• 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. …

  • Experts: new US sanctions will cause 10% of investors to withdraw from Russian government bonds

    New US sanctions that may be imposed on the Russian national debt may lead to an outflow of 8-10% of investors from Russian sovereign debt bonds, according to the results of a study conducted by the Analytical Credit Rating Agency (ACRA), reported TASS.

    Analysts believe that the introduction of new sanctions for the purchase of the Russian national debt will significantly reduce the investor base, which will lead to a strong increase in the cost of borrowing for the Russian government.

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  • Kremlin: Indonesia applied for loan to buy Russian Su-35 Fighter Jets

    Indonesia has applied for a bank loan as part of a signed contract for the procurement of Russian Su-35 Fighter jets, reported theDeputy Director of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation of Russia, Vladimir Drozhzhov.

    "There are several directions that we had to follow simultaneously with the signing of the contract. Work continues. A bank loan must be secured and now we are handing this arrangement, “said Drozhzhov.

    Earlier, sources informed that Indonesia would receive a …

  • Ukraine bans fifty brands of Russian medicine

    Ukraine has banned the sale, storage and use of 68 medicines, 43 of which were manufactured in Russia, following order Number 7308 published on August 17 by the State Service of Ukraine for Medications and Drug Control.

    The main reason for the ban is the continued importation of these medicines to Ukraine in violation of legislative requirements. All drug stores must destroy these medicines or return them to the producer.

    Ukrainian, German, Polish, Hungarian, Bulgarian, Belgian, French, …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Minister: Austria's explanations of Putin’s presence at Karin Kneissl's wedding 'evoke a sad smile'

    The Austrian Foreign Ministry justifying Russian President Vladimir Putin’s presence at the foreign minister’s, Karin Kneissl’s wedding as a private visit evokes a “sad smile”, wrote the Ukrainian Minister of Foreign Affaitrs, Pavlo Klimkin on Twitter.

    “I do not usually comment on secular life, but if the Austrian Foreign Ministry has to make excuses while assuring that foreign policy is not changing in light of the “private visit,” it is an interesting turn of events that evoke a sad smile,” …

  • Serbia shuts down Russian 'military patriotic' youth camp

    Police in Serbia stopped the activities of the “military and patriotic youth camps that was create by Russian and Serbian ‘patriotic’ veteran organizations,” reported Blic news outlet.  “The camp on Zlatibor no longer exists,” Serbian Minister of Interior Nebojša Stefanović stated. 

    The Minister said that he ordered the camp eliminated because of public concern and possible child abuse. He added that the Serbian authorities were in the final stages of dismantling the camp.

    The camp’s closure …

  • Kremlin's main biker begins his show in Sevastopol

    The Night Wolves, a motorcycle club closely linked to the Kremlin, organized and started a bike show "The Russian Dream" the Mount Gasfort area in the annexed Sevastopol, the leader of the bikers, Alexander Zaldostanov aka "Surgeon" announced this on his Facebook page.

    According to RIA Krym report, the first day of the event traditionally starts with a concert that includes Russian rock performers. The "December" band from St. Petersburg opened this year’s rock concert. An American-Russian …

  • Kyiv promises not to block Russian cargo transit through Ukraine

    In an interview with the Ukrainian Channel 5, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Volodymyr Omelyan said that the Ukrainian authorities are not going to block the transit of Russian cargo through the territory of their country.

    “Transit volume drops every year. Once again Russia is doing it deliberately to bleed Ukraine, but we cannot affect this process. For our part, we certainly do not plan to block transit, because we have obligations under the WTO (World Trade Organization), “said …

  • Ukraine receives counter-battery radars from the US

    The United States gave two counter-battery radars to Ukraine. The equipment transfer ceremony was attended by the US Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, reported the press service of the Ukrainian Ministry of Defense on Friday, August 17th.

    The Defense Ministry specified that the mobile AN/TPQ type counter-battery radar is an designed for automatic position determination of enemy artillery, missile launchers and mortars.

    At the same time, this type of radar can monitor fire from 10 …