Contents tagged with Russia

  • Russia wants to question former US ambassador on Browder case

    Alexander Kurennoi, official spokesperson of Russia’s Prosecutor General’s Office, said that Moscow would like to question certain US officials and intelligence officers as part of the case against Hermitage Capital founder William Browder, RIA Novosti reports.

    Kurennoi mentioned several names: Homeland Security Department official Todd Hyman, CIA agent Jim Rote, former deputy intelligence agency director Robert Otto, former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, Jonathan Wiener – a former …

  • EU calls on Russia to admit responsibility for downing MH17 flight

    Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, has taken Russia to task for the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over the Donetsk province of Ukraine on July 17, 2014, Deutsche Welle reports.

    She recalled that in its “independent, professional and unbiased investigation”, the Joint Investigative Team (JIT) reached the conclusion that the Buk missile system which was used to shoot down flight MH17 undoubtedly belonged to the Russian Armed Forces. …

  • Putin's special envoy to inform Iran about talks with USA

    According to RBC news agency, the Special Representative of the President of Russia for Syria, Alexander Lavrentiev will visit Tehran on July 18 to inform the Iranian leadership about the results of the Russian-American meeting and to coordinate possible joint actions based on the agreements reached in Helsinki. Lavrentiev himself was present at the talks in Helsinki.

    The meeting of the Russian Presidents, Vladimir Putin, and the American President, Donald Trump, took place on July 16 in …

  • France closes its trade and investment office in Russia

    On Monday, July 16, France closed its trade and investment representative office in Russia, publishing an announcement in the communiqué of the French Embassy in Russia, which was released on the same day. The decision to close the office was taken following a notification from Russian authorities stating that from now on, Business France is no longer allowed to work in Russia under the provisions of French law. The trade mission of France provided support for the activities of Business France …

  • Russia to adopt law on zero tax for oligarchs

    The State Duma budget and taxes committee has recommended the adoption in the first reading of a bill to create offshore zones in Russia with a special tax regime for the international holding companies through which the wealthiest Russians control the economy’s key assets.It follows from the bill, as cited by TASS, that within the special administrative zones on the Oktyabrsky and Russky islands in the Kaliningrad province and Pimorsky Krai, which are designed to replace the western offshore …

  • Russian region decides to integrate with DPR and LPR

    Authorities of the Russian Oryol oblast (region) decided to create a working group to facilitate integration and cooperation with the so-called Luhansk and Donetsk People's Republics, as stated in the decree by acting governor of the region Andrey Klychkov.

    The working group includes officials from provincial and municipal administrations, as well as region representatives. According to the decree, the main task of the group is to coordinate the cooperation of the region with the separatist …

  • Putin speaks about Trump’s position on Crimea

    President of the United States Donald Trump believes that it was unlawful for Russia to annex the peninsula of Crimea, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated in his press conference following talks with Trump in Helsinki.

    “The position of President Trump regarding the Crimea is known, he stands by it. He talks about the illegality of the annexation of Crimea to the Russian Federation. We have a different point of view. We believe that we held a referendum in strict accordance with …

  • Unidentified drones attack Russian Khmeimim airbase in Syria

    Unidentified drones attacked the Russian airbase Khmeimim in Syria, reported Telegram channel Directorate 4, which is monitoring the situation in the Middle East.

    Local residents said that they hear the sound of the air defense systems in the area of the air base.

    Russian air defense systems have repeatedly destroyed several drones which tried to attack airbase. The last drone attack took place in the Syrian province of Latakia on July 1. According to the Russian Ministry of Defense, the …

  • Prime Minister of Hungary complains to Putin about EU’s anti-Russian sanctions

    The European Union’s anti-Russian sanctions have jeopardized Moscow-Budapest relations, said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin press service reported. “I must say that we could develop even more [relations] if not for the harmful sanctions. Because of these measures, we are losing opportunities,” said the Hungarian Prime Minister. Moreover, Orban assured Putin that Hungary stands for the normalization of relations between …

  • Russia forced to make record loan repayments

    According to statistics published by the Central Bank of Russia on Thursday, after the April round of US sanctions, Russian banks and corporations have had difficulties with foreign debt.

    In the second quarter, repayment of loans from the West took a record $34 billion out of the Russian economy. Banks which, at the start of the year, had the opportunity to partially extend loans, have this time been unable to refinance a cent: over the last quarter they paid off $9.8 billion, which is even …