Ukraine

    • Ukraine meets conditions for next IMF tranche, President Zelensky says

      Ukraine meets conditions for next IMF tranche, President Zelensky says

      Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky said on Wednesday that the country expects to receive a second payment from its $5bn IMF programme after fulfilling all its agreed commitments, news wires reported. He said Ukraine had fulfilled its reform commitments, passing legislation to open the land market, overhaul the judicial system and strengthen the central bank. "We have done everything as I promised ... and everything that we need for Ukraine," Zelensky told reporters.

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    • US-Germany deal on Nord Streem 2 is good for Ukraine, Merkel says

      US-Germany deal on Nord Streem 2 is good for Ukraine, Merkel says

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that a compromise deal that will allow the completion of a Russian gas pipeline to Europe without the imposition of further US sanctions is “good for Ukraine”, AP reported. The United States and Germany announced the deal on Wednesday. The two countries committed to countering any Russian attempt to use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a political weapon.

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    • US, Germany reach a deal to allow the completion of Nord Stream 2

      US, Germany reach a deal to allow the completion of Nord Stream 2

      The United States and Germany on Wednesday announced a deal to allow the completion of a controversial Russian gas pipeline to Europe without the imposition of further US sanctions, news wires reported. Under the terms of the deal, the US and Germany committed to countering any Russian attempt to use the Nord Stream 2 pipeline as a political weapon. And, they agreed to support Ukraine and Poland, both of which are bypassed by the project and fear Russia's intentions, by funding alternative energy and development projects.

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    • Trio Georgia-Moldova-Ukraine holds 'milestone' EU summit

      Trio Georgia-Moldova-Ukraine holds 'milestone' EU summit

      The leaders of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine on Monday met European Council chief Charles Michel to push their EU membership bids, with Michel hailing the summit as a "milestone", news wires reported. Seeking to emerge from Moscow's orbit, the eastern European nations set up the Associated Trio diplomatic format in May to jointly advance their bid to join the European Union.

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    • EU prolongs economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine by six months

      EU prolongs economic sanctions on Russia over Ukraine by six months

      The European Council announced on Monday that it has decided to prolong the sanctions targeting specific economic sectors of the Russian Federation for a further six months, until 31 January 2022. The Council decision follows the latest assessment of the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements - initially foreseen to happen by 31 December 2015 - at the European Council of 24-25 June 2021. On that occasion EU leaders called on Russia to fully assume its responsibility in ensuring the full implementation of the Minsk agreements as the key condition for any substantial change in the EU’s stance.

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    • Belarus shuts border with Ukraine on suspected coup

      Belarus shuts border with Ukraine on suspected coup

      Belarus closed its border with neighboringUkraine as Minsk claimed that there was detected plot to initiate a coup. Belarus also claimed that there were large volumes of arms smuggled to its territory, BBC elaborated. President Alexander Lukashenko said his country was a victim of an attempt by outside powers to overthrow his regime.

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    • Ukraine's lawmakers approve a law to jail officials for hiding wealth

      Ukraine's lawmakers approve a law to jail officials for hiding wealth

      Ukrainian parliament approved a law on Thursday to impose jail sentences on officials who make false asset declarations. The legislation was a requirement for the government to secure more loans from the IMF under a $5bn programme, Reuters reported. The legislation stipulates that officials who do not submit their asset declarations or fail to declare assets worth more than 4.2 million hryvnias ($150,000) face two years in jail.

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    • German FM Maas rejects idea of weapons  deliveries to Ukraine

      German FM Maas rejects idea of weapons deliveries to Ukraine

      German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on Tuesday firmly rejected the idea of weapons deliveries to Ukraine, after the country’s president  Volodymyr Zelenskyy indicated that he would like military help from Berlin, news wires reported. Germany, along with France, has led Western diplomatic efforts to resolve the long-running conflict between Kiev and Russia-backed separatist rebels in eastern Ukraine. But efforts toward a political settlement are stalled.

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