Post-Soviet conflicts

US State Department has Ordered the Families of all Employees of US Embassy in Kiev to leave Ukraine

The US State Department has ordered the families of all employees of the US Embassy in Kiev to leave Ukraine amid fears of a Russian invasion, the Associated Press reported.

The department said that all relatives of embassy staff in Kiev should leave Ukraine and that all embassy staff who do not perform functions of paramount importance can leave Ukraine at government expense.

Britain says Russia seeking to replace Ukraine government

The British government on Saturday accused Russia of seeking to replace Ukraine's government with a pro-Moscow administration, and said former Ukrainian lawmaker Yevheniy Murayev is being considered as a potential candidate.

Murayev is head of the small pro-Russian party Nashi, which currently has no seats in Ukraine's parliament.

NATO has rejected Russia's Request to Withdraw Troops from Bulgaria and Romania

NATO rejects Russia's demand for the withdrawal of Alliance troops from Bulgaria and Romania, BNR reports.

The Pact "will not give up our ability to defend ourselves, including through the presence of troops in the eastern parts of the Alliance."

Russia's Foreign Ministry: NATO forces Must be Withdrawn from Bulgaria and Romania

Sweden and Finland - in Talks with NATO

NATO is already preparing a written response to Russia's demands to the pact to withdraw its troops from the border with Ukraine. Among those demands is the withdrawal of NATO troops from Bulgaria and Romania and Ukraine's refusal to join the pact.

Russia's Foreign Ministry: NATO forces Must be Withdrawn from Bulgaria and Romania

Turkey, Azerbaijan agree to deepen cultural cooperation

Turkey's communications director on March 2 met Azerbaijan's Culture Minister Anar Kerimov.

Fahrettin Altun received an Azerbaijani delegation in the capital Ankara, according to an official statement from the Turkish Presidential Communications Directorate.

The two sides discussed ways to improve collaboration in communication, media, culture, and cinema, the statement said.

President Erdoğan set to visit Azerbaijan

Turkey's president is set to travel to Azerbaijan on a two-day visit starting on Dec. 9. 

During the official visit, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will attend a victory parade ceremony in the capital Baku upon the invitation of his Azerbaijani counterpart, Ilham Aliyev, according to a statement by the Communications Directorate.

Russia Sends Medical Aid to Nagorny Karabakh, Military Doctors Help Civilians


First groups of the Eastern Military District's special-purpose medical unit arrived in Stepanakert, the capital of the unrecognized Nagorno-Karabakh republic, to provide medical assistance to the local population, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Sunday.