Poland to take part in Nord Stream 2 certification

The Polish oil and gas company PGNiG received the right to participate in the certification of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, the company said in a statement.

"The German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur, BNetzA) has granted Polskie Górnictwo Naftowe i Gazownictwo SA and its German subsidiary - PGNiG Supply & Trading GmbH participation in the certification proceedings for Nord Stream 2," the statement reads.

The Polish side argues that Nord Stream 2 does not meet the formal …


Kremlin wants to jail Russians for 'spreading fake news about elections'

The Russian Prosecutor General's Office intends to seek, among other things, criminal liability for persons who disseminate knowingly false information about the elections, RIA Novosti quotes the Deputy head of the Prosecutor General's Office, Alexei Zhafyarov.

"We used mostly methods of prosecutorial response to restrict spreading knowingly false information, calls for mass public events during the voting and even for mass riots," Zhafyarov said at a meeting of the Federation Council …


Russia increases military spending

The Kremlin has decided to abandon plans to freeze defense spending, which were included in the three-year budget adopted last year.

The total amount of military expenditures in the 2022-24 federal budget will increase by 15%, accordint to the explanatory note to the draft budget, TASS reports.

The budget bill for 2021 initially included 3.113 trillion rubles ($43 billion) to finance the army and procurement of weapons - 196 billion rubles ($2.69 billion) less than a year earlier.

But within …


U.S. refuses to recognize elections to Russian Duma as free and fair

Elections to the Russian Parliament, the State Duma, held in Russia on September 17-19, “took place under conditions not conducive to free and fair proceedings”, said the U.S. Department of State.

"The Russian government’s use of laws on “extremist organizations,” “foreign agents,” and “undesirable organizations” severely restricted political pluralism and prevented the Russian people from exercising their civil and political rights," the U.S. Department of State said in a statement.

“Russian …


Ukrainian military commander: Russia can attack Ukraine in the south at any time

Russia can go on the offensive in the south of Ukraine at any time. But today there are no immediate signs of such an offensive, said the commander of the Joint Forces of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Lieutenant-General Serhiy Nayev in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

"Military threats from the Russian Federation in the south of Ukraine are only growing every year. We cannot say that there are immediate signs that the Russian Federation will begin military aggression in the near future. However, …