Contents tagged with Spain

  • Spanish consul swims across Kerch Strait in violation of Ukraine's ban

    Spain’s Honorary Consul in Uzbekistan Alfonso Lopez Pandiella participated in the Russian X-Waters competition on June 1, swimming across the Kerch Strait from the Chushka Spit, in the Krasnodar Territory of Russia, to the Yeni-Kale fortress in Kerch, reported Radio Svoboda.

    Pandiella confirmed this fact to journalists but declined to comment on whether the organizers had warned him about the consequences of visiting the annexed Crimea.

    “I don’t know. No comment,” he said.

    The diplomat also …

  • Giuliani wanted to give Zelensky a message from Trump

    US President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudolph Giuliani has revealed the goal of his planned visit to Ukraine, which was ultimately called off. He told Censor.net in an interview that he wanted to give Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky a message from Donald Trump.

    Giuliani said that, first and foremost, he wanted to convince Zelensky to continue the investigation into Hunter Biden, son of Trump’s primary competitor and former vice president Joe Biden, as well as the other people …

  • Russia summons Spanish ambassador over ‘old enemy’ remark

    Spanish Ambassador to Moscow Fernando Valderrama has been summoned to the Russian Foreign Ministry over a comment made by acting Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell.

    In an interview with El Periodico, Borrell mentioned Russia only once, while talking about changes in the world. “A lot has changed. Our ally (the US) is turning its back on us. Our old enemy, Russia, is once again asserting itself and posing a threat, and China is becoming a rival,” he said, adding that in such a situation …

  • Media: Russia behind cyberattack on the Spanish Defense Ministry

    The Russian cyber espionage group Fancy Bear is behind a cyber-attack on the internal network of the Spanish Ministry of Defense, which was reported in late March.

    According to the newspaper El Español, the Spanish authorities believe that Russia and hackers associated with it are the "foreign power" behind the attack.

    The investigators reached this conclusion by analyzing the cybercriminals’ methods and finding in them the “Russian trace”. In particular, similar attacks were carried out …

  • Russian hacker accused of bank cyber-attacks pleads guilty in US court

    Russian programmer Stanislav Lisov, extradited to the United States from Spain in 2018, pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit a hacker attack, reported TASS with a reference to Russian lawyer Arkady Bukh and the Prosecutor's Office of the Southern District of New York. 

    Lisov pleaded guilty to one of the two charges. The maximum penalty for this crime is five years in prison. Bukh said that after serving the sentence in the United States, the Russian is likely to be deported to his homeland.  …

  • Spain arrests three Russian mafia leaders

    The police in Marbella, south of Spain, arrested three criminal mafia leaders from the former Soviet Union countries. They are accused of the attempted murder, documents falsification and being members of a criminal organization.  Country’s police released a video of their arrest that took place in a cafe.

    According to the Spanish police, the criminal leaders were detained when they allegedly discussed the plan to kill a member of the rival gang.

    According to DW report based on the Spanish …

  • France, Spain and Portugal to build gas pipeline for supply of American liquefied gas to EU

    French, Spanish and Portuguese leaders approved the EU decision regarding the supply of liquefied gas from the United States, according to the declaration signed by the three countries after the energy interconnection summit in Lisbon on Friday, July 27.

    The countries expressed interested in increasing the supply of the American liquefied gas through seven European ports. In addition, the countries insist on building a gas pipeline for gas to be transported to other European countries.

    Madrid …

  • Spanish intelligence accuses Kremlin of supporting crisis in Catalonia

    Spanish intelligence has published an official report revealing its suspicion that Russia intervened in the Catalan crisis.

    According to El Pais, Spain’s National Cryptologic Centre - which is responsible for protecting the country against cyberattacks on the state administrations network – published a report relating cyber threats discovered in 2017 and announcing Moscow's interference in the Catalonian elections. However, the agency did so without providing specific evidence of the latter.

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  • Media: Former Catalonian President Carles Puigdemont considered possibility of fleeing to Russia

    Former Catalonian leader Carles Puigdemont considered the possibility of fleeing to Russia prior to his detention in Germany; however, he ultimately chose to attempt to return to Belgium, where the authorities did not extradite the politician back to Spain.According to sources of the newspaper El Mundo, Puigdemont considered two variations for further movement during his time in Finland at the end of March. In particular, he considered fleeing to St. Petersburg, which is not far from Helsinki. …

  • Spanish Foreign Minister: Russia needs to be condemned for invasion of Ukraine and annexation of Crimea

    In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Mundo, Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis believes that Russia should continue to be condemned for invading Ukraine and annexing the Crimea; at the same time, he believes a dialogue should be maintained with the country to resolve global conflicts.

    "Some of its [Russia's] activities cannot be considered friendly. Some of them are intolerable, such as the invasion of Ukraine and the annexation of the Crimea. However, one must be realistic and …