Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko extolled his country's commitment to democracy and reform as he pushed U.S. President Donald Trump for support in a meeting hailed by Kyiv but downplayed by the U.S. administration.
“Not necessarily,” said one respondent to an informal street poll in Moscow, who said he “fantasized” that Russian President Vladimir Putin would continue to manage Russia’s foreign relations, but opposition politician Aleksei Navalny would handle domestic affairs. Other respondents also gave Putin high marks for foreign policy, said he’s a great face for the country, that as long as he can do good he should stay, and that he’s in good shape and there’s lots to do. One respondent said the government is the problem, not Putin; and another said there is stagnation, and that more political competition would be healthy. (Russian Service)
Many of Russia’s most popular videobloggers ignored a June 19 meeting convened by the State Duma to inaugurate a bloggers’ “Council.” Egor Yakovlev, creator of the Selfie videoblog, attended, but said that others declined because “Everyone is afraid to be dragged into a political campaign...and no one wants to waste their time.” Elizaveta Peskova, daughter of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov, participated, but was quiet. (Russian Service).
Thousands of gay-rights activists marched in a pride rally in Ukraine's capital, Kyiv, on June 18 amid a massive police presence.
Some patients in Moldova's mental health institutions are getting a chance to live their lives in more mainstream surroundings.
The U.S. military says it has shot down an armed, Iranian-made drone that was bearing down on its forces near a garrison in Syria's southeast, the latest in a series of incidents that has drawn protests from Moscow.
A Chinese naval fleet held the first of two planned military exercises with the Russian Navy in the Baltic Sea over the weekend, with another scheduled days after U.S. President Donald Trump visits NATO ally Poland next month.
The Kremlin says reports that Russian President Vladimir Putin showed filmmaker Oliver Stone footage of a U.S. helicopter shooting Islamic extremists in Afghanistan and told him it was the Russian Air Force in Syria are "nonsense."
European Union foreign ministers have prolonged the bloc's investment ban against Crimea for another year.
The European Court of Human Rights has ruled that Russia’s law banning the dissemination of gay "propaganda" to minors violates the right to freedom of expression, is discriminatory against gay people, and encourages homophobia.
The Russian Duma has adopted a law authorizing the Federal Security Service to classify personal data belonging to people guarded by the Service’s security detail, including data about assets and property owned by senior government officials and heads of major corporations. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
The head of Ukraine’s anticorruption bureau announced at a June 20 press conference that a bodyguard of Boryslav Rozenblat, a deputy with President Petro Poroshenko’s bloc, and a staffer for Maxim Polyakov, a deputy with former Premier Arseniy Yatsenyuk’s Popular Front party, have been arrested on allegations of facilitating a $200,000 bribe as payment to the deputies for proposing legislation that would lift restrictions on the mining and sale of amber. Rozenblat says the payment was planted. The bureau has requested that both deputies’ immunity be suspended so that they may stand trial. (Ukrainian Service)
During a June 20 meeting in Moscow, Russian and Kyrgyz finance ministers signed an agreement to write off Kyrgyzstan’s $240 million debt to Russia. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Kyrgyz President Almazbek Atambayev pledged to enhance their military-technical cooperation and develop a joint regional air defense system. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
European Union foreign ministers agreed in Luxembourg on June 19 to update the current 2007 concept and propose a new Central Asia strategy by the end of 2019.
The airport in Kazakhstan's capital, Astana, has been renamed after long-ruling President Nursultan Nazarbaev, state media have reported.
Authorities in Tajikistan have barred citizens under the age of 40 from performing this year's annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca.
State media in Turkmenistan are reporting that President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov has pardoned more than 1,000 prisoners.
Eight months after his Republican Party suffered a crushing defeat in the October parliamentary elections, former parliament speaker Davit Usupashvili has formally launched a new centrist opposition party.