• Russian media: Ukraine’s gas transit system indispensable for Gazprom

    Even in 2020, Gazprom will still need the Ukrainian gas transit system for transit to Europe, since the EU’s ground infrastructure will not yet be ready to receive the gas from Nord Stream 2. By the end of 2019, when the contract for transit through Ukraine expires, Gazprom will be able to pump at most 34 billion of the projected 55 billion cubic meters per annum. A new gas transit contract with Ukraine will thus be unavoidable, Russian news outlet Kommersant writes.

    Construction of the Eugal …

  • Putin gets almost 85% of the vote from Russians abroad

    Vladimir Putin received 84.99% of the vote from Russians who went to polling stations abroad, RIA Novosti reported, citing a member of Russia’s Central Election Commission (CEC), Vasily Likhachev.

    According to the CEC, almost 475,300 people voted abroad in the recent presidential election in Russia.

    “In first place was Vladimir Putin, with 403,942 votes. In percentage terms that is 84.99%. In second place was Pavel Grudinin (23,938 votes or 5.04%). In third place was Ksenia Sobchak (19,331 …

  • Russian diplomats leave UK on plane involved in cocaine case

    On Tuesday March 20, the Russian diplomats who were expelled from London due to the poisoning of Sergei Skripal and his daughter left the UK on the Il-96 aircraft featured in the Argentine cocaine scandal, Evropeiska Pravda reports.

    A British TV channel published photographs from the Stansted airport, where the 23 Russian diplomats and their families boarded a plane to leave the country.

    Interestingly, the diplomats were sent to Moscow on an Il-96 plane with hull number RA-96023 which belongs …

  • Trump congratulates Putin for election victory

    On Tuesday, March 20, U.S. President Donald Trump spoke on the telephone with Russian President Vladimir Putin and congratulated him on his victory in the presidential election, as reported by the Kremlin press service.

    It was noted that the call was initiated by the American president.

    The heads of state spoke about cooperating to ensure strategic stability and combat international terrorism, and also noted the need for coordinated efforts to limit the arms race.

    The leaders of the …

  • Russia's oil conglomerate Rosneft increases advance payment to Kurdistan to $2.1 billion

    In 2017 Rosneft issued the Kurdistan government an advance of $2.1 billion (122 billion rubles at the official exchange rate at the time) as part of a contract to buy oil, the company stated in an annual report according to IFRS standards.

    This is 60% more than was previously thought: in November 2017 Rosneft reported that it had given Kurdistan an advance of $1.3 billion for supplying oil.

    In February 2017, Rosneft announced that it had signed a contract with Kurdistan’s government to buy …