• Pentagon: Russian S-300 air defense systems in Syria pose a danger to US aircraft

    The deployment of Russian S-300 air defense systems in Syria can be a danger to U.S. military aircraft, depending on the use of these weapons, Defense Ministry spokesman, Peter Cook, said at a briefing in Washington.

    According to the Pentagon’s representative, the U.S. military does not know why Moscow sent an anti-aircraft missile system to the Arab Republic, The Washington Post writes. Russia initially cited the fight against extremism as its purpose, however neither the Islamic State nor …

  • French fighters escorted Russian bombers off the coast of Brittany

    On the 22nd of September, two French Rafale fighter jets were scrambled to escort two Russian Tu-160 bombers that were intercepted 100 kilometers from Brittany’s coastline (Atlantic coast) as they were approaching the borders of France, the Ministry of Defense of France reported.

    This is at least the third incident involving Russian bombers making forays into Europe. Previously, Russian Tu-160 bombers were spotted in the north of Norway, then in the west of Ireland and after that near France.

  • The Kremlin regrets that Russia is being used in the US presidential election

    The Kremlin regrets that Russia has become an “inseparable part of America’s election campaign”, Reuters reported, citing Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peksov.

    "Of course we would like our country to be mentioned only positively, but to our regret we know that the Russian card and mentioning our president have practically become an inseparable part of America's election campaign," Peskov told reporters on Wednesday.

    On Tuesday, Republican nominee Donald Trump blamed Russia for the broken ceasefire …

  • British politician says Russia shouldn't be allowed to host World Cup

    The former Deputy Prime Minister of Great Britain, Nick Clegg, believes that Russia should forfeit the right to host the 2018 World Cup.

    “It might be a silly thing. It is ludicrous that Russia is going to hold the World Cup in 2018. What world are we in? That they basically abuse people’s human rights on that scale, barbarism in Aleppo, and we will prepare to play football in Moscow in 2018? I think if FIFA had any moral mettle to it at all, it will now say that Russia has forfeited any right …

  • Levada Center poll finds 31% of Russians considered elections 'unfair'

    According to a survey by the Levada-Center, nearly a third (31%) of Russians believe that the State Duma elections were not fair, reported Interfax.

    Half of residents of the country (46%) are convinced that the elections were not fair. Another 22% could not answer the question.

    A fifth of the population of the Russian Federation (18%) believes that there were no violations when counting votes. A third of the respondents (30%) reported minor violations; 13% believe that violations were “quite …

  • Turkish MFA: Ankara will continue to support the Crimean Tatars

    According to a spokesman of the Turkish Foreign Ministry, Tanju Bilgiçit, it is deeply regrettable that the Russian Supreme Court has decided to uphold the ban on the activities of the Mejlis of the Crimean Tatars, Anadolu reported.

    According to him, Turkey's position on the issue of their support of the Crimean Tatars remains unchanged.

    “We will continue to support the Crimean Tatars in the face of pressure,” Bilgiç said.

    “The Crimean Tatars make legitimate demands through democratic and …

  • IMF asks Ukraine to show results in the fight against corruption

    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has urged Kyiv to expedite the implementation of necessary reforms to stabilize the economic situation in the country. The IMF also expects Kyiv to show concrete results of their fight against corruption. This was stated in a report of the IMF mission, which was published on the 3rd of October.

    According to the IMF, these reforms are still being met with opposition in Kyiv. The organization mainly requires a pension reform, and the creation of a special …

  • NATO will continue its policy of pressuring Moscow to implement agreements in Ukraine

    The Deputy Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, Alexander Vershbow, stated that NATO intends to keep pressure on Moscow until it begins to implement previously undertaken obligations on the Ukrainian issue, European Pravda reported. According to Vershbow, the security situation in the Euro-Atlantic region has significantly deteriorated due to annexation of the Crimea by Russia in 2014 and the subsequent participation of Russian servicemen in the Donbas.

    Meanwhile, …

  • Ukraine hopes to receive $1 billion tranche from IMF

    Ukraine hopes to receive the fourth part of funds, in the amount of $1 billion under the guarantee of the U.S Government, Interfax-Ukraine reported, citing the Ministry of Finance of Ukraine.

    “In addition to the continuation of technical assistance, we look forward to further cooperation in an effort the get $1 billion under the guarantee of the U.S. Government. The loan guarantees will provide for urgent budget needs at low interest rates based on the results of the implementation of reforms,” …

  • McFaul is worried that Trump adviser will be appointed as US Ambassador to Russia

    There are fears in the US that one of Donald Trump’s advisors may become an official representative of the country. Trump is currently running for president as the official candidate of the Republican Party.

    “I would be worried if one of Trump’s advisers became our next ambassador to Russia,” the former US ambassador to Russia, Michael McFaul, said to Politico newspaper.

    The diplomat went on to say that there is concern about “many statements made in relation to Russia”.

    The Republican …