• Ukraine refuses to recognize Lukashenko as president of Belarus

    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry, after additional meetings and consultations, has formed a position in assessing the inauguration and the political status of Alexander Lukashenko, announced on Twitter Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba.

    According to him, Ukraine does not recognize Alexander Lukashenko as the legitimate president of Belarus despite the so-called inauguration in Minsk on September 23. Kyiv has made this decision because of violations during the election campaign and further …

  • Bulgaria expels two Russian diplomats for espionage

    Bulgaria expels two Russian diplomats as part of espionage case. They have been declared persona non grata and must leave the country within 72 hours, the Bulgarian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday, September 23.

    The Foreign Ministry noted that the Russian Embassy in Bulgaria has been informed of the decision. Earlier, the Bulgarian prosecutor's office said that the Russians, whose names are not provided, have been engaged in espionage in Bulgaria since 2016. They collected information for …

  • Four Russian mercenaries killed in helicopter crash in Libya

    A military helicopter crashed in Libya, killing Russian mercenaries from the Russian private military company the Wagner Group, reported the Turkish news agency Anadolu.

    The incident took place on September 23 near the Al-Jufra airbase. The helicopter collided with the ground, causing ammunition on board to explode.

    Four Russian mercenaries were killed in the accident.

    "A helicopter carrying Russian mercenaries and ammunition fell in the town of Sukna, in the city of Al-Jufrah,” military …

  • Putin tells Macron that Navalny could have taken the Novichok poison himself

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said in a conversation with French President Emmanuel Macron that Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny could have taken the poison Novichok himself, reported the French newspaper Le Monde, citing two sources.

    According to the newspaper, in his conversation with Macron, Putin spoke of Navalny contemptuously and called the oppositionist "a simple troublemaker on the Internet." The Russian president also said that Navalny allegedly used his Anti-Corruption …

  • In speech to UN Putin calls for removing sanctions and trade restrictions

    President Vladimir Putin, speaking at the 75th session of the UN General Assembly, said that the recovery of the world economy during the pandemic requires "removing restrictions and sanctions."

    "Removing restrictions and sanctions could be useful to restore global growth and reduce unemployment," said Putin.

    Putin said that now Russia’s proposal to introduce so-called green corridors, which will remove trade restrictions to ensure countries' access to basic necessities, is especially …