Contents tagged with Russia

  • Belarus reveals unexpected details of integration plan with Russia

    In 2019, Russia proposed to Minsk to transfer 95% of the power to the supranational level as part of the integration between the two countries, said the Belarusian Ambassador to Russia Vladimir Semashko.

    He called such a proposal “a complete surrender”, BelTA reports. According to the diplomat, the document assumed "giving up everything," leaving Minsk a few points - for example, the right to call law enforcement agencies “militsiya”, not police.

    Semashko noted that equality is important in …

  • Kadyrov suggests making Putin President for Life

    The head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, has proposed appointing Vladimir Putin for a presidential term "for life."

    "I have always said that we should elect Vladimir Putin as a president for life. Who can replace him today? There is no such political leader on a global scale. We should be proud of it," Kadyrov said during a meeting of the country's operational headquarters to fight the coronavirus.

    Dmitry Peskov, the press secretary of the Russian President, has already commented on …

  • Merkel: Nord Stream 2 must be completed

    Washington's plans to impose new extraterritorial sanctions on the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline do not meet Germany's legal framework, stated German Chancellor Angela Merkel, answering questions from Bundestag deputies on Wednesday, July 1. According to Merkel, it would be right to complete this project, although construction is difficult.

    "We are acting in this vein," the head of the German government stressed. It also pointed out that Nord Stream 2 was an "economic project with a political …

  • Kyiv: Russia may step up military actions against Ukraine in the near future

    According to Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine Vasyl Bodnar, there is an increased military threat from Russia. "First, there is an increase in military buildup on the eastern border of Ukraine, and secondly, there is a significant increase in the number of Russian troops in Crimea," Interfax-Ukraine quotes Vasyl Bodnar as saying.

    He added that "it is necessary to be mentally prepared for the fact that Russia does not think twice when using its armed forces to achieve its political or …

  • Russia withdraws from UN deconfliction mechanism in Syria

    Russia has notified the UN that it is stopping cooperation through the deconfliction system in Syria, reports TASS with reference to the UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Mark Lowcock.

    During the meeting of the UN Security Council on Syria, Lowcock said that on June 23, Russia notified the UN that it is stopping participation in the humanitarian deconfliction mechanism.

    Lowcock promised to discuss the issue with representatives of Russia and …

  • EU extends economic sanctions against Russia

    The European Union has extended economic sanctions against Russia for another 6 months in connection with the situation in eastern Ukraine, said the Council of the European Union in a statement.

    The decision was taken after the latest assessment of the state of implementation of the Minsk agreements, which require Russia to hand over control of the border in the Donbas region to Kyiv.

    During a video conference on June 19, EU leaders stated that the agreements concluded in 2015 remain …

  • Ukraine warns Russia of consequences after voting on Russian Constitution amendments took place in annexed Crimea

    Russia faces political and legal consequences over organizing a vote in the annexed Crimea and Sevastopol on amendments to the Russian constitution, Ukrainian Deputy Foreign Minister Vasyl Bodnar said in an interview with the Interfax-Ukraine news agency.

    "The organization of voting in the occupied territory of the Ukrainian Crimea, as well as the organization of voting of persons who illegally received Russian passports, will have political and legal consequences for Russia. The international …

  • Russia claims to have tested its new Su-57 fighter in combat

    Russian military conducted a test, during which a "swarm" of Su-35 fighters flew under the control of the 5th generation Su-57 aircraft, reported TASS, citing two sources in the defense industry.

    "The experiment was conducted in real combat conditions. A group of Su-35 fighters was part of the "pack" and the role of the command-staff aircraft was performed by the Su-57," TASS quoted one of the interlocutors as saying.

    Another source confirmed to TASS the nature of the tests. According to the …

  • Head of Crimea refuses to ask Ukrainian President to resume water supply to peninsula

    The head of the annexed Crimea, Sergey Aksyonov, said that the Crimean authorities will not ask the President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, to resume the supply of water to the peninsula.

    "Besides Zelensky, no one in Ukraine can make such a decision, everything else is a talk about nothing," said Aksyonov in an interview for Russian 24 TV channel.

    He added that the Ukrainian President has an opportunity to "legally take a pen and sign a document" on the supply of water to Crimea. Morally, …

  • Radioactive cloud from Russia detected over Scandinavia

    Radiation monitoring stations in northern Europe have detected excess concentrations of radioactive isotopes in the air.

    Iodine-131 was found in early June in Norway, and cesium-134, cesium-137, cobalt-60 and ruthenium-103 - in Sweden and Finland, GreenPeace Russia reports citing the national authorities of these countries.

    In Sweden, radionuclides (cesium-134, cesium-137 and ruthenium-103) were detected as of June 22-23, said Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear- …