Fiji Court Rules United States Can Seize Russian Superyacht

PARIS, France – A Fiji court ruled on Tuesday that the United States can seize a Russian – owned superyacht, 21 days after it arrived and was impounded by police, as the United States and its allies press Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. U.S. authorities assert that the luxury vessel, the Amadea, is ultimately … More Fiji Court Rules United States Can Seize Russian Superyacht

Israel Denounces Lavrov’s Hitler Comments, Summons Russian Ambassador

PARIS, France – Israel denounced on Monday Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for suggesting that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had Jewish roots, and demanded an apology from Moscow. Israeli Foreign Ministry Yair Lapid said the Russian ambassador would be summoned for ‘a tough talk’ over the comments, which Lavrov made on Sunday in an interview … More Israel Denounces Lavrov’s Hitler Comments, Summons Russian Ambassador

Russian Oligarch Deripaska’s Yacht Arrives in Turkish Waters

ISTANBUL – A yacht linked to Russian aluminium tycoon Oleg Deripaska arrived in a bay near the southwestern Turkish resort of Gocek on Saturday, as more Russian billionaires head for Turkey to flee Western sanctions over Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine. Deripaska, founder of Russian aluminium giant Rusal, has been sanctioned by the United States, European … More Russian Oligarch Deripaska’s Yacht Arrives in Turkish Waters

France’s Macron Says Will Travel To Ukraine Only If Trip Is ‘Useful’

PARIS, France – French President Emmanuel Macron said on Monday he was prepared to travel to Kyiv or any other city in Ukraine only if he felt his visit would help in the current crisis. ‘I am ready to go anywhere and even to Kyiv if it could be useful, if it would help start … More France’s Macron Says Will Travel To Ukraine Only If Trip Is ‘Useful’

UNGA Suspends Russia From Human Rights Council

PARIS, France – The United Nations General Assembly has voted to suspend Russia from the Human Rights Council during a meeting Thursday. The voting result: in favour 94; against 24; abstention 56. In a draft of the resolution, the UNGA said the General Assembly would ‘suspend the right of membership in the Human Rights Council … More UNGA Suspends Russia From Human Rights Council

Biden Administration Imposes New Sanctions On Russia Banking Institutions And Putin’s Daughters

MILAN, Italy – The U.S. taking additional sanction to increase economic pressure on Russian and President Vladimir Putin following horrific images from the Ukrainian city of Bucha, announcing new sanctions Wednesday on Russian financial institutions, as well as some people, including Putin’s adult daughters and the wife and daughter of his foreign minister. ‘Today we’re … More Biden Administration Imposes New Sanctions On Russia Banking Institutions And Putin’s Daughters

U.S. President Biden Calls Bucha Atrocities A ‘War Crime’

PARIS, France – U.S. President Joe Biden Monday called the atrocities committed by Russia and President Vladimir Putin in Bucha, Ukraine, a ‘war crime’ but said it was not a genocide, adding that he is looking into more sanctions on Russia. ‘You may remember I got criticized for calling Putin a war criminal. Well the … More U.S. President Biden Calls Bucha Atrocities A ‘War Crime’

In France, A Seized Superyacht Creates Headaches, Not Just For Its Owner

LA CIOTAT, France – In a quiet corner of the French Riviera, La Ciotat Shipyards said it is writing bills for mooring fees for the towering white superyacht Amore Vero, but it doesn’t know who to send them to. Customs agents seized the 86 – metre (282 – ft) vessel as its crew prepared to … More In France, A Seized Superyacht Creates Headaches, Not Just For Its Owner

Russia Promises To Scale Down Operations Near Kyiv And North Ukraine

ISTANBUL – Russia promised on Tuesday to scale down military operations around Kyiv and northern Ukraine as a confidence – building step, in the most tangible sign yet of progress towards negotiating an end to the war. During talks at a palace in Istanbul, Ukraine for its part proposed adopting neutral status in the most … More Russia Promises To Scale Down Operations Near Kyiv And North Ukraine

Oligarch Abramovich Attending Russia – Ukraine Talks In Istanbul – Sources

ISTANBUL – Billionaire Roman Abramovich, one of the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the West over Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine, is attending peace talks between Ukraine and Russian delegations in Istanbul on Tuesday, three sources said. The Kremlin has said previously Abramovich played an early role in peace talks but the process was now in the … More Oligarch Abramovich Attending Russia – Ukraine Talks In Istanbul – Sources