• Russia to restrict import of fruits and vegetables from Kazakhstan after ‘attempts to bring sanctioned goods through this country’

    The Russian Federal Service for Veterinary and Phytosanitary Surveillance (Rosselkhoznadzor, Russian Federation) has announced its intention to ban the import of fruits and vegetables from Kazakhstan.

    The regulator explained its decision is based on the increase in attempts to import banned products through Kazakhstan to Russia, as well as the import of food products with invalid or missing phytosanitary certificates.

    Rosselkhoznadzor stated that in November 2017 it recorded several attempts …

  • Canadian biathlon team to boycott competitions in Russia

    The Canadian biathlon team has written a letter to the President of the International Biathlon Union (IBU), Anders Besseberg, informing the Union that the athletes intend to boycott the IBU World Cup in Tyumen, Russia, reported the Norwegian broadcaster NRK.

    The reasoning for the boycott is the refusal of the IBU to punish the Russian team for numerous violations of anti-doping regulations discovered by the International Olympic Committee.

    "The occurrence of high-level IBU events in Russia is …

  • Kremlin: US refused to exchange letters of non-interference in each others’ affairs

    Russia suggested to the United States that they exchange letters of non-interference in each other's affairs but the United States refused, as stated at the briefing by the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova. The event was broadcast on the Ministry's Facebook page.

    "Against the backdrop of that colossal hysteria that we see around the mythical role of Russia in the US elections in July, Russia offered to exchange letters with corresponding obligations, for …

  • President of Poland: Nord Stream 2 carries threats to Europe's energy security

    Poland, like Ukraine, opposes the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline, stated Polish President Andrzej Duda.

    "Poland's position on the Nord Stream-2 issue is unchanged. We are absolutely against this investment. We believe that it violates European norms, that it is against the interests of the European Union, and here our positions (with Ukraine - IF) are unequivocal from the very beginning, identical, and unchanged," Duda stated at a joint briefing with Ukrainian President Petro …

  • Russian Prosecutor General calls arrest of people with Kerimov’s status level unacceptable

    There is a need for international mechanisms which will prevent foreign states from arresting Russian citizens “with special status”, Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika believes, as reported by RIA Novosti.

    He made a statement to this effect after visiting the Interpol headquarters in Lyon in connection with the charges brought against the Russian senator Suleyman Kerimov by the French Ministry of Justice.“A practice which is not quite correct is emerging, when people with special status …