If violence in Ukraine’s southeast does not stop, Russia will convene an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, said during a special program with Vladimir Solovyov on the Rossiya-1 TV channel, Itar-Tass reports.
US Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Thursday that the United States is drawing closer to imposing more sanctions on Russia by saying time was running out for Moscow to change its course in Ukraine, Reuters reports.
Russia has called upon the UN Secretary General to criticize the actions of Ukrainian government in southeastern Ukraine, Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said during a TV broadcast.
Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called upon the US to make Ukrainian government stop the military operation in the southeast of Ukraine, the Ministry’s press service reports.
Russia has 48 hours to explain the purpose and location of the military drills being held near the Ukrainian border, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry said.
The forceful operation in eastern Ukraine will be held in several stages and one stage was completed on Thursday, National Security and Defense Council Deputy Secretary Victoriya Syumar said.
The Vice News journalist Simon Ostrovsky, who disappeared in Slovyansk, Donetsk region, has been freed and is currently heading to Donetsk, the acting chief of the BBC Moscow office Kevin Bishop wrote on Twitter. The news of his release was also confirmed on the website of the Vice News magazine. Ostrovsky is currently safe and in good health, his colleagues wrote on Twitter.
The ultranationalist Ukrainian Right Sector movement said Thursday members of organization will join paramilitary units currently being formed to crackdown on pro-federalization protests in eastern Ukraine.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon warned Thursday that the crisis in Ukraine threatened to "spin out of control" and urged all sides to "refrain from violence". "The secretary general is deeply concerned about continued violence in eastern Ukraine, which has led to loss of life, further instability and which is contributing to a climate of fear and anxiety," Ban said in a statement released by his office. "As the stakes are now so high, the secretary general is seriously concerned that the situation could quickly spin out of control with consequences we cannot predict," he added.
Economic sanctions may benefit Russia by helping de-offshorize its economy and create better conditions for doing business inside the country, President Vladimir Putin said. "Many people who take their savings and business to low-tax areas are already thinking whether it would be better to carry out all of their economic activities, including registration, at home," the president said at the Media Forum on Thursday, April 24.
The FBI has found out that pupils of London’s elite Southbank International School were victims of serial pedophile teacher William Vahey. Parents of pupils were shocked and distressed by revelations that the reputable and trusted 64-year-old American teacher was a child molester.
It may take almost two days to evacuate all residents living near Japan’s Hamaoka nuclear plant in the event of a serious accident, the Shizuoka prefectural government said Thursday according to the Asahi Shimbun. It is highly likely that portions of residents will be exposed to radiation, an official said, referring a study based on evacuation stimulation.
Stopping the unlawful actions of the Kiev authorities is the main condition for resolving the current crisis in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. "We believe that the main condition for resolving the crisis in Ukraine is to stop the unlawful actions of the Kiev authorities who must realize their responsibility for everything that was written down [in Kiev] on February 21 and in Geneva on April 17.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Thursday that he would never negotiate with a Palestinian government "backed by a terrorist organization" committed to Israel's destruction.
Legal claims of the European Commission against the South Stream natural gas pipeline project are likely to be settled by the yearend, Russia’s Ambassador to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, said on Thursday at a High-Level Opening Policy Conference of the European Energy Policy that is taking place at the College of Europe in Bruges.
In its history, the US more than once imposed sanctions on other countries. Judging by the long list, the US government is satisfied with the effect of such restrictions and intends to use them in the future. However, effectiveness and necessity of sanctions are constantly under discussion and there is no consensus here, as some countries have quite successfully managed to get the limitations round. We now present the list of 20 countries, on which the US has imposed various sanctions.
A special operation against pro-federalization protesters in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk has been put on hold, Ukrainian media said Thursday citing law enforcement sources.
Humanitarian aid to Syrian refugees in Lebanon will not solve the problem, a system approach is needed, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said after talks with his Lebanese counterpart Gebran Bassil on Thursday, April 24. "We are convinced that humanitarian aid to the Syrian refugees in Lebanon, whose number keeps growing, will not solve the problem by itself. There are international norms and standards for the treatment of refugees and displaced persons. It is also necessary to take into account the specific features of the country to which refugees are heading," Lavrov said.