• Russia closes its border to Chinese

    The Russian government has temporarily banned Chinese citizens from entering the country, regardless of the purpose of their visit. The relevant decree has already been signed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin, and takes effect on February 20, Interfax reports.

    The office of Vice Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova, head of the operational headquarters for preventing the spread of the coronavirus in Russia, noted that “the acceptance of documents and the drafting and issuance of …

  • Ukraine expecting NATO status upgrade in October

    Ukraine is expecting its status with NATO to be upgraded to that of a partner with enhanced opportunities in October this year, said Ukrainian Defense Minister Andriy Zahorodniuk, as cited by UNIAN.

    According to Zahorodniuk, the alliance is “absolutely satisfied” with the reforms that have been carried out in Ukraine, and if the country maintains this rate of positive changes, it can expect an upgrade in October.

    Zahorodniuk said that it was at the Munich Security Conference, which was held …

  • Kremlin prepares for war with Erdogan in Syria

    Fighting between Turkish soldiers and the Syrian army, which Russia has been supporting for five years, would be the worst possible development, said Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov, commenting on a statement by Turkish President Recep Erdogan, who warned that an operation in Syria’s Idlib province will begin in the next few days unless Assad and Moscow withdraw their forces.

    “If we’re talking about an operation against terrorist groups in Idlib, then, without a doubt, it will be activity …

  • Volker: Zelensky has chosen a reasonable strategy for Donbas, but there should not be concessions

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s strategy, which avoids calling Russia the “aggressor-state”, makes it possible to avoid accusations against Ukraine from its western allies, said Kurt Volker, former US Special Representative for Ukraine, as cited by Eurointegration.

    According to Volker, the people who question such behavior by the head of state should take into account the progress of international negotiations.

    “Taking them into account, the strategy that Zelensky has chosen is, in …

  • US strategic drone approaches Russian Defense Minister’s plane over Europe

    An unknown drone approached the plane of the Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu over Europe, reports the Russian newspaper Izvestia, citing Serbian military and diplomatic sources.

    The Minister’s plane was in Kosovo airspace at the time of the incident. The UAV approached the aircraft at an approximate distance of at least 150 km.

    Several MiG-29s of the Serbian Air Force were scrambled to intercept the UAV in case it was required.  

    The drone passed along the border between Serbia and …