• High-ranking US General: Russia wants to destroy NATO

    General Joseph Dunford, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff of the USA believes that Russia is “a basic threat” along with Iran, China and North Korea, as well as "violent extremism." Dunford expressed his opinion on Tuesday, August 23rd during a speech to students of the National Defense University in Washington. The Pentagon released a statement to the effect that according to the general, these four countries could provoke "different degrees of concern."

    Dunford mentioned that Russia is …

  • Turkey could possibly pay Russia $5 billion in compensation for downing Su-24 bomber last year

    Ahmed Takan, the advisor to former President of Turkey Abdullah Gül, commented on reports of possible compensation to Russia for the downed Su-24, Cumhuriye newspaper writes.

    According to him, it is possible that Ankara will compensate Moscow. According to the newspaper’s information, the compensation will amount to $5 billion.

    In June, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sent a letter to his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, in which he expressed condolences to the family of the …

  • Donetsk People's Republic to open representative office in Czech Republic

    The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) reported on the opening of its first representative office in the Czech Republic. According to the DPR Ministry of Foreign Affairs press service, the official opening ceremony for the DPR-representative center in the Czech Republic will take place on September 1.

    Earlier, the DPR Ministry of Foreign Affairs signed a Protocol of Intentions to cooperate with public organizations in the Czech Republic and announced the opening of a DPR- …

  • Russia files lawsuit against Ukrainian military leadership

    The Investigative Committee from the Russian Federation stated that it has filed a lawsuit against the Ukrainian Minister of Defense, Stepan Poltorak, and against other representatives of the Ukrainian military leadership. According to information released on the Russian Agency website, the case concerns the investigation of the use of prohibited means and methods of warfare by Ukrainian security agencies in southeastern Ukraine.

    “The Investigative Committee has received sufficient data that …

  • Russia intends to question WADA head over doping scandal

    The Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation (SledCom) intends to interrogate the head of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), Craig Reedie, about the doping scandal in Russia. Russian media reported that this information was shared by Vladimir Markin, the spokesman of SledCom.

    According to Markin, WADA could have allegedly caused the deletion of Russian athletes’ doping tests, supervised by the former head of the Moscow Anti-Doping Laboratory, Grigory Rodchenkov.

    "Rodchenkov, being …

  • Merkel criticizes Russia and Syrian government over humanitarian crisis in Aleppo

    The head of the German government, Chancellor Angela Merkel, called the situation in the Syrian city of Aleppo ‘nightmarish.’ According to her, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Russia both must do more to relieve the suffering of the people in the besieged city.

    Merkel said she was shocked by the scale of the humanitarian disaster in the Syrian city of Aleppo and sharply criticized al-Assad and Russia. "What is happening in Aleppo now is a nightmare, a humanitarian catastrophe. Calls for …

  • Secretary of Iran's Security Council: Iran and Russia together thwarted US plans in Syria

    In Syria, Iran and Russia did not allow the United States to withdraw armed opposition troops backed by Washington who were under strike. This was stated by the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Ali Shamkhani, TASS reports.

    “The United States and its regional allies tried to withdraw terrorists under attack who, under the false name of the so-called moderate opposition, committed numerous crimes against the Syrian people. Plans to save these ‘moderate terrorists’ have …

  • Turkish Deputy PM: Russia cannot use Incirlik Air Base

    Russia is not a member of NATO; that's why Russian military aircraft cannot use Incirlik base for the fight against the extremists of the Islamic State organization. This was stated by the deputy prime minister of Turkey, Numan Kurtulmuş, in an interview with the television channel NTV on Tuesday, August 23.

    However, the deputy to the head of the Turkish government believes that Russia’s participation in the attempts to resolve the crisis in Syria would have paved the way for the restoration …

  • Russia to stop funding WADA in 2017

    The Russian Government has decided to discontinue their annual voluntary contributions to the budget of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Earlier, the Minister of Sports, Tourism and Youth Policy, Vitaly Mutko, had threatened to cease Russian funding of WADA.

    The Russian Government excluded the paragraph on additional voluntary contributions to the World Anti-Doping Agency from the register of payments for the next year. This follows the resolution published on the official website of the …

  • Another Russian soldier reportedly killed in Syria

    Colonel of the Russian Army Vladimir Bekish was killed in Syria on June 19th. This was told to TV Rain (Dozhd) by the relatives of the deceased. Colonel Bekish was buried with military honors in his home town in Belarus. The Russian Defense Ministry has not yet officially reported the death of this officer.

    Vladimir Bekish was a regular Russian serviceman. The death certificate received by the relatives stated that he had been killed in the Syrian Arab Republic.

    Journalists of the tut.by …