• Despite coronavirus pandemic thousands of Russian soldiers rehearse for the Victory Day Parade

    The Office of the Russian President plans to hold a rehearsal of the Victory Parade with the participation of at least 9,000 servicemen. The proposed training date is May 7, MBH Media reports, citing a document published on the Kremlin’s website.

    The contract for the supply of printing products states that the Russian company TISSO will have to make 8,700 invitations for the rehearsal of the parade. The contract is worth 7.7 million rubles ($100,000 USD).

    Earlier, the Russian Defense Ministry …

  • Russia accuses Ukraine, Germany and France of undermining agreements to create joint council with Donbas militants

    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that the rejection of the agreements reached with representatives of the militant authorities in the Donbas was not only Kyiv’s initiative.

    "Unfortunately, strange things began to happen after the breakthrough. During the telephone talks, the assistants of the “Normandy" leaders, Berlin and Paris, under various pretexts avoided supporting the agreements between Kyiv and the Donbas,” said the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement.

    According to …

  • Saudi Arabia accuses Putin of lying

    Saudi Foreign Minister Faisal bin Farhan al-Saud accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of distorting the facts about the situation around the OPEC agreement on reducing oil production.

    Al-Saud said that Putin's words that the initiator of the collapse of the deal was not Russia, but Saudi Arabia, "completely devoid of truth." The day before, at a government meeting, Putin noted that in early March Russia offered to extend the OPEC deal, "but, unfortunately, the situation began to develop in …

  • Ukraine sends 20 medical personnel to Italy to fight coronavirus pandemic

    On Saturday, April 4, 20 medical workers from the Ukrainian Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Health flew to help Italian doctors, reports the press service of the Ukrainian Interior Ministry.

    All the doctors decided to go to Italy voluntarily. Within a few days, Ukraine will also send humanitarian aid to Italy: a special cargo of disinfectants.

    "Today we are sending 20 Ukrainian medical workers to the Marche region. For us, this is an important step, to help friends in difficult times. …

  • Ukraine carries out successful tests of new Neptune coastal missile system

    Ukraine conducted a successful test of the Neptune missile system on April 2, announced the Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine Oleksiy Danilov.

    "The second successful test. The Neptune missile system successfully hit floating targets at the Alibey test site in the Black Sea. At the same time, the operational range the Neptune missile was up to 100 km," Danilov said on Facebook.

    The coastal anti-ship missile system Neptune is being developed by the Ukrainian …

  • Lukashenko does not object to single currency with Russia

    Minsk is not against the single currency in the union state with Russia, but it should be a neutral currency, said the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in an interview with the MIR TV channel.

    According to Lukashenko, Belarus does not refuse any items of the treaty on the creation of a union state with Russia.

    "Even take the most serious, which is being discussed today. Let's say a single currency. We are not against a single currency, but it alone should be a neutral currency. This …

  • Belarus will start buying Russian oil at $4 per barrel

    The Prime Minister of Belarus Sergey Rumas announced announced that Minsk will start purchasing Russian oil at only $4 per barrel.

    "Today, I think Belneftekhim will finish negotiations with Russian companies on oil supplies for April. We expect to receive 2 million tons," the BelTA news agency quoted Rumas as saying.

    Rumas stressed that the deliveries will be carried out without extra surcharges.

    "The hard and consistent attitude of the head of state to buy Russian oil without a premium in …

  • NATO adopts new package of support for Ukraine and Georgia

    NATO foreign ministers have agreed on a new support package for Ukraine and Georgia.

    The approval by NATO foreign ministers of further measures to support Ukraine and Georgia in addition to existing aid packages was one of the main topics of the meeting of the foreign ministers of the 30 NATO member states, DW reports.

    "We talk about exercises, access to more NATO educational programs and the exchange of radar data, which will improve understanding of the air activity situation in the region," …

  • Polish President cancels visit to Ukraine planned for April 13

    Polish President Andrzej Duda canceled a visit to Ukraine scheduled for April 13 due to the coronavirus pandemic, reported the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

    "The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine reports that the visit of the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda to Ukraine to commemorate the Polish victims of the Katyn massacre will not take place due to the situation with the spread of coronavirus in the world," – said the Ukrainian Ministry f …

  • Iran blames Russia for not providing help with coronavirus pandemic

    Teheran reminded Russia that it did not help Iran in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic.

    The spokesman for the Iranian parliament’s presiding board, Behrouz Nemati, gave an interview to the local news agency ISNA. He noted that Russia did not help Iran in the fight against the spread of coronavirus.

    "Indeed, the crisis showed the Kremlin's Western orientation. It was in a hurry to send a plane with the necessary cargo to the United States, but not to its tactical partner Iran,” said …