• Washington: US troops to remain in Syria until Islamic State is defeated

    American troops will remain in Syria until the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has been utterly defeated. According to US State Department Spokesperson David Satterfield, this is what US President Donald Trump told Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    Trump has repeatedly said that the US troops will leave Syria soon. He claims that nearly the entire country has been purged of IS.

    However, as the US Defense Department stated at the end of June, IS regiments still control roughly 5% of Syrian …

  • Ukraine modernizes its Soviet-era anti-ballistic missiles systems

    The State Space Agency of Ukraine has announced a tender for the modernization of its western center of electronic surveillance that used to be employed with the USSR missile defense system, the Ukrainian military portal reports.

    The modernization of the center provides for the creation of the program control system of the 5Н86 radar station and processing of the radar information that will increase the accuracy of tracking the trajectories of ballistic missiles and the orbits of space …

  • Poroshenko signs law releasing Ukraine's defense industry companies from Russian debts

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has signed the law “On introducing changes to Ukraine’s laws concerning the resolution of several issues of the indebtedness of defense industry complex companies – members of the state concern Ukroboronprom – to the aggressor-state and/or occupant state and ensuring their stable development”, announced Poroshenko’s press service.

    The law proposes mechanisms to protect the economic activity of companies in the defense industry complex, which are state …

  • Putin wants Europe to participate in the restoration of Syria

    Before meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel,  Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on Europe “to contribute to the reconstruction of Syria to allow millions of refugees to return home.” 

    "We need to strengthen the humanitarian effort in the Syrian conflict,” he said. "By that, I mean above all, humanitarian aid to the Syrian people and help the regions where refugees living abroad can return to." According to him, there were one million refugees in Jordan, the same number in …

  • Berlin: Germany will not give up energy projects with Russia because of the US position

    Germany will not give up agreements with Russia in the energy sector, in particular, on the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline due to the US position, announced Andrea Nahles, the head of the Social Democratic Party, in an interview with the newspaper Funke Mediengruppe.

    “We cannot afford to be dissuaded from our agreements in the field of energy policy only because the US President cannot accept this,” noted Nahles.

    Earlier, it was reported in the German Committee on Eastern  …

  • Kyiv: Russian ship Mechanic Pogodin is detained in the port of Kherson for 3 years

    Russian ship Mechanic Pogodin, which is on Ukrainian sanctions list, is detained in the port in Kherson for 3 years, stated the first deputy permanent representative of the President in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea Izet Gdanov, reports Hromadske radio.

    “On August 10th, this company’s vessel, namely the ship Mechanic Pogodin, was detained for three years in the port of the city of Kherson,” said Gdanov.

    Earlier it was reported that the ship’s crew did not let a port inspection on board, …

  • Merkel: Ukraine must remain a gas transit country

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a joint press statement saying that they discussed the transit of gas to the European Union through Ukraine in the Meseberg meeting, Interfax reported on Saturday, August 18.

    "In the context of Ukraine, we also talked about the transit of gas. I believe that even after the launch of the Nord Stream-2, Ukraine must continue to play its role in gas transit to Europe." I am very pleased that we managed to begin the …

  • Poltorak: Armed forces of 18 countries to participate in Ukraine's Independence Day Parade

    The representatives of several foreign countries will take part in the military parade on Ukraine Independence Day, Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak wrote on Facebook.

    “We look forward to the arrival of eighteen foreign delegations from around the world to participate in the parade,” said the Defense Minister, commenting on a parade rehearsal held in the center of Kyiv.

    The parade will be held on August 24 and will be one of the largest Independence Day military parades ever held in Ukraine, …

  • Putin attends Austrian foreign minister’s wedding with gift and gives a toast

    One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gifts to Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneisl was a painting with rural motifs, depicting the places where Kneisl’s husband Wolfgang Meilinger is from, reported Putin’s spokesperson Dmitry Peskov.

    “Putin gave the newlyweds a painting with rural motifs, because her husband is from precisely these places, and he also gave an ancient butter squeezer and a Tula samovar,” Russian news agency TASS cites Peskov as saying.

    The Russian president’s spokesman …

  • Russia stops reducing its share in US government debt

    The United States Department of the Treasury published a report of country-holders of American bonds. According to the report, the total amount of treasury securities owned by Russia in June was $14.9 billion. The same figure was recorded a month ago.

    As in May, Russia was not on the list of 31 countries that are the main bondholders, but decline of Russia’s holdings in the first month of summer has stopped. For comparison, from March to May, Moscow sold $80 billion of the US treasuries. …