• German Minister of Economic Affairs to meet with Putin in Russia

    The Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, will meet with the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, in Moscow to discuss the deterioration of bilateral trade relations. Among other things, the negotiations will also concern the current sanctions.

    Gabriel has repeatedly spoken out in favor of a gradual easing of the EU sanctions against Russia, if Moscow shows visible progress in the implementation of the Minsk Agreements and facilitates the conflict …

  • Shoygu confirms that Russia's sole aircraft carrier will be deployed to the Syrian coast

    The Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov will join the country’s naval group operating in the eastern Mediterranean, the Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu, announced.

    According to him, “the Russian naval group in the eastern Mediterranean includes at least six warships and three or four support vessels from all fleets. To increase the combat capabilities of the group, [we] plan to include the cruiser Admiral Kuznetsov in its ranks,” Shoygu said.

    According to Russian media, the Admiral …

  • Japan scrambles fighters to escort Russian military aircraft near its borders

    As reported by Interfax, referring to the self-defense headquarters of Japan, two Russian Tu-142 long-range anti-submarine aircraft were flying over the Sea of Japan from south to north along the coast of the Honshu and Hokkaido islands. Afterwards, they allegedly turned around and followed a similar route back. Japan did not register any airspace violations.

    In June, it was reported in Tokyo that Japanese fighter jets took off to intercept two Il-38 anti-submarine warfare aircraft from the …

  • Expert: Russians in Latvia follow propaganda and vote for Putin's party

    Commenting on the results of the Russian State Duma elections, the Executive Director of the Center for East European Policy Studies, Andis Kudors, stated in an interview with Latvijas Avīze that Russians in Latvia don’t live in the real Russia; they see only a heavily colored television image and then vote mainly for the United Russia Party.

    “The voting citizens live in the information era of Russian official TV channels. That is why Russians in Latvia as well as in Russia vote for the United …

  • Poland: Russia's embargo only hurts Russia itself

    The first victims of Russia’s embargo are Russian entrepreneurs themselves, while Polish businessmen increase exports and find new markets in Africa and Asia, according to a report by the Polish Union of Entrepreneurs and Employers.

    As the newspaper Gazeta Polska Codziennie reports, last year the value of exports amounted to 179.5 billion euro, registering a growth rate of 8.3% as compared to 2014. Thus, the food restrictions imposed two years ago by Russia “did not affect the results of …

  • Russia's Roscosmos to pay to calculate flight trajectories to Mars and Jupiter

    The Roscosmos State Corporation for Space Activities has allocated 127 million rubles for the calculation of trajectories of flights to the Moon, Mars and Jupiter as noted in the online application for Government Procurement in Russia. The procurement notice requires the calculation of the trajectory for an interplanetary spacecraft to Mars and the Moon, including the trajectory for descent and landing on the Moon.It also requires the calculation of the trajectory to control the landing …

  • Member of the European Parliament: Elections in the Donbas are not possible

    A Member of the Parliamentary Association Committee between the EU and Ukraine, Rebecca Harms, said that elections within the separatist-held territories of Luhansk and Donetsk regions cannot be carried out until the border is under the control of the Ukrainian authorities or an international organization such as the United Nations (UN)."Elections are very important in this region. However, having elections under conditions where the territory is controlled by the 'green men' and mercenaries …

  • Ukraine is interested in replacing Russian satellite television with South Korean TV

    The Chairman of the National Television and Radio Broadcasting Council of Ukraine, Yuriy Artemenko, reported that Ukraine is interested in replacing Russian TV Channels in the Ukrainian satellite network with South Korean TV.

    “We have blocked the work of 77 Russian satellite TV Channels because of Russia’s aggression over the last two years. Instead, 34 new Ukrainian satellite TV Channels have appeared. These aren’t enough for us, which is why we want to have Korean Channels,” Artemenko said …

  • Plotnitsky says separatist republics averted coups

    The head of the self-proclaimed LPR, Igor Plotnitsky, stated that the leadership of the DPR and the LPR could have averted the impending "revolution." According to him, as reported by DonPress, it is possible that such “revolutionary” preparations were managed not only in Ukraine but also in Russia.

    "It was another attempt at a coup. However, it's not so much the fact of the coup in the LPR. The main goal was to create a precedent for the alleged indignation of the Ukrainian people and the …

  • Lukashenko: Belarus will not tolerate pressure from Russia

    At a meeting with State Secretary of the Union State of Russia and Belarus Grigory Rapota on September 20, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko expressed his dissatisfaction with the decrease in Russian oil supplies because of the dispute between Minsk and Moscow on gas prices. The president of Belarus said that he instructed the government to optimize the country’s participation in the integration projects. “We are dragging our feet and already for several months cannot agree on the price …