• Germany offers U.S. a deal in exchange for lifting sanctions against Nord Stream 2

    The German government offered the United States a billion-dollar deal in exchange for lifting sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 project. Berlin has expressed readiness to invest up to 1 billion euros in the construction of two terminals for American liquefied natural gas, reported Die Zeit, citing sources. "In exchange, the United States will allow the smooth completion and operation of Nord Stream 2," said a letter from German Vice Chancellor and Finance Minister Olaf Scholz sent on August 7 …

  • Russian Defense Minister arrives in Belarus

    Today, September 16, a Russian military delegation headed by Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu arrived in the capital of Belarus, reported the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Defense.

    It is noted that the working visit is carried out "to discuss the bilateral military cooperation between Belarus and Russia."

    On September 14, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko met with Russian President Putin in Sochi.

    On September 15, Russian paratroopers arrived in Belarus. Units of …

  • Ukraine to conduct large scale military drills with U.S. and U.K. during Russia’s Kavkaz 2020 exercises

    The military exercises Joint Effort 2020 will be held in Ukraine on September 22-25, announced the Chief of the Ukrainian General Staff Directorate for Doctrines and Training, Major General Oleksii Taran.

    About 12,000 weapons and up to 700 units of military equipment will be involved in the exercises. More than 100 military units of all types of troops will take part in the exercises.

    Also, military units of the U.S. and British armed forces will participate in the Ukrainian exercises. The …

  • Russian paratroopers arrive in Belarus for military exercises

    Soldiers of the 76th Guards Airborne Assault Division of the Russian Armed Forces arrived at the Brest training ground to take part in the military exercises "Slavic Brotherhood 2020", reported the press service of the Belarusian Ministry of Defense.

    According to the Ministry, the soldiers of the Belarusian 38th separate Guards Amphibious Assault Brigade are also taking part in the exercises. In total, up to 1.5 thousand military personnel, as well as more than 150 aircraft, combat and special …

  • Russian fighter jets intercept U.S. nuclear bombers over Black Sea

    On Monday, September 14, Russian fighter jets intercepted three U.S. Air Force B-52 Stratofortress strategic bombers and escorted them over the Black Sea, reported the Russian Defense Ministry.

    The Russian Defense Ministry noted that radars were detected three air targets approaching Crimea from Ukraine over the Black Sea.

    Two Su-27 fighter jets and two Su-30 fighter jets from the Southern Military District air defense forces were scrambled to identify them.

    After the American aircraft left …

  • Putin gives Lukashenko $1.5 billion loan

    Russia will provide Belarus with a loan of $1.5 billion, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a meeting with Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi.

    The details of the new loan are being worked out by the finance ministries of the two countries, Putin said, without specifying from which sources the funds are planned to be allocated.

    "Russia remains committed to all our agreements, including the agreements of the Treaty on the Union State and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. We …

  • Swedish and French laboratories confirm Russian opposition leader Navalny was poisoned with Novichok nerve agent

    The German government said on Monday that two other European laboratories had independently confirmed that Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny had been poisoned with the nerve-paralytic agent Novichok and called on Russia to cooperate.

    Specialized laboratories in Sweden and France confirmed the initial result from Germany, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

    "We once again call on Russia to explain itself about this event. We are in close contact with our European …

  • Talks between Putin and Lukashenko begin in Sochi

    Talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko have begun in Sochi, stated Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov, as cited by TASS .

    "Talks have begun," he said, answering a question.

    According to Telegram-channel "Pool One" close to Lukashenko's press service, the protocol part of the meeting has ended.

    The President of Belarus arrived in Sochi on a working visit on the morning of September 14. As reported by Lukashenko's press service, …

  • Russia wants to remove military poisons from the list of banned substances

    The Russian Defense Ministry has proposed to exclude combat poisons from the list of products, free sale of which is prohibited in Russia. The document with changes to the 1992 decree of the Russian President was published on the Kremlin’s website.

    According to the Russian Defense Ministry, all chemical weapons stored in Russia have been destroyed. In addition, Russia cannot develop and produce chemical weapons, as in 1997 it joined the UN Convention on the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. …

  • Denmark calls for new discussion on Nord Stream 2

    Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has proposed a new discussion on the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline after the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, reported the Danish TV and Radio Corporation DR.

    "I've been against North Stream 2 all along. I believe that we should not become dependent on Russian gas. It would be nice if we could start a new discussion on this issue," Frederiksen said.

    She welcomed the fact that German Chancellor Angela Merkel is now more critical of …