The European Parliament has passed a resolution saying that Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine can apply for EU membership if the countries adhere to the principles of democracy and respect for fundamental freedoms and ensure the rule of law, Trend reported April 18.
Valentian Matviyenko, the chairperson of Russia's upper house, the Federation Council, said April 18 that she is confident Russian President Vladimir Putin will not have to make use of the Federation Council's permission to send troops to Ukraine, Interfax reported.
Iranian exports of crude oil have reached 1.2 million barrels per day, almost double the amount the country exported at the time President Hassan Rouhani was elected, a top Iranian energy official said April 18, AFP reported.
Ukraine's Cabinet has told government officials, regional administrations and the Kiev municipal administration that they have until Oct. 1 to debate proposed constitutional amendments that would decentralize power in the country, the government's press service said April 18, Interfax reported.
Turkey will seek a discount in the price of natural gas it buys from Russia when Gazprom's deputy head visits Ankara next week, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said April 18, Voice of Russia reported.
Japanese companies Mitsui & Co., Ltd. and Mitsubishi Corp. ended negotiations to purchase a stake of 10 percent minus one share in Russian company Novatek's proposed project to build a liquefied natural gas plant on Russia's Yamal Peninsula, Vedomosti reported April 18.