• Lavrov: Positive cooperation between Russia and the US will not work on the basis of ultimatums

    After the suspension of the agreement with the United States on plutonium disposition, Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov stated that the United States will not be able to cooperate with Russia on the basis of ultimatums.

    “The decisions we have taken will not work. The signal from Washington [is that they are] trying to talk with Russia from a position of strength, using language of sanctions and ultimatums and at the same time continuing the selected cooperation with our country only in …

  • Russia suspended agreement with the US on plutonium utilization

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has suspended the agreement with the U.S. on plutonium utilization. The corresponding document was published on the official website of Russian legal information.

    The decree mentions that the decision was taken due to a "fundamental change of circumstances and threat to strategic stability as a result of hostile actions" of the United States against Russia; due to the inability of the United States "to ensure fulfillment of the obligation to dispose of the …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Ministry: Europe should be united in sanctions against Russia

    Russia, rather than the European Union, should normalize relations with Europe, and the West should maintain consistency and be united regarding sanctions imposed against the Russian Federation. This was the opinion stated by Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius, UNIAN reports.

    According to Linkevičius, proposals to impose new sanctions against Russia will not find support in the European Union; that’s why it is useful to maintain unity around already-imposed sanctions.

    “ …

  • Russia deploys S-300VM anti-missile system to Syria

    For the first time, Russia has deployed S-300VM advanced anti-ballistic missile systems to Syria, Fox News reported, citing three US officials.

    The officials said the anti-ballistic missile systems, which have a range of 150 miles, arrived over the weekend at the Russian naval base in the Syrian city of Tartus.

    US intelligence had observed the shipment of S-300VMs inside Russia in recent weeks.

    Though the purpose of sending the systems to Syria remains unclear, though as one US official …

  • Survey suggests Russians do not view violations by security services as infringing on freedom

    According to the results of a survey entitled “The perception of freedom by Russian citizens” conducted by the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, Russian citizens have nothing against violation of law by Special Services; also, they support state regulation of the economy and censorship. However, at the same time, they refused democracy. It was reported that 1,653 people from all over Russia took part in the telephone survey, mainly Russian citizens (73.9%).

    In response to the question “ …

  • Australian Foreign Ministry proposes creating MH17 tribunal outside the UN to circumvent Russia's veto power

    The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop believes that another International Tribunal in the style of Lockerbie should try those guilty in the case of the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. It would bypass the United Nations Security Council where Russia has the veto rights, Deutsche Welle reported.

    “The judicial process in the style of Lockerbie—the Tribunal that will be established by the international community can be organized,” Bishop noted. “It …

  • Medvedev admits that sanctions have negatively affected Russia's economy

    The Prime Minister of Russia, Dmitry Medvedev, stated in an interview with First Channel that sanctions and external pressure have affected the Russian economy. According to Medvedev, economic growth depends on many internal and external conditions. The Russian Prime Minister said that a very serious slowdown of economic growth has been observed all over the world.

    “We understand the conditions under which our economy is developing. Unfortunately, it was cut off from foreign sources of funding …

  • Iran is developing analogue to Russian S-300 air defense system

    The Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, built in Iran, is superior to the original in its specifications and performance as was stated by the commander of Iran's Air Defense Forces, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, Tasnim News Agency reports.

    According to him, the Bavar-373 missile system, which is a version of the S-300, can destroy targets at a distance that is 1.5 times greater than the S-300, which can locate a target at a distance of 300 km and knock it down at a distance of 200 …

  • Human rights group: 4,000 Crimean orphans have been taken to Russia

    Russia has taken no fewer than 4,000 Ukrainian children from the  annexed Crimea, and many have already been taken to regions of neighboring Russia and given to Russian families, said the representative of the commissioner for the Observance of Rights of Children of Ukraine, Aksana Filipishina, in an interview with Hromadske Radio.

    According to her, after the annexation the so-called trains of happiness were organized with “echelons” of candidates of potential adoptive parents, but later it …

  • Russia to conduct civil defense training for 40 million people

    The Ministry of Emergency Situations (EMERCOM) of Russia will carry out civil defense exercises, which will involve more than 40 million people across Russia. Interfax news agency reports that this was announced by the director of Civil Defense and Population Protection Department of the Ministry, Oleg Manuilo.

    "The training will be held from October 4-7. It will involve more than 40 million people, more than 200,000 professionals from search-and-rescue units and about 50,000 thousand units of …