• Russia claims Ukraine owes money to CIS

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia has declared that Ukraine owes 300 million rubles ($4.87 million USD) to the budget of the bodies of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS). This was announced today at a briefing in Moscow by the official spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova.

    "For four years, Ukraine has not paid a single penny to the unified budget of the CIS bodies, thus creating significant financial difficulties for the work of the organization. To …

  • Ukrainian Security Service warns about a possible large-scale cyber-attack from Russia during the Champions League final

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) warned of the threat of a massive cyber-attack from Russia on the eve of the UEFA Champions League soccer final that will be held in Kyiv on May 26, the SBU website reports.

    Specialists of the Security Service of Ukraine for Cyber-security said that Ukrainian network devices could be infected with malicious software codenamed “VPNFilter.” The virus allows hackers to intercept traffic that passes through the infected device, collect and download information, …

  • Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov to visit North Korea

    Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov will visit North Korea on May 31, the Press Department of the Foreign Ministry stated, RBC news agency reports.

    Earlier, the official representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova told TASS that “the visit of the Russian Foreign Minister to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is being worked out.” She added that specific dates would be announced through official channels.

    Lavrov was reappointed as …

  • US State Department: Russian-speaking population in most danger where Russia is 'protecting' it

    State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert has claimed that the most dangerous place for Russian-speaking people to live is in eastern Ukraine, where Russia is "protecting" them.

    "Russia has claimed it wants to protect Russian speakers, but as our Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations, Kurt Volker has pointed out on numerous occasions, there’s nowhere in the world more dangerous for Russian speakers right now than in eastern Ukraine," she said.

    According to Nauert, Russia has …

  • Media: Ukraine’s negotiations with IMF fall through

    According sources in several political parties, the evening negotiations on May 22 between Verkhovna Rada Chairman Andriy Parubiy and the representatives of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the Venice Commission concerning the bill on the Anti-Corruption Court did not produce any results, Evropeiska Pravda writes.

    The key issue of a veto right for a panel of international experts, which required agreement with the international partners, was also not resolved.

    As a result, several …

  • Russian Sberbank makes fourth attempt to sell Ukrainian subsidiary

    Russia’s Sberbank has decided to make a fourth attempt to sell its Ukrainian business, Sberbank CEO Herman Gref told Russia 24 in an interview.

    “Ukraine is a different story – we have already made three attempts to sell the bank. Now we are going to make a fourth attempt, too. We hope that this time it will be successful,” Interfax cited Gref as saying.

    The news agency notes that on May 11, Russia’s Sberbank, as the sole shareholder of PLC Sberbank (Kyiv), decided to increase the subsidiary …

  • Putin and Macron to discuss the situation in Syria and Eastern Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron will discuss the situation in Eastern Ukraine during a meeting in Saint-Petersburg on May 25, Yuri Ushakov, the Aide to the Russian President, stated.  

    According to Ushakov, the two parties will discuss the potential of crisis resolution in Syria and Libya, the problem of Middle East settlement, and prospects for maintaining the comprehensive overall plan of actions regarding the Iranian nuclear program following the United …

  • Russia's Sberbank lays off analysts for negative Gazprom report

    Russia’s Sberbank has carried out layoffs in the analysis division that presented a review of Gazprom in May which said that all of the company’s largest gas pipeline projects are detrimental and profitable only for the subcontractors, who are almost exclusively friends of President Vladimir Putin.

    The author of the review, chief analyst for the oil and gas sector Alex Fek, was fired on May 22. The next day Alexander Kudrin, head of Sberbank CIB’s analysis division, left the company “by …

  • U.S. Treasury says it will continue sanctions against Russia and Iran

    The head of the U.S. Department of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, assured lawmakers at hearings in the Senate that the ministry under his auspices will continue implementing programs to impose sanctions against Russia and Iran, as reported on the Department of the Treasury’s website.

    The hearings, about the department’s budget for the 2019 fiscal year, were held in the Appropriations Committee. “Budgetary funds will also be used in harmony with the Countering America’s Adversaries Through …

  • Russian diplomats demand to see Yulia Skripal

    The Russian embassy in Britain has expressed concern about the conditions where Yulia Skripal is located, Radio Liberty reports.

    “The published video only increases our concern over the conditions where she is. It is obvious that she read a prepared text. Additionally, judging by a few aspects of it, the text was a translation from English and was originally written by a native English speaker. This impression is confirmed by handwritten letters signed by Yulia in Russian and English,” the …