• Kyiv: Ukraine insists on a permanent international mission in the Kerch Strait

    Ukraine insists on a permanent observation mission in the Kerch Strait, and Russia does not agree with this, Interfax Ukraine quoted Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin as saying. 

    “We are now talking about making this mission permanent and observing both from space and from water in order to know exactly what Russia is doing and not doing there... We need to get a permanent mission. Russia refuses it,” the minister told reporters in Munich. 

    The Ukrainian Foreign Minister noted that he …

  • Russia starts supplying Saudi Arabia with Kalashnikov rifles

    Aleksandr Mikheev, the Director General of Russia's state agency for exports/imports of defense-related and dual use products (Rosoboronexport), stated at the IDEX arms exhibition that Russia has begun supplying Kalashnikov automatic weapons (AK-103) to Saudi Arabia, RIA Novosti reports. 

    According to him, the next stage is creating a new licensed production automatic weapon for Saudi Arabia and also for other third world countries. 

    In the next three to four months, the two parties will …

  • Kremlin: there are no prospects for normalizing relations with the US

    Russian presidential aide Yuri Ushakov stated that there are no prospects for normalizing the relationship with the US for now, reports Interfax-Ukraine. 

    “In my opinion, everything is already bad. Prospects are not being considered for now,” said Ushakov responding to a question if a new series of sanctions will worsen Russian-American relations, or things can’t get worse. 

    He added that Moscow’s reaction to the possibility of new American sanctions would follow after analysis. 

    “We will …

  • Volker: Russia does not want to discuss Donbas situation during Ukrainian elections

    US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said that Moscow is not showing any interest in arranging a meeting between Russian Presidential Aide Vladislav Surkov and himself or in taking action to resolve the conflict in the Donbas during the presidential campaign in Ukraine.

    “We are always in favor of meeting and talking. Russia is not showing any interest or progress whatsoever in this regard. In fact, they said that they don’t want to do anything during the presidential elections,”  …

  • Germany demands extradition of Assad's associate from Lebanon

    Berlin has asked Beirut to extradite Jamil Hassan, former head of Syria’s Air Force Intelligence, Der Spiegel reported on Sunday 17 February. German Public Prosecutor Peter Frank has accused Hassan of crimes against humanity, systematic torture and the killing of prisoners.

    The German public prosecution office believes that Hassan is currently undergoing medical treatment in Lebanon. According to Der Spiegel, Berlin understands that Beirut is unlikely to extradite one of Bashar al-Assad’s …