• Kyiv is ready to accept payment of Gazprom's debt with gas

    Executive Director of Ukraine’s Naftogaz Group Yuriy Vitrenko wrote on his Facebook page that negotiations between the heads of Ukraine's Naftogaz, Russian gas giant Gazprom and the new Ukrainian pipeline operator, “ Ukraine’s GTS (gas transmission system) operator”.

    According to him, they talked about the future gas transit. He said that the European Commission asked the parties to discuss the settlement of the past claims and current rulings of the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce. Gazprom …

  • Zelensky on Paris meeting: I want to understand if Putin wants to end the war in Donbas

    On the "Freedom of Speech by Savik Shuster" TV program, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky confirmed his bilateral meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    "Yes, all presidents will have bilateral meetings," he said.

    Volodymyr Zelensky said that during the Normandy Four Summit in Paris, all leaders will hold personal meetings. The Ukrainian President also added that he is not nervous before the meeting with Vladimir Putin. The only thing the Ukrainian President is afraid of is the …

  • Kremlin promises to respond to new US sanctions against Russia

    Russia will respond to the US sanctions imposed against eleven Russian citizens, and six Russian companies, reports the press service of the Russian Foreign Ministry. The reason for sanctions was Washington's accusation of cyber fraud.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry pointed to the "politicization" of the US claims. Diplomats note that if Washington's representatives had "real evidence," they would have appealed to the Russian side to conduct an audit. According to the Foreign Ministry, no such …

  • Russia halts modifications at Iranian centrifuge after Tehran decides to start enriching uranium there

    The Russian state corporation Rosatom has stopped working on a project to modify two cascades of gas centrifuges for the production of stable medical isotopes at an Iranian facility in Fordow.

    The subsidiary of Rosatom, TVEL Fuel Company,  explained that the response was prompted by Tehran’s decision to start enriching uranium at the facility, now that Iran has reduced its compliance with the nuclear deal.

    “The enrichment of uranium and the production of stable isotopes cannot be carried out …

  • Russia asks France for shale oil technology

    Russia plans to get French companies to help develop the Bazhenov Formation – one of the largest shale oil fields in the world.

    On Thursday, Natalya Komarova, Governor of the Russian federal subject Yugra, and Didier Houssin, President of the French Renewable Energy Institute, signed a memorandum of cooperation in the area of oil extraction, including hard-to-recover oil reserves. The meeting took place in Paris during an official visit by the Russian governor to the French capital, TASS …

  • Putin claims Zircon hypersonic missiles are important for strategic stability

    Russia’s hypersonic Zircon missile is important for maintaining strategic stability, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a meeting on the development of the country’s navy, reports RBC news agency.

    “This weapon is becoming extremely important for maintaining strategic stability, as well as the destroyers and universal landing ships,” the Russian leader remarked.

    According to the president, the rate at which the combat capabilities of the Russian Navy grow will determine whether or not …

  • Kyiv: Ukraine has collected $2.1 billion from Russia’s Gazprom

    Naftogaz CEO Andriy Kobolyev told LigaBusiness in an interview that, in reality, the company has managed to collect $2.1 billion from Gazprom in the form of gas that Ukraine did not completely pay for, in other words 45% of the compensation awarded to Kyiv by the Arbitration Institute in February 2018. Kobolyev noted that the amount went “almost entirely to the Ukrainian budget”. According to him, taking into account the accrued interest, Kyiv is still planning to collect another $3 billion …

  • Russia: negotiations on gas transit through Ukraine to take place next week

    Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that talks between Russia, Ukraine and the European Union on gas transit could take place next week, reports TASS.

    The meeting was initially scheduled for December 5. However, Ukrainian Energy Ministry confirmed that this round of negotiations will not take place. The Ukrainian Ministry noted that "the date has not yet been confirmed."

    According to Novak, the parties can meet "at any time." The primary condition is that Gazprom and Naftogaz prepare …

  • Putin: Russia is ready to extend Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty 'without any conditions'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia is ready to extend the Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (START-3), reports Interfax.

    "Russia is ready to immediately, as soon as possible, by the end of this year, without any preconditions, extend the START Treaty so that there would be no further double or triple interpretation of our position. I say it officially," said Putin.

    The Russian President noted that the partners have not yet responded to Russia's proposals to extend the START-3 …

  • Russia expels Bulgarian diplomat amid spy scandal

    Russia is expelling a Bulgarian diplomat in response to the expulsion of a Russian diplomat, who was accused of spying, from Bulgaria. On December 5, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported that Bulgarian Ambassador Atanas Krastin received a note stating that Russia declared Bulgarian diplomat persona non grata on a reciprocal basis, and he must leave the Russian Federation within 24 hours.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry reported that the employee of the Bulgarian Embassy in Moscow is expelled in …