Contents tagged with Russia

  • Iranian Defense Minister: Iran will not purchase S-400 air defense systems from Russia

    The Minister of Defense of Iran, Hossein Dehghan, stated that Iran isn’t going to buy Russian S-400 air defense systems, although Moscow offered such weapons to Tehran, Tasnim reported. According to Dehghan, Russia offered S-400s and other air defense systems to Iran but Tehran declined.

    The Minister reported that Iran has voluntarily withdrawn a lawsuit against Russia over undelivered S-300 systems.

    “However, Iran retains the right to legally reopen the case if the S-300 air defense systems …

  • Ukraine may sue Gazprom for up to $50 billion

    Ukraine can be awarded approximately 50 billion dollars from the Russian gas company, Gazprom, in the Stockholm arbitration, as was stated during an interview with Andriy Kobolyev, the Chief Executive Officer of Ukrainian state energy company Naftogaz, on TV Channel 5, Ukrinform reports.

    "In September of this year we will have a final hearing of the case on the gas purchase and sale contract in Stockholm. After that, within six months of the completion of all procedures, we will have a …

  • Erdogan tells Poroshenko Turkey doesn't recognize Russia's annexation of Crimea

    Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko have discussed the situation in the Crimea during a telephone conversation, the press service of Ukrainian President reported.

    “Recep Tayyip Erdoğan assured Petro Poroshenko of the stance of Turkish authorities on support of independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine in its internationally recognized borders. Erdoğan also stated that the Republic of Turkey doesn’t recognize the occupation of the …

  • Yildrim: Turkey is open to allowing Russia to use NATO's Incirlik airbase

    Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım said Ankara would not object to allowing Russia to use the Incirlik airbase to carry out airstrikes against the so-called Islamic State, Anadolu reported.

    Responding to question posed by journalists, Yıldırım said Russia has not requested use of the base.

    “Turkey opened Incirlik airbase to fight Islamic State terrorists. It is being used by the US and Qatar. Other nations might also wish to use the airbase, which the Germans are also now using,” Yıldırım …

  • Iran will allow Russia to use Hamedan airbase indefinitely

    Iran will all allow Russia to use the Hamedan airbase as long as Moscow sees fit, Iranian Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan said on Saturday, August 20, Tasnim news agency reported. He added that Tehran does not plan to provide Russia access to other military bases. Dehghan also said that Iran has received the bulk of the Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems, and the deliveries are expected to be completed within a month. The Minister noted that Moscow has offered to sell Iran S-400 and " …

  • Russia deploys electronic intelligence system along border with Ukraine

    The Russian Federation has deployed intelligence systems in conjunction with the beginning of the provocations in the Crimea

    Air monitoring along the Ukrainian border confirmed the deployment of electronic intelligence systems in the Russian Federation in close proximity to the Russian-Ukrainian border.

    According to the press service of the Ukrainian State Border Service, Russian intelligence systems have been deployed opposite the border units in the Kharkiv region at distance of 2.5 km from …

  • Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to issue note of protest over Putin's visit to Crimea

    The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry has prepared a note of protest over Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to the Crimea. This was stated by Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Mariana Betsa, Krym.Realii reports.

    "Today's visit indicates the neglect by the Russian side that was continuing for a long time of the international law, the UN Charter, the resolution of the UN General Assembly with respect to the territorial integrity of Ukraine and the laws of Ukraine," Betsa said.

    She also …

  • Merkel sees no reason to lift sanctions on Russia

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel sees no reason to lift the economic sanctions against Russia, as stated by the German politician on Friday, August 19, in an interview with the RedaktionsNetzwerk Deutschland media group.

    According to her, Moscow provoked a severe crisis with the annexation of the Crimea and its military operations in eastern Ukraine. "Europe had to respond to the violation of the basic principles of world order," Angela Merkel said.

    According to her, the observance of the …

  • Moldova protests Russian exercises in Transnistria

    The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Moldova expressed discontent with Russian diplomats concerning recent exercises conducted by Russian troops in the territory of Transnistria.

    On 18 August, the Ministry gave a statement indicating that the exercises are "illegal, provocative and inadmissible." The statement notes that the exercises are focused on "undermining the sovereignty and territorial integrity" of Moldova.

    The Ministry reiterated Chisinau’s demand that Russia withdraw its troops and …

  • Russia's PARNAS opposition party will not campaign in the Crimea without Ukraine's permission

    Candidates to the State Duma of the Russian Federation from the PARNAS party will not campaign in the Crimea without Ukraine’s permission, as stated by the Krasnodar branch of the party.

    “We will take Ukraine’s advice and will act according to international law. PARNAS will not campaign in the Crimea,” the statement on the official page of the branch stated on the social network, Vkontakte.

    Earlier the Ukrainian Director-General of the Directorate General for Policy and Communications, …