Contents tagged with Skripal case

  • Media: Passports of Skripal poisoning suspects may unmask other Russian intelligence agents

    The passport numbers of Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, whom the UK suspects of attempting to assassinate Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, may reveal the identities of other Russian intelligence agents, writes news outlet The Insider, which is working together with the investigative group Bellingcat to investigate the facts surrounding the suspects’ identities.

    Another series of studies published on Thursday state that Petrov and Boshirov’s passport numbers are virtually identical, …

  • Media: Every fourth Russian diplomat in Switzerland could be a spy

    More than a quarter of the Russian diplomatic staff in Switzerland works for the foreign intelligence services of the Russian Federation, writes the newspaper Tages-Anzeiger after analyzing the Swiss government's report.

    Back in March, the Bundesrat of Germany published a report on national security, which stated that "in relation to one country there is a suspicion that more than a quarter of the diplomatic personnel works for the special services."

    The Bundesrat report did not mention the …

  • Media finds additional links between Skripal’s poisoning suspects and Russian Defense Ministry

    The documents related to the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury, which were previously published by the news outlet, Insider and investigative group Bellingcat provided new evidence of the involvement of the Russian special services in Skripal's poisoning case.

    Journalists from the Russian newspaper Novaya Gazeta analyzed the documents and found new references to Russian intelligence services in the investigation materials. One of these was an annotated number, “195-76-66” next …

  • Russian media finds UK’s Skripal poisoning suspects

    Russians Alexander Petrov and Ruslan Boshirov, the suspected perpetrators of the Novichok nerve agent poisoning in the city of Salisbury, bought flight tickets to London with foreign passports whose numbers differ by only the last digit,  reported the Russian newspaper Fontanka.

    According to official information, Petrov and Boshirov flew on March 2 from Sheremetyevo Airport, Moscow, to Gatwick Airport, London. 150 passengers were registered for Aeroflot flight SU2588.

    Boshirov and Petrov …

  • Russia prepares a plan to protect itself against US sanction

    The Russian Security Council is preparing a response plan to protect against the new US sanctions and sanctions initiatives, reported RBC news agency with a reference to a source close to the Security Council and an interlocutor from a structure that prepared the proposals.

    It was reported that the Security Council has collected from ministries and departments proposals on the protection of the economy. The Ministries of Finance, Economic Development, Industry and Trade, as well as the Central …

  • Russian Foreign Minister predicts collapse of the US dollar

    Washington’s abuse of the role of American dollar as the world’s reserve currency can lead to the currency’s position weakening, stated bythe Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergey Lavrov, following the meeting of the Ambassadors and permanent representatives of Turkey to international organizations, Russian state-owned TASS news agency reports.

    According to the Minister, the sanctions imposed by the USA have no legal basis, contradict the world trade principles and undermine the rules …

  • Russia promises 'mirror response' to new US sanctions

    If the United States imposes sanctions against Russia because of the "Skripal case," Moscow will mirror its response to Washington, said the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova at the briefing broadcasted on the ministry's Facebook page.

    "This is exclusively about the adequate response measures. Therefore, the response measures will match the sanctions measures against the Russian side, " said Zakharova. She stressed that Moscow always responds to sanctions …

  • US State Department: Russia can avoid sanctions under several conditions

    The US State Department announced that the United States is ready to cancel anti-Russian sanctions due to Skripal's poisoning under several conditions.

    According to the message of Washington, in the next three months, Russia has to assure that it will not use chemical or biological weapons, reported RBC news agency. In addition, Russian authorities shall not obstruct the work of UN inspectors and independent international observers.

    The second package of sanctions stipulates reduction of …

  • Greece expels two Russian diplomats

    The Greek government has expelled two Russian diplomats and banned another two from entering the country, Athens-based newspaper Kathimerini reported on Wednesday.According to information from high-ranking Greek diplomatic sources, the measures being taken by Athens are a response to “illegal activity in Greece”, namely “interference in the internal affairs of Greece”. Among other things, the Russian diplomats are charged with “attempts to extract and distribute information, and bribe state …

  • Members of European Parliament call for boycott of FIFA World Cup in Russia

    60 members of the European Parliament called on EU member states to boycott the FIFA World Cup in Russia, DW reports.

    The initiator of this appeal is a representative of the Green Party, Rebecca Harms. She believes that Russian President Vladimir Putin cannot be a host of the World Cup while the war continues in Syria and Ukraine. She also pointed out that Russia supports right-wing extremist and anti-democratic parties in the EU and has been trying to influence elections.

    Overall, the …