• U.S. military blocks Russian convoy on Syrian road

    The U.S. military again blocked a Russian convoy that was traveling in the countryside of the Syrian province of Al Hasakah this week. According to Al-Masdar News, Russian military police were traveling through the Rmelan area when they came across U.S. forces, who decided to prevent their further advance and forced them to turn back to the city's airport Qamishli in the northeast of Syria.

    According to Al Masdar interlocutors, during the incident one of the Russian armored vehicles got stuck …

  • Ukrainian Security Service: Russian special services tried to recruit high-ranking Ukrainian Navy officer

    The Russian Federal Security Service tried to recruit a Ukrainian serviceman with access to classified defense information, reported the press service of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU).

    Law enforcement officers recorded the fact that the Officer of the Ukrainian Navy has been maintaining constant contacts with the personnel of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB).

    "Among them, in particular, traitors, former SBU servicemen Andrei Gaponenko, Pyotr Zima, Dmitry Pilipchenko, who in 2 …

  • Kremlin bans foreigners from owning land in Crimea

    The Russian authorities have banned foreign nationals from owning land in most of Crimea and Sevastopol, repots Kommersant.

    In 2011, Russian President Vladimir Putin approved a list of the country's border territories where foreign nationals are prohibited from owning land. On March 20, 2020, Putin signed a decree to amend it, and to list most of the territories of Crimea and Sevastopol.

    From now on, foreigners are forbidden to own land in Yalta, Saki, Sudak, Alushta, Dzhankoi, Armiansk, …

  • Russia establishes a new oil company on the day of Rosneft's departure from Venezuela

    On March 28, when it became known that Russian oil giant Rosneft was terminating its operations in Venezuela, Russia’s Federal Agency for State Property Management, Rosimushchestvo, has established a new company, Roszarubezhneft, which will, in particular, be engaged in the production and transportation of oil and oil associated gas.

    Interfax reports with reference to Russian Single Register of Legal Entities that the company's share capital is 322.7 billion rubles ($4.05 billion USD). It is …

  • Poland declares victory over Gazprom in gas price dispute

    The Stockholm arbitration ruled in Poland's favor in a five-year dispute with Gazprom over the price of gas, reported Polish state-owned oil and gas company PGNiG.

    "The Court of Arbitration considered PGNiG's arguments and confirmed that the gas price under the Yamal contract was non-market and overstated," PGNiG said.

    Now the Polish company will pay Gazprom for fuel under a new price calculation formula, "which is directly linked to gas prices in the Western European market.

    "The court's …