MOSCOW. May 22 (Interfax) - If Kyiv decides not to repay its debts, Moscow is ready to assume a tough position in defending its interests, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
RIGA, Latvia — Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain showed up hours late, but the absentee who really mattered — and haunted all discussion during a two-day meeting of leaders from Europe and former Soviet lands — was President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, who had not even been invited.
MOSCOW - Soccer officials in Crimea have said European soccer's governing body, UEFA, has approved the creation of a new league on the disputed peninsula, dragging the body's awkward position over the Ukraine crisis into view again and aggravating yet another political headache for international soccer authorities.
CANNES, France - French movie star Gerard Depardieu sought to play down controversy over his views on Ukraine and Russia at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22, but couldn't resist the chance to praise his friend Vladimir Putin.
Looking over their shoulders at Russia, the European Union and six former Soviet neighbors patched up their differences to renew vows of cooperation in the interests of peace and security at a summit on May 22.
MOSCOW - Two Russian men captured by Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian rebels have told a newspaper they were in Ukraine on a mission for the Russian military, contradicting Moscow's official line.
Libertarians and left wingers agree that government bailouts of banks and IMF programs for distressed nations are unacceptable subsidies for despicable finance capitalists. You see this happy convergence in the US Congress, where Republicans and Democrats are uniting on prohibitions of Federal Reserve support for banks and dealers in future crises, and are refusing to allow an increase in the US commitment to the International Monetary Fund.
The actions by Donbas separatists from working subgroups indicate their intention to sabotage the work, a source close to the Ukrainian members of the Trilateral contact group has said.
MINSK - All the four specialized working subgroups on settling the Ukraine crisis will meet next time in Minsk on June 2, OSCE Special Representative Heidi Tagliavini said following a Trilateral Contact Group meeting in Minsk on May 22.
Leaders of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) will soon meet with the representatives of the Amnesty International to ask them to provide materials on tortures in Donbas, Advisor to SBU Chief Markiyan Lubkivsky has said.
Ukrainian Information Policy Minister of Ukraine Yuriy Stets has talked to U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Richard Stengel about the issues of Ukraine's information security and the opportunity to involve American consultants.
The bodies of Ukrainian military men have been found in the debris of the Donetsk airport, the press center for the anti-terrorist operation in Kyiv has reported.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has met with Croatian Prime Minister Zoran Milanovic in Riga and discussed the issues of ensuring Ukraine's security.
Shevchenkivsky District Court in Kyiv has chosen the restriction measure for the second Russian soldier, Captain Yevgeny Yerofeyev, detained near the town of Schastia on May 16.
The NATO summit in Warsaw scheduled for 2016 will take place on July 8-9, the U.S.-led alliance said on May 22.
Avdiyivka coke chemical plant (Donetsk region), part of Metinvest Group, on May 21 suffered its most intense bombardment since the announcement of the ceasefire.
CHISINAU - Moldova and Romania will soon form a separate peacekeeping battalion.
Ukraine's Finance Minster said on May 22 she expected to meet face-to-face with creditors as "noticeable progress" had been made in talks to restructure $23 billion of national debt.
RIGA - Tensions among Europe's eastern neighbors broke to the surface on May 22, casting doubts about the European Union's flagship initiative to deepen economic and political ties with six former Soviet republics.