Contents tagged with Kremlin

  • Kremlin publishes decree on simplified issuance of Russian passports to Ukrainians

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree regarding the simplified procedure for granting Russian citizenship and passports for migrants from the Crimea and the Donbas.

    According to the document published on the official Kremlin website, the simplified procedure will apply to Ukrainian citizens as well as their children, spouses and parents, and stateless persons who were born and permanently resided in the Crimea and Sevastopol, but left these territories before March 18, 2014. …

  • Russia withdraws ambassador to Belarus less than a year after his appointment

    Russian Federation Ambassador to Belarus Mikhail Babich was recalled from his post, reported the Russian edition of Kommersant with reference to several high-ranking sources.

    “This has been discussed since last week,” said one of the publication’s sources.

    A few hours after the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin signed the decree it was published on the Kremlin website. The publication says that Babich has been relieved of his duties as the Ambassador and Russia's special …

  • Kremlin has not yet decided if new Russian citizens living in Donbas will pay taxes

    The relevant departments will implement the decree on issuing Russian passports to residents of the Donbas, said Press Secretary for the President of Russia Dmitry Peskov, as reported by TASS.

    When asked whether Putin has a detailed plan for implementing his decree, Peskov replied: “It is not the president’s plan. Relevant departments within the Ministry of Internal Affairs that deal with issuing passports, as well as other departments, will take charge of the process.”

    He was also unable to …

  • Kremlin: China is interested in increasing gas supplies from Russia

    The Chairman of the Management Committee of Russian energy company Gazprom, Alexey Miller, on the air of the program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin " said that Gazprom’s Chinese partners from the state-owned oil and gas company the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) show great interest in increasing the supplies beyond the volume agreed in the thirty-year contract, reports news agency TASS.

    The current contract for the supply of Russian gas to China through the Power of Siberia pipeline, …

  • Kremlin: Russia is ready to negotiate nuclear disarmament

    Russian Presidential Aide responsible for international affairs, Yuri Ushakov, commented on the United States President Donald Trump’s statements, who urged Moscow and Beijing to abandon nuclear weapons, and noted that, the U.S. themselves would like to reach such agreement.

    “First of all, it is necessary to carry out what remains (the existing agreements),” RIA Novosti quoted Ushakov’s view expressed in the program “Moscow. Kremlin. Putin "on the TV channel Russia 1.

    According to the …

  • Kremlin: China complies with anti-Russia sanctions but does not support them

    Despite the fact that China has joined the anti-Russian sanctions, it does not support them, said Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov in an episode of “Moscow. The Kremlin. Putin” on the TV channel Russia-1.

    “Many Chinese banks and economic structures have been forced to observe the same restrictions that are applied by the Americans and other countries, because we still live in the century of interdependent economics. This is why, of course, caution is quite often exercised by our Chinese …

  • Russia to offer Zelensky deal on gas and the Donbas

    Moscow sees a chance to improve relations with Ukraine following the outcome of the presidential elections in Ukraine, announced Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday as he commented on the results of the second round of voting after which 41-year-old Vladimir Zelensky won with over 70% of the vote.

    According to Medvedev, in order to improve relations ruined by the annexation of Crimea and the war in the Donbas, we need “honesty” and a “pragmatic approach” to rise above any “political …

  • Aksyonov hopes to increase cargo turnover between Crimea and Syria

    The Kremlin-controlled head of Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, reported to the Crimean edition of Kryminform, which has close ties to the authorities that by the end of the year the cargo turnover between the annexed Crimea and Syria could reach 150 thousand tons.

    According to Aksyonov, the first shipment with 2.5 thousand tons of barley has already been sent from the Crimea to Syria.

    “Today we discussed the details for the return load (of the vessel). We have set a goal that by the end of the year …

  • Kyiv: Russia refuses to agree on 'Easter truce' in Donbas

    During negotiations held by the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Russia refused to support Ukraine’s initiative to declare an Easter truce that would start on April 19, said Ukrainian representative in the TCG, Iryna Herashchenko.

    According to her, the Skype conference lasted for six hours, but the negotiations bore no results.

    “Russia refused to support the Ukrainian initiative to declare a truce for the holiday and refused to take on the responsibility of enforcing a cease-fire in the Donbas, …

  • Kremlin: Sovereign Internet Act was forced on Russian by the West

    Russia had to adopt the law on “autonomous Internet” because of  the cyber threats from the West, said Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Nikolai Patrushev.

     “We are not speaking about restricting the work of the World Wide Web. Russia is not going to disconnect itself. Nevertheless, there is a threat that external forces may disconnect Russia from the Internet,” Patrushev said in an interview with Izvestia.

     “It is necessary to create an infrastructure that would …