• Putin accuses Bulgaria of sabotaging Turkish Stream project

    Bulgaria is deliberately delaying the extension of the Turkish Stream pipeline through its territory, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a joint press conference with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on Wednesday.

    “Despite the numerous assurances and requests to the Russian side to supply our gas through Turkey to Bulgaria, we are seeing that the Bulgarian side, as sad and strange as it sounds, is deliberately prolonging the implementation of the project in its territory. I want to …

  • Unidentified warplanes attack Iranian military warehouse in Syria

    "Unidentified aircraft" conducted airstrikes on IRGC's (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) weapons warehouse near the city of Abu Kamal, Syria, near the Iraqi border, reports Al Arabia news agency.

    Iraqis and Syrians have accused Israel of the attack and have promised to take revenge. Unidentified aircraft regularly bomb this large military base near Abu Kamal, which is being built by the Iranians. The base is situated along the Iran-Syria main land route leading to Iraq.

    Iranians named this …

  • US denies visas to Russian Finance and Foreign Ministry officials

    Russia and the US are on the brink of another visa scandal. For the second time this year, a delegation of Russian officials was denied visas and was thus unable to fly to Washington, the Russian embassy to the US reported on Wednesday.

    On December 3, representatives of Russia’s Federal Treasury planned to attend a conference of the International Institute on Regulation of the Auditing Profession. However, they did not receive visas in time.

    Last week, the US Department of State also did not …

  • Germany expels Russian diplomats following murder in Berlin linked to Kremlin

    Germany has expelled two Russian embassy employees following the murder of the Georgian citizen Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in Berlin, which Berlin suspects was orchestrated by the Russian government.

    Two Russian diplomats have been declared personae non gratae in accordance with article 9 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations of April 18, 1961, Interfax reported, citing a spokesperson of Germany’s Foreign Ministry. “This status becomes effective immediately,” the diplomat clarified. …

  • Zelensky to convene a closed meeting of Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council before the Normandy Four Summit

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky intends to hold a closed meeting of the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) on December 7, reports the NSDC's Secretary Oleksiy Danilov.

    "On Wednesday, Zelensky held a meeting with representatives of the Ukrainian security and defense sector. After the meeting, it was decided to hold a closed meeting of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine on Saturday, December 7," reads the statement.

    The Normandy Four meeting is …

  • Russian S-400 missile systems deployed in Turkey will not become part of NATO air defense

    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said that the Alliance is searching for a solution in connection with Turkey's purchase of Russian S-400 missile systems, reports RIA Novosti.

    According to Stoltenberg, Russian anti-aircraft missile systems will not be integrated into the overall Alliance's air defense, as they technically cannot function together.

    NATO is currently discussing how to combine the presence of American Patriot and Russian-made S-400 missile defense systems.

    The supply of …

  • Russia and Turkey establish new military bases in Syria

    The Russian Armed Forces have established a new military base in northern Syria after reaching an agreement with the Syrian Democratic Forces, which consists primarily of Kurdish fighters.

    According to the Lebanese newspaper Al-Masdar News, the base was established in the border city of Amuda in the Al Hasakah Governorate. As the new facility was being built, heavy vehicles started to arrive. The base will reportedly serve as an observation point for the Turkish border.

    At present, the …

  • Putin announces navy upgrades in light of ‘NATO threat’

    In response to “threats from NATO”, the Russian Navy will continue to undergo modernization, said Russian President Vladimir Putin at a military meeting in Sochi, RBC reports. By the end of 2019, the navy will have acquired more than 480 new vehicles and weapons.

    “Today we must assume that NATO’s expansion, the development of its military infrastructure near Russia’s borders, is one of the potential threats to the security of our country. For this reason, we have been and will continue to pay …

  • Russia deploys combat robots in Syria

    Pictures have appeared online of a Russian Uran-9 combat robot in Syria. The Russian newspaper Rossiyskaya Gazeta is of the opinion that the characteristic camouflage and setting suggest that the Uran-9 is really in Syria. The robot is presumably being tested there under combat conditions.

    Russian Uran-9 armed UGV somewhere in Syria pic.twitter.com/056huUSZSI

    — Abraxas Spa (@AbraxasSpa) December 1, 2019

    It was reported previously that the Uran’s running gear had proved unreliable during …

  • Erdogan threatens to reject NATO plan to protect Baltic States

    A day before the NATO’s Leaders Summit in London, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Turkey will oppose NATO's plan for the defense of Baltic countries if the Alliance does not recognize  as terrorists groups that Turkey deems terrorists.

    Erdoğan said that he had a telephone conversation with Polish President Andrzej Duda, and he had arranged a meeting with him and Baltic leaders in London to discuss the issue.

    "With pleasure, we can come together and discuss these issues there …