Eurasia Situation Reports

Russia: Defense Minister Acknowledges Information Warfare Troops

Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said Feb. 22 that the Russian government has created a force of special information warfare troops, AP reported. Read more…

U.S.: Russia's Permanent U.N. Representative Dead

Vitaly Churkin, Russia's permanent representative to the United Nations since 2006, died unexpectedly in New York on Feb. 20, Russia's Foreign Ministry announced the same day, RT reported. Read more…

India: Delivery Of Russian Military Helicopters To Begin In 2019

Russia will begin the initial delivery of military helicopters to India in 2019, the head of Russia's state-owned Russian Helicopters said Feb. 20, Reuters reported. Read more…

Syria: Russia Announces 4 Servicemen Killed By Bomb

Russia's Defense Ministry said Feb. 20 that four Russian servicemen were killed and two others were wounded Feb. 16 when their vehicle struck a roadside bomb in Syria, AP reported. Read more…

Ukraine: Germany, France And Russia Pledge To Back New Truce

Following Feb. 18 talks, the governments of Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine have agreed to use their influence to enforce a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine beginning Feb. 20, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said, Reuters reported. Read more…

U.S., Russia: Top Diplomats Meet In Bonn

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Feb. 16 on the sidelines of the G-20 foreign ministers summit in Bonn, The Guardian and the Washington Post reported. Read more…

Ukraine: Warring Parties Agree To Pull Back Heavy Weapons, Mediator Says

Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine have agreed to withdraw heavy weapons from the front lines by Feb. 20 in line with the so-called Minsk peace plan, Martin Sajdik, the lead negotiator on the Ukraine crisis for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, said on February 15, Radio Free Europe, AFP, Tass and Interfax reported. Read more…

Afghanistan: Russia Hosts 6-Country Talks Over Conflict

Russia hosted representatives from six countries on Feb. 15 for discussions aimed at encouraging the Taliban to negotiate with the Afghan government, TASS reported. Read more…

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