• Kremlin ‘dissatisfied’ that Kyiv is trying to ‘squeeze’ DPR and LPR representative out of Donbas talks

    Boris Gryzlov, Russia's representative at the talks of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on the settlement of the conflict in the Donbass, said that Ukrainian representatives refuse to negotiate with members of the so-called Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR),reports TASS.

    According to Gryzlov, the May 14 video conference of TCG was on the verge of failure because of such a position of the Ukrainian side. In particular, he said, the situation on Wednesday escalated at the …

  • Lukashenko upset that Germany gets Russian gas cheaper than Belarus

    President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko in a conversation with prime minister Syarhey Rumas said that it is necessary to reduce the price of natural gas supplied from Russia, repots the news agency BelTA.

    Lukashenko noted that Russia sells gas to Germany much cheaper than Belarus.

    "Yesterday I received information that at this difficult time Russia sells natural gas in Europe for up to $70: $65-68, but not for $127, as for Belarus. What are the circumstances and the situation here, what can …

  • Poland prepares a new blow to Russian gas supplies to Europe

    Russian gas giant Gazprom continues to face problems in the European gas market, where demand and prices have collapsed and volume of gas in storage has reached a historic record, repots finanz.ru.

    Following the failure of the Nord Stream 2 project, which came under U.S. sanctions and did not receive regulatory benefits from the German Federal Network Agency, a key operating pipeline for gas exports to the EU came under attack.

    On May 17, the contract for the transit of Russian gas through …

  • Merkel confirms that Russian hackers attacked Bundestag

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said there is "good evidence" of Russia's involvement in the "outrageous" cyberattack on Bundestag systems in 2015, reported the newspaper Handelsblatt.

    "I take these things very seriously," she said, answering questions from MPs. The Chancellor said the attack was part of a "hybrid warfare strategy" that also included misrepresentation and disorientation. "It's not just a coincidence, it's a strategy," she said.

    When asked by members of the Bundestag about …

  • Kremlin demands that New York Times and Financial Times retract articles about spread of COVID-19 in Russia

    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has prepared letters to the editorial offices of the Financial Times and The New York Times demanding that they retract the articles stating that the real death rate from coronavirus in Russia is much higher than the official data, said the spokesperson of the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova, as quoted by Interfax.

    Zakharova said the future of these news agencies in Russia "depends on whether they will publish refutations."

    The Russian State …

  • Putin’s aide discusses settlement in Donbas with German officials

    Dmitry Kozak, deputy head of the Russian presidential administration, said he had discussed the conflict in eastern Ukraine with German chancellor’s aides in Berlin.

    German officials have not yet commented on the talks, reports Deutsche Welle.

    Participants of "constructive" consultations in Berlin "have reached an agreement on further mutual actions on a peaceful settlement" of the situation," Kozak said on the air of Rossiya-24 TV channel.

    According to the deputy head of Vladimir Putin's …

  • Putin: Russia was on the verge of collapse in early 2000s

    In the early 2000s, Russia was on the verge of collapse, and now it is protected from any encroachment from outside, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview on Rossiya-1 channel.

    According to him, 20 years ago "there was every chance that this nefarious plan would have been put in action."

    "It's not just in the Caucasus," Putin explained. "It was in the north, it was in the northwest, it was in the center, it was in the Urals - yes everywhere."

    "In the so-called statutes or …

  • Ventilators that caused deadly fires in Russian hospitals were produced by major Russian defense conglomerate

    The ventilators that caused fires at the Spasokukotsky hospital in Moscow and St. George hospital in St. Petersburg were manufactured at the Ural instrument plant which is a subsidiary of the Russian defense conglomerate Rostec, reported TASS citing sources in law enforcement agencies.

    "According to the data, the ventilator that caught fire today was produced at the Ural instrument-building plant. The ventilator that burnt down in Moscow was also produced at the same plant," the source said. …

  • Russia ready to help Maduro to investigate recent coup attempt

    Russia is ready to assist Venezuela in the investigation of the recent subversive invasion if it receives the appropriate request, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a press conference following the meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers, TASS reports.

    Lavrov noted that the special services of both countries are in constant contact.

    "If there is a request for assistance on the basis of the current agreements, of course, it will be considered," the Minister assured.

    In …

  • Kremlin: U.S. helps Russia to fight COVID-19

    Russia receives assistance in the fight against coronavirus from various foreign countries, including the United States, stated Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov during a press conference following the meeting of the CIS Council of Foreign Ministers.

    "We receive aid from foreign countries. We are also ready to accept it from the members of the European Union. We are already accepting support and assistance from the United States," Lavrov said.

    Lavrov added that he "would not like" that …