiar with the matter told ABC News. Sworn testimony from the president’s eldest son appears to conflict with testimony from former Trump Organization attorney…

For Kremlin, Ukrainian election a choice between lesser of three evils

By Andrew Osborn on Friday, March 8, 2019

Before Russia annexed Crimea and backed separatists in east Ukraine, Moscow had a Ukrainian president who did much of what it wanted. Now, as Ukraine readies to elect a new leader, none of the main candidates look that enticing to Russia. Viktor Yanukovich, the last Moscow-friendly Ukrainian president, was toppled by protests in 2014 and fled to Russia, and Petro Poroshenko, his successor, has put fierce opposition to Moscow at…

Russia defense chief calls Baltic buildup a response to NATO

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Russia will add new tank and missile defense units to its Baltic fleet this year along with more modern weaponry for forces positioned in the vicinity of NATO turf, the country’s defense minister said. Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu told Russian state media on Wednesday the moves were a response to NATO’s growing presence in and around the Baltics. “We are forced to provide an adequate response, carrying out strategic containment…

The Baltic sky sold to NATO

By Vairis Godmanis on Wednesday, February 27, 2019

NATO systematically accompanies Russian aircraft over the Baltics. At the same time, the Russian Defense Ministry has repeatedly stated that all flights that had been carried out strictly complied with international rules for the use of airspace over neutral waters, without violating other state’s borders. On February 18 – 24 NATO fighter aircraft conducting the NATO Air Policing Mission in the Baltic states were scrambled three times to identify and…

Donbas war could be ended with U.N. peacekeepers, Ukraine believes

Thursday, February 21, 2019

A peacekeeping mission with the mandate of the U.N. to Eastern Ukraine could bring the Donbas war to an end, but first Secretary-General Antonio Guterres should send an assessment delegation to evaluate the possible options, stated Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. American news agency AP reports that on Wednesday, February 20, addressing the 193-member General Assembly that it may also be time for the international community «to put Russia in its…