• Russia scraps its lunar program

    Work on the design of a super-heavy spacecraft for the first Russian manned mission to the moon has been stopped.

    It was decided to completely stop it at the stage of technical design, which was carried out by the Progress Rocket and Space Center for Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, and was to be completed in October 2021, Progress’ general director Dmitry Baranov told RIA Novosti.

    According to him, now Progress Rocket and Space Center together with Roscosmos "work on the program for the …

  • Russian Central Bank communication system fails after Kremlin attempts to shut down Google services

    The Russian Central Bank experienced a failure of its electronic systems a few days after the Russian media watchdog, Roskomnadzor, stepped up efforts to block VPNs and attempted to limit the work of a number of Google services.

    Communication channels through which Russian banks interact with the Central Bank became unstable on Monday, September 13, Interfax reports, with reference to the press service of the Russian Central Bank.

    On Tuesday, the problems persisted and created difficulties …

  • Belarus loses access to European banking system due to sanctions

    The Belarusian banking system has felt the heavy footstep of European and American sanctions imposed in the summer in response to repression and the forced landing of the Ryanair flight in Minsk.

    European banks began to massively close dollar end euro correspondent accounts of Belarusian states-owned companies, making it impossible to conduct operations in two key world currencies.

    Last week, the correspondent accounts of Belarusbank, Belinvestbank and Belagroprombank were closed by Deutcsche …

  • Kremlin: there will be no meeting between Putin and Zelensky if Ukraine insists on discussing Crimea

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is ready to discuss with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky the implementation of the Minsk agreements and agreements reached at the last summit of the Normandy Four, as well as bilateral relations. And if Ukraine insists on discussing the issue of Crimea, then there will be no meeting between Putin and Zelensky, said Putin's press secretary Dmitry Peskov.

    "Discussion of Crimea is not possible. Therefore, such a formulation actually casts doubt on the …

  • Ukraine to buy 24 additional Bayraktar drones from Turkey

    Ukraine will buy from Turkey four additional Bayraktar TB2 drone systems. Each systems includes six drones. There will be 24 drones in total, announced the commander-in-chief of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, Valery Zaluzhny, in an interview with the news outlet Report.

    "One system was purchased this year at the request of the Defense Ministry. In addition, four more such systems are planned to be purchaseed  to meet the needs of the Armed Forces in 2021-2022 . In the future, we plan to replenish …

  • Putin in self-isolation after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

    Russian President Vladimir Putin is in self-isolation after one of members of hist staff has tested positive for COVID-19, the Kremlin’s  press service reports.

    Putin canceled a visit to Dushanbe, where he was supposed to take part in a meeting of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, scheduled for September 16-17. Putin will take part in this event, as well as the session of the Collective Security Council and the meeting of the Collective Security Treaty …

  • Poland, following Belarus, shuts off main Russian oil export pipeline

    The Druzhba oil pipeline, one of Russia’s largest oil export channels to the EU, has been paralyzed by Poland's and Belarus' synchronous decision to shut it off.

    Both branches of the pipeline, built in the 1960s to supply Soviet oil to eastern European countries, were shut off over the weekend.

    Belarus was the first to stop pumping oil. On August 9, the day of President Alexander Lukashenko's visit to Moscow, the state concern Belneftekhim stopped exports along Druzhba’s southern branch in …

  • Sudan demands payment from Kremlin for Russian Navy base

    The new authorities of Sudan, where president Omar al-Bashir, who ruled for 30 years, was overthrown two years ago, are unwilling to fulfill the agreement on a Russian Navy base and demand a revision of its terms.

    According to RIA Novosti, the Sudanese Defense Ministry would like to receive economic assistance from Moscow for the next five years in exchange for a 25-year lease of the navy base in Port Sudan, which should become the first fort post of the Russian fleet in Africa since the …

  • Lukashenko: Belarus to buy more than $1 billion worth of weapons from Russia

    Belarus plans to purchase weapons from Russia for more than $1 billion and is also discussing deliveries of S-400 missile air-defence systems, said self-proclaimed president of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko during a visit to the military exercises Zapad-2021 at the Obuz-Lesnovsky training ground near Baranavichy.

    "Now the S-300 systems completely shield Belarus from the western direction. But we have also added a southern direction," said Lukashenko

    He noted that during the second part of the …

  • Ukrainian President does not rule out possibility of full-scale war with Russia

    Speaking at the Yalta International Conference YES, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said he does not rule out the possibility of a full-scale war with Russia. 

    When asked by a moderator if there is a possibility of a full-scale war with Russia, Zelensky confirmed the possibility of full-scale hostilities and recalled that Ukraine had already been on the verge of a large-scale war with Russia.

    "I think it can happen. It did in 2014. Unfortunately, Russia made the first step forward, and …