The EU’s plans to deploy a military training mission in Ukraine will contribute to escalation of the Donbass conflict, Russia calls for abandoning this thoughtless step, Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova stated on Thursday.
The Kremlin has published an open letter to and about Ukraine, replete with insults and threats. An official public document in such a style seemed inconceivable in contemporary international relations, but the Kremlin has turned the inconceivable into fact with this letter. Published in the Moscow daily Kommersant (“Why It Is Senseless to Deal with the Current Ukrainian Leadership,” Kommersant, October 11) and amply rebroadcast by Russia’s media, the letter carries the byline of Russian Security Council’s Deputy Chairman (and former president and prime minister) Dmitry Medvedev. However, hardly anyone in Ukraine, Russia or the West would doubt that President (and Security Council Chairman) Vladimir Putin is this letter’s actual sender.
The Ukraine’s desire to join the European Union and NATO is ephemeral, Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said in the article titled “Why contacts with current Ukrainian administration are pointless,” posted on Monday in the Kommersant newspaper.
“Hopes [of Ukraine] to have membership in NATO and the European Union are ephemeral because of fairly obvious reasons,” Medvedev said.
“Ukraine in itself has no value on the line of the direct confrontation (including the potentially military one) of Western forces with our country. Nobody is a fool to fight for Ukraine, while there is no sense for us to deal with sycophants. Matters should be handled with the sovereign,” the official stressed.
Russia will wait until responsible leaders appear in Ukraine, focusing on the buildup of based on equal rights and mutually beneficial relations and not on the total confrontation with Russia on the brink of war, Russia’s Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said in the article titled “Why contacts with current Ukrainian administration are pointless,” posted on Monday in the Kommersant newspaper.
Washington needs nothing from Kiev, except adversarial relations with Moscow, its total deterrence and creation of an antipode image, Russia’s Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said in the article titled “Why contacts with current Ukrainian administration are pointless,” posted on Monday in the Kommersant newspaper.
“The US needs nothing from Ukraine except opposition to Russia, total deterrence of our country and creation of what has been very appropriately called ‘anti-Russia’,” Medvedev said.
It means that such alliance is very fragile and will turn to ashes at a certain moment of time, the official added.
Interest in privatizing space operations by Western companies such as SpaceX and Virgin Galactic has now reached the former Soviet republic of Ukraine, which, for the moment, is focused on technological payloads rather than manned spaceflight. Unfortunately for advocates of Ukraine’s aerospace capabilities, on September 2, a Ukrainian-American rocket exploded two minutes into a test flight launch from Vandenberg Space Base in California (Channel 9, September 3).
Ukraine should stop looking for external enemies and start fulfilling its commitments under the Minsk package of agreements, the Russian delegation’s representative, Denis Lozinsky, told the First Committee of the UN General Assembly.
“As far as incessant attempts to accuse us of military interference into the events in southeastern Ukraine are concerned, those who created those rumors have so far failed to provide any convincing evidence of Russia’s military presence there, simply because there have never been any troops,” he said.
On September 22, someone fired shots at the car of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s first aide, Serhiy Shefir. The attack unfolded near the village of Lisnyky, outside Kyiv. According to the Ministry of Internal Affairs, more than ten bullets hit Shefir’s vehicle, wounding the driver, but Shefir himself escaped injury (Ukrinform.net, September 22). Anton Geraschenko, an advisor to the Ukrainian minister of internal affairs, asserted that those who organized and executed the attack on Serhiy Shefir’s car planned to kill everyone in the vehicle (Zn.ua, September 23).
The European Union is considering a training mission for Ukrainian officers due to the “ongoing military activities” of Russia, according to an internal EU document.
With tensions between Kyiv and Moscow running high, some members of the bloc want Brussels to stand up an independent training program called the EU Military Advisory and Training Mission Ukraine (EUATM), Germany’s Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported on October 3, citing an EU policy paper it obtained.