• US General: Russia must allow international observers access to exercises in Crimea

    Russia must admit observers, including Western journalists, to the military exercise which will be held in the south of the country and in annexed Crimea. According to Reuters, this was the hard line presented by Lieutenant General Frederick Benjamin "Ben" Hodges, the commander of the United States Army in Europe.

    Hodges said that Russia could emulate military exercises that were held under the guidance of the USA and its allies in Europe, which allowed the country to send observers.

    "The …

  • Russia begins 'Cooperation-2016' international military exercises near NATO borders

    Radio Poland reports that the “Cooperation-2016” command and staff exercises started in the Pskov and Leningrad regions of Russia.

    It is reported that the exercise will involve about 6,000 soldiers from Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan. Also, one thousand units of weapons and military and special equipment are engaged in the exercise.

    Such military exercises are held regularly in Russia, but this year more armed forces will participate and more units of military …

  • Former Russian Economic Minister: If the West lifted sanctions, it wouldn't stop our systemic economic crisis

    A systemic economic crisis is taking place in Russia and that is why lifting anti-Russian sanctions imposed by the West will not be enough to improve the economic status of the Russian Federation, Russia’s former Economic Minister Andrey Nechaev stated in an interview with UNIAN.

    “I have said many times in the Russian media that we have a systemic economic crisis. As much as some Western and Ukrainian newsmakers would like to blame the sanctions, this isn’t the case. It is funny that some …

  • State Border Guard Service of Ukraine: Russia has begun a new stage of the hybrid war in Crimea

    The head of the State Border Guard Service of Ukraine, Viktor Nazarenko, stated in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine that the next stage of hybrid war between Russia and Ukraine has begun in the Crimea. According to him, provocative actions from Russia have the specific objective of increasing the level of confrontation in the territory. Nazarenko admitted that reserves from the Ukrainian Army, including heavy weapons, were deployed to the annexed Crimea.

    The head of the State Border Guard …

  • Steinmeier and Lavrov to discuss situation in Ukraine

    The Russian and German Foreign Ministers, Sergey Lavrov and Frank-Walter Steinmeier, will meet to discuss the situation in Ukraine and Syria on August 15, RIA Novosti reported, with reference to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs press service. On that day, Steinmeier will visit Yekaterinburg for the opening of a Russian-German summer school in the Ural Federal University. After this event, his meeting with Lavrov will take place.

    “The most relevant aspects of bilateral cooperation in the …

  • WTO rules against Russia in favor of the EU

    The import dues imposed by the Russian Federation on some agricultural and industrial goods contradict the WTO rules

    The World Trade Organization (WTO) ruled against the Russian Federation (RF) in favor of the European Union as indicated in the published decision of the WTO, Deutsche Welle reports.

    This was the first such decision since Russia’s admission to the WTO.

    WTO arbitrators ascertained that the Russian import dues on some agricultural and industrial goods were contrary to the rules …

  • Greenpeace and WWF imposed restrictions against Russia

    Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) have initiated new international restrictions against the development of Russian sports and industry. This was reported by Infox news portal  and Russian Nezavisimaya Gazeta newspaper.

    Infox referred to a document testifying to the WWF’s active participation in the anti-Russian campaign with regard to sports. In October last year, the International Olympic Committee in Switzerland received a letter from the head of the WWF, Marco Lambertini. …

  • Another Russian casualty in Syria reported

    According to the official data, 20 Russian servicemen have been killed during the operation in Syria. The Russian media sources reported that Russian soldier Asker Bizhoev, from the Russian Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, was killed in Syria, referring to the information received from the head of the Republic, Yury Kokov.

    According to him, Bizhoev was posthumously awarded the Russian Order of Courage. Kokov expressed hope that the “memory of the hero will remain in the hearts of residents of …

  • Russia will not allow the OSCE mission in the Crimea

    Moscow will not grant the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission access to the Crimea, as stated by the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation at the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich, RIA Novosti reports.

    "The Crimea is a Russian territory. We had already stipulated long ago, that the mission has nothing to do with the Crimea as it is a part of the Russian Federation. But our Western colleagues interpret this to mean the whole territory of Ukraine, including the Crimea," he said.

    According to …

  • Experts: Russia would use the whole arsenal of weapons based in Crimea in event of full-scale war

    Experts from the Ukrainian Center for Army, Conversion and Disarmament Studies stated at a press conference in Kiev that the Russian Federation has militarized the Crimea in an unprecedented fashion, and it will actively use weapons that are already based in the Crimea in the case of full-scale military actions in the territory of Ukraine.

    “A very powerful group consisting of aviation and Russian Military Space Forces, cruise missile carriers, submarines and ships was gathered in the Crimea. …