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EU state convicts nine people for supporting Russia

Czech authorities have convicted nine people for making public statements in support of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, Prosecutor General Igor Striz told local media outlets on Wednesday. Some 90 additional cases are still being investigated. One of the nine was sentenced to a nine-month prison sentence for making “hateful …

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Lavrov likens protests in ex-Soviet state to 2014 Kiev coup

The massive protests Georgia has been facing over the past week closely resemble the 2014 Maidan coup in Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday. Backed by external powers, these protests are just another plot attempt, he told the ‘Great Game’ show on Russia’s Channel 1. Over the …

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Ukraine’s defeat may lead to WWIII – EU state’s PM

Ukraine’s defeat may lead to a Third World War, meaning Germany and other NATO countries must step up and send Kiev more weapons, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki claimed on Monday. Speaking in Berlin at a celebration of German politician Wolfgang Schauble’s 50-year career, Morawiecki insisted that Germany must allow …

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EU state to reintroduce conscription

The Swedish government plans to reintroduce civil conscription service in the country, Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson announced during a press conference on Monday, adding that the Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB) will be ordered to prepare the measure later this week.  According to Civil Defense Minister Carl-Oskar Bohlin, the first step …

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EU state closes liberal Russian TV channel

Latvia’s media regulator has revoked the broadcast license of the exiled liberal Russian network TV Dozhd (TV Rain) after an anchor claimed live on air that it had been helping the Russian military. The channel  has since said the anchor misspoke and promptly fired him. Latvia’s National Electronic Mass Media …

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US and Russia to hold nuclear talks – State Department

American and Russian diplomats will meet to discuss the New START nuclear arms reduction treaty “in the near future,” US State Department spokesman Ned Price told reporters on Tuesday. Earlier, Bloomberg and Kommersant cited sources to report that a meeting of the Bilateral Consultative Commission (BCC) may soon be held …

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EU state denies ‘golden visas’ to Russians – media

A total of ten Russian citizens who applied for Portuguese “golden visas,” which provide residence permits in exchange for investment, have been turned down since late February, the Publico newspaper reported on Sunday. The nation introduced a complete ban on golden visas for Russians as part of EU sanctions imposed …

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German gas giant pleads for state funding amid energy crisis

Germany’s largest gas importer – Uniper – has been struggling to replace missing Russian gas supplies as the company’s losses are mounting, its CEO, Klaus-Dieter Maubach, admitted this week. The company might also run out of the money provided by Berlin in the form of an aid package later this …

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Biden opposes designating Russia as state sponsor of terrorism

US President Joe Biden spoke on Monday against designating Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism over the conflict in Ukraine. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Biden said “no” when asked whether he believes Russia should be branded a state sponsor of terrorism. Last month, two US senators …

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