• Lavrov: Ukraine must be forced to implement Minsk agreements

    If Ukraine does not intend to follow the Minsk agreements of its own free will, it must be forced to do so, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on the air of the TV channel Russia 1.

    "If it [Ukraine] is left alone, with its conscience, of course, it will not do anything. It must be forced, this is why the Normandy format was created, but Berlin and Paris are still manipulating their obligations," Lavrov said.

    The initial part of Minsk agreements on the settlement of the conflict in the …

  • Belarus accuses Ukraine of violating its airspace

    The Belarusian Defense Ministry handed the Ukrainian military attaché a note of protest due to the violation of the Belarusian airspace, said to the press service of the Belarusian Defense Ministry.

    "On December 5, 2021, a military attaché from the Embassy of Ukraine in the Republic of Belarus was summoned to the Department of International Military Cooperation of the Defense Ministry. He was given a note of protest in connection with the frequent violations by the Ukrainian side of the State …

  • Media: Russia is preparing to seize two-thirds of Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is preparing to seize two-thirds of Ukraine's territory in early 2022, reports the German newspaper Bild, citing its sources among high-ranking military officials.

    According to sources, Russia’s "plan maximum" for the war against Ukraine "lies in Putin’s drawer, and he has not yet decided whether it will be caried through." At the same time, according to Bild, the buildup of Russian troops, which started in April, indicates that the Kremlin seems to be inclined …

  • Lukashenko announces joint Russian-Belarusian military exercises near Ukrainian border

    Russia and Belarus will hold joint military exercises near the Ukrainian border, said the Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko.

    "We have agreed with President Putin that in the near future we should hold exercises together on the southern borders, the Belarusian-Ukrainian border," Lukashenko said.

    He noted that the exercises are planned to be held in two stages. The first stage will be held in the winter. According to him, everything is ready for this.

    Earlier, Belarusian Defense …

  • Kremlin: Zelensky's statements about Crimea are a direct threat to Russia

    The latest statements by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky about Ukraine taking the annexed Crimea back represent a direct threat to Russia, said the press secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov.

    According to him, Zelensky's statement that the regaining control over Crimea should become Ukraine’s main goal and philosophy means that Kyiv "intends to use all available means, including force, in order to encroach on the Russian territory."

    Putin's spokesman added that while Kyiv’s …

  • Zelensky says he is ready to discuss Donbas with Putin

    Amid warnings from Western countries about the buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine's borders, President Volodymyr Zelensky called for talks with Russia. "For eight years in a row, we are afraid to admit to ourselves: we will not stop the war without direct negotiations with the Russian Federation ... Let's put an end to this issue," Zelensky said in an address to the Ukrainian Parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, on Wednesday, December 1. He also noted that he was not afraid of a "direct dialogue" …

  • Russia begins large scale military exercises near Ukrainian borders

    The Russian Armed Forces  began traditional winter exercises, which this year will be held partially in the annexed Crimea, as well as in the Russian regions bordering Ukraine. According to the press service of the Russian Southern Military District, on Wednesday, December 1, more than 10 thousand servicemen from motorized rifle and tank units will take part in the maneuvers.

    At the same time, the official representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Maria Zakharova, said at a briefing that …

  • Lukashenko threatens to deploy Russian nuclear weapons in Belarus

    Belarus will ask Russia to deploy nuclear weapons in its territory if such systems are deployed in Poland, said Belarusian dictator Alexander Lukashenko.

    In an interview with RIA Novosti, Lukashenko suggested that if Germany refuses to deploy American nuclear weapons, then they will be deployed in Poland.

    "They will move them [nuclear weapons] to Poland. Yes. Then, I will offer Putin to bring nuclear weapons back to Belarus. We will talk about it. These will be weapons that will be most …

  • Putin comments on Russia’s possible invasion of Ukraine

    Russian President Vladimir Putin commented on the reports about possibility of Russia’s attack on Ukraine.

    "The likelihood of deployment of Russian troops into Ukraine has been talked about since the beginning of the year, but this has not yet happened," Putin said during at VTB Capital's investment forum "Russia Calling!".

    According to Putin, neither Kyiv nor Moscow would face any threats if the relations between the two countries are restored.

    "The question is not whether to deploy or not …

  • Russia failing to meet OPEC oil production quota

    Russia may have to pay a high price for the OPEC+ deal to reduce oil production which was concluded in the spring of 2020 after a price war with Saudi Arabia.

    Russian oil companies have been facing problems trying to restore production volumes after the largest one-time decline in history, which removed every sixth barrel produced in Russia from the oil market.

    While OPEC+ countries are increasing production, and the total quota for the cartel is increased by 400,000 barrels per day every …