Duma deputy proposes ban on foreign currency transactions

A member of the State Duma from the Liberal Democratic Party of Russia (LDPR), Ivan Sukharev, has proposed prohibiting any foreign currency transactions within the territory of Russia.  In his opinion, this will help to strengthen the Russian Ruble, according to the newspaper Izvestia.

The MP has already prepared the bill indicating which foreign currency transactions (both cash and non-cash) will be banned for residents within the territory of Russia.  Sukharev proposes to ban payments in …

ATO: Attack on OSCE near Kominternovo was a provocation

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) came under fire on Sunday near the village of Kominternovo. 3.5 kilometers west of the village, six SMM members were investigating three craters when they heard three single shots of small arms fire from about 150 meters away.

According to an OSCE report, “the SMM left the area immediately. On its way to its vehicles, the SMM heard a burst of small-arms fire originating from the same location.” None of the observers were injured in the incident.

The …

Ankara looking to improve relations with Moscow

The Turkish Minister of Foreign Affairs said in Antalya that his country is making efforts to resolve the conflict with Russia.  At the same time, President Erdogan has criticized Moscow's policy in Syria.

Turkey has made considerable efforts to restore relations with Russia, said the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, on Sunday, December 27th during his visit to the Russian Cultural Society in Antalya.  "We are making great efforts to work through this stage.  The time …

OSCE Observers Fired upon near Kominternovo

Members of a special OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine were fired upon near the settlement of Kominternovo in the Volnovakhsky district of the Donetsk region, as reported by the Press Service of the SMM on Sunday evening.

The incident occurred on Sunday, December 27th, at around 11:20.  The observers’ cars came under fire by small arms munitions and were forced to return to the separatist-controlled Donetsk region.  No members of the mission were injured in the attack.

"Today, December 27, 20 …

Taliban denies cooperation with Russia in fight against Islamic State

Al Jazeera reported that the Taliban denies allegations that it is cooperating with Russia in the fight against the so-called Islamic State.

“We can destroy the Islamic State without any help from anyone. We are having talks but not about the fight against the Islamic State. We want foreign forces out of our country, that is what we are talking about at the moment,” a Taliban representative stated.

He also noted that the number of Islamic State fighters isn’t significant in Afghanistan and it …