From the EU Neighbours portal, a part of the OPEN Neighbourhood Programme, December 28, 2017:

Some believe there may also be a connection to Paul Manafort and Ukraine under investigation as Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s case burns dangerously closer to President Trump and other members of his family. If the huge loan is confirmed it would raise questions that could lead to a raft of new indictments during 2018 as Trump’s Republican Party fights plummeting presidential popularity and an increasing chance the Democrats could gain control of at least the House and possibly the Senate.


The Foreign Ministers of Germany, Austria and Italy, the Troika of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) say: “We call for the immediate release and exchange of all hostages and unlawfully detained persons, based on the principle of ‘all for all’, in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

Photo: "In 2007, we signed an agreement on the creation of the Confucius Institute at the KNU. For these 10 years, we have trained about 10,000 people. The award that we have received today is recognition and acknowledgement of our merits," Sun said.


Editor: Zhou Xin


"Our task is to turn the opportunities and the potential, which are being widely discussed now, into concrete practical projects," said Natalia Mykolska [pictured], deputy minister of economic development and trade of Ukraine.


“Four of the measures linked to the third and final tranche of this MFA currently remain outstanding. Against this background, the Commission is not in a position to disburse the last tranche of the current MFA programme.”


In Ukraine, Ma Kai [pictured] will chair the third meeting of the China-Ukraine Inter-Government Cooperation Committee


Analyst: “…we believe the desire to renew trade with Russia will be the biggest motivating factor for Europeans to relax sanctions, not so much cultural concerns.”


Photo: Polish Cabinet Chief Krzysztof Szczerski


Ukrainian sources contacted by UBO believe a combination of strong Chinese interest in corn in part to help fight domestic pollution problems and strengthening USD – weaker UAH – could provide some positive impetus for Ukrainian exports.

Mladic was not in court at the time his sentence was read out. He had been removed earlier for shouting at the judges.

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