An influential Russian daily reports that Crimean prosecutor Natalya Poklonskaya is “most likely” to get a parliamentary seat in the 2016 federal polls representing the current majority party United Russia.
Moscow will never reverse its decision to accept the Crimean Republic into the Russian Federation, even if the economic sanctions prompted by this step maintain forever, deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov says.
The Russian president has admitted the possibility of amendments to the recently introduced law requiring NGOs sponsored from abroad to label themselves as foreign agents, but added that in general this law is fit for purpose.
When one listens to what British officials and media pundits have to say about Russia's policy towards Ukraine, it is hard not to wonder if it is a simple misunderstanding or a deliberate distortion of facts.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has slammed the EU’s “pushy sanctions strategy” as “political blackmail,” and said it is “absolutely hopeless” as it won’t make Russia give up its “national interests and principled position.”
The US has created a loophole in the sanctions that it implemented against Russia to allow communications software to be sent to Crimea. Washington wants to increase its influence in the area, but critics say the move is a waste of money.
Kiev will nationalize Russian overseas property as compensation for the losses over Crimea’s reunification with Russia, Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Justice Natalia Sevostyanova said. The decision is now up to the European Court of Human Rights.
As pro-defense MP’s enter parliament and assume roles in David Cameron’s new administration, backbench Tories are already urging a sharp increase in military spending and voicing their opposition to defense cuts.