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European Parliament has supported the mechanism of suspension of visa-free travel to third countries

The European Parliament approved the mechanism for the suspension of visa-free travel to third countries.

As the Tsenzor.NET , reported by the correspondent of "Radio Liberty" Rickard Yozvyak in his microblog Twitter .

"The European Parliament has approved a mechanism of suspension of visa-free regime is now the EU Member States should do the same in the next two weeks." - He wrote.

Also read: Mingarelli on visa-free regime: "There are certain constraints cause"

Recall, February 2 The European Parliament has canceled visas for Georgian citizens. Initially, Ukraine and Georgia were to receive visa-free regime together, but later the process was divided.

When voting takes place in Ukraine, is still unknown, but European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has promised that the EU will introduce a visa-free regime for Ukraine until the summer of 2017.


Last December, the EU agreed to suspend bezviz with third countries in the first 9 months. Possible preconditions for the suspension of the visa-free regime defined defaults of third countries on readmission agreements, as well as a significant increase in bezopasnostnyh risks for the internal security of the Member States in the event of increase in the number of illegal migrants.

Pausing bezviza will occur according to the EU member state and the European Commission about its necessity. In this case the period of suspension defined in the first nine months. In the case of continued non-fulfillment of obligations by a third country for visa liberalization period of suspension may be extended to 18 months.

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Pentagon, on dangerous military maneuvers the Russian planes near the American destroyer in the Black Sea

Russian warplanes February 10 repeatedly made dangerous maneuvers near US destroyer in the Black Sea, the Pentagon said.

Reported Tsenzor.NET with reference to the BBC.

The US Department of Defense described the maneuvers of the Russian aircraft as unsafe and unprofessional.

Captain Danny Hermandes representing the US armed forces in Europe, said that in all there were three separate incidents involving Russian military aircraft and an American ship.

maneuvers on two occasions made Su-24 aircraft, and in another - larger IL-38, he said. Russian planes, according to the military, did not respond to requests of the American vessel.

"Such incidents are alarming, since they can lead to an accident or an incorrect assessment of the situation", - he added.

The American ship, reportedly patrolling international waters in the Black Sea after exercises Sea Shield.

censor.net.ua , In Russian / На русском
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The Federation Council of the Russian Federation commented on the request of the White House to return Crimea to Ukraine

Statement on the return of the occupied Crimea may be related to the desire of the White House "mute" the discontent of Americans President Donald Trump.

As the Tsenzor.NET referring to "RIA Novosti" , it was stated by the head of the Russian Council of Federation Committee on Defense and Security Viktor Ozerov.

"I think one of the reasons of this declaration was the situation that has developed in recent years around the Trump. It was done in order to relieve stress, to show that it is not as pro-Russian as it may seem to dampen the discontent, which is about him in the American establishment", - said Ozerov.

According to him, the requirement to return the occupied Crimea is "impracticable same as if Russia had demanded the US return it to Alaska."

Earlier, a spokesman for US President Sean Spicer said that Donald Trump expects Russia to de-escalate the conflict in Ukraine and the return of the occupied Crimea.

censor.net.ua , In Russian / На русском
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Canadian Parliament ratified the Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine

The lower house of the federal parliament of Canada has ratified the majority of votes of the Free Trade Agreement with Ukraine in the third and final reading.

As the Tsenzor.NET referring to Ukrinform now agreement will be sent to the upper house of parliament - the Senate, and after that - to sign the Governor-General, which is the final stage in the document comes into legal force.

Although the Senate has the right to reject any bill or make changes to it that will launch the ratification process again, laws that have received a lot of support among the lower chamber of deputies, senators usually get approval.

Recall, the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine was signed on July 11 last year during a visit by Justin Trudeau in Kiev. With the entry into force, which will become possible after the completion of ratification procedures by the parliaments of both countries, Canada immediately abolish tariffs on 99.9% of Ukrainian imports. In turn, Ukraine is also immediately cancel the 86% duty on imports from Canada, for 7 years, citing the customs policy at parity.

censor.net.ua , In Russian / На русском
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Russia secretly commissioned a new cruise missile, in violation of an agreement with the United States

US officials claim that Russia secretly deployed new cruise missiles, despite the objections of the American side to breach the historic Treaty on arms control, which put an end to the Cold War.

As the Tsenzor.NET , described in the article The New York Times .

The publication notes that the move is a major problem for President Trump on the background of its promises to improve relations with the Russian president and promote future agreements on arms control.

In addition, reports of violations by Russia coincided with the resignation of a key adviser in the administration Trump Michael Flynn . As it turned out, the adviser provided the Vice President and other officials false information about his contacts with the Russian ambassador in Washington.

According to representatives of the White House, the Russians have two battalions ready agreement prohibited cruise missiles. One of them is still on the test missile Kapustin Yar firing range in south-east. Another was moved to this site on the operational base elsewhere in December last year.

US officials say that it was a cruise missile SSC-X-8. But the index X recently ceased to appear in reports. This means that, according to US intelligence, the missile system is no longer under development and could be ready for use.

Russia's missile program has always aroused the concern of the Pentagon, which has developed different options for responding, including in the form of the deployment of additional elements in Europe, developing new cruise missiles, sea and air-based.

ua.censor.net.ua , In Ukrainian / на українській мові
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NATO chief: Four robust battle groups to be deployed in the Baltics, Poland

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg announces four robust multinational battle groups will be deployed on the Alliance's eastern flank in June in response to Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, according to an UNIAN correspondent in Brussels.

"In response to Russia's aggressive actions against Ukraine, NATO is deploying four robust multinational battle groups to Lithuania, Estonia, Latvia and Poland. German and Belgian troops are already arriving in Lithuania. Sending a clear message: NATO Allies stand united and an attack on any of us would be met by forces from across the Alliance," he said at a joint press conference with Lithuanian Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis in Brussels on Tuesday, February 14.

"We discussed the progress of the deployment and I expect all four battalions to be fully operational by June," he said. He also expressed confidence that the United States would stay committed to NATO, to the transatlantic bond but also to the sovereignty and the territorial integrity of all European states including Ukraine.

"And I'm looking forward to welcoming the Secretary of Defense, Secretary [James] Mattis, here tomorrow and the reason why NATO now is increasing its military presence in the eastern part of the alliance is the aggressive actions against Ukraine by Russia, illegally annexing Crimea and destabilizing eastern Ukraine," he said.

He also said he had seen that in the United Nations the United States had expressed strong support for Ukraine and also support for the economic sanctions.................

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Russia's former MP compares RF with Nazi Germany, calls occupation of Crimea blunder

Former Russian State Duma MP Denis Voronenkov has compared the Russian Federation (RF) with Nazi Germany, calling the occupation of Crimea a blunder.

Ukrainians need to defend their territory since Russia will not stop, Denis Voronenkov said, as reported by Censor. NET. "This is a big trouble. The situation in Russia is now like in Hitler's Nazi Germany. Everyone knew that he killed Jews but continued to collaborate for many years, pretending that nothing was happening... Many things are now identical in Russia," said the former MP in an interview. Voronenkov also stated that he did not vote for the occupation of Crimea.

"I did not vote, but the CPRF [Communist Party of the Russian Federation] faction decided to vote for the accession [occupation] of Crimea. So, they voted for me with my card, although I never authorized this. Then I saw what serious consequences this voting had led to. Today I think it was a terrible blunder. It is my own and Russia's blunder, and we must fix it," he said..................

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White House says Trump expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine

White House spokesman Sean Spicer says U.S. President Donald Trump made it clear he expects Russia to return Crimea to Ukraine and reduce violence in Ukraine, according to Reuters.

"President Trump has made it very clear that he expects the Russian government to de-escalate violence in the Ukraine and return Crimea," Spicer said at a daily news briefing on Tuesday, Reuters reported.

"At the same time, he fully expects to and wants to get along with Russia," he said............

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Russia reacts to Trump's words on Crimea: Unrealizable as return of Alaska

Chairman of Russia's Federation Council Committee on Defense and Security Viktor Ozerov has commented on U.S. President Donald Trump's statement on the return of Crimea to Ukraine, claiming it is as unrealizable as the return of U.S.-held Alaska to Russia, according to the Ukrainian news outlet Novoye Vremia.

The demand to return the occupied Crimea is "as unrealizable as if Russia had demanded that the United States return Alaska," he said, Novoyo Vremia cited a Russian news agency. Ozerov suggested that the White House statement on the return of Crimea might be related to the desire of the U.S. administration to soothe Americans' discontent with Donald Trump's policy........

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Pressure builds for probe into Trump-Russia ties

President knew Flynn misled White House weeks before firing national security adviser

Donald Trump knew two weeks before dismissing Michael Flynn that his national security adviser had misled senior officials about telephone calls with the Russian ambassador, the president’s spokesman said on Tuesday.

The White House is facing escalating pressure to explain the relationship between Mr Trump and the Kremlin after Mr Flynn was fired on Monday amid claims that he may have illegally discussed US sanctions against Russia with its envoy. His firing after 24 days has hampered White House efforts to convince critics that all is smooth in the West Wing.

Mr Flynn originally denied discussing sanctions with the ambassador before the inauguration — a possible breach of a 1799 law — and lied to Mike Pence, vice-president, about the calls. US media reported that the justice department warned the White House weeks ago that this made Mr Flynn susceptible to blackmail.

Sean Spicer, White House spokesman, said Mr Trump had concluded that there was no legal issue based on an examination by his White House counsel, but that he was angry that Mr Flynn had not been honest. Asked if the president had told Mr Flynn to discuss sanctions with Sergey Kislyak, the ambassador, he replied: “Absolutely not.”

“The level of trust between the president and General Flynn had eroded to a point where he felt he had to make a change,” said Mr Spicer. “The evolving and eroding level of trust as a result of this situation and a series of other questionable instances is what led the president to ask for General Flynn’s resignation.”................

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"Yuliia Tymoshenko is mother of Ukrainian corruption, populism and inefficiency," - Hroisman

Prime Minister Volodymyr Hroisman has called leader of Batkivshchyna party Yuliia Tymoshenko mother of Ukrainian corruption and populism.

As reported by Censor.NET, he said it at a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday.

"I believe that Yuliia Tymoshenko is mother of Ukraine's economic weakness, destruction of Ukrainian independence, corruption, populism and inefficiency. She's a real [corruption] mother who during long time, 20 years, was doing her utmost to destroy Ukraine. And every time she failed on something, she blamed it on someone else... Yesterday, I heard some of her remarks at a press conference. They were a complete lie. I understand she strives to get to power. It's an end in itself for her," Hroisman said.

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Number of attacks by militants in the area ATO declined - General Staff

The situation in the area of ​​anti-terrorist operation in eastern Ukraine is fully controlled by Ukrainian military, the number of attacks by militants has declined.

As the Tsenzor.NET with reference to Interfax-Ukraine, reported Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko.

"The number of attacks has decreased, reduced the number of cases of mortars, but the opponent is still using small arms. The situation is completely under control of the ATO," - he said during a brigade exercise on Monday in Chernihiv region, when asked about the situation on the last day.

This Muzhenko VA said: "The loss of our side almost was not."

ua.censor.net.ua , In Ukrainian / на українській мові
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Russian militants opened fire 72 times yesterday, wounded one Ukrainian soldier, - Staff

Russian militants opened fire upon Ukraine's army positions 72 times yesterday, wounded one military.

As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) Staff's press center on Facebook.

"A total of 72 cases of fire were recorded. One our military has been wounded," the report reads.

In Donetsk direction, 122 mm artillery fired upon Pisky. Nevelske, Verkhniotoretske, Avdiivka, and Troitske came under 120 mm and 82 mm mortar fire. The enemy employed grenade launchers and small arms upon Nevelske, Zaitseve, Pisky, Novoluhanske, Verkhniotoretske, Novoselivka Druha, and Luhanske. A sniper was active in Nevelske.

Read more: Russian terrorists employed heavy weapons against Ukrainian troops' positions, - Staff

In Mariupol direction, 122 mm artillery, tanks, IFVs, and APCs were firing upon Vodiane. Mortars of various calibers impacted Pavlopil, Krasnohorivka, and Shyrokyne. Lebedynske, Bohdanivka, Pavlopil, and Shyrokyne came under grenade launchers, large caliber machine guns, and small arms fire. An IFV and a sniper were shooting in Shyrokyne.

In Luhansk direction, militants employed 82 mm mortars and grenade launchers to shell ATO positions in Krymske, Valuiske, Novooleksandrivka, and Stanytsia Luhanska.

Earlier, pro-Russian separatists opened fire upon Ukrainian positions 67 times on Feb. 12.

ua.censor.net.ua , In Ukrainian / на українській мові
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A court in Moscow did not allow Ukrainian consul become a defender Sushchenko

In the Russian Federation said that Sushchenko, "does not need a defender"

In the complaint to continue Sushchenko arrest until April 30, held at the Moscow City Court, the defense was denied not only appeal but also to provide status defender Consul of Ukraine in Moscow Gennady Breskalenku.

This lawyer Mark Feigin.

"Today we were not only denied the appeal, but also to provide status defender Consul of Ukraine in Moscow Gennady Breskalenku. The reasons were mentioned very strange. Like, Sushchenko "a defender is not required." And also the fact that Breskalenka no legal training, and he can not be a foreigner in the case of state secrets. But this in Article 45 of the Code did not "- said Feigin.

According to him, even more bizarre this situation is the fact that in the case of another Ukrainian political prisoner Valentin Vihovska adviser on consular issues Embassy of Ukraine in Moscow already had such status. Then Breskalenko gave a signed non-disclosure. Thus, there is a precedent.

Recall now the Russian court dismissed the appeal for continued detention Sushchenko.

Recall of Roman Sushchenko journalist detained in Moscow on 30 September last year. Jan. 25 trial in Russia continued to arrest Sushchenko 30 April.

Russian secret services claim that Sushchenko - Colonel, a career intelligence officer of State and Defense Ukraine detained him during the "espionage action."

Yesterday it was reported that Sushchenko not allowed any visits from his wife or family calls.

Recall, February 8, the birthday of journalist, president of Petro Poroshenko met with the wife and children of Ukrainian political prisoner.

glavcom.ua , In Ukrainian / на українській мові
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It should seriously study the issue of protection of the image of Putin - Peskov

In Russia, the need to develop mechanisms that will protect Russian President Vladimir Putin on the image in the media.

As Tsenzor.NET citing TASS , it said Press Secretary of President of Russia Dmitry Peskov.

"Clearly, neither the president nor his administration categorically do not accept any materials containing personal insults literally. Of course, in this case, some legal mechanisms to protect the honor and dignity already have" - ​​he said.

"The fact that such a crazy, sometimes quite hysterical, antyputynska campaign there, there appears abroad - this obvious fact" - said Peskov.


"The president himself entirely constructive attitude to critical materials in his address. He was particularly constructive attitude to the informed and reasonable criticism" - said the spokesman.

According to him, the Russian legislation already provides for a set of measures to protect any citizen, including the president. "As the personification of the presidency in this regard, it is necessary to seriously address this issue, perhaps especially lawyers have to study, you study the international experience. So, of course, it is not necessary either to reject or to formulate some position immediately."

ua.censor.net.ua , In Ukrainian / на українській мові
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NATO's Stoltenberg to meet Lavrov in Munich, discuss Ukraine

NATO's Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg intends to meet Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at the Munich Security Conference in February.

Stoltenberg said at a press conference ahead of a meeting of the alliance's defense ministers, Censor.NET reports citing TASS.

"I will meet Foreign Minister Lavrov when I go to Munich. We have met before on the margins of the Munich Security conference and, I think, that provides a useful platform to continue dialogue with Russia," he said.

According to the NATO secretary-general, he expected to "discuss a wide range of issues, including the situation in Ukraine, of course, how we can avoid increased tensions, misunderstandings, how we can improve transparency, predictability."

Stoltenberg stressed that he looked forward for the meeting "because NATO pursues a dual track towards Russia."

"We are increasing our presence in the eastern part of the lines to deliver the necessary credible deterrence, but at the same time, underlining the importance of keeping the chance for political dialog open, especially in difficult times as these," Stoltenberg elaborated, adding that NATO needed "political dialogue with Russia."

The Munich Security Conference will be held on Feb. 17-19. Over 500 politicians, businessmen, scientists, and human rights organizations representatives from all over the world are expected to take part in the conference. Russia will be represented by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

ua.censor.net.ua, In Ukrainian / на українській мові
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American intelligence agencies have declared war on Trump

Special forces deliberately concealed information from the US government because they do not trust the team from the White House

In American history, there was no example to any president so much doubt in their security services, as more and more, and even Donald Trump publicly demonstrates, writes Stern .

Even despite the fact that two days after the inauguration of the new president gave a sign of reconciliation hands of US intelligence employees, their relationship seems hopelessly corrupt. Thus, the former NSA employee, John Schindler wrote in the British Observer, referring to his senior colleagues that "the future security services deliberately concealed information from the US government because they do not trust the team from the White House."

"Even three weeks after the inauguration, the White House almost daily faux pas reveals that points to serious problems in the team - says Schindler. - President contrary to our employees, insults and underestimates our work. His national security adviser, seems never able to concentrate on key aspects of security. " Of particular concern in intelligence circles is "strange attitude of members of the US government to Russia".

The focus is national security adviser Michael Flynn, the article says. As it became known recently, he was in close contact with Russian diplomats at a time when Trump has been elected the new president of the United States, but has not yet been sworn in, and the current US president Obama introduced new sanctions against Russia. "In particular, in December Flynn discussed during a telephone conversation with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak question of sanctions, he later denied," - the article says.

But that's not all: after the first excuses Flynn, as reported by The New York Times, nevertheless had to admit that he may have spoken with a Russian diplomat sanctions and even signaled Moscow about "the possible lifting of sanctions when Trump take up required the relationships. " This can result in criminal penalties, as "a former general, as a private person, the time was not authorized to discuss such issues." Schindler also wrote that "Flynn should have known that such phone calls are usually tapped as denying anything was ridiculous." "The question is too silly or Flynn, or he is too arrogant" - emphasizes Schindler.

Moreover, even during the transfer of authority in November-December last year, Donald Trump gave up the daily briefing of the security services, which the American president is not the first start their working day. Trump wanted to get information from special services once a week, and apparently instructed his adviser on security sensitive information to file only one sheet of paper and packed in a maximum of nine points. Special forces have regarded such a request from the President as an underestimation of their work, said Schindler.

glavcom.ua , In Ukrainian / на українській мові
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