• Russia’s Gazprom postpones construction of Nord Stream-2 pipeline

    Construction of the last section of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline in Danish territorial waters has been postponed.

    Switzerland's Nord Stream 2 AG, Gazprom's 100 percent subsidiary, has no plans to start work on January 15, the day when Denmark’s permit for the beginning of the construction takes effect, Handelsblatt reported.

    The reason for the delay is the necessity to "check the equipment," the company spokesman said, adding that the exact date when the construction could begin can not be …

  • Russia prepares for escalation in Syria after Biden comes to power

    Russia is preparing for worsening of the situation in Syria after the Democrats come to power in the United States. Russian officials believe that the Democrats plan to change the policy of Donald Trump on non-interference in the Syrian conflict.

    On Monday, January 11, a large landing ship Saratov passed through the Bosphorus Strait in the direction of the Russian base in Tartus.

    According to Interfax, the ship entered the Mediterranean Sea, where the Russian flotilla of more than ten …

  • Another European company withdraws from Nord Stream 2 project

    European companies continue to flee the Nord Stream 2 project under the threat of US sanctions.

    After the U.S. State Department began sending out warnings demanding leaving the construction, "until it was too late", the Danish engineering corporation Ramboll decided to abandon cooperation with Russian gas giant Gazprom.

    According to Politiken, the company with a 70-year history, the largest in Denmark in the engineering and architecture sector, decided to stop participating in the …

  • Number of Russia’s space launches falls to lowest level in 12 years

    Russian Space Agency’s ambitious plans to "raise the Russian space industry from its knees” are back on paper.

    For the second year in a row, the Roscosmos State Corporation has failed the government's plan on the number of space launches.

    By the end of 2020, Russia conducted 16 launches. 7 of them were from the Baikonur and Plesetsk cosmodromes, one from Vostochny and one from Kura, RIA Novosti reported.

    The final result was three times lower than the plan announced by Roscosmos in December 2 …

  • Ukrainian icon presented to Russian Foreign Minister in Bosnia and Herzegovina is worth 12.5 million euros

    The cost of the 300-year-old gilded icon from Luhansk, which the co-chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik gave to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, can be as mach as 12.5 million euros.

    According to Bosnian TV channel BN TV, the icon was kept in the bank Bank of Srpska, which went bankrupt and was taken over by UKIO.

    According to sources close to Dodik's cabinet, the politician believed that, presenting this gift, he would only return to Russia what …

  • Navalny returning to Russia

    On January 17, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny will return to Russia from Germany, where he was treated after being poisoned.

    "The question of "coming or not coming back " was never there before me. This is because I never left. I ended up in Germany, after being brought there in the intensive care box, because of one reason - they tried to kill me. I survived. And now Putin, who gave the order for my murder, is screaming in his bunker and tells his servants to do everything so that I …

  • Moldovan President arrives in Ukraine on her first foreign visit

    Moldovan President Maia Sandu arrived in Ukraine on January 12. This is her first foreign official visit as President of Moldova.

    Sandu will meet with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. A series of bilateral agreements is expected to be concluded during the visit.

    The Presidents of Ukraine and Moldova met at the Mariyinsky Palace.

    After the ceremonial part, the Presidents had a face-to-face meeting, after which Ukrainian-Moldovan talks are planned in an …

  • China scooping up bankrupt Russian defense companies

    Russian media, citing informed sources, reports a sharp increase in the activity of the Chinese authorities in the Russian Federation. The sources said that Russian special services are investigating purchases through front persons of Russian defense companies and holdings, which are going through bankruptcy.

    This allowed China to gain access to some of the technologies that have been previously de facto closed to it. The seizure of the Saratov Aviation Plant and the Volgograd Shipbuilding …

  • Media: Biden will be tougher opponent of Nord Stream 2 than Trump

    After his inauguration, President-elect Joe Biden will take a tougher position toward the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, reports the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagensbladet.

    As evidence, journalists cite the fact that during the time when Biden was vice president of the United States, he already opposed the construction of the pipeline. In addition, the United States plans to introduce new expanded sanctions against Nord Stream-2 in the near future. Such sanctions can make it impossible, or at least …

  • Lukashenko ready to restore relations with Ukraine

    Alexander Lukashenko expressed readiness to restore relations with Kyiv, despite the fact that Ukraine refused to recognize the results of the presidential elections in Belarus.

    "I don't hold grudges against (Ukraine's president) Volodymyr Zelensky. I understand him: he has said something because he is young. But this does not mean that you should always look at him, while understanding what is happening, and to be offended or angry at him," Lukashenko said in an interview with the TV channel …