The Co-Chairman of the international group “Ecozashchita!” (Ecoprotection) Vladimir Slivyak during his exclusive interview states that so far there are not threats for Ukrainian nuclear power plants, but in case of active military actions in East Ukraine the situation may change. Exclusive interview...
The threat of economic sanctions by the EU as a result of Russia's policy in the Crimea were received in the Kremlin seriously enough. After his visit to Berlin Ivan Grachev , Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Energy has expressed intentions of the United States to lift restrictions on export of liquefied natural gas to Europe and Ukraine.
Sticking to its traditional policy of non-interference, China has adopted a cautious stance on the tug of war over Ukraine. Faced with pressing separatist threats and energy needs, Central Asia would be another matter.
Tensions between Russia and the West have simmered since Ukraine’s Russian-leaning president, Viktor Yanukovych, was ousted on Feb. 21. The crisis culminated when the Crimean Peninsula’s local government, with 60% of its inhabitants identifying themselves as ethnic Russians, called for a referendum on seceding the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. While observers view the current Ukraine standoff as the gravest post-Cold War between the West and Moscow, the impasse over Iran’s nuclear crisis is also considered the greatest challenge to Iran-West relations.
The people, who were the first in European history to fight at the barricades for European values, eventually may say good bye to the illusions not only in relation to Russia, but to Europe as well.
Amid claims from Russia that Ukraine has denied exit from or entry in Moldova’s separatist region of Transnistria for Russian citizens, the European Union Border Assistance Mission (EUBAM) has issued a statement with regard to this issue.
Estonian President Toomas Hendrik Ilves, on a state visit to Poland, met with his Polish counterpart Bronisław Komorowski today and both stressed the need to boost NATO’s visibility and credibility in the face of the crisis in Ukraine.
In the weeks since the Ukraine crisis began, culminating in Tuesday’s decision by Russia to annex Crimea, President Vladimir Putin has ignored every gauntlet the United States and its European allies have laid down. The challenge now facing the Obama administration is whether any measures it is prepared to take can deter Russia from moving beyond Crimea into the rest of Ukraine.
Ukraine signed a deal with the EU in Brussels on Friday, committing both to closer political ties, as President Putin signed legislation in Moscow to incorporate Crimea into Russia.
The former head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar People, Mustafa Jemilev, is not disclosing an agreement with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan after their last meeting, but assures they are preparing a surprise for Crimean occupiers.