• Lavrov: Positive cooperation between Russia and the US will not work on the basis of ultimatums

    After the suspension of the agreement with the United States on plutonium disposition, Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov stated that the United States will not be able to cooperate with Russia on the basis of ultimatums.

    “The decisions we have taken will not work. The signal from Washington [is that they are] trying to talk with Russia from a position of strength, using language of sanctions and ultimatums and at the same time continuing the selected cooperation with our country only in …

  • Lithuanian Foreign Ministry: Europe should be united in sanctions against Russia

    Russia, rather than the European Union, should normalize relations with Europe, and the West should maintain consistency and be united regarding sanctions imposed against the Russian Federation. This was the opinion stated by Lithuanian Minister of Foreign Affairs Linas Linkevičius, UNIAN reports.

    According to Linkevičius, proposals to impose new sanctions against Russia will not find support in the European Union; that’s why it is useful to maintain unity around already-imposed sanctions.

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  • Russia deploys S-300VM anti-missile system to Syria

    For the first time, Russia has deployed S-300VM advanced anti-ballistic missile systems to Syria, Fox News reported, citing three US officials.

    The officials said the anti-ballistic missile systems, which have a range of 150 miles, arrived over the weekend at the Russian naval base in the Syrian city of Tartus.

    US intelligence had observed the shipment of S-300VMs inside Russia in recent weeks.

    Though the purpose of sending the systems to Syria remains unclear, though as one US official …

  • Australian Foreign Ministry proposes creating MH17 tribunal outside the UN to circumvent Russia's veto power

    The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Julie Bishop believes that another International Tribunal in the style of Lockerbie should try those guilty in the case of the crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine. It would bypass the United Nations Security Council where Russia has the veto rights, Deutsche Welle reported.

    “The judicial process in the style of Lockerbie—the Tribunal that will be established by the international community can be organized,” Bishop noted. “It …

  • Iran is developing analogue to Russian S-300 air defense system

    The Russian S-300 anti-aircraft missile system, built in Iran, is superior to the original in its specifications and performance as was stated by the commander of Iran's Air Defense Forces, Brigadier General Farzad Esmaili, Tasnim News Agency reports.

    According to him, the Bavar-373 missile system, which is a version of the S-300, can destroy targets at a distance that is 1.5 times greater than the S-300, which can locate a target at a distance of 300 km and knock it down at a distance of 200 …