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  • Kremlin vows to respond to US military expansion in Europe, Asia and Pacific

    Moscow will take symmetrical measures in response to the US withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (IMF) only when the U.S. begins deploying new missiles in Europe and Asia, said Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu in an interview with Russia 24 TV channel.

    "We will not be there until they [the US] get to Asia and the Asia-Pacific region," he added.

    At the same time, Shoygu said that Moscow is ready to continue dialogue with Washington on medium and shorter-range …

  • Russian Tu-95 aircraft intercepted by US Air Force fighters over Bering Sea

    “Two Russian Tu-95 strategic missile carriers flew over the neutral waters of the Bering Sea. They were accompanied by the American F-22 and F-18 fighter jets of US Air Force in some sections of the route,” reads the statement of the Russian Defense Ministry.

    The Russian Defense Ministry said that the flight was carried out within the Ocean Shield 2019 military exercises. The duration of the flight of strategic bombers was more than ten hours. "All aircraft flights are carried out in strict …

  • US representative for Ukraine Volker requests a meeting with Putin’s aide Surkov

    The U.S. has requested a bilateral meeting between Putin’s aide Surkov and the US representative for Ukraine, Kurt Volker , on the Donbas.

    "The Special Representative of the U.S. State Department for Ukraine Kurt Volker sent a request for a meeting with Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov," said Aleksey Chesnakov, director of the Center for Current Politics as quoted by Interfax.

    Interfax reported, citing an informed source, that the U.S.  is proposing to hold the meeting between …

  • Kremlin: US sanctions powerless to punish Russia

    The new round of US sanctions aimed at banning American banks from participating in the initial placements of Russian government eurobonds demonstrates the “failure” of Washington’s attempts to pressurize Moscow, said Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova.

    The sanctions that make it harder for the Russian government to acquire new dollar-denominated debt are “nothing particularly new”, said Zakharova in a comment published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website.

    “For a long …

  • Russia accuses US and Germany of organizing protests in Moscow

    The Russian Foreign Ministry has accused the US and Germany of interfering in the country’s internal affairs, the department’s spokesperson Maria Zakharova said in a broadcast of the TV channel Russia 1. According to Zakharova, the US’s diplomatic staff and government media have “broken the rules” by providing coverage of unsanctioned protests in Moscow. The Russian Foreign Ministry intends to send official complaints to the US and to Germany. The spokesperson remarked that the US embassy in …

  • Lobbyists in US report on Zelensky’s spending to improve his image

    The lobbyist company Signal Group Consulting has published a report on the work that it did for Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in Washington between April 3 and May 21, 2019. According to documents presented to the US Justice Department, the company received a fee of $60,000 for its services and $9,371 in compensation for its expenses.

    The services were rendered between the first and second rounds of presidential elections in Ukraine. At the time, Zelensky’s team categorically denied …

  • Kremlin threatens to deploy nuclear missiles near the US

    Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov assumed possibility that Russia can deploy missiles banned by the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF) closer to the United States. In this way, reports Interfax news agency.

    According to Ryabkov, the critical point in the decision will be the flight time of the missiles. He added that this decision is "speculative-abstract." The representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry referred to the Caribbean crisis, but noted that the analogy …

  • US Senate committee backs sanctions on Nord Stream 2

    The US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has approved a bill to impose sanctions on companies involved in the construction of Nord Stream 2, announced Hanna Hopko, head of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Ukraine’s Verkhovna Rada.

    “The Senate committee has supported the sanctions against Nord Stream 2 with a score of 20:2 in our favor. I will remind you that these same sanctions will stop the Turkish Stream in the part of it that harms our transit, if it is built,” she wrote on Facebook. …

  • Two American aircraft conduct reconnaissance flights off the Crimean coast

    On Saturday, July 27, two U.S. planes conducted reconnaissance off the coast of the annexed Crimea, as reported by the air traffic monitoring service PlaneRadar.

    "A patrol anti-submarine aircraft Boeing P-8A with a tail number 169004 flew from Sigonella Air Base in Sicily, Italy. It began cruising along the Black Sea coast of Crimea," the statement reads.

    Also, at about noon, a U.S. Navy Lockheed EP-3E Orion (Aries II) electronic reconnaissance aircraft with the tail number 156511 took off …

  • Russia deems U.S. Atlantic Council ‘undesirable organization’

    The Russian Prosecutor General's Office has declared the activities of the Atlantic Council of the United States as undesirable, reports Interfax with reference to the Prosecutor General's Office.

    The Prosecutor General's Office stated that the organization's activities pose a threat to the foundations of the constitutional order and security of the Russian Federation.

    The Atlantic Council is a think tank founded in 1961 by the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

    The organization is a …