Contents tagged with Russia

  • First journalist to report on Wagner mercenary deaths in Syria dies in Russia

    In the Russian city of Yekaterinburg, New Day News journalist Maxim Borodin apparently fell out of the window of his fifth-floor apartment. He was found unconscious and taken to the local hospital, where he later passed away.

    Polina Rumyantseva, chief editor of New Day News, considers it possible that the journalist’s death was neither accidental nor suicide.

    “In order to understand what happened, we need to gain access to the apartment, and we are working on this. If there are any signs of …

  • Ukraine prepares sanctions list of companies involved in construction of Kerch Bridge

    Ukraine's Ministry of Infrastructure monitors all companies working on the construction of the Kerch Bridge in the annexed Crimea, as reported by ” by Volodymyr Omelyan, the Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, in the commentary to "Krym. Realii TV".

    “We are tracking all contracted organizations working on this site and adding them to the sanctions list,” the minister said. “We also inform other states—allies of Ukraine—about the blacklisting of these companies. As for the equipment itself, …

  • French President Macron to visit Russia

    French President Emmanuel Macron will visit Russia in late May, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said in an interview with French television channel BFMTV, Deutsche Welle reports.

    A joint military operation of the United States, Great Britain and France conducted in Syria on Saturday night would not interfere with the planned trip, the minister said. Earlier, Macron received an invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin to visit the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum, …

  • France: Russia neglects its obligations to UN

    France accused Russia of neglecting its obligations to the UN, both in 2013 with respect to its guarantee to destroy all chemical weapons in Syria, and now, by attempting to accuse the US, France and Britain of violating the UN Charter.

    A statement to this effect was made by François Delattre, France’s Permanent Representative to the UN, during an extraordinary UN session, Ukrinform reports.

    “The Security Council was unable to meet its obligations due to the systematic vetoes used by Russia. …

  • US did not warn Russia about attack on Syria

    Voice of America reports that Russia was not warned about target strikes in Syria, despite the fact that the US military used conventional channels to avoid escalation.

    The US Military Command utilized its so-called "deconfliction" communication line with Russia on Friday, the day prior to the launch of its operation against Syria. However, the US Command did not disclose which objects would be targeted by the coalition forces.

    "We specifically identified these targets to mitigate the risk of …

  • Russia's industrial conglomerate Rostec plans to switch to the Russian equivalent of SWIFT system

    Russia's Rostec State corporation and the Bank of Russia will switch over to a national system for the transfer of financial messages of the Bank of Russia (SPFS), an equivalent of the SWIFT (Society for Wordwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) service. The press service of Rostec reported that the system will be used as a channel for the exchange of financial information between all participants of the SPFS. “The digital infrastructure will exchange data in an encrypted mode, which …

  • Kyiv: Russia plans large-scale invasion of Ukraine in fall

    The Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) has information on Russia's plans to foster preconditions for the deployment of Russian troops into Ukraine this fall, under the pretext of "protecting the Russian-speaking population."

    "We have information about Russia’s plans. We know of the agenda of…a group in Putin’s circle, who have set out to create the preconditions for the deployment of Russian troops in Ukraine this fall, on the pretext of protecting the Russian-speaking population," Viktor …

  • Russia considers producing counterfeit American goods in response to US sanctions

    Members of the Russian State Duma have drafted a bill that suggests permitting manufacturing American goods without needing to obtain a license to use intellectual property. This was proposed as a way of retaliation for sanctions imposed by the United States, Interfax news agency reports.

    According to the report, the bill has been drafted by State Duma’s Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin jointly with leaders of parliamentary factions, and does not specify a list of goods that are intended to be …

  • Media: Russian ships monitoring US fleet off Syrian coast

    TASS and RIA Novosti report that Russian warships and submarines are monitoring the movements of US and NATO ships in the eastern Mediterranean. The publications cite military and diplomatic sources.

    According to the publications’ sources, Russian forces "are continuously monitoring, from a close distance, US Navy and their NATO ally warships and submarines in the Eastern Mediterranean." The ships have not left the logistics center in Tartus due to the expectations of a strike in Syria, the …

  • Russia to block Telegram messenger service

    Moscow's Tagansky District Court has decided to restrict access to the Internet messenger Telegram on the territory of Russia. The restriction will be enforced until the encryption keys are handed over to the Federal Security Service (FSB), Russian media outlet MediaZona reports.

    Russia's Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor) will enforce the decision of the court. The ruling of the court can be appealed within a month.

    The …