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  • Belarus and Venezuela owe Russia $11 billion

    Belarus, Ukraine and Venezuela are the countries that owe Russia the most through government loans, according to an estimate by RBC based on open information.

    Traditionally, Russia does not disclose information about loans issued to other governments. Their existence becomes known if Russia signs an international agreement which is later ratified by the State Duma. In such cases, Russian MPs talk about the loans, or the borrowing state discloses information about them.

    According to RBC, …

  • Kremlin denies reports about radioactive cloud over Arkhangelsk region

    The authorities are working to eliminate any danger to the Russians after the missile explosion at the military test site near Severodvinsk, and the reports about a radioactive cloud over the region are absurd, said Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov as cited by RBC news agency.

    "The wording itself is quite absurd," the Kremlin spokesman said. He also noted that Putin receives all the data about the accident, and advised to focus on Putin’s statement that there is no danger to the public. …

  • Russian Navy exercises last twice longer due to NATO and bad weather

    The exercises of the Russian Navy Ocean Shield-2019 lasted almost twice longer than planned because of the actions of the North Atlantic Alliance, as well as bad weather, said the commander-in-chief of the Russian Navy Nikolai Yevmenov as quoted by RIA Novosti.

    According to him, the original plan was that the exercises would be held from August 1 to August 9. However, he added, the adverse weather and the response of the NATO joint naval forces" to the actions of the Russian navy required …

  • Russia’s State Duma to summon foreign diplomats due to protests in Moscow

    The State Duma Council has decided to create an inter-party commission on foreign interference in Russia’s internal affairs, the lower house of parliament announced. Vasily Piskarev, an MP from the United Russia party and head of the Committee for Security and Opposing Corruption, will head the new commission.

    “We are seeing how on government channels a number of countries are voicing statements like ‘Rise up, Moscow!’, calls to action – all of this constitutes interference in Russia’s …

  • Turkish army held up by Russian Air Forces near the Syrian city of Khan Shaykhun

    A Turkish military convoy at Maarat al-Numan, Syria, has been unable to move further south due to an operation being carried out by the Russian Aerospace Forces on the international road to Khan Shaykhun, a Syria TV correspondent reported. The Turkish troops were reportedly banned from using any military transport in this region.

    The channel’s sources say that the Turkish military convoy is trying to establish a new observation point near the city of Khan Shaykhun in order to take control of …

  • India to follow China in importing Russian timber

    Following China’s example, India now intends to start importing timber from Siberia and the Russian Far East.

    According to the India Times, the possibility of importing more timber from Russia was discussed between August 11-13 in Vladivostok, Russia, during a visit by an Indian delegation that was led by Minister of Commerce and Industry Piyush Goyal and included the heads of four Indian states and 140 Indian companies.

    On the Russian side, the talks were attended by Deputy Prime Minister …

  • Russian gas giant Gazprom asks Kremlin for money for two projects

    The Russian gas monopoly Gazprom has asked the Kremlin to provide financial assistance for a gas chemical complex and a liquefied gas processing complex that it plans to build close to the port city of Ust-Luga, Vedomosti reports, citing a letter from Gazprom CEO Alexey Miller to Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.

    According to the newspaper, the letter was sent at the end of May. In it, Miller asked that the projects be given the status of “national importance for the economy”. He …

  • Serbia promises Russia not to join NATO

    Serbia won't join NATO during the presidency of Aleksandar Vučić, said Serbian Defense Minister Aleksandar Vulin at a meeting with Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, reports TASS news agency.

    Vulin stressed that in the "military terms, Serbia remains and will remain neutral. Serbia intends to choose friends and make decisions independently" .

    Serbian Defense Minister conveyed to Shoygu "the warmest greetings and personal invitation to come to Belgrade" from Vučić.  Serbian authorities …

  • Swiss fighter jets approach Putin's delegation plane over Geneva

    The plane with the Russian delegation and Russian government media journalists was accompanied by two Swiss Air Force fighter jets over Geneva for several minutes, reports RIA Novosti.

    The Russian government delegation and journalists were on their way to cover the talks between Russian President Vladimir Putin and French President Emmanuel Macron in France.

    Передовой самолёт с российской делегацией и журналистами кремлёвского пула, которые будут освещать переговоры Путина и Макрона на юге Ф …

  • Russian soldiers accidentally fire missile in hangar in Crimea

    In an airfield near Saki in the annexed Crimea, two Russian soldiers accidentally fired an air-to-surface missile in a hangar, Kommersant reports.

    The X-29TD missile was fired by two naval aviation soldiers from Russia’s Black Sea Fleet. The missile’s 100 kg warhead did not detonate. If it had, the consequences could have been catastrophic.

    Russia’s Investigative Committee charged the two soldiers, Alexey Chebanov and Nikolay Zverev, with breaking the rules for handling weapons in a way that …