Posts tagged as russia

Turkey’s Erdogan says missile deal with Russia is final

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that his country’s plan to purchase Russia’s long-range missile defense system is a “done deal,” brushing aside concerns from some NATO allies. Erdogan appeared at a joint news conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who was in Ankara for his first foreign visit since his March 18 re-election. Both the defense system agreement and Putin’s visit underscore the intensifying ties between Turkey and…

McMaster: ‘We have failed to impose sufficient costs’ on Russia

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

In his last public remarks as national security adviser, Lt. Gen. HR McMaster offered harsh words for Russia Tuesday during a speech at the Atlantic Council in Washington DC. “We have failed to impose sufficient costs” on Russia, McMaster said at the event, which also included a Q&A with the Presidents of Estonia and Latvia, as well as the Foreign Minister of Lithuania. He added that the failure to impose…

Donald Trump to Baltics: I’ve been tough on Russia, but want better relations

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

 President Trump on Tuesday told the leaders of the Baltic States — Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia — that he has been tough on threats from Russia, but said a better relationship with President Vladimir Putin would be “a good thing.” “Nobody has been tougher on Russia,” Trump said during a luncheon meeting with Baltic leaders who have said they are worried about the threat of Russian expansionism. Trump, who has been accused of cozying…

Media: Summit on Donbas peacekeepers to be held without Russia

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Ukraine, Germany and France will hold a summit devoted to the matter of deploying peacekeepers in the Donbas, the newspaper Kommersant reports, citing sources in Ukraine’s presidential administration. Russia has not been invited to the summit. The event will be modeled after the Normandy Format, and will involve the heads of state. However, Vladimir Putin will not participate in the event. The meeting of the leaders of Germany, France and…

Turkey, Russia deepen ties amid troubled relations with West

Monday, April 2, 2018

Ties between Russia and Turkey are growing closer than ever, as Russia runs into widespread diplomatic fallout from the poisoned spy scandal and Turkey’s relations with its Western allies worsens over human rights issues and its military operations against Kurdish militia in Syria. Russian President Vladimir Putin heads back to Turkey on Tuesday, joining Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a symbolic ground-breaking ceremony for a Russian-made nuclear power plant…

Defence Ministry not overly concerned about Russian missile tests

Monday, April 2, 2018

The ministry’s secretary-general, David Vseviov, told ERR’s Estonian news on Saturday that Russia’s planned missile tests on the Baltic Sea between Wednesday and Friday this week are no reason for greater concern despite their proximity to the Baltic states. The Russian military will conduct missile tests later this week. What makes this case stand out is that for the first time in several decades, the tests are to be conducted…

Russian Federation to expel 150 Western diplomats

Friday, March 30, 2018

Russia to expel same number of envoys as West amid poisoning of ex-spy.  The country’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thusday that his nation would respond “in kind” to sanctions imposed following the attack on Sergei Skripal, 66, ad his daughter Yulia, 33. The US’s steps came in the wake of a number of European countries expelling Russian diplomats from their territory on the pretext that Russia has poisoned the…

EU to check spendings of Latvia and Lithuania

Thursday, March 29, 2018

A delegation from the European Parliament’s Budgetary Control Commission plans to pay a four-day visit to Latvia and Lithuania. During their stay, members of the delegation will be holding meetings with local officials in relation to multiple projects that are being realized in those two countries with help from EU funds. The visit to Latvia will be taking place take place from 3rd to 4th April and the visit to…

Latvian-Russian relations to become worse

Monday, March 26, 2018

Amendments approved by the Saeima to perform a full transition to education in Latvian language in the country’s schools will have a negative impact on mutual relations between Latvia and Russia, and Latvia will be the one responsible, as announced by Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry. «Latvia’s capital should understand that by making unfriendly steps it is only making mutual relations more complicated. All the responsibility for that lies on Latvia’s…