• Putin explains reasons behind Russia's development of hypersonic missiles

    Russia had to start developing hypersonic weapons after the U.S. withdrawal from the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty in 2002, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting with the honorary general director, honorary general designer of the NPO Mashinostroyenia ,Herbert Yefremov.

    "We had to create these weapons in response to the deployment of the U.S. strategic missile defense system, which in the long term would be able to actually neutralize all our nuclear capabilities, Putin added. The …

  • Russia to test new cruise missile ship in Black Sea

    Russia will carry out tests of a newly-built small ship Grayvoron equipped with Kalibr cruise missiles in the Black Sea, reported Interfax with reference to the press service of the Russian Navy.

    "The missile ship, built for the Black Sea Fleet, carries out the first exit to the Black Sea to undergo factory tests. This ship will be the fourth small missile ship with Kalibr cruise missiles," the press service of the Russian Navy said in a statement.

    It is noted that the ship’s purpose is the …

  • British paratroopers carry out largest airborne landing in a decade in Ukraine

    Hundreds of British paratroopers parachuted in Ukraine’s Mykolaiv region on September 18 as part of the Joint Effort 2020 exercise. It is the largest amphibious exercise for Great Britain in more than 20 years, reported BBC.

    The British paratroopers parachuted from several C-130 Hercules aircraft, which took off from a military airfield in Britain. Soldiers of the 16th Air Assault Brigade of Great Britain, heavy infantry weapons and equipment were on board the aircraft.

    According to the …

  • Kyiv: local elections in Donbas are possible only after ‘its full deoccupation’

    Local elections in the territories of the Donbas, which are not under Ukrainian control, are possible only after “full de-occupation, settlement of all security issues and compliance with OSCE standards”, said the head of the Presidential Administration Andriy Yermak on the air of the program "Freedom of Speech with Savik Shuster".

    Responding to the question of the presenter whether the Ukrainian Parliament is going to make changes to the decree on local elections in Ukraine, which, according …

  • For the second time Cyprus blocks EU sanctions against Belarus

    On Friday, September 18, Cyprus for the second time blocked the sanctions of the European Union against Belarus, vetoing the draft punitive measures at the meeting of the Committee of Permanent Representatives of the EU countries in Brussels, reports Deutsche Welle.

    Cyprus explained that its opposition to the sanctions against Belarus is because it wants the EU to enforce the punitive measures against Turkey, which conducts gas exploration in the disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean. …

  • European Commission President: hope for completing Nord Stream 2 is fading

    The EU's relations with Russia in connection with the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline are unlikely to improve in the future. Therefore, the approach to this project should be changed, said the head of the European Commission (EC) Ursula von der Leyen, reports the newspaper Les Echos.

    "Russia's behavior has not improved and even tends to worsen. Our hope for further progress with this pipeline is fading," she explained.

    Therefore, the attitude towards Nord Stream 2, which used …

  • Lukashenko orders closure of borders with Lithuania Poland and Ukraine

    The current president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko announced the closure of the borders with Lithuania and Poland, as well as the "strengthening of borders" with Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports.

    "We don't know what they're going to throw at us next. We understand that there are few tricks left in their arsenal before they begin a hot war. I have to work with the Russian President and the Minister of Defense to rebuild the common defense of the union state for the last few days," Lukashenko …

  • Poland seeks arrest of Russian air traffic controllers linked to President Kaczynski's plane crash

    The investigative team of the Polish National Prosecutor's Office appealed to the District Court of Warsaw with a request for the temporary arrest of three Russian air traffic controllers who were working at Smolensk airport when the plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski crashed in 2010, a spokeswoman for Poland’s National Prosecutor's Office, told Polskie Radio.

    "The investigation team of the Prosecutor General's Office appealed to the district court of the Warsaw-Mokotow district …

  • EU Court of Justice upholds sanctions on Russian oil giant Rosneft

    The Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg rejected the appeal and upheld the sanctions against Rosneft for violating Ukraine's territorial integrity.

    "The Court of Justice upholds the judgment of the General Court dismissing an action brought against the restrictive measures imposed on Russian oil companies that are members of the Rosneft group in the context of the Ukraine crisis. By its judgment today, the Court of Justice dismisses the companies’ appeal in its entirety," the …

  • Germany offers U.S. a deal in exchange for lifting sanctions against Nord Stream 2

    The German government offered the United States a billion-dollar deal in exchange for lifting sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project. Berlin has expressed readiness to invest up to 1 billion euros in the construction of two terminals for American liquefied natural gas, reported Die Zeit, citing sources. "In exchange, the United States will allow the smooth completion and operation of Nord Stream 2," said a letter from German Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz sent on August 7 …