• Russia promises to strengthen Syrian air defense in response to U.S. strike

    The official spokesman of Russian Defense Ministry, Major-General Igor Konashenkov, said that Russia will take measures to strengthen the air defense system (ADS) of the Syrian army after the U.S. attack on a Syrian military base, as reported by Interfax news agency.

    "To cover the most vulnerable objects of Syrian infrastructure, a set of measures to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of the air defense system of the Syrian armed forces will be implemented in the near future," …

  • Ukrainian Defense Ministry concerned over Belarus' and Russia's plan to hold military exercises later this year

    The Ministry of Defense of Ukraine is concerned about the impending Russian-Belarusian Armed Forces Zapad-2017 joint military exercise, as stated by the First Deputy Defense Minister of Ukraine, Ivan Rusnak, during a meeting with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller.

    "The situation in the area of the antiterrorist operation [the Donbas] remains tense. In addition, the strategic exercises of the Russian and Belarusian armed forces Zapad-2017, which will be held this autumn, are cause …

  • Eight people were detained in Moscow and St. Petersburg in connection with the metro bombing

    On Thursday, April 6, eight suspects were detained in connection with the explosion in the St. Petersburg Metro, as reported by the official representative of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation, Svetlana Petrenko. According to her, the FSB and the Ministry of Internal Affairs, working jointly, detained six people in St. Petersburg and two in Moscow.

    "Seyfulla Khakimov, Ibragibzhon Yermatov, Dilmurod Muidinov, Bakhram Yergashev, Azamzhon Makhmudov, Makhamadyusuf Mirzaalimov, …

  • Russian intelligence agent deported from US

    The United States deported Evgeny Buryakov, a Russian convicted of espionage who spent more than two years in American prison, Radio Svoboda reports.

    42 year-old Buryakov worked for several years in the US at the New York branch of Vnesheconombank, while engaging in economic espionage for the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR)

    Buryakov collaborated with two other SVR agents, Igor Sporyshev and Viktor Podobny, who worked at the Russian Trade Delegation and the Russian Mission to the UN. …

  • The DPR said SBU officer ordered the murders of separatist commanders Givi and Motorola

    A spokesperson of the so-called Ministry of State Security or MGB of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Maria Petrova, said that the man behind the killings of the separatist leaders Arsen Pavlov, aka “Motorola” and Mikhail Tolstykh, aka “Givi”, is a high-ranking SBU officer named Alexei Petrov, Rossiya 24 TV channel reported.

    Petrova alleges that there are special units in the Department of Counterintelligence of the SBU that are conducting a "terrorist war" against the Donbas. …

  • Moldova demands that Russia not recognize documents issued by Transnistria

    Moldova demands that Russia not recognize documents issued by the authorities in the separatist region of Transnistria. A recent separatists’ appeal to Moscow for recognition of their "passports" and other documents was condemned by the Moldovan authorities.

    The Speaker of the Moldovan Parliament, Andrian Candu, said that such a move by Russia would be a gross violation of international law.

    Moldovan Prime Minister Pavel Filip reminded Russia that it recently proclaimed support for the …

  • Prime Ministers of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia said they will never recognize the annexation of the Crimea

    Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia promised to never recognize the legitimacy of the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation as was stated in a joint statement by the Prime Ministers of the Baltic countries and the head of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Volodymyr Groysman following a meeting in Kyiv.

    “We strongly condemn Russia's aggression against Ukraine and stress that the sanctions imposed on Russia must remain in place until the Minsk Agreements are fully implemented and Ukraine's …

  • U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine says details of meeting between Poroshenko and Trump are under discussion

    The question of organizing a meeting between the Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and U.S. President Donald Trump are still under discussion.

    This was reported by U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch and broadcast by Interfax-Ukraine.

    "The discussion on the date and everything else is under way," she said.

    Yovanovitch noted that the question of such a meeting is important for both Ukraine and the United States, and that each side is interested in holding a meeting at the highest …

  • Media: Russian military personnel were at Syrian airbase at the time of US missile strikes

    Russian servicemen were at the Shayrat airbase when American missiles hit it, as reported by Russian RBC news agency citing an unnamed officer from the Syrian Army.

    “There is not information about the casualties or wounded among the Russians, “ the officer  said.

    According to him, Russian military are still present at the air base.

    The Syrian officer also indicated that the Syrian military command received the information about the forthcoming missile strikes of the US and managed to remove …

  • Kremlin: We do not unconditionally support Assad

    Dmitry Peskov, the Press Secretary for Russian President, has said that Kremlin support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is not unconditional, reports AP.

    The previous day, the U.S. State Department said that it is time for Russia to reconsider its support of Assad, due to the chemical attack in Syria. It was reported today that U.S. President Donald Trump has set sights on war against Assad.

    "Unconditional support is impossible in this world," he said.

    The Kremlin added that it “is …