• Lavrov: Russia will react to NATO's activities in the Baltic region

    Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said that the Kremlin will take certain measures in response to increased NATO activity in the Baltic region. According to Reuters, he said this at a meeting with Finland’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Timo Soini, in Moscow.

    Lavrov said this on the same day as NATO’s large-scale BALTOPS 16 exercises began. These involve NATO troops landing on Finnish soil for the first time.

    “We do not hide our negative attitude towards the fact that NATO is moving their …

  • Belarus refuses to sell globes with Russian Crimea

    In the city of Mogilev in Belarus, mapmakers withdrew the sale of globes that indicated that Crimea was a part of the Russian Federation. Local authorities advised against selling maps and globes showing a Crimean territorial status that differs from the one generally accepted by the international community.

    Initially, the appearance in stores of globes showing Crimea as a part of the Russian Federation drew the attention of the representative of the Belarusian opposition, Social-Democratic …

  • McCain concerned that US sanctions against Russia are 'selective'

    The senator is concerned that the United States buys rocket engines from Russian Energomash.

    US Republican Senator John McCain thinks that the Obama administration selectively enforces sanctions imposed against Russia for the invasion of Crimea.

    In a letter to U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew, McCain writes about the special relations of the Obama administration with NPO Energomash, a Russian rocket manufacturer from whom the USA buys RD-180 rocket engines.

    "I write to express my concern …

  • McFaul: Russia needs to be 'curbed'

    The former United States Ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, stated that Russia should be ‘curbed.’ According to him, Moscow’s aggressive actions require the appropriate response, as reported by RBC.

    McFaul stated his views in his interview with Estonian newspaper Postimees. According to him, Russia’s actions require a strong and specific response. “The United States should curb Russia according to need and respond to it,” the former Ambassador said.

    McFaul was impressed by the more recent …

  • The UN says it has reliable information about Russian troop movements in the Donbas

    The UN Representative for Human Rights, Ravina Shamdasani, stated that the organization has reliable information about Russian troop movements in Ukraine, The Voice of America reports.

    “We have received credible reports of Russia’s military personnel movements across the border both to and from Ukraine. It contains heavy weapons as well. And the information is reliable,” the UN representative stated.

    Moreover, the UN report regarding the human rights situation in the Donbas states that about 2 …