Posts tagged as russia

Relatives of victims mark 5th anniversary of MH17 downing

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Five years after a missile blew Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 out of the sky above eastern Ukraine, relatives and friends of those killed gathered Wednesday at a Dutch memorial to mark the anniversary. Hours before the start of a memorial ceremony, families began arriving, many holding hands and clutching bunches of sunflowers. The names of all 298 passengers and crew killed on July 17, 2014, will be read out at…

Two Russian Tu-160 strategic bombers carry out patrolling mission over Baltic Sea

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Two Russian Tupolev Tu-160 strategic bombers have carried out a planned patrolling mission over neutral waters of the Baltic Sea, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday. “The flight lasted for more than seven hours,” it said. At certain stages of the flight, Danish, Finnish and Swedish fighter aircraft were scrambled to intercept the Russian bombers, it said. “All flights by Russian Aerospace Forces are carried out in strict accordance…

Austria: Ukrainian businessman’s US extradition on hold

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Austria’s justice minister has approved the extradition to the U.S. of Ukrainian businessman Dymitro Firtash, but he can stay in Austria while a court considers a defense motion to reopen the case, authorities said Tuesday. Last month, Austria’s Supreme Court of Justice ruled that Firtash — who prosecutors say had business ties to President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign manager, Paul Manafort — can be extradited to face a U.S. indictment accusing…

Estonian MEP Paet: Turkey’s missile purchase from Russia creates tensions with NATO

Monday, July 15, 2019

Urmas Paet, member of the European Parliament from Estonia, has said in his comments on the purchase of S-400 air defense systems by Turkey from Russia that such weapons procurement by Turkey causes tensions in relations with NATO. “Turkey, a country of 80 million people, is our important ally in NATO. Today’s news that Turkey has taken delivery of the first batch of the S-400 air defense system from Russia…

France to send 300 troops to Lithuania next year

Monday, July 15, 2019

France will next year send around 300 troops to NATO’s multinational battalion stationed in Lithuania, the French ambassador in Vilnius said on Sunday. The Alliance deployed units to the three Baltic countries and Poland in early 2017, in response to Russia’s aggression in Ukraine and its activity in the Baltic Sea region. The battalion in Lithuania is led by Germany. Other countries send their troops for a certain period of…

Russian S-400 defense systems arrive in Turkey

Friday, July 12, 2019

 The first shipment of a Russian missile defense system has arrived in Turkey, the Turkish Defense Ministry said Friday, moving the country closer to possible U.S. sanctions and a new standoff with Washington. A Defense Ministry statement said “the first group of equipment” of the S-400 air defense systems has reached the Murted Air Base near the capital, Ankara. The delivery of parts of the system will continue in the…

Russia-NATO deportment – feel the difference

By Lukas Ramonas on Thursday, July 11, 2019

A special resolution was adopted in PACE on 26 of June. According to this document full powers were returned to the Russian delegation. The participants in the summer session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) approved a resolution that confirms the authority of the Russian delegation in full. Russia remains in PACE without any restrictions. A robust, responsible, pro-European position has prevailed, however not in all…

Estonian ForMin expresses protest to Russia over planned fireworks show

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has expressed its protest to the embassy of the Russian Federation in Estonia in relation to a fireworks show to be held in Moscow on the anniversary of the capture of Tallinn by Soviet forces in 1944. The Estonian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday summoned a representative of the Russian embassy and expressed protest in connection with the staging of a fireworks show…

Russian inspectors to make an observation flight over Lithuania

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

In the framework of the implementation of the international Treaty on Open skies, the Russian Federation is to perform an observation flight on the Russian an-30B surveillance aircraft over the territory of Lithuania. This was announced by the Head of the National Centre for Nuclear Risk Reduction Sergei Ryzhkov. The mission will be carried out from July 8 to July 12 from the Shaulai airfield. The maximum flight range will…

Baltic power synchronization is one of key projects for Europe

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

The disconnection of the Lithuanian, Latvian and Estonian power systems from the Moscow-controlled BRELL ring and their synchronization with the electricity network of continental Europe is a priority project, Dominique Ristori, director general of the European Commission’s Directorate General for Energy, says. Awarded for merits to Lithuania by President Dalia Grybauskaite on Saturday, Ristori told BNS Lithuania that very important steps had been made as part of the synchronization project…