The driver of a snow plough involved in a deadly plane crash that killed the chief executive of French oil major Total, Christophe de Margerie, in a Moscow airport late on Monday, was drunk, Russia's Investigative Committee said.
The prospect of assuaging the rift in US-Russia relations appeared dimmer Monday after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov predicted that the dire state of bilateral ties would persist for a long time.
The self-declared "prime minister" of the breakaway Donetsk People's Republic has declared on Twitter that the month-old ceasefire between Ukraine and the separatist republic has ended.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered Security Service of Ukraine Chief Valentyn Nalyvaichenko to immediately hold an investigation into an attempted murder of parliamentary candidate Volodymyr Borysenko.
If being the subject of international sanctions is causing Konstantin Malofeev any stress, he's not showing it. "The sanctions are a very stupid instrument that only Obama and his administration could believe will have any impact. It has not damaged my business," he says. The 40-year-old multimillionaire, though, does allow that the sanctions have "had some impact on my personal movements. I cannot go on vacation in the Alps. This weekend, my Greek friend who invited me to be the best man at his wedding had to come to me to have his wedding with 90 Greeks, instead of me going to him. That's the impact that it had."
President Obama's failed reset and his weak response to Putin's War Against Ukraine stuck him with a reputation of indecisiveness and naïveté, reinforced by cumulating foreign policy failures. Obama, unlike Angela Merkel, members of Congress of both parties, and, lately, Hillary Clinton, still appears to be late to understand Putin's global threat and his goal to destroy NATO. With one intense bill-of-particulars against Putin, Obama coukd outline his plan to stop Putin's expansionism before it is too late. Such a move could save the last two years of Obama’s presidency. Here is what Obama should say.
LONDON -- Looking back over the past quarter-century, it isn't easy to name a Western policy that can truly be described as a success. The impact of Western development aid is debatable. Western interventions in the Middle East have been disastrous.
Berlin -- Ukrainian government forces used cluster munitions in populated areas in Donetsk city in early Oct. 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The use of cluster munitions in populated areas violates the laws of war due to the indiscriminate nature of the weapon and may amount to war crimes.
DONETSK -- The Ukrainian Army appears to have fired cluster munitions on several occasions into the heart of Donetsk, unleashing a weapon banned in much of the world into a rebel-held city with a peacetime population of more than one million, according to physical evidence and interviews with witnesses and victims.
Russia announced it will further restrict its food imports from the European Union on Tuesday in response to Western sanctions over its actions in Ukraine.
Moscow - The death of Christophe de Margerie, CEO of French oil giant Total, in a plane crash at Moscow's Vnukovo Airport late last night was a serious tragedy, Alexei Kudrin, a former Russian finance minister, said on Twitter.
Russia's 25-year-long era of freedom, which began in 1989 with the Congress of Peoples Deputies, has come to an end and the prospects for the future are extremely bleak, according to Academician Yury Pivovarov. If Russians do not transform themselves, their country risks becoming part of the third world.
Despite claims by Russian officials that all is well with the draft in Russia and that in fact fewer young men are seeking to avoid service than in the past, claims often accompanied by pointing to the problems Ukraine is having filling the ranks, the situation in the Russian Federation with regard to the draft is anything but good, experts say.
Refugees from Ukraine apparently will not have to study non-Russian languages as required by the legislation of the non-Russian republics but instead will be exposed to more intensive Russian language instruction, yet another way in which Moscow is undermining the status of non-Russian tongues.
Moscow - The operator of a snow-clearing machine with which Total CEO Christophe de Margerie's Falcon airplane collided at the Vnukovo airport is believed to have been drunk, Russian Investigative Committee spokesman Vladimir Markin told on Oct. 21.
Speaking to EurActiv in an exclusive interview, Chizhov said that at the meeting in Milan on 17 Dec. with Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, an agreement was reached for an "intermediary price" of $385 per thousand cubic metres (tcm) for Russian gas to be sold to Ukraine during the winter.
Moscow - Christophe de Margerie, chief executive of French oil company Total, and another three persons died when their Falcon-50 airplane crashed at Moscow's Vnukovo airport.
The silver lining in the recent financial market turbulence has been thecontinued decline in the price of oil, which is down about 25 percent since June. In addition to creating a windfall for US consumers -- one analysisreckoned the savings could amount to $600 per household -- the drop, if sustained, will place considerable pressure on three problematic petrostates: Russia, Iran and Venezuela.
Volodymyr Parasyuk clashed with police during protests in Kyiv, then faced off with pro-Russian separatists in the east. Now he has swapped bullets for ballots in the run for Ukraine's parliament.
LUXEMBOURG -- The British Foreign Secretary said Monday that the European Union will have to help Ukraine secure energy supplies this winter but it isn't yet clear how this can be done.