• Russian intelligence accused of hacking Macron’s correspondence

    Two Western companies specializing in cybersecurity have received evidence of the involvement of Russian intelligence services to hack the correspondence of French President Emmanuel Macron and his entourage, reports Le Monde.

    Macron’s email was hacked in May 2017 before the second round of the French presidential election. In July, Wikileaks posted 21 thousand letters related to the election campaign of the French President. Macron said at the time that Russian hackers were behind this, but …

  • Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council approves main scenario of Donbas reintegration

    During a press conference after the Ukrainian National Security and Defense (NSDC) council meeting headed by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on December 7, the NSDC's Secretary Oleksiy Danilov said that the main scenario for the reintegration of the Donbas territories that are temporarily not controlled by Kyiv was chosen.

    "Today at a meeting of the NSDC, we approved one of the scenarios which will be implemented as the main one. The reintegration envisages bringing back to Ukraine the …

  • Lukashenko leaves Russia and Belarus integration meeting without speaking to media

    The talks between the presidents of Russia and Belarus Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko on the prospects of deepening integration within the Union State, lasted more than 5 hours, reports Interfax news agency.

    The meeting was held in Sochi at Putin's residence Bocharov Ruchey. After the talks, Lukashenko left Putin's residence without speaking to the reporters.

    "The first 2 hours Putin and Lukashenko talked with the members of delegations being present. Then during lunch, they talked …

  • Zelensky goes to Normandy Four Summit in Paris ‘armed with information’

    During the meeting of Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), the Secretary of the Council Oleksiy Danilov said that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky will go to the Normandy Four Summit, which will be held in Paris on December 9, "armed with information" that will be used in the interests of the country. NSDC's meeting was broadcasted on YouTube by Ukrainian TV Channel 5.

    "The President [Zelensky] is going to the Normandy Four meeting armed with certain information, which, …

  • Putin promises German businessmen to continue gas transit through Ukraine

    During the meeting with top German managers in Sochi on December 6, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the launch of a new gas pipeline does not mean that Russia will stop gas transit through Ukraine.

    Representatives of the German business insisted on maintaining the transit of Russian gas through Ukraine. "Time is running out. It is important to maintain gas transit through Ukraine because this will ensure long-term and reliable supplies of Russian gas to Europe. Considering the …

  • Kyiv is ready to accept payment of Gazprom's debt with gas

    Executive Director of Ukraine’s Naftogaz Group Yuriy Vitrenko wrote on his Facebook page that negotiations between the heads of Ukraine's Naftogaz, Russian gas giant Gazprom and the new Ukrainian pipeline operator, “ Ukraine’s GTS (gas transmission system) operator”.

    According to him, they talked about the future gas transit. He said that the European Commission asked the parties to discuss the settlement of the past claims and current rulings of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. Gazprom …

  • Zelensky on Paris meeting: I want to understand if Putin wants to end the war in Donbas

    On the "Freedom of Speech by Savik Shuster" TV program, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed his bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    "Yes, all presidents will have bilateral meetings," he said.

    Volodymyr Zelensky said that during the Normandy Four Summit in Paris, all leaders will hold personal meetings. The Ukrainian President also added that he is not nervous before the meeting with Vladimir Putin. The only thing the Ukrainian President is afraid of is the …

  • Kremlin promises to respond to new US sanctions against Russia

    Russia will respond to the US sanctions imposed against eleven Russian citizens, and six Russian companies, reports the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The reason for sanctions was Washington's accusation of cyber fraud.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed to the "politicization" of the US claims. Diplomats note that if Washington's representatives had "real evidence," they would have appealed to the Russian side to conduct an audit. According to the Foreign Ministry, no such …

  • Russia halts modifications at Iranian centrifuge after Tehran decides to start enriching uranium there

    The Russian state corporation Rosatom has stopped working on a project to modify two cascades of gas centrifuges for the production of stable medical isotopes at an Iranian facility in Fordow.

    The subsidiary of Rosatom, TVEL Fuel Company,  explained that the response was prompted by Tehran’s decision to start enriching uranium at the facility, now that Iran has reduced its compliance with the nuclear deal.

    “The enrichment of uranium and the production of stable isotopes cannot be carried out …

  • Russia asks France for shale oil technology

    Russia plans to get French companies to help develop the Bazhenov Formation – one of the largest shale oil fields in the world.

    On Thursday, Natalya Komarova, Governor of the Russian federal subject Yugra, and Didier Houssin, President of the French Renewable Energy Institute, signed a memorandum of cooperation in the area of oil extraction, including hard-to-recover oil reserves. The meeting took place in Paris during an official visit by the Russian governor to the French capital, TASS …