Contents tagged with Kremlin

  • Italian Deputy Prime Minister calls Putin ‘a great President’

    Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister of Italy Matteo Salvini said that Vladimir Putin is “a great President”, reports ANSA news agency.

    According to him, he intends to work on improving relations between Rome and Moscow. "Putin is a great President. I say this because I think so, and not because I was paid, as some journalists think," he said.

    Salvini also praised the American President Donald Trump, the President of Brazil Jair Bolsonaro and the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. …

  • Kremlin: Russian citizens’ biometric data to be handed over to security services

    The United Biometric System (UBS) that will combine the data collected by various banks to identify their clients will have to cooperate closely with Russia’s security forces, said Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev during a meeting with the head of Rostelecom, Mikhail Oseyevsky.

    The UBS that Rostelecom has been developing since 2017 at the initiative of the Ministry of Communications and the Bank of Russia has been operational since 1 July last year, and by 2021 the use of it should …

  • Kremlin: Russia prepares ‘mirror response’ to the fine against RT TV channel in the UK

    RosKomNadzor (RKN), Russia’s federal agency for censorship of media and telecommunications, is preparing a “mirror response to the biased treatment of Russian media abroad”, the agency announced on its official website on August 1. Draft amendments to the law on foreign media will be put forward in Russia’s State Duma over the next 10 days, and will prescribe fines “well into the millions”, RKN executive Aleksandr Zharov told Interfax. The censorship agency noted that it has already given …

  • Kremlin offers Ukraine to extend gas transit contract for a year

    Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak said that Moscow offered Kyiv to extend the current contract for gas transit on existing conditions for a year, but the Ukrainian side didn't respond yet, reports RIA Novosti news agency.

    He added that the adjustments could be discussed during the negotiations between the companies. "We don't see any reaction yet. We wait for any comments from the Ukrainian government. Then we will discuss the deal at our meetings," the Minister said.

    Earlier,  …

  • Latvia blocks Kremlin-linked website because of threat to Ukraine's sovereignty

    Latvian domain administrator blocked the bestnews.lv website that is associated with the Russia Today news agency, reports RIA Novosti news outlet.

    Latvian national domain registrar explained its decision referring to the requirement of the Latvian Foreign Ministry, which said that baltnews.lv news outlet violates the decision of the European Union of March 17, 2014, on sanctions against Russia because of the annexation of Crimea.

    "Registration of baltnews.lv is a violation of the provisions …

  • Kremlin: Belarus must transition to a single currency with Russia

    Belarus and Russia must transition to a single currency, said Russia’s Federation Council Chairperson Valentina Matviyenko in a broadcast of Belarus’s TV channel, ONT.

    During a visit to Belarus, which took place four days after Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko spoke to each other in Valaam, Matviyenko said than no one in Russia has even brought up the topic of merging the two countries.

    “This is a union of states, but it needs to be a full-fledged union,” she emphasized.

    “Full-fledged …

  • Kyiv may impose new sanctions against Russia because of Russian passports in Donbas

    The Ukrainian authorities intend to respond to the issuance of Russian passports to the residents of parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions that are not controlled by Ukraine, said the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksandr Danyliuk, as reported by Interfax-Ukraine. He also did not rule out the imposition of national sanctions.

    «There must be specific measures to stop this process or make it as complicated as possible. This is a violation of the Minsk …

  • Russian media: Western security services are preparing 'misinformation attack' against Putin

    Russian news agency RIA Novosti, reported, with reference to a "military-diplomatic source," that the US and British special services  reportedly "prepare misinformation attack against the Russian President Vladimir Putin and his entourage in the leadership of the Ministry of Defense." It is alleged that this information will be used to justify new sanctions against Russia.

    According to the source of the agency, experts of the American and British intelligence services "prepare fake …

  • 14 Russians killed by fire in deep-water submersible

    14 Russian sailors were killed by a fire on board a deepwater nuclear submersible, the Russian Defense Ministry announced on Tuesday.

    The fire broke out on 1 July. The submariners were in Russian territorial waters in a submersible designed to study the sea floor. Their deaths resulted from poisoning by combustion byproducts. According to the local media, the accident took place on Monday evening at about 9 PM Moscow time.

    The exact number of people on board is not known. According to …

  • Kremlin: Russian military experts left Venezuela

    Russian Il-62 aircraft, which arrived in Caracas on June 25, flew back a group of military-technical experts who worked in Venezuela under the old contracts for the last three months, reads the message of the Russian Embassy in Venezuela.

    The diplomats recalled that earlier Venezuela received complex equipment from Russia that requires regular maintenance. In addition to equipment support, Russian specialists "were involved in the training of Venezuelan personnel."

    The Embassy assured that …