Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Ukraine - Russia situation ( January 6 , 2015 ) Newsworthy items touching upon the geopolitical struggle between Russia / Ukraine / Europe and US !


Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatseniuk will visit Germany on January 7-8 to meet with the country's leadership, the premier's spokesperson Olha Lappo has said.
"On January 7-8, Yatseniuk will pay an official visit to Germany," she told Interfax-Ukraine on Monday.
According to her, on January 7, Yatseniuk will meet with Federal President Joachim Gauck and German Vice Chancellor, Economy and Energy Minister Sigmar Gabriel. On January 8, he is scheduled to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
According to German government spokesman Steffen Seibert, the talks will begin at 12.00. The negotiations will focus on bilateral relations, relations with Russia and issues related to Ukraine's development, he said.
The Ukrainian prime minister is also expected to meet with German businessmen.

Source: Interfax-Ukraine


Russia’s EU ambassador has urged Brussels to launch talks with the newly born Eurasian Economic Union despite the Ukraine crisis, reported EUobserver.
Vladimir Chizhov told EUobserver: “Our idea is to start official contacts between the EU and the EAEU as soon as possible. [German] chancellor Angela Merkel talked about this not long ago. The EU sanctions [on Russia] are not a hinder”.
“I think that common sense advises us to explore the possibility of establishing a common economic space in the Eurasian region, including the focus countries of the Eastern Partnership [an EU policy on closer ties with Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, and Ukraine]".
"We might think of a free trade zone encompassing all of the interested parties in Eurasia”.
He described the new Russia-led bloc as a better partner for the EU than the US, with a dig at health standards in the US food industry.
“Do you believe it is wise to spend so much political energy on a free trade zone with the USA while you have more natural partners at your side, closer to home? We don’t even chlorinate our chickens”, the ambassador said.
The treaty establishing the Eurasian Union entered into life on Thursday (1 January).
It includes Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, and Russia, with Kyrgyzstan to join in May.


Latest News

-- Ukrainian officials say the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France plan to speak by telephone on January 9 as part of diplomatic efforts to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

--  Two Canadian ships carrying nonlethal aid for Ukraine's military are due to dock at the port in Odesa today.

-- Thirteen Ukrainian National Guardsmen have been killed in a road accident in eastern Ukraine. Ukrainian authorities said a military truck and a bus collided in the Donetsk region late on January 5 in bad weather.

-- Sharp rises in the domestic price of gas and the devaluation of the hryvnia currency, pushed up inflation in Ukraine to almost 25 percent last year, its highest level in 14 years.

-- French President Francois Hollande has said he wants Western sanctions on Russia to be lifted if Moscow respects Ukraine's sovereignty.


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