• Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Trump and Putin to discuss Ukraine

    US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss the issue of Ukraine, and the release of detained Ukrainian sailors during their meeting, said the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin in an interview with Ukrainian Channel 5.

    "We spoke with the White House and the State Department about how the "Ukrainian track" should be covered (at the meeting) ... Of course, Trump himself will make decisions. However, I am sure that his materials will be composed correctly," …

  • Putin: US is not ready for dialogue with Russia

    Russian President Vladimir Putin in an interview with NTV TV channel said that Russia is ready to develop relations with the United States as soon as they are ready for the dialogue.

    According to the Russian President, the US understands that it wouldn't be possible to "push" Russia on any international issues like the situation in Iran or Venezuela, so the dialogue is necessary.

    "I don't think that someone is trying to push us in resolving any issues. It seems that everyone understands that …

  • Crimean Bridge builders left unpaid

    15 companies involved in the construction of the Crimean Bridge are complaining that they have not been paid their contractual dues. Cumulatively they are owed nearly half a billion rubles (around $16 million), Radio Liberty reports.

    Small enterprises from Russia’s Krasnodar Krai have been affected. They have not been paid by the subcontractor, Deco, which signed the primary contract with SGM-Most, a company owned by Vladimir Putin’s friend Arkady Rotenberg.

    According to public court records, …

  • Five offshore oil pipelines damaged in Syria by unidentified persons

    Unidentified persons have damaged five oil pipelines in the coastal waters of Syria. The incident happened near the city of Banias, reports the Syrian Ministry of oil on their Facebook page.

    According to the report, the Syrian oil company discovered the oil leak near Banias. Underwater exploration was conducted to detect the leak, and as a result, expert divers found external damage in the five oil pipelines, reports RIA Novosti news agency.

    The company has already started repair work and …

  • Council of Europe threatens to reject Russian passports issued in Donbas

    The Council of Europe (COE) is prepared to consider rejecting Russian passports issued to Donbas residents in breach of the Minsk Agreements. The COE has also called on Moscow to unconditionally release the Ukrainian sailors captured near the Kerch Strait and to grant all vessels safe passage into the Sea of Azov.

    Russian passports issued to inhabitants of the Donbas may not be recognized by the EU, Russia’s Federal News Agency reports, citing a statement by the COE.

    “The Council of Europe …

  • Ukraine to initiate new wave of pressure on Russia to release captured sailors

    In the near future, Ukraine plans to initiate a new wave of pressure on Russia to release the sailors who were captured at the end of November 2018, retired Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin told the “5 Channel” TV station in an interview.

    The International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea has ordered Russia to immediately release the 24 Ukrainian sailors and the captured ships and to send the tribunal an initial report confirming its compliance by 25 June. The new wave of pressure will …

  • Russian tourists not in a hurry to leave Georgia after Putin’s flight ban

    Russian tourists in Georgia do not see the reason for the quick return home. According to them, the situation in the country is calm, despite the riots organized by the opposition in Tbilisi, reports TourDom news outlet.

    The same report gives journalist Yevgeny Zheyda, who is on vacation in Georgia.

    "From the first day, we noticed that Georgians do not equate Russian tourists with Russian authorities — there was no negativity towards us, even though you can find people wearing t-shirts with …

  • Russian Defense Minister Shoygu urges Russian military to fight in a new way

    Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu said that at the moment it is necessary to fight in a new way, focusing on the fact that the conflicts are short, and the experts have yet to develop a theory of modern warfare, reports TASS news agency.

    "Today, our main task is to develop a theory of warfare in the medium term," said Shoygu At the opening of the scientific-practical conference.

    According to him, wars today require new approaches because modern conflicts are "a set of classical and …

  • President Zelensky calls for end war in Ukraine

    In the message of the Ukrainian President Zelensky that was published on his website on the Day of Memory and Sorrow, Zelsnsky said that Ukrainians need to remember the feat of their ancestors who defended the country, as well as to make every effort to prevent the war from becoming a routine for future generations.

    The Ukrainian President reminded that early in the morning on June 22, 1941, Kyiv was bombed. "The Second World War broke into our homes and covered the entire territory of Ukraine. …

  • Putin: Russia has no plans to hand over South Kurils

    Speaking on the program “Saturday news with Sergey Brilev” on Russia 1 TV channel, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is not going to hand over the South Kuril Islands to Japan.

    Answering the question of the host, whether it would be necessary to lower the Russian flag that is raised in the South Kurils, President Putin said that "we do not have such plans," reports Interfax news agency.

    The USSR annexed the South Kurils in the end of the World War II. According to the Soviet– …