Contents tagged with Russia

  • Venezuelan military exercises to involve Russian equipment

    Russian-produced military equipment will be used in Venezuela’s upcoming military drills, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told the press.

    “To a large extent, the weaponry and military equipment in Venezuela and in the possession of the Bolivarian Armed Forces is Russian-produced equipment, and so it simply cannot be done any other way,” Ryabkov explained in response to reporters’ questions.

    The deputy foreign minister said that he does not know whether Venezuela has military …

  • Belarus to hike tariff on Russian oil transit

    Effective 1 August, Belarus will sharply increase the tariff on the transit of Russian oil to Europe.

    According to the Interfax news agency, the Belarusian pipeline operating company Gomeltransneft Druzhba notified the Russian oil transit company Transneft about the changes through a letter sent on 1 July.

    The cost of pumping oil through the Druzha pipeline, which accounts for 20% of all Russia’s oil exports, will be hiked by 21.7%.

    The letter states that this is necessary in order to …

  • Gazprom’s export revenue plummets by nearly 40%

    Gazprom is faced with a sharp decline in revenue from selling gas on foreign markets, according to statistics from the Bank of Russia on the balance of payments for the second quarter, reports finanz.ru.

    Between April and June, the gas trade brought Russia only $8.7 billion in foreign currency earnings.

    Compared to the first quarter ($14.1 billion), the influx of “gas dollars” has fallen by 38.2% (20% in annual terms) – a two-year low.

    In the last decade, Gazprom has only earned less on one …

  • Russia recognizes Ukrainian World Congress as undesirable organization

    The Prosecutor General's office of Russia recognized the Canadian non-governmental organization Ukrainian World Congress as undesirable. The statement of the Prosecutor General notes that the activities of the organization pose a threat to the foundations of the constitutional system, as well as the security of Russia.

    Ukrainian World Congress was established in 1967 in the USA. Now the headquarters of the organization is in Toronto. The website of the organization says that the Ukrainian …

  • Zelensky and Putin held their first telephone conversation

    On July 11 the press services of Russian and Ukrainian Presidents reported that Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin had their first telephone conversation. The Kremlin said that the conversation took place at the initiative of Kyiv.

    According to the press service of Ukrainian President Zelensky, the primary issue of the conversation was the release of Ukrainian sailors detained by Russia during the attack in the Kerch Strait in November 2018. Another …

  • Huawei takes aim at Russian technology and IT companies

    The Chinese corporation Huawei is engaged in negotiations with several Russian companies concerning the acquisition of businesses, the founding of joint enterprises and the use of their technologies. Offers have been received by the developer of the “Elbrus” processors, the creator of the line of Alt Linux operating systems, and a company that provides information security and network monitoring systems.

    According to RBC, the Chinese manufacturer has become more active on the Russian market in …

  • Kyiv: Russia delivered 600 tons of ammunition to militants in Donbas over the summer

    During a press briefing, the speaker of the Ukrainian Defense Ministry Maxime Prout said that during this summer, Russia has already provided the pro-Russian militants in the Donbas with 600 tons of ammunition.

    "During June-July of this year, more than 600 tons of ammunition, including multiple rocket launchers, artillery systems, mortars, and dozens of tanks with fuel and lubricants, were delivered by rail from Russia to the first and the second Army Corps [ of the militants],” he said.

    Also, …

  • Germany convicts militant who fought in Donbas

    The German court found Alex D. (a citizen of Kyrgyzstan) guilty of participation in the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, reports Deutsche Welle.

    Alex D. fought on the side of the pro-Russian separatists in Donbas for about two years. The mercenary was detained in 2016 when he returned to Germany, and now he was found guilty of preparing a "serious crime that threatens state security."

    Photos that were attached to the criminal case show Alex D. posing on the tank, then holding a Kalashnikov …

  • Norway detects radiation leak from sunken Soviet submarine Komsomolets

    Norwegian Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority published a photo of the sunken Soviet nuclear submarine K-278 Komsomolets, reports the Norwegian TV channel TV2.

    "That's how the Soviet nuclear submarine looks today – 30 years after it sank in the Norwegian Sea. In the evening on July 7, researchers could make the photos of the sunken submarine for the first time," reads the caption to the picture.

    The photo was taken from a remote-controlled deep-sea vehicle. The goal of the expedition was …

  • Russian warship enters demarcated firing zone of Sea Breeze 2019 exercises

    A Russian military vessel entered a zone closed-off for firing practice during the Sea Breeze 2019 exercise, the press service of Ukraine’s Naval Command reported.

    “On 10.07.2019 the Russian Federation once again showed its true face. Disregarding the norms of international maritime law, it provoked an emergency in the waters of the Black Sea. Despite the coastal message to seafarers about the closed-off region for conducting the international Sea Breeze 2019 exercise, the ‘Smetlivy’, a ship …