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Ukraine News. Thursday 5 April. [Ukrainian sources]

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:38 pm
THURSDAY HEADLINES:
UK's security forces believe they found Russian lab that made nerve agent used against Skrypal.  An American delegation headed by Senator Portman visited the Donbas.  US is ready to confront Russia in the Crimea and the Donbass, supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine.  There are currently some additions to the US legislation that will allow us to offer a "sniper packet" for Ukraine. Trump understands the situation in Ukraine.  Julia Skrypal made her first statement after she became conscious: "I'm gaining strength every day".  There are no oligarchs in Russia. The phrase "Russian oligarchs" is considered inappropriate, - Peskov.  Russia is in the Donbass only in the form of sympathy for the Ukrainian people, - Peskov. US intends to impose additional sanctions against Russia by Friday. SBU says Russian General Staff behind assassination attempt on MP Mosiichuk. Nadiya Savchenko refused to undergo a polygraph examination. There is a likelihood of a conflict over the Donbas in the full-scale aggression of the Kremlin. We do not need a new arms race. We do not want a new Cold War. Germany does not pay 1% of GDP for defense on NATO standards, but wants to pay billions of energy for Russia, - Trump. NATO does not intend to isolate Russia.

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UK's security forces believe they found Russian lab that made nerve agent used against Skrypal

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:43 pm
UK's security forces believe they found Russian lab that made nerve agent used against Skrypal



British security forces believe they have found the Russian lab that made the nerve agent novichok, which was used in the attack on ex-spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury on March 4.

The security sources told the Times of London newspaper that while they are not 100 percent certain, they have a "high degree of confidence in the location," Censor.NET reports citing CBS News.

A government source told the Times that security forces "knew pretty much by the time of the first Cobra [the emergency co-ordination briefing that took place the same week] that it was overwhelmingly likely to come from Russia."

Security sources told the Times they believe Russians conducted tests to see whether novichok could be used for assassinations.

The international chemical weapons watchdog on Wednesday rejected Russia's call for a joint investigation into the Salisbury poisoning. But Russia said the number of countries that abstained from the vote suggested many have doubts about Britain's allegations that Moscow was behind the attack and now plans to take its denials of involvement to the U.N. Security Council.

Britain said Russia's proposal for a joint investigation received only six votes at a special session of the executive council of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. The council has representatives from 41 countries.

Russia requested the session in The Hague, Netherlands, to push its repeated rejection of Britain's claim that Moscow orchestrated the poisonings of Sergei Skripal and his daughter, Yulia. The British government has invited experts from OPCW to help identify the substance that sickened the Skripals on March 4.

"The purpose of Russia's ludicrous proposal at The Hague was clear - to undermine the independent, impartial work of the international chemical weapons watchdog," British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said in a statement.

Russia's OPCW envoy Alexander Shulgin said the 17 abstentions from Wednesday's vote meant "more than half of the members of the executive council refused to support the U.S. and U.K. position."

The United States and more than two dozen British allies have expelled more than 150 Russian diplomats in a show of solidarity over the attack. Moscow has responded in kind.

Russia's U.N. ambassador called for an open meeting Thursday of the U.N. Security Council about the case. Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia made the request at the end of his speech Wednesday to a council meeting on chemical weapons in Syria.

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An American delegation headed by Senator Portman visited the Donbas - Zhebrivsky

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:47 pm
An American delegation headed by Senator Portman visited the Donbas - Zhebrivsky

The head of the Donetsk military and civil administration Paul Zhebrivskyi released information about a visit to Donetsk region delegation from the United States.

According to Censor.NET, he wrote about it in Facebook.

Zhebrovsky said: "I met with the United States delegation headed by Senator Senator Robert Portman and Mary Jovanovich, US Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Ukraine.

They talked mainly about the security component in the region, as well as the humanitarian situation in the territory occupied by the aggressor, and along the so-called line of demarcation.

He noted that the initiative of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko on the introduction into the occupied territory of peacekeeping troops (so-called blue helmets) could be realized only with the support of the international community, including the United States - all together we have to force Putin to fulfill international obligations and to force him to peace.

Senator Portman is not the first time in Ukraine, so he knows well what is happening here. He thanked him for supporting our country and lobbying (in the best sense of the word) of her interests in the US Senate.

He emphasized that Ukraine resists Putin's Russia, essentially protecting the civilized world and its values ​​- democracy, freedom and equality. And it pays for it a high price - the lives of its citizens. The world understands and provides Ukraine with its full support.

Touched upon economic problems. In particular, the problems of investing in the region's economy. I assured Mr. Portman that I consider protection of foreign investments as their personal obligations and responsibilities. They discussed with Robert Portman the possibility of a business trip from the state of Ohio to the Donetch, whose economic structure is similar to the economy of the Donetsk region.

"Ukraine has every chance to be successful," said the senator, "there are traditions, industry, huge human potential." He thanked him for such an assessment, adding that the Ukrainian future - in a civilized world based on a system of shared values ​​of respect for man, his dignity and freedom."

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The US is ready to confront Russia in the Crimea and the Donbass, supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine - Portman

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 12:51 pm
The US is ready to confront Russia in the Crimea and the Donbass, supporting the territorial integrity of Ukraine - Portman



The United States defends the territorial integrity of Ukraine and is ready to resist Russia's actions in the Donbass and in the annexed Crimea.

Reported Cenzor.NET with reference to Interfax-Ukraine.

"The Administration (US President Donald Trump), despite what the media says, has adopted a line of support for Ukraine... we will continue to do so in the pre-election time in Ukraine," said US Senator Robert Portman at a press conference in Thursday in Kiev.

The senator reminded that US sanctions against Russia were continued, and a decision was made to grant Ukraine defense weapons.

"The aggression that continues in the east (Ukraine - Ed.), And the illegal annexation of the Crimea, of course, offend us. We remain with the Ukrainian people, defending the territorial integrity and ready to insist on it until the Crimea is returned and ready to do so. the resistance of Russia, which is resorting to inappropriate actions in the Crimea and on the Donbas", - the senator specified.

According to him, D. Trump's administration tries to maintain constructive relations with the Russian Federation, in particular, in order to resolve nuclear weapons issues.

"The fact that the presidents (US D.Tramp and the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin-Ed.) Are about to meet is not about the intention of a dialogue. There are many issues that the presidents must discuss, not just what is happening in Ukraine, it's more about the hybrid war", - R.Portman explained.

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There are currently some additions to the US legislation that will allow us to offer a "sniper jackets" for Ukraine - Senator Portman

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:08 pm
There are currently some additions to the US legislation that will allow us to offer a "sniper jackets" for Ukraine - Senator Portman



The United States, after the relevant legislative changes, will be ready to offer Ukraine defense weapons, which will allow the Ukrainian military to defend themselves against sniper shots.

As informs Censor.NET with reference to Interfax-Ukraine, American Senator Robert Portman announced this.

"Yesterday, in Donbas, I saw that Ukrainian troops are still being killed, including from sniper strikes. Today, the US legislation is being supplemented to allow us to offer a sniper pack for Ukraine - a defense weapon that will help defend against sniper shots for the Ukrainian Army", - he said at a press conference on Thursday in Kiev.

Portman also noted that the Ukrainian Army approached NATO standards.

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Trump understands the situation in Ukraine - Grybauskaite

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:17 pm
Trump understands the situation in Ukraine - Grybauskaite



Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė, after meeting with US President Donald Trump, said that he understood the situation in Ukraine.

As Tsensor.NET reports, Grybauskaitė told about this in an interview with the Voice of America.

"Of course, when we talked about the security of the region, the issue of Ukraine was raised, we talked about Russia's behavior, Ukraine's security and, of course, support for Ukraine," said the President of Lithuania.

According to her, at a summit with the presidents of the Baltic states April 3, Trump asked about Ukrainian servicemen and how Ukraine is protected. "I told Trump that your (Ukrainian) military are heroes and that they can fight for their country for independence, and that Ukraine has created an armed force that can defend itself," said Grybauskaite.

"I think President Trump understands the situation in Ukraine," she added.

US President Donald Trump received White House presidents of the three Baltic countries - Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia - on the eve of the day.

At a solemn dinner with the Presidents, Dalia Grybauskaite, Raymond Veyonissa and Kersti Calyuland Trump said that "none of the US presidents has been pursuing such a rigorous policy towards Russia as he is.

At the same time, he repeated the repeatedly expressed earlier opinion that he prefers to have a good relationship with Russia.

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Julia Skrypal made her first statement after she became conscious: "I'm gaining strength every day"

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 1:55 pm
Julia Skrypal made her first statement after she became conscious: "I'm gaining strength every day"



The daughter of the former intelligence officer Sergey Skripal, Julia, made her first official statement from the moment he became conscious after being poisoned in British Salisbury.

The relevant statement was posted on the London Police website . Censor.NET submits its full text.

"I became conscious that more than a week ago and I am glad to announce that I am gaining strength every day. I am grateful for all your experiences and for the numerous letters of goodwill I received.

I want to thank everyone who contributed to my recovery and I would especially like to mention people from Salisbury who came to the aid when my father and I were incapacitated. In addition, I want to thank workers at Salisbury District Hospital for their care and professionalism.

I hope that you will respect my personal life and my family's life during my recovery, "says Julia's statement.

Recall that an investigation into an assassination attempt by Sergei Skryptal and his daughter, Julia, continues. Sergey Skryple, former Colonel of the GRU stockpile, who lived in the United Kingdom and was convicted in 2006 for espionage in favor of British intelligence services, was hurt by the poisoning of an unknown substance at the Salisbury shopping mall.

It should also be noted that on March 12, Prime Minister Teresa May announced that the British government had come to the conclusion that the responsibility for poisoning in Salisbury, a former GRG employee Sergey Skrypala and his daughter, most likely, lies in Russia. She also reported that the victims were poisoned by the nerve-paralytic substance "Novachok", which was developed in the Russian Federation.

On Wednesday, March 14, May announced the decision of London to send 23 Russian diplomats who work for intelligence: "This will be the largest single expulsion in more than 30 years. This (this measure) reflects the fact that the Russian state is not the first time acting against our country".

On March 20, 23 employees of the Russian Embassy in London, as well as their families left Great Britain.

At the EU summit, which ended March 23, the EU countries supported the United Kingdom. Some countries, including Poland, are considering the expulsion of Russian diplomats.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said that 13 Russian diplomats are signing solidarity with their British partners and transatlantic allies and in coordination with the European Union.

The deportation of Russian diplomats was announced by the United States , Canada and 14 European states, including Germany, France, Italy, Czech Republic and others. In the statements of Washington and Ottawa, the expatriate diplomats who were expelled were accused of having links with Russian intelligence and "abusing diplomatic powers." In addition, the United States announced the closure of the Russian Consulate General in Seattle.

As of March 28, after the poisoning of former Russian intelligence officer Sergei Skripal and his daughter Julia in Great Britain, 28 countries and NATO have expelled 152 Russian diplomats suspected of working on Russian intelligence.

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There are no oligarchs in Russia. The phrase "Russian oligarchs" is considered inappropriate, - Peskov on US plans to impose sanctions against Putin's environment

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:08 pm
There are no oligarchs in Russia. The phrase "Russian oligarchs" is considered inappropriate, - Peskov on US plans to impose sanctions against Putin's environment



The United States can soon impose sanctions against the oligarchs on the list in the "Kremlin Report". In the Kremlin, they assure - there are no such in Russia, their time "long gone."

There are no oligarchs in the Russian Federation. Such an argument was voiced today at a briefing in the Kremlin, the presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov, responding to questions from media representatives about how Moscow reacts to the possible inclusion of Russian oligarchs in US sanctions lists, reports the Censor.NET, referring to LigaBusinessInform.

"The phrase" Russian oligarchs "is considered inappropriate," - said Peskov.

The spokeswoman for Putin is convinced that the time of the oligarchs in Russia "is long gone."

"There are no oligarchs in Russia," he repeated.

According to him, the Kremlin did not receive official evidence of possible personal sanctions.

Earlier, the US media reported that Washington could impose sanctions against the " Kremlin reporters "for interference with the American president's election this week.

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Russia is in the Donbas only in the form of sympathy for the Ukrainian people, - Peskov

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:15 pm
Russia is in the Donbas only in the form of sympathy for the Ukrainian people, - Peskov



Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov said Russia is in the Donbass and Ukraine only "in the form of its sympathy" to the inhabitants of the region and the Ukrainian people, there is no other presence.

It is reported by Censor.NET with reference to RIA Novosti.

"Russia did not come to Donbass, it's definitely personal opinion," he said, responding to a request to comment on the words of the terrorist, former "prime minister" of the illegal military group "DNR" Alexander Borodaya, who said that Russia on the Donbas "came seriously and for a long time."

"You know that Russia is in the Donbass, and in Ukraine too, in the form of its sympathies - both to the inhabitants of Donbass and to the Ukrainian people, no other presence there," added Peskov.

Recall that Russia's aggression in the east of Ukraine began after the Russian forces invaded Ukrainian soil across the border in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in April 2014. This happened after Russia was illegally annexed by the Crimea in March. All this time Russia strongly denies its involvement in the conflict.

The world community, represented by the European Union, the United States and many other countries, condemns the aggressive actions of the Russian Federation and does not recognize the annexation of the Crimea. Russia regularly armed local militants, handing them equipment, and sending its troops to eastern Ukraine.

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US intends to impose additional sanctions against Russia by Friday

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:22 pm
US intends to impose additional sanctions against Russia by Friday

The United States is expected to impose additional sanctions against Russia by Friday.

The sanctions are economic and designed to target oligarchs with ties to President Vladimir Putin, the officials familiar with the matter told The Washington Post, Censor.NET reports.

Officials spoke about the sanctions on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss pending actions.

The final number of Russians facing punitive action remains fluid, the U.S. officials said, but is expected to include at least a half-dozen people under sanction powers given to the president by Congress.

In recent weeks, Trump’s national security advisers have pushed for more sanctions after the poisoning of a former Russian spy in England, interference in the U.S. 2016 elections and a cyberattack described as the most destructive and costly in history.

The United States is expected to target individuals on a list of influential Russian political and business leaders that the Treasury Department released in January, officials said.

The United States could also impose sanctions based on powers granted by Congress to target anyone conducting significant business with Russian intelligence and defense sectors.

"If they do something tough like this, it may go some distance in reassuring angry members of Congress and the public who are looking at the midterms and wondering if this administration is focused on the Russian threat and taking moves to address it," said Liz Rosenberg, a former Treasury official who is at the Center for a New American Security.

The pending move from Treasury comes as the Trump administration takes an increasingly tough posture toward Moscow at the urging of the president’s senior aides and top U.S. allies.

As reported, Russian ex-spy Sergei Skripal, 66, and daughter Yulia Skripal, 33, remain critically ill in hospital, after they were found unconscious on a bench in the Wiltshire city on March 4. The UK government says they were poisoned with a nerve agent of a type developed by Russia called Novichok and PM Theresa May said she believed Moscow was "culpable."

UK expelled 23 Russian diplomats as part of a "full and robust" response – prompting Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to say it will "certainly" expel British diplomats in response.

On March 16, Nato Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said the alliance had "no reason to doubt the findings and assessments by the British government" which suggested Russian responsibility. He said the "UK is not alone" and Nato allies gave "strong political support" to Britain, following a joint statement from the US, France and Germany backing Mrs May's government and a pledge of support from Australia.

British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson said that the U.K.'s government believes that it was likely Putin's decision to direct the use of a nerve agent on the streets of the U.K.

On March 26, U.S. President Donald Trump ordered the expulsion of 60 Russians from the United States, including 12 people identified as Russian intelligence officers who have been stationed at the United Nations in New York.

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SBU says Russian General Staff behind assassination attempt on MP Mosiichuk

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:40 pm
SBU says Russian General Staff behind assassination attempt on MP Mosiichuk



The terrorist attack in which Radical Party faction MP Ihor Mosiichuk was injured was organized by a member of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Federation.

As reported by Censor.NET referring to Interfax-Ukraine, this was said by First Deputy Prosecutor in charge of Kyiv Pavlo Kononenko.

"Given the information received, it was Mosiichuk who was their mark," Kononenko told a briefing on Thursday.

"The organizer is a member of the Main Directorate of the General Staff of the Russian Federation," added Deputy Head of the Security Service of Ukraine Viktor Kononenko.

He also recalled that one of the perpetrators of this act of terrorism was detained while two others were put on the wanted list.

The investigators believe they are hiding from justice on the territory of the Russian Federation.

Late on Oct. 25, 2017, people's deputy Ihor Mosiichuk was wounded in explosion near Espreso TVbuilding in Kyiv. His body guard Ruslan Kushnir and political analyst Vitalii Bala were with him in the moment of blast. Later, the body guard died in the hospital.

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Nadiya Savchenko refused to undergo a polygraph examination

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:42 pm
Nadiya Savchenko refused to undergo a polygraph examination

The deputy Nadezhda Savchenko, who was taken into custody, refused to undergo forensic psychological examination with the use of computer polygraphy.

This was reported by the Head of the Department of Psychological Research of the Kyiv Institute of Forensic Examination Yuriy Irkin, reports UNN.

According to him, Savchenko himself refused to pass the examination, which is connected "exclusively with procedural issues".

When testing can take place, Irkin did not specify.

"At the initiative of the defense, today such expertise has not taken place. She refused for reasons that are related exclusively to procedural issues that I can not now voice because it is a mystery to the investigation. But I hope that in the near future such an examination will be held, because Nadiya Victorovna is set to take a positive approach to the study, but there are certain procedural issues, "Irkhin said.

Earlier it was reported that on April 5, Savchenko will undergo a check on a polygraph.

March 29, the Kyiv Court of Appeal left Nadiya Savchenko in custody, thus not satisfying the complaint of her lawyers.

On March 23, Nadia Savchenko was detained for 2 months without the possibility of a pledge. During the court session, Savchenko declared that he had begun a hunger strike. As of March 29, Savchenko is starving for the sixth day.

On March 22, the Verkhovna Rada granted permission to arrest and arrest Savchenko, the Attorney General Lutsenko declared the people's deputy suspects.

Earlier, Lutsenko showed in the session hall of Parliament a film allegedly with evidence that Savchenko is involved in a scheme for the export of weapons from the occupied territories to commit a terrorist attack in Kiev. He also argues that money for the preparation of a terrorist attack Savchenko allegedly gave an ex-negotiator on the release of hostages Volodymyr Ruban.

Recall that lawyer Sushchenko Mark Feigin said that the Kremlin plans to condemn journalist Suschenko to 20 years in prison.

On April 3, one of the lawyers Savchenko took himself away.

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There is a likelihood of a conflict over the Donbas in the full-scale aggression of the Kremlin, - Poltorak

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:45 pm
There is a likelihood of a conflict over the Donbas in the full-scale aggression of the Kremlin, - Poltorak



Russia is not going to refuse to continue the armed aggression in the east of Ukraine, there is a probability of an overgrowth of the conflict in the Donbass in the full-scale aggression of the Kremlin.
According to Censor.NET, referring to Interfax-Ukraine, Defense Minister of Ukraine Stepan Poltorak said in an interview with Uriadovy Kuryer.

"According to our data, Russia is not going to refuse to continue the armed aggression in the east of Ukraine, as demonstrated by the Russian military presence in certain districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions and fighting against the Armed Forces of Ukraine. Only last year our positions in the east of the enemy fired over 15 thousand times, "Poltorak said.

According to him, the Russian leadership is looking for a way to turn the aggression organized on Donbass into a frozen conflict, and not to settle it.

"Moreover, Putin's regime is still hoping for the return of our state to the so-called Russian world and the refusal of Ukraine to integrate Euro-Atlantic. Moscow is not going to implement the Minsk agreements - it is not part of its plans, as well as the withdrawal of occupation troops from our territory and return to the Ukrainian side control over the area of ​​the Ukrainian-Russian state border", - said the Minister of Defense of Ukraine.

He said that the enemy's operational plans contain many options for conducting hostilities on the Ukrainian territory.

"The anticipated continuation of aggressive actions in eastern Ukraine, and moreover, there is a likelihood of an overgrowth of the conflict in the full-scale aggression of the Kremlin, which is true that destroys the illusion of Russia's refusal to occupy a part of our territory and withdraw its troops in the near future," the head of the Ministry of Defense said.

According to him, Russia concentrated on the Ukrainian border 19 battalion tactical groups of the first and second echelons of more than 77 thousand people. The group consists of almost a thousand tanks, 2.3 thousand combat vehicles, over 1.1 thousand artillery systems and about 400 volley fire systems.

"Ukraine will continue to support the course of political and diplomatic settlement of the conflict in the east of the state. At the same time, we can and will use the sovereign right to self-defense. Therefore, our country will operate within the framework of a complex of political-diplomatic, sanctioning and other measures aimed at restoring the territorial integrity of Ukraine and repression and deterrence armed aggression of the Russian Federation", - said S. Poltorak.

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We do not need a new arms race. We do not want a new Cold War - NATO Stoltenberg

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:48 pm
We do not need a new arms race. We do not want a new Cold War -NATO Stoltenberg



The North Atlantic Alliance is not interested in getting involved in a new arms race with Russia.
According to Censor.NET, referring to Interfax-Ukraine, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said.

"We do not need a new arms race. We are focusing on how we can respond (to Russia's actions, Ed.) To a decisive, rigid and predictable, but at the same time defunct," he said at a joint press conference with the Prime Minister, Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau at a press conference in Ottawa.

NATO Secretary General visited Canada before the visit in the US starting on Thursday.

"We do not want a new Cold War," the secretary general said in response to the question of whether NATO plans to impose new sanctions on Russia in connection with the "Violinist case".

At the same time, he said: "We will continue to strive for a more constructive relationship with Russia."

At the same time, the head of the alliance said that the bloc would increase the combat readiness of its forces in the Baltic region in connection with the conduct of military exercises on the Russian border with the Baltic states.

He acknowledged that Russia has the right to conduct training in its territory, but noted that the Alliance forces "will remain vigilant and increase combat readiness" in the region.

Y. Stoltenberg said that in order to counter Russia in the Arctic, NATO plans to create a special Atlantic command. The decision on the creation is expected to be adopted at the upcoming July summit of the alliance. At the moment, NATO is appealing to the Allies to increase the number of warships, including submarines, in the region.

Thus, according to him, "it is possible to maintain a lower level of tension" in this area of ​​the world.

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Germany does not pay 1% of GDP for defense on NATO standards, but wants to pay billions of energy from Russia, - Trump on NortdStream2

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:55 pm
Germany does not pay 1% of GDP for defense on NATO standards, but wants to pay billions of energy from Russia, - Trump on NortdStream2



US President Donald Trump has criticized Germany for supporting the North Stream 2.

As the Cenzor.NET citing Radio Liberty, Mr. res-Service White House reports that the president made the statement during a meeting with Lithuanian counterpart Dalia Grybauskaite April 3.

"NATO has received billions of dollars through me because I told many countries:" You are unfair, you do not pay. "Is this correct? Many countries did not pay, and now Germany pays 1 percent (GDP - ed.), And they do not even pay a full 1 percent, Germany launches a pipeline to Russia, she plans to pay Russia billions of dollars for energy, and I say: "What's going on?" said Trump.

He added that this situation is "wrong".

On March 5, the speaker of the German government, Steffen Zaybert, said that the new gas pipeline across the Baltic Sea bypassing Ukraine "is an exclusively commercial project", but added that "in the interests of Germany and Europe, Ukraine should continue to play a role in the transit of Russian gas."

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NATO does not intend to isolate Russia, Stoltenberg

on Thu Apr 05, 2018 2:59 pm
NATO does not intend to isolate Russia, Stoltenberg

NATO does not want a complete isolation of Russia and it seeks to improve relations with Moscow.
NATO Secretary General Yens Stoltenberg said in a statement in Ottawa, according to Cenzor.NET, referring to Ukrinform.

"We continue to strive for better relations with Russia, Russia is our neighbor and it will not change. We do not intend to isolate Russia," Stoltenberg said.

According to him, it will be better for all if relations between the Alliance and the Kremlin can be settled. "And for us and for them it would be good if the relations between the allies of NATO and Russia succeeded in improving," the secretary general said.

According to Stoltenberg, NATO "will continue to work on arms control, preventing the Cold War, preventing a new arms race, and striving for political dialogue with Russia."

ua.censor.net.ua  In Ukrainian/український


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