Contents tagged with Belgium

  • Russian billionaire detained in Monaco

    The Le Monde newspaper referencing their own sources reported that Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev was detained in Monaco.

    It is noted that the owner of the Monaco FC football club was taken into custody the morning of November 6th. This occurred several hours before the soccer match against the Belgian Bruges team. The principality authorities searched his home.

    The Attorney General of Monaco opened the investigation of the businessman's activities in connection with evidence of “ …

  • Belgian airline drops Russian Sukhoi Superjets from its fleet

    The Belgian air company Brussels Airlines expressed its disappointment with their Russian planes. The company leases SSJ-100 Sukhoi Superjets in a contract that expires on March 2019, but they are already replacing them with Canadian CRJ-900 Bombardier, reported the newspaper L’Echo.

    According to L’Echo, the airline cancelled several flights because of operational issues with the Russian planes. The airline also complained about the lack of maintenance manuals properly translated from Russian. …

  • German and Belgian fighter jets intercepted two Russian bombers over the Baltic Sea

    German and Belgian fighter jets intercepted two Russian supersonic bombers Tu-160 over the Baltic Sea, DPA news agency reported on Wednesday, September 26th, referring to a NATO representative.

    According to DPA, the Bundeswehr has confirmed this information.

    The incident occurred on September 25th, two of the six aircraft currently stationed in Amari airbase in Estonia participated in the interception.

    The fighter jets are stationed in Estonia as part of NATO’s observation mission of the …

  • Belgium seizes 2 tons of cocaine with United Russia logo

    The Belgian Federal Police confirmed to the Russian BBC service that batches of cocaine were discovered in packages bearing the logo of the United Russia party.

    Two tons of cocaine, split into 1,900 packages, were hidden in the cargo of a ship which docked in the Belgian port of Ghent from Brazil. The trade value of the drugs is estimated to be in excess of € 100 million.

    Evegeny Revenko, deputy secretary of the United Russia general council, gave RIA Novosti a humorous explanation for how …

  • Russian scientist accused of high treason and passing classified information to Belgium

    Viktor Kudryavtsev, a leading researcher with TsNIIMash (Russian rocket and spacecraft scientific center), was arrested on a charge of high treason. He is suspected of passing secret data to a foreign scientific organization, the Belgian von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics, as reported by RBC news agency with reference to Kudryavtsev’s lawyer Yevgeny Smirnov.

     “The case is not about a country but about an organization TsNIIMash collaborated with – the von Karman Institute for Fluid …

  • Belgian investors ready to enter Ukrainian energy market

    Despite ongoing military actions in the East of Ukraine and the Russia’s aggression, Belgian investors went through the hot phases of the Anti-Terrorist Operation (Ukrainian Military Operation in the Donbas) and continue to work in Ukraine, stated by Luc Jacobs, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Kingdom of Belgium to Ukraine.

    According to Jacobs, a difficult period with the security situation and lower economic activity in Ukraine did not prevent the Belgian companies from …

  • Belgium scrambles fighter jets to intercept Russian warplanes

    Two Belgian F-16 fighters scrambled on the morning of January 15th to escort two Russian bombers over the waters of the North Sea, as reported by Le Soir, citing a military source.

    According to the report, the Belgian fighters approached the Russian Tu-160s. No additional information was provided.

    As of last Thursday, January 11th, Belgium is responsible for the security of the airspace of the Benelux countries (Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg). This mission is performed in turns by the …

  • A Russian citizen accused of preparing a terrorist act in Belgium was detained in Italy

    According to Huffington Post, representatives of Italian prosecutors said that yesterday, July 7, a Chechen immigrant named Eli Bombataliev was arrested in Italy.

    Bombataliev has been accused of preparing a terrorist attack in Belgium. He and his wife Marina Kachmazova may have intended to commit a whole series of terrorist attacks.

    After studying the detainee’s phone, Italian law enforcement officers discovered that he had urged his wife to “blast herself.” The police found that Bombataliev …

  • The Belgian Parliament rejected a draft resolution on lifting sanctions against Russia

    The Belgian Federal Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee rejected the draft resolution calling on the Belgian authorities to initiate the lifting of economic sanctions against Russia by the European Union, RIA Novosti reported. The member of the Assembly from opposition People’s Party, Aldo Carcaci submitted the document for consideration of the Commission of the Lower House of Belgian Parliament in July 2016.

    On Tuesday, the author of draft resolution reported that the matter had been …

  • Belgian MoD: Russia's evidence that Belgian fighters bombed Aleppo was 'fabricated'

    Belgian Defense Minister Steven Vandeput has said that evidence provided by Russia showing that a Belgian F-16 aircraft attacked a village near Aleppo was fabricated, Novaya Gazeta reported.

    According to a press release issued by the Belgian Ministry of Defense, the Defense Attaché of the Embassy of Belgium in Moscow was given a map with a flight trajectory of the F-16s, allegedly showing that Belgian F-16s were responsible for the air strike that caused a number of civilian casualties.

    “From …