Contents tagged with Russia

  • Russian Su-27 fighter jet crashes in Black Sea

    On March 25, a Russian Su-27 fighter jet crashed in the Black Sea off the Crimean coast, reported the TV channel "Crimea 24" with reference to the Russian Defense Ministry.

    According to the Russian news agency TASS, the Su-27 disappeared from radar screens 50 km from the city of Feodosia.

    "The Su-27 fighter jet disappeared from the control screens during the scheduled flights on March 25, at about 20:10, over the Black Sea,50 km from Feodosia. At 20:11 the signal of an emergency beacon in the …

  • Germany allows Poland to decide the fate of Nord Stream 2 pipeline

    German regulatory office for electricity, gas, telecommunications, post and railway market, Bundesnetzagentur has allowed Poland to participate in the consideration of the application to exclude Nord Stream 2 from the rules of the new EU Gas Directive. This issue is key for the future of the project, as European regulations can severely restrict gas supplies through the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

    Last year, the European Commission approved new changes to the EU Gas Directive. Now the Third …

  • Putin to postpone indefinitely vote on Constitution

    President Vladimir Putin, in an address to the nation, will announce the postponement of the vote on amendments to the Constitution, which was scheduled for April 22, reports RBC news agency, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the preparation.

    “At present, it is not clear exactly how the situation with the spread of coronavirus will develop, so it is not possible to determine a new date,” explained another source familiar with the issue. “It is legally possible to move the date from …

  • Russian Defense Minister undergoes coronavirus test after his trip to Syria

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu was tested for coronavirus infection upon his return from Syria, reported the Russian Defense Ministry’s TV channel Zvezda.

    On March 23, Sergey Shoygu made a working visit to Syria. There he held talks with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. They discussed stabilizing the situation in Syria, including ensuring a sustainable ceasefire in Idlib province, as well as Russian-Syrian military-technical, humanitarian and economic cooperation.

    According to Zvezda, …

  • Russia opens new criminal case against the head of Crimean Tatar People Mejlis Refat Chubarov

    The Russian Investigative Committee opened a new criminal case against the head of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatar people, former Ukrainian MP Refat Chubarov.

    This information about the criminal case has been published on the Russian Investigative Committee’s website .

    Chubarov is charged with "organizing mass riots accompanied by violence" (v.1 art. 212 of the Russian Criminal Code) on February 26, 2014.

    Then about 7-8 thousand residents of the peninsula gathered for a rally for a united …

  • MH17 court asks prosecution to confirm whether U.S. has satellite data showing Buk missile launch

    The court in the case of the crash of flight MH17 in the Donbas has asked the prosecution to confirm whether the U.S. has satellite images showing the launch of a Buk missile, which could have shot down the airliner, reports Interfax-Ukraine.

    The request was made by the Head judge Hendrik Steenhuis during the day-long hearing.

    "The documents presented during the discussion, which took place as part of the parliamentary committee round table on January 22, 2016, say that the U.S. has …

  • Kremlin asks NATO not to hold military exercises during Russia’s Victory Day celebrations

    Russia has asked NATO member states not to conduct military exercises during the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II in May, announced Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushko.

    "We appealed to the European countries to abandon active exercises during this period," Grushko said, as quoted by RIA Novosti.

    According to Grushko, the coronavirus pandemic changed the situation with the exercises, "turning it all in another plane." He noted that the role of all instruments of …

  • Germany investigates Russian Prime Minister’s son-in-law for money laundering

    The prosecutor's office of the German city of Koblenz is conducting a criminal investigation against the son-in-law of the Russian Prime Minister, Mikhail Mishustin, businessman Alexander Udodov, who is suspected of money laundering through the German company VG Cargo, reported the Swiss newspaper Tages Anzeiger.

    The case against Udodov, his company and other unnamed firms was brought in 2013. According to the investigation, 90 million Swiss francs, which were received as a result of tax fraud …

  • Kremlin allows LPR and DPR residents to travel to Russia

    The Russian government has allowed entry to the country to residents of regions of the Donbas which are not under Ukraine’s control, despite quarantine due to coronavirus, TASS reports.

    "Due to Ukraine's economic and transport blockade of certain regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, guided by the principles of humanity, the provisions (on restricting entry to the Russian Federation) should not be applied to citizens of Ukraine and stateless persons, residents of certain regions …

  • Russia blames Gulf countries for crisis in global oil markets

    Russia said that the Gulf countries are to blame for the crisis in the world oil markets. According to Andrei Belousov, Russia's first deputy prime minister, Russia had never sought a sharp drop in oil prices or an end to cooperation with OPEC.

    In early March, Russia and OPEC could not agree on how their agreement on reducing oil production should work. OPEC wanted to expand the cuts to oil production, while Moscow proposed to expand the existing restrictions. The conflict occurred against the …