Is it true that Slavyansk and Donetsk have to be cleared of the people so that American corporate company can start fracking shale gas in the area? Ruth Smith, Australia
Several Russian media outlets posted news pieces on Thursday citing Russia’s Ministry of Transport report that the International Civil Aviation Organization had finally accepted that Russia was in control of the skies over Crimea. Ukrainian media in turn responded by saying the exact opposite; Ukraine's National Radio Company published a story in English headlined "ICAO says Crimea part of Ukraine," which was apparently designed to undermine Russian media credibility.
The UK Secretary of State for Education called on Scots to vote against independence on an upcoming referendum for spite of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Michael Gove believes that the independence of Scotland will strengthen the positions of the Russian leader, helping Moscow to gain more influence on the world stage.
…if part of the Ukraine wants to become independent by democratic means - in this case a referendum - this their right under international law. If they think they can reverse the process by force of arms, killing its citizens, women, children and the helpless, it is madness. Issuing threats and ultimatums is not the best way to achieve peace, it does the opposite. Stylianos Panaghe, Cyprus
One of the most often used arguments of politicians who oppose Scotland's independence is that without Great Britain and without the "innovations" coming from the city of London, Scotland will become a poor and underdeveloped country. A report commissioned by the N56 think-tank proves the skeptics wrong and argues that an independent Scotland may become a financial powerhouse.
The continuing punitive military operations in Ukraine bring into question how far a Government can go to crush dissent. The Western-backed government, in the eyes of many, is guilty of horrible crimes from Mariupol to Odessa. And there have been accusations of war crimes, as heavy artillery, white phosphorus and cluster bombs are being used in Slavyansk, Lugansk and other areas. Charles Shoebridge, a former military intelligence counterterrorism officer, believes that Ukraine is waging a punitive operation against its own people.
Self-proclaimed Lugansk and Donetsk People's Republics will adopt a single Constitution, Prime Minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Borodai said on Tuesday.
When fighting for independence, the acceptance by the existing state is a very important concept, stresses Jaume Simon Gispert, member of ReagrupamEnt Independentista, a political party in Catalonia. A region might declare independence but unless it is recognized by other states it cannot become a real polity.
The new speaker of the Parliament of South Ossetia, Anatoly Bibilov, has stated that the Parliament of the Republic would put the issue of joining Russia to a referendum. This issue was part of the election program of the New Ossetia party led by the politician.
Since 1997, Hong Kong's integration in China has been a relatively calm and uneventful process, but now a new wave of protests is spreading across the financial capital of China, bearing all the hallmarks of American-inspired "Color Revolutions". How will Beijing deal with a new threat?
Ahead of the referendum on Britain’s future, almost 50 percent of UK residents support the idea of leaving the European Union if the current membership terms don't change, according to a new Opinium/Observer survey, The Guardian reports.
The news of King Juan Carlos’ abdication has sparked anti-monarchy rallies in Spain. To show their discontent with the monarchy the protesters were waving the striped flag of Spain's last Republican government.
Hours after King Juan Carlos of Spain announced he is abdicating the throne to his son, activists in Barcelona rally to demand vote on keeping the monarchy. They are out on the streets of Barcelona calling for an end to the monarchy. This comes hours after Spain's King Juan Carlos abdicated his throne to his son and heir, Prince Felipe.
The Lugansk People's Republic has decided to begin making its own legislation.
While Alex Salmond encourages his compatriots to vote "Yes" for Scottish independence, painting a picture of the bright prospects of "sustainable prosperity" across the whole country, skeptics have several questions for the First Minister. They want to know about the future nation's currency, pensions, and funding for schools and hospitals if Scotland was to leave the UK.
The self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics have merged in one state.
Valery Bolotov was on Sunday elected as head of the Lugansk People’s Republic, the press service of the combined army of the Ukrainian southeast said.
Swiss voters allowed a multi-billion-dollar deal to buy fighter jets from Sweden to crash and burn Sunday, when a majority turned out to nix funding for the purchase. In all, 53.4 percent of voters balked at releasing the $3.5 billion needed to purchase the 22 Gripen fighter jets from Sweden's Saab, according to official referendum results.
Swiss citizens have voted down the world's highest minimum wage of $25 an hour in a vote on Sunday, according to first projections. This is expected to bring relief to business leaders worried the measure would have damaged the Swiss workplace.