• US diplomats in Russia say surveillance of their actions has increased

    The incidence of American diplomats coming under surveillance in Russia has become considerably more frequent, said State Department spokesman, Elizabeth Trudeau, at a briefing in Washington. According to her, the Department is concerned about how the staff of U.S. diplomatic missions have been treated by Russian authorities over the past two years, the BBC reports.

    In addition, reporters asked her to comment on the statement by Radio Liberty that last year, paralyzing drugs were poured into …

  • Ukraine to receive 200 million euro loan from European Investment Bank

    The European Investment Bank will provide a EUR 200 million loan to finance public transport in 20 municipalities of Ukraine. According to the statement made by the bank, a decision regarding the allocation of funds was made by the board of directors on September 23.

    The total cost of the project is estimated at EUR 400 million. The project aims to increase the frequency and regularity of public transport in Ukrainian cities.

    The funds will be also used to reduce harmful emissions by …

  • Russian Embassy in Damascus attacked with mortars

    The Russian Embassy in Damascus has been shelled by mortars. This was reported on the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the 4th of October.

    According to the ministry, one of the mines exploded near a residential complex on the territory of the embassy. Two more mines exploded near the embassy. No one was hurt in the explosions. The ministry did however state that the embassy’s building sustained some damage.

    The shelling was reportedly conducted from the suburb of Jobar in …

  • 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 …