• Secretary General of the All-Russia Athletic Federation suspended from the IAAF

    The Secretary General of the All-Russia Athletic Federation (ARAF), Mikhail Butov was temporarily excluded from the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF). According to Butov, his membership is suspended until the rights of the ARAF are restored, TASS reported.

    “The suspension of my membership in IAAF has significantly worsened the situation related to the disqualification of the All-Russia Athletic Federation. Earlier, I had the opportunity to be present at different …

  • NATO sees TANAP and TAP pipelines as particularly important for Europe

    The head of the Energy Security Section in NATO's Emerging Security Challenges Division, Michael Rühle, believes that the projects of the Trans-Anatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) and the Trans-Adriatic Pipeline (TAP) for the delivery of Azerbaijani gas to European countries are particularly important for Europe's energy security. According to him, the issue of implementing the projects will be discussed at the Warsaw NATO Summit July 7-8, Trend reports.

    “TANAP and TAP are of particular …

  • Media: Canadian intelligence believes Russia is preparing for war

    In recent years, Russia has implemented a large-scale rearmament of their army. This includes a process of modernization, especially with regard to units with conventional weapons. All of this indicates that the country is preparing for war.

    According to Gazeta Wyborcza, this conclusion was reached by experts from the CSIS Intelligence Agency of Canada. In their 104-page report, these experts analyzed the recent changes in Russia’s domestic and foreign policy.

    The writers of the report …

  • U.S Senate Committee on Foreign Relations calls on Europe to extend sanctions against Russia

    The U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations addressed the President of the European Council with a call on the EC to extend sanctions against Russia because of its military aggression in Ukraine. The Committee’s leadership office circulated the text of the document on Monday, Ukrinform reported.

    “We write to call on the European Council to extend sanctions of EU against Russia this month. According to the SMM OSCE reports, at least 112 Ukrainian servicemen were killed and more than 700 were …

  • OSCE discovers Russian radio interference system in the Donbas

    According to the OSCE mission’s Twitter feed, a Zhytel R-330ZH radio jamming station was found near Avdiivka, which is located 14 kilometers from Donetsk.

    “The Special Monitoring Mission’s (SMM) UAVs continue to record high-tech electronic warfare stations. Obstacles in our work should be removed,” a statement said.

    The Zhytel automated jamming station provides automated detection, direction finding and signal analysis of radio sources. It then creates interference of the user terminals for …

  • NATO Secretary General: Sanctions against Russia should remain in force

    The EU should maintain the sanctions against Russia which were imposed as a result of the Russia’s actions in Ukraine, according to NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.

    He made these comments the day after German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier criticized NATO for holding the recent Anakonda-2016 military exercises and “antagonizing Russia”.

    “In my opinion the sanctions should not be lifted while Russian does not change its attitude. I believe that the EU has a wide consensus on …

  • Austrian Foreign Minister calls for a gradual lifting of sanctions on Russia

    The Austrian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Sebastian Kurz, speaking on June 19th, stated that he believes that the European Union should change its sanctions policy against Russia, Deutsche Welle reports.

    “I think that we should gradually arrive at a stage where every move toward fulfilling the Minsk Agreements is met with the progressive removal of sanctions,” Kurz said.

    According to him, it would be a "clear demonstration of a step towards" Moscow, the politician believes.

    "I hope, it will …

  • Ukrainian MP: The return of the Russian delegation to PACE would mean the collapse of the Council of Europe

    The Chairman of the Ukrainian Delegation in the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, Volodymyr Ariev, went on the air on Ukraine TV Channel 112 where he criticized the possible return and participation of the Russian delegation in PACE meetings. Ariev reported that Ukraine sent a serious force of diplomats to the current PACE session because a serious desire for the return of the Russian delegation was expressed during the Bureau meeting in May.

    According to Ariev, this decision …

  • Peskov: There are no preconditions for another Normandy Quartet meeting

    The Russian side believes that Ukraine does not show any will to fulfill the Minsk agreements.

    The Press Secretary for Russian President Vladimir Putin, Dmitry Peskov, believes that there are currently no preconditions for a new meeting of the leaders of the Normandy Quartet, as reported by the Russian RIA Novosti news agency.

    Peskov noted that even though the “Normandy Four” states  would like to have this meeting there are not preconditions for it.

    “There could be preconditions if the …

  • Der Spiegel: Russia is behind cyber attacks that were initially thought to be carried out by ISIS

    According to German experts, the so-called Islamic State is unable to carry out complex hack attacks. According to Der Spiegel, the truth is that Kremlin’s hackers are behind the cyber-caliphate.

    So-called cyber-caliphate of the Islamic State terrorist group may be a Russian invention. German security experts believe that the so-called Islamic State isn’t yet able to carry out complex spy and sabotage attacks over the internet, Der Spiegel reported on the 18th of June with a reference to its …