• Journalist: Putin’s aide Surkov is a godfather of Zakharchenko’s son

    The Assistant to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladislav Surkov, who oversees the separatist republics in the Donbas, became a godfather to a child of the leader of the DPR (Donetsk People’s Republic), Alexander Zakharchenko, as reported on Facebook by journalist Denis Kazansky.

    "I heard earlier that Zakharchenko and Surkov have already become related. Now it is confirmed. Surkov baptized the son of Zakharchenko, who was born two years ago. So while Surkov oversees the Donbas in the …

  • Latvia: During Zapad-2017 exercises Russia rehearsed a blockade of the Baltics

    The Ministry of Defense of Latvia has not yet released an official assessment of the Russia-Belarus joint exercises but Latvian Minister of Defense Raimonds Bergmanis informed Delfi news agency that many facts point to the Baltic blockade scenario being worked out already.

    Zapad 2017 officially ended on September 20. Although the active phase of the exercises is over, the Russian armed forces activities will continue, Bergmanis said. He noted that much attention was drawn to the exercises and, …

  • Russian Prime Minister Medvedev says U.S. intends to bury Nord Stream-2

    The U.S. wants to bury the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, as stated by Prime Minister of Russia Dmitry Medvedev at a press conference following a meeting with his Finnish counterpart Juha Sipila, Interfax reports.

    “The most pragmatic is the position of the United States, which wants to bury this project with all sorts of legal decisions, instruments, sanctions, having an ambiguous impact on the European Union,” said Medvedev.

    He noted that the European Commission’s position on Nord Stream-2 is …

  • NATO: Suspicions about Russia’s Zapad-2017 exercises were justified, the scale of the drills was much bigger than declared

    NATO is confident that its suspicions concerning the Zapad 2017 Russian-Belarusian exercises were justified. "It will take several weeks for a full assessment, but it is already clear that the scale and the geographic coverage of the Zapad 2017 exercise turned out to be substantially larger than those declared initially by Moscow and Minsk," as relayed by NATO spokeswoman, Oana Lungescu, to Süddeutsche Zeitung on Thursday, September 21st.

    According to her, these maneuvers were held not only in …

  • U.S. embassy encourages Russians to apply for American visas in Ukraine

    Residents of Russia can obtain visas to America at the U.S. embassy in Kyiv, reported on the website of the U.S. embassy in Ukraine.

    “Those who live in Russia but could not apply for a U.S. visa in time can apply for one in Kyiv. Applicants do not have to be residents of Ukraine in order to get a visa, but must physically be in Ukraine to apply and receive the visa, because we cannot accept applications from residents through the mail if they are outside of Ukraine’s borders,” the report says. …