Contents tagged with Russia

  • Russia asks IOC’s permission to use the symbols of the USSR for the 2018 Olympics

    The International Olympic Committee's (IOC) special commission will consider allowing Russian athletes to use the flag and anthem of the Soviet Union, after the athletes were prohibited from using Russian national symbols at the upcoming 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Games, R-Sport agency reports.

    "All such issues are considered by the Working Group on Olympic athletes from Russia. The IOC will issue guidelines for implementation of the group's decisions in due time, as indicated in the statement …

  • German Media: Zirkon cruise missile is Russia’s most dangerous weapon

    The German press reached the conclusion that the Zirkon Russian missile system represents a real threat to different countries.

    The German magazine Stern writes that the main weapon of the Russian fleet is the hypersonic Zircon 3M22 cruise missile. It flies six times faster the speed of sound and has a range of about 600 kilometers.

    Experts also mentioned the modernization of the Russian cruisers Admiral Nakhimov and Pyotr Velikiy, which are planned to be equipped with modern S-500 air …

  • Russia begins drills with S-300 anti-air defense systems in Rostov region

    Russia has begun tactical drills using S-300 PM1 anti-air defense systems in the Rostov province, Southern Military District spokesperson Vadim Astafyev told Interfax.

    “In Rostov province territory, tactical drills have begun with divisions of the anti-air missile forces of the 4th army of the air force and the anti-air defense of the Southern Military District. At the training alarm signal, the S-300 PM1 anti-air missile systems marched in a designated region, during which the soldiers …

  • US to announce new sanctions against Russia on January 29

    The US is planning to announce the new sanctions against Russia on January 29, the Russian state news agency TASS cites US Ambassador Jon Huntsman as saying.

    According to Hunstman, a report will be prepared by that time within the framework of the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act.

    Huntsman told the news agency that the authors of the report have made an effort to take into account “how the new sanctions will reflect on Russia-US relations not only in the short term, but …

  • Kyiv lifts sanctions against Russian coal supplier

    Ukraine's Ministry of Economic Development and Trade has lifted sanctions against the Russian coal supplier Yuzhtrans. The decision is stipulated in the Ministry's order number 1905 dated December 29, 2017.

    The sanctions against Yuzhtrans in the form of prohibition of foreign economic relations with this company were introduced by the Ministry's order number 1583 of October 30, 2017. They came into force on December 9, 2017.

    In 2015, the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) suspected Yuzhtrans …

  • Finnish company refuses to ship generators to Crimea due to sanctions

    The Finnish company Wärtsilä refused to supply generators to the Crimean Zaliv shipbuilding yard in Kerch due to EU sanctions, RBC news agency reported with reference to a source in the Russian Ministry of Transport.

    The factory had to shift the deadlines for the construction of an emergency rescue ship to the value of 2.8 billion rubles. Four such ships have been built in Russia.

    According to the source, the refusal to supply the diesel generators led to an extension of the construction …

  • Ukrainian official: Lavrov is lying blatantly about Budapest memorandum

    According to the text of the Budapest memorandum, its signatories undertake not to use nuclear weaponry or any other kind of weaponry against Ukraine, said Yevhen Marchuk, Ukraine’s representative in the Trilateral Contact Group, who has previously held the positions of prime minister, defense minister and NSDC secretary, in a comment on statements made by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov.

    “Take a look at the text of the Budapest memorandum and just read article No. 2 of this document, …

  • France arrests Swiss businessman in the case of Russian billionaire Kerimov

    Swiss businessman Alexander Studhalter has been arrested in France in connection to the case of Russian senator Suleyman Kerimov, who was accused of tax evasion and money laundering, reported the newspaper Nice Matin.

    Studhalter was arrested on January 12; investigators say that the Swiss businessman was a stand-in for Kerimov when the latter was purchasing property in southern France.The Swiss businessman’s attorneys are appealing against the court arrest.

    Kerimov was detained at Nice …

  • 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 …

  • U.S. aircraft conducts reconnaissance near Crimea

    A U.S. Navy P-8A Poseidon anti-submarine patrol aircraft carried out a several-hour reconnaissance flight off the coast of the annexed Crimea, as well as near the Krasnodar Territory of the Russian Federation, reported Interfax, citing Western aviation resources.

    “The naval intelligence aircraft, with the tail number 168432 and the call sign PS156, departed from the Sigonella airbase in Sicily, made an approach to the coast of the Krasnodar Territory, and then flew in the area of Novorossiysk …