VIENNA - Russia has refused to increase international monitoring of the border with Ukraine, the United States said on Oct. 22, after European security watchdog OSCE extended its observers' existing mandate at two checkpoints by a month.
Reports out of Milan regarding Oct. 17 much anticipated meeting between Russian president Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko indicate that little progress has been made toward resolving the nearly yearlong Ukraine crisis. This, given the broader political currents at play in Europe, is unsurprising.
MOSCOW - MTS Ukraine, wholly owned by Russia's OAO Mobile TeleSystems, has sold its property in Crimea for 17.7 million euro, including VAT, the company said in a posting on its Web site.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will visit Odesa on Oct. 23, where he will hold a meeting on fighting smuggling.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso have discussed on the phone the provision of 760 million euro in macro-financial assistance to Ukraine by the European Union by the end of 2014.
YEREVAN - The European Union remains an important partner for Armenia, Foreign Minister Edvard Albanian said on Wednesday answering questions from members of parliament.
The International Committee of Creditors and minority stockholders in defaulting Mriya agribusiness whose liabilities exceed $1.3 billion have asked Ukraine's leaders to ensure an investigation in the activity of the company and its founders – the Huta family.
MOSCOW - Russia and Slovakia have agreed to sign an inter-governmental agreement on oil supplies from Russia and transit via Slovakia before the end of the year, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters after meeting with Slovak Economy Minister Pavol Pavlis.
Ukrainian agrarian companies could lose $17 million from the Russian ban on horticultural products brought from and via Ukraine in effect until the end of 2014, Ukrainian Agrarian Policy and Food Minister Ihor Shvaika said at a briefing in Kyiv on Oct. 22.
On Oct. 21, all 57 OSCE participating states decided by consensus to extend the mandate of the OSCE observer mission at the Russian checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk for one month until Nov. 23, 2014.
The Ukrainian authorities continue actively preparing an international donors conference where a plan of restoring the country in 2015-2017 will be presented, Ukrainian Presidential Administration Deputy Head for administrative, social and economic reform Dmitry Shymkiv announced.
Boosting the capacity of the Ukrainian railways in the direction of Mariupol and train traffic on the Zaporizhia-Polohy-Kamysh-Zoria-Volnovakha section is possible under the condition of building secondary railway lines, renovating railway stations and continuing electrification.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has ordered force structures to ensure law and order during the snap parliamentary elections on Oct. 26 and the exercise of the voting right by Ukrainian servicemen participating in the anti-terrorist operation in east Ukraine.
The consumers of Naftogaz Ukrainy (namely heating companies, combined heat and power plants, industrial enterprises) have repaid Hr 2.138 billion to the company, thereby reducing the debt by 11.7 percent compared to the previous week, to Hr 16.196 billion, the press service of Naftogaz has said.
The Bloc of Petro Poroshenko, Oleh Liashko's Radical Party, People's Front, and Samopomich (Self-Assistance) Union are expected to garner enough votes in the upcoming early parliamentary elections in Ukraine to qualify for parliament, as is seen from a public opinion survey conducted by the Ilko Kucheriv Democratic Initiatives Foundation in all regions of Ukraine except Crimea on Oct. 9-18, 2014.
Ukraine is setting up security zones along the front line on the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic "in fulfillment of the Peace Plan of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko," Ukraine's State Border Guard Service said.
MOSCOW - Slovakia, which is fully dependent on the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine, is in talks with Russia on building gas interconnectors to neighboring Poland and Hungary.
Reeling from the impact of Western sanctions, Russia's top oil producer Rosneft has asked for more than 2 trillion roubles ($48.5 billion) from the country's National Wealth Find, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov has said.
TALLINN, Estonia - Estonia has summoned Russia's ambassador over an airspace violation by a Russian military aircraft.
LONDON - Russia's central bank may have to seriously consider raising interest rates if the slide in the rouble and jump in inflation continue, one of its top policymakers and a former finance minister both said on Oct. 22.