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Ukraine News. Wednesday 5 December. [Ukrainian sources]

on Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:23 am
WEDNESDAY HEADLINES:
Putin refuses to speak on Poroshenko phone: "I do not want to participate in his election campaign".  Peskov commented on the possible exchange of Ukrainian sailors: "Proposals will be considered".  "Two things are needed," - Mogerini, on the introduction of new EU sanctions against the Russian Federation.  The EU's economy is suffering from a slowdown in the Azov Sea, - Mogherini.  Slovakia has expelled a Russian diplomat because of suspicion of espionage, Prime Minister Pellegrini.  The Moscow Patriarchate will not dictate the conditions of Ukraine, to brand who canonical in us, and who is blessed, - Poroshenko.  From the moment of the introduction of the military state in Ukraine 730 citizens of Russia have not been missed - the State Border Service.  Parubiy called on the US Senate to introduce new sanctions against Russia for aggression in the Kerch Strait. DOCUMENT.  Hungary will continue to block the Ukraine-NATO Commission, - Siyyarto.  Canada will discuss Ukraine's support at the summit of the Foreign Ministers of NATO member countries, Friland.  The US Department of State calls on the European Union to abandon the "North Stream-2".  

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Putin refuses to speak on Poroshenko phone: "I do not want to participate in his election campaign"

on Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:26 am
Putin refuses to speak on Poroshenko phone: "I do not want to participate in his election campaign"



President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin says he does not speak with the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko by phone because he does not want to participate in his election campaign.

According to Censor.NET, this is reported by "TASS".

"It's not about the fact that I'm just dodging and I do not want to talk with Peter A., ​​that's not the point," Putin said, responding to the request of journalists to comment on the lack of a telephone conversation with Poroshenko about which the Ukrainian side asked. "The fact is that I do not want to participate in his election campaign," the president of the Russian Federation explained.

According to Putin, Poroshenko skillfully creates crisis and provocative situations and immediately translates responsibility for the crimes committed against Russia, after which "he wants to immediately demonstrate that he successfully solves problems that have arisen." "Here is a simple combination, and I in these combinations I do not want to take part and I will not" - summed up the Russian president.

Recall that the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on November 25th reported that the border ships of the Russian Federation committed aggressive actions against Ukrainian ships, which carried out a planned transition from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol Azov Sea. In particular, the Russian border ship "Don" carried a ram of the Ukrainian raiding tug, which damaged the main engine of the ship, lining and liner fencing, as well as a life raft lost.

In this case, the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine emphasizes that the intention to implement the transition has been warned in advance and acted within the framework of international law.

At the same time, the Russian Federal Security Service says that the three Ukrainian warships in the Azov Sea "illegally entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and headed for the Kerch Strait."

Later, the Ukrainian Navy reported that the Russian Federal Security Service's boats were defeated by defeat to the "Berdyansk" MABAK, is wounded . And then they announced the seizure of all 3 ships by special forces of the Russian Federation and six wounded.

On November 26, the Verkhovna Rada voted to introduce a military state for a period of 30 days in such areas as Vinnytsya, Donetsk, Zaporozhye, Lugansk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson, Chernihiv, as well as the internal waters of the Azov-Kerch water area.

On November 30, seamen were transported to Moscow: 21 Ukrainians were taken to the Moscow prison "Lefortovo", and 3 wounded - in "Sailor's Ticks".

Pavel Petrenko at a meeting of the government on November 28 said that the Ministry of Justice on behalf of the Cabinet of Ministers appealed to the ECtHR to protect the occupied Russian Federation of Ukrainian military seamen. According to him, Ukraine's position is that captured sailors are prisoners of war and they must apply all the guarantees of protection, which are defined by the Geneva Conventions. According to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights on November 29, the authorities of the Russian Federation on Monday, December 3, were supposed to provide information on the seizure of Ukrainian sailors and the legal grounds for their detention, their place of detention, injuries and medical assistance.

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Peskov commented on the possible exchange of Ukrainian sailors: "Proposals will be considered"

on Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:37 am
Peskov commented on the possible exchange of Ukrainian sailors: "Proposals will be considered"

Russian Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov commented on a proposal by Kiev to exchange Ukrainian seamen detained in the Kerch Strait.
As informs Tsensor.NET, this is reported by "Gazeta.ru" with reference to "RIA Novosti".

According to him, Moscow will consider this opportunity, but it is unknown yet whether it will give its answer.

See also: Medvedchuk's RF agent needs to be detained and exchanged for captive Ukrainian sailors, - Sadovy. VIDEO

"I do not know about such conditions. If some concrete proposals are received, they will probably be considered, but does this mean that they will be given an answer, I can not say right now, I do not know," Peskov said.

Earlier it was reported that Germany was ready to become a mediator between Russia and Ukraine.

Recall that the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on November 25th reported that the border ships of the Russian Federation committed aggressive actions against Ukrainian ships, which carried out a planned transition from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol Azov Sea. In particular, the Russian border ship "Don" carried a ram of the Ukrainian raiding tug, which damaged the main engine of the ship, lining and liner fencing, as well as a life raft lost.

In this case, the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine emphasizes that the intention to implement the transition has been warned in advance and acted within the framework of international law.

At the same time, the Russian Federal Security Service says that the three Ukrainian warships in the Azov Sea "illegally entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and headed for the Kerch Strait."

Later, the Ukrainian Navy reported that the Russian Federal Security Service's boats were defeated by defeat to the "Berdyansk" MABAK, is wounded . And then they announced the seizure of all 3 ships by special forces of the Russian Federation and six wounded.

On November 26, the Verkhovna Rada voted to introduce a military state for a period of 30 days in such areas as Vinnytsya, Donetsk, Zaporozhye, Lugansk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson, Chernihiv, as well as the internal waters of the Azov-Kerch water area.

On November 30, seamen were transported to Moscow: 21 Ukrainians were taken to the Moscow prison "Lefortovo", and 3 wounded - in "Sailor's Ticks".

Pavel Petrenko at a meeting of the government on November 28 said that the Ministry of Justice on behalf of the Cabinet of Ministers appealed to the ECtHR to protect the occupied Russian Federation of Ukrainian military seamen. According to him, Ukraine's position is that captured sailors are prisoners of war and they must apply all the guarantees of protection, which are defined by the Geneva Conventions. According to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights on November 29, the authorities of the Russian Federation on Monday, December 3, were supposed to provide information on the seizure of Ukrainian sailors and the legal grounds for their detention, their place of detention, injuries and medical assistance.

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"Two things are needed," - Mogerini, on the introduction of new EU sanctions against the Russian Federation

on Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:50 am
"Two things are needed," - Mogerini, on the introduction of new EU sanctions against the Russian Federation



According to Mogherini, sanctions require a solid legal basis and the unity of all 28 EU member states.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said that there are ongoing discussions in the European Union regarding the possibility of imposing sanctions against Russia through an act of aggression against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait. Mogherini said this during a press conference in Brussels, reports Censor. NET with reference to UNIAN .

"You know that two things are always necessary for the introduction of additional sanctions or for sanctions in general in the European Union. First of all, it is a solid legal basis based on the information that all the member states can exchange and the unity of all 28 EU countries," - she said, answering the question about the possibility of introducing new sanctions against Russia.

According to Mogerini, discussions are continuing in the EU.

"It's too early for me to say anything about this," she added.

Recall that the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on November 25th reported that the border ships of the Russian Federation committed aggressive actions against Ukrainian ships, which carried out a planned transition from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol Azov Sea. In particular, the Russian border ship "Don" carried a ram of the Ukrainian raiding tug, which damaged the main engine of the ship, lining and liner fencing, as well as a life raft lost.

In this case, the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine emphasizes that the intention to implement the transition has been warned in advance and acted within the framework of international law.

At the same time, the Russian Federal Security Service says that the three Ukrainian warships in the Azov Sea "illegally entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and headed for the Kerch Strait."

Later, the Ukrainian Navy reported that the Russian Federal Security Service's boats were defeated by defeat to the "Berdyansk" MABAK, is wounded . And then they announced the seizure of all 3 ships by special forces of the Russian Federation and six wounded.

On November 26, the Verkhovna Rada voted to introduce a military state for a period of 30 days in such areas as Vinnytsya, Donetsk, Zaporozhye, Lugansk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson, Chernihiv, as well as the internal waters of the Azov-Kerch water area.

On November 30, seamen were transported to Moscow: 21 Ukrainians were taken to the Moscow prison "Lefortovo", and 3 wounded - in "Sailor's Ticks".

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The EU's economy is suffering from a slowdown in the Azov Sea, - Mogherini

on Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:54 am
The EU's economy is suffering from a slowdown in the Azov Sea, - Mogherini



The EU High Representative confirmed the support of the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Ukraine.

Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, expressed extraordinary concern about the events in the Azov Sea due to security threats and the impact on the EU economy. Mogherini said this during a press-conference in Brussels. Censor.NET reports referring to UNIAN.

"Our position is very clear: we are always very firmly on the side of our Ukrainian friends on the issue of territorial integrity and sovereignty," she assured.

"We are also extremely worried about the events in the Azov Sea, and not only because of the attack on Ukraine (UNIAN ships), but also because activity in the Azov Sea has slowed down tremendously - ships that also carry flags of EU member states. We suffer and it has an impact on our economy in addition to the security threats that we see today, "added Mogerini.

Recall that the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on November 25th reported that the border ships of the Russian Federation committed aggressive actions against Ukrainian ships, which carried out a planned transition from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol Azov Sea. In particular, the Russian border ship "Don" carried a ram of the Ukrainian raiding tug, which damaged the main engine of the ship, lining and liner fencing, as well as a life raft lost.

In this case, the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine emphasizes that the intention to implement the transition has been warned in advance and acted within the framework of international law.

At the same time, the Russian Federal Security Service says that the three Ukrainian warships in the Azov Sea "illegally entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and headed for the Kerch Strait."

Later, the Ukrainian Navy reported that the Russian Federal Security Service's boats were defeated by defeat to the "Berdyansk" MABAK, is wounded . And then they announced the seizure of all 3 ships by special forces of the Russian Federation and six wounded.

On November 26, the Verkhovna Rada voted to introduce a military state for a period of 30 days in such areas as Vinnytsya, Donetsk, Zaporozhye, Lugansk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson, Chernihiv, as well as the internal waters of the Azov-Kerch water area.

On November 30, seamen were transported to Moscow: 21 Ukrainians were taken to the Moscow prison "Lefortovo", and 3 wounded - in "Sailor's Ticks".

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Slovakia has expelled a Russian diplomat because of suspicion of espionage, Prime Minister Pellegrini

on Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:57 am
Slovakia has expelled a Russian diplomat because of suspicion of espionage, Prime Minister Pellegrini



It is reported that he was sent on November 22nd.

Slovakia expelled Russian diplomat. The reason was suspicion of his involvement in spyware. This is stated in the statement of Prime Minister of Slovakia Peter Pellegrini, according to Censor.NET with reference to UNIAN.

"We deported him on November 22, and he left Slovakia for 48 hours," Pellegrini said.

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The Moscow Patriarchate will not dictate the conditions of Ukraine, to brand who canonical in us, and who is blessed, - Poroshenko

on Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:59 am
The Moscow Patriarchate will not dictate the conditions of Ukraine, to brand who canonical in us, and who is blessed, - Poroshenko



President Petro Poroshenko said that the UOC-Moscow Patriarchate would not dictate Ukraine's conditions.

As informs Censor.NET, he said about it on Wednesday, December 5, at the forum of local self-government.

"The Moscow Patriarchate will not dictate the conditions, to brand who canonical in us, and who is blessed. Believers will choose which churches they will go to, nobody will induce anyone to force and we will not allow the Kremlin to stir up the interreligious conflict," - he said.

Recall that on October 11, according to the results of the meeting of the Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, a decision was announced stating that Constantinople continues the procedure of granting autocephaly to the Church of Ukraine.

In addition, the Synod's letter of 1686 was canceled, after which the Kievan Metropolitanate fell under the jurisdiction of Moscow, the canonical status of the PM of the UOC-Kyivan Patriarchate Filaret and the head of the Ukrainian Autocephalous Orthodox Church Macarius was restored.

On November 3, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew signed an agreement on cooperation and cooperation between Ukraine and the Constantinople Patriarchate in Istanbul .

As the Poroshenko meeting said, the agreement creates conditions for the "process of giving Tomos (on autocephaly - Ed.) To be carried out absolutely in strict conformity with the canons of the Orthodox Church." The head of state called this day, November 3, historic.

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From the moment of the introduction of the military state in Ukraine 730 citizens of Russia have not been missed - the State Border Service

on Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:05 am
From the moment of the introduction of the military state in Ukraine 730 citizens of Russia have not been missed - the State Border Service



After the introduction of military status in a number of regions of Ukraine, 730 citizens of the Russian Federation were denied entry into the country.

According to Censor.NET, referring to "Ukrinform", Oleg Slobodyan, assistant to the head of the State Border Guard Service, informed.

"Almost 730 citizens of Russia have been denied entry to Ukraine in Ukraine since the moment of the introduction of military status in certain regions of Ukraine. Over the course of the day, 56 Russians were not allowed to enter Ukraine," he said.

Slobodian noted that there were no incidents at the checkpoints on this issue.

Recall that on November 26, the Verkhovna Rada voted for the introduction of a military state for a period of 30 days in such areas as Vinnytsya, Donetsk, Zaporozhye, Lugansk, Mykolayiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson, Chernihiv, as well as the internal waters of the Azov-Kerch water area .

The decision to introduce a martial law was taken in connection with the act of aggression against Ukraine in the Kerch Strait. As a result of illegal actions of Russian security forces , three ships of the Ukrainian Navy were captured and 24 Ukrainian servicemen captured.

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Parubiy called on the US Senate to introduce new sanctions against Russia for aggression in the Kerch Strait. DOCUMENT

on Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:08 am
Parubiy called on the US Senate to introduce new sanctions against Russia for aggression in the Kerch Strait. DOCUMENT



Speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubi sent a letter to the US Vice President, Senate Speaker of the US Congress Mike Pence, which, in particular, called for new sanctions against the RF after her aggression in the Kerch Strait.

As the Cenzor.NET, reported by the press service of the Ukrainian parliament.

"Ukraine, the United States and the international community have taken active and decisive actions in the fight against the illegal aggressive behavior of Russia, including the imposition of economic sanctions, in 2014. It is very important that the rule of law and international norms are strictly observed, with consequences for those countries, which seeks to undermine the right of other countries to their own national income. We urge you to use all available opportunities to stop Russia's aggression towards Ukraine and its apparent violation of international rules and norms through imposing additional energy and financial sanctions, "Parubiy said in a letter.

Recall that the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on November 25th reported that the border ships of the Russian Federation committed aggressive actions against Ukrainian ships, which carried out a planned transition from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol Azov Sea. In particular, the Russian border ship "Don" carried a ram of the Ukrainian raiding tug, which damaged the main engine of the ship, lining and liner fencing, as well as a life raft lost.

In this case, the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine emphasizes that the intention to implement the transition has been warned in advance and acted within the framework of international law.

At the same time, the Russian Federal Security Service says that the three Ukrainian warships in the Azov Sea "illegally entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and headed for the Kerch Strait."

Later, the Ukrainian Navy reported that the Russian Federal Security Service's boats were defeated by defeat to the "Berdyansk" MABAK, is wounded . And then they announced the seizure of all 3 ships by special forces of the Russian Federation and six wounded.

On November 26, the Verkhovna Rada voted to introduce a military state for a period of 30 days in such areas as Vinnytsya, Donetsk, Zaporozhye, Lugansk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson, Chernihiv, as well as the internal waters of the Azov-Kerch water area.

On November 30, seamen were transported to Moscow: 21 Ukrainians were taken to the Moscow prison "Lefortovo", and 3 wounded - in "Sailor's Ticks".

Pavel Petrenko at a meeting of the government on November 28 said that the Ministry of Justice on behalf of the Cabinet of Ministers appealed to the ECtHR to protect the occupied Russian Federation of Ukrainian military seamen. According to him, Ukraine's position is that captured sailors are prisoners of war and they must apply all the guarantees of protection, which are defined by the Geneva Conventions. According to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights on November 29, the authorities of the Russian Federation on Monday, December 3, were supposed to provide information on the seizure of Ukrainian sailors and the legal grounds for their detention, their place of detention, injuries and medical assistance.

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Hungary will continue to block the Ukraine-NATO Commission, - Siyyarto

on Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:11 am
Hungary will continue to block the Ukraine-NATO Commission, - Siyyarto



Budapest considers blocking the Commission the only way to put pressure on Kyiv.

Hungary will continue to block the Ukraine-NATO Commission until "Ukraine will not stop the systematic violations of the rights of the Hungarian community." This was stated by the head of the Hungarian Foreign Ministry, Peter Syyjarto, after the completion of the first day of the NATO ministerial meeting in Brussels, reports Censor.NET, referring to UNIAN.

"We are under strong pressure to give this position. If we give up, we will not have any other resources to participate in the life of the Hungarian community," he said, emphasizing that the protection of minority rights is inseparable from security issues and is part of the security issues and stability. "Hungary can unblock its veto if the Ukrainians take the necessary steps to restore the rights of the Hungarian community living in their territory, which is in line with bilateral agreements and international law." The ball on the Ukrainian side "- added the minister.

Earlier, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, Levente Madyar, assured that Budapest was ready to stop blocking meetings of the NATO-Ukraine Commission as soon as Ukraine "restores respect for the rights of the Hungarian minority". As it was reported, Hungary officially initiated a review of all support programs of Ukraine in NATO.

Hungary blocks the meeting of the NATO-Ukraine Commission at the highest level, but this time it did not protest against the presence of the head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine at the ministerial meeting of NATO.

Let's remind, relations of Ukraine and Hungary significantly deteriorated after the scandal with the distribution of Hungarian passports in Transcarpathia.

On October 4, Ukraine declared Hungary's Consul in the Non-Gulf Coastal Person.

October 10, Hungary summoned an ambassador to Ukraine, Lyubov Nepop, on the carpet through the publication of the "Peacemaker" website about more than 300 Transcarpathian officials who have Ukrainian and Hungarian citizenship.

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Canada will discuss Ukraine's support at the summit of the Foreign Ministers of NATO member countries, Friland

on Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:13 am
Canada will discuss Ukraine's support at the summit of the Foreign Ministers of NATO member countries, Friland

During a summit of NATO foreign ministers, which is taking place these days in Brussels, Canada pays much attention to the discussion of Ukraine's support.

As informs Tsensor.NET with reference to " Ukrinform", about this on its page in the social network written by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Canada Christine Friland.

"Last week, during the G20 summit, Canada spoke with other states about our joint support to Ukraine. We are pleased to continue these important talks with NATO," said Friland.

Read also: A hearing on the situation in the Black Sea region was held in the Canadian parliament: "Russia wants to destabilize international order"

She added that Canada "remains very concerned about Russia's seizure of Ukrainian sailors and ships."

Recall that the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine on November 25th reported that the border ships of the Russian Federation committed aggressive actions against Ukrainian ships, which carried out a planned transition from the port of Odessa to the port of Mariupol Azov Sea. In particular, the Russian border ship "Don" carried a ram of the Ukrainian raiding tug, which damaged the main engine of the ship, lining and liner fencing, as well as a life raft lost.

In this case, the Navy of the Armed Forces of Ukraine emphasizes that the intention to implement the transition has been warned in advance and acted within the framework of international law.

At the same time, the Russian Federal Security Service says that the three Ukrainian warships in the Azov Sea "illegally entered the territorial waters of the Russian Federation and headed for the Kerch Strait."

Later, the Ukrainian Navy reported that the Russian Federal Security Service's boats were defeated by defeat to the "Berdyansk" MABAK, is wounded . And then they announced the seizure of all 3 ships by special forces of the Russian Federation and six wounded.

On November 26, the Verkhovna Rada voted to introduce a military state for a period of 30 days in such areas as Vinnytsya, Donetsk, Zaporozhye, Lugansk, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Kharkiv, Kherson, Chernihiv, as well as the internal waters of the Azov-Kerch water area.

On November 30, seamen were transported to Moscow: 21 Ukrainians were taken to the Moscow prison "Lefortovo", and 3 wounded - in "Sailor's Ticks".

Pavel Petrenko at a meeting of the government on November 28 said that the Ministry of Justice on behalf of the Cabinet of Ministers appealed to the ECtHR to protect the occupied Russian Federation of Ukrainian military seamen. According to him, Ukraine's position is that captured sailors are prisoners of war and they must apply all the guarantees of protection, which are defined by the Geneva Conventions. According to the decision of the European Court of Human Rights on November 29, the authorities of the Russian Federation on Monday, December 3, were supposed to provide information on the seizure of Ukrainian sailors and the legal grounds for their detention, their place of detention, injuries and medical assistance.

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The US Department of State calls on the European Union to abandon the "North Stream-2"

on Wed Dec 05, 2018 11:16 am
The US Department of State calls on the European Union to abandon the "North Stream-2"



The latest manifestation of Russian aggression at sea near the Kerch Strait has confirmed, including for the EU countries and in particular Germany, that the construction of the North Stream 2 pipeline will only contribute to further build-up of the potential of Russian aggression.

This was stated during a briefing for journalists on Tuesday by the official representative of the State Department of the United States, reports Censor.NET with reference to Ukrinform.

"The Kerch incident should be a reminder to all of our European allies of why North Stream 2 is such a bad idea," said a US government spokeswoman.

He specified that this is a reminder that the more gas infrastructure exists bypassing Ukraine, the weaker will be the containment of Russia's military aggression.

"So there are practical reasons for energy, and we do not want North Stream 2 to move further," said the representative of the State Department.

In addition, he stressed that the American side is raising this issue, including in a dialogue with Germany, which had previously expressed an interest in participating in this project.

"In our last conversations with German officials, we saw some signs that they took this message more clearly after the Kerch incident, for them it's even harder to just say that this is a purely commercial project," said the US State Department spokesman.

Recall that the North Stream 2 project involves the construction of a new thread from the gas pipeline from the coast of Russia across the Baltic Sea to Germany along with the already existing "North Stream". Its capacity will amount to 55 billion cubic meters of gas per year, its length is more than 1.2 thousand kilometers. The total cost of the project is estimated at 9.5 billion euros. According to the plan, the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline should double the volumes of gas transported from Russia to Germany bypassing Ukraine and Poland. It is planned that the gas pipeline should begin supplying gas to the bottom of the Baltic Sea from January 1, 2020.

The project is also attended by companies from Germany, Austria, Great Britain and France. Opponents of the project - in particular Poland, the Baltic States, Ukraine, Moldova, the United States and Denmark - argue that North Stream 2 will increase EU dependence on Gazprom, which already supplies about one third of the gas to the EU. The Polish authorities want the European Commission to subordinate this investment to the legislation of the European Union. As a result, North Stream 2 can be a loss for Gazprom.

Ukraine's loss of transit means a significant loss of currency earnings. According to the Ministry of Finance, only direct losses can reach 2.5-3% of GDP.

Earlier, Secretary of State of the United States Mike Pompeo said that the construction of the North Stream 2 gas pipeline in the Baltic Sea undermined the economic and strategic security of Ukraine.

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Russia is already inventing revenge for the expulsion of a spy diplomat from Slovakia

on Wed Dec 05, 2018 10:18 pm
Russia is already inventing revenge for the expulsion of a spy diplomat from Slovakia

Russia promises to respond to the expulsion of a Russian diplomat from Slovakia
This was said in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, according to Russian media.

"The Russian side will respond to the unfriendly actions of Bratislava on the basis of the principle of reciprocity," the Foreign Ministry said.

-Recall Slovakia sent a Russian diplomat on suspicion of gathering intelligence. About spyware activity learned from military intelligence.

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Judges to pass verdict in Yanukovych treason case after runaway president fails to make final statement

on Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:37 am
Judges to pass verdict in Yanukovych treason case after runaway president fails to make final statement



Ukraine’s ex-President Viktor Yanukovych again failed to make the final statement via videoconferencing to Kyiv’s Obolonskyi district court hearing his treason case.

As reported by a correspondent for Censor.NET, he is charged under three articles of the Criminal Code of Ukraine: article 111 (high treason), article 27, part 2 of article 437 (aiding in waging aggressive war); article 27, part 3 of article 110 (aiding in encroachment on the territorial integrity and inviolability of Ukraine which caused death of people or other grave consequences).

Yanukovych’s lawyer, Horoshynskyi, told the court that his client was seriously injured and would not be able to make final statement before recovery. According to him, the final statement made from the hospital bed will be "humiliating for Yanukovych."

He asked the court to adjourn the hearing until the runaway president would be able to deliver his statement.

However, the prosecutors stood against the request since Yanukovych had fully used his right to defense while the hearings during which he was to make his final statement had already been adjourned several times.

Presiding Judge Vladyslav Deviatko stressed that the medical certificates submitted to the court do not confirm that the ex-president is unable to make the final statement and, therefore, the court sees no reason for further adjournments. He stressed that it was the 89th court hearing of the ex-president’s treason case.

Before going to the deliberations room for passing a verdict, Deviatko added that delivery of the final statement by the ex-president had already been postponed three times and since the defendant had fully exercised the right to defense, the court decided to turn down his lawyers’ motion to adjourn the hearing one more time.

censor.net.ua  In Ukrainian/український


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