• The Kremlin: Trump saying he might recognize Russian-Crimea is only campaign rhetoric

    Any conclusions drawn from the statement can be attributed to campaign rhetoric.

    Through the President of Russia’s press secretary, Dmitry Peskov, the Kremlin reported that the statement made by the US Republican Party's presidential candidate, Donald Trump, concerning the possible recognition of Crimea as part of Russia, will not change Russia’s attitude towards him, RIA Novosti reports.

    According to Peskov, Trump’s statement was a case of campaign rhetoric.

    “We know perfectly well that …

  • Simple Strike 2016 exercises begin in Latvia

    The Simple Strike 2016 joint military exercises have begun on the Adazi training ground in Latvia, Delfi reported, citing the country’s Ministry of Defense.

    Servicemen from Latvia, the US, and several other NATO member states are participating in the exercises that last until August 5th.

    The joint training operations will include a unit of US Black Hawk helicopters that are stationed at the Lielvarde airbase in Latvia, as well as a unit of A-10 attack aircraft, which are stationed in Estonia. …

  • US: Russia's actions hinder efforts to resolve the conflict in Ukraine

    Washington has criticized the fact that Russia has strengthened their military forces in the south-west region of the country and in the Crimea. This increase in forces was previously announced by Russia’s Defense Minister, Sergey Shoygu.

    While at a press briefing on the 27th of July, the US State Department Spokesman, John Kirby, said that these actions prevent the cessation of violence as well as any efforts to de-escalate the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

    Kirby stressed that the Crimea is a …

  • Former Turkish PM says he gave the order to shoot down any aircraft coming from Syria

    The former Prime Minister of Turkey, Ahmet Davutoğlu, has said that he gave the order which resulted in the downing of a Russian Su-24 aircraft in November last year. Hurriyet Daily News reported that Davutoğlu said this while on air with private news channel, NTV. He added that it was not a specific order, but a general instruction.

    “According to the customs of our country, the Prime Minister gives the rules of conduct to the General Staff in a written directive. I gave such an order on the 10 …

  • Russia has to compete with Ukraine and Romania on the grain market

    Record yields of wheat in Ukraine and Romania reduced grain export prices, forcing Russian grain to compete with them. Bloomberg cited data from the Institute for Agricultural Market Studies stating that wheat export prices declined by 1.8% ($162 per ton) as a result of bumper crops.

    According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Russia and Romania are set for record crops and Ukraine is expected to reap its third-biggest since the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991. “Ukraine, Romania and …