Some European countries have once again failed to mend the deepening split on the continent, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said, commenting on the Riga summit results. Instead, a furthering of east-west divisions prevailed, Moscow believes.
Ukraine’s derogation from certain human rights obligations in east Ukraine does not give it carte blanche; all restrictions must be proportionate or necessary, and monitored by international bodies, Rachel Denber of Human Rights Watch, told RT.
The UN and PACE must officially denounce the latest Ukrainian laws discriminating against Communists and press for the cancelation of these acts as violating the political freedoms of Ukrainian citizens, believes the head of the Communists of Russia.
Foreign investors are claiming about $8.2 billion from Ukraine, said Deputy Justice Minister Anton Yanchuk. The Ministry of Justice is providing litigation support in 19 lawsuits with foreign investors and is working on pre-trial mediation in 21 others.
The EU is not ready to welcome its eastern non-member partners, including Ukraine, according to a leaked draft resolution ahead of the Eastern Partnership Summit. German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned EU leaders not to make false promises.
Clashes are reported in central Kiev where crowds of protesters are rallying against the economic crisis and the soaring cost of private loans. Local media say several people have tried to break into the Ukrainian parliament.
A protest against the construction of a new shopping mall in Kiev turned into a violent confrontation when a melee broke out among protestors, camouflaged hooligans, and police. Fifteen police officers were reported injured in the incident.