• Russia bans entry to 8 EU politicians

    Russia has banned entry to eight citizens of the European Union in response to the restrictive measures imposed by the EU Council on March 2 and 22 this year against six Russian citizens, said the Russian Foreign Ministry in a statement.

    The list includes:

    -Ivars Abolins, Chairman of The National Electronic Mass Media Council ofthe Republic of Latvia on ;

    -Maris Baltins, Director of the State Language Centre of the Republic of Latvia;

    -Jacques Maie, member of the French delegation at the …

  • U.S. Embassy to stop issuing visas to Russians

    The U.S. Embassy in Moscow is suspending the issuance of all non-immigrant visas with the exception of diplomatic visas starting May 12.

    According to a statement published on the embassy's website, this decision was made “due to the Russian government’s April 23 notification of its intention to prohibit U.S. Mission Russia from employing foreign nationals in any capacity”.

    Consular services provided by the embassy will be reduced “to include only emergency U.S. citizen services and a very …

  • Bulgaria expels another Russian diplomat

    Bulgaria's Foreign Ministry declared another employee of the Russian Embassy in Sofia persona non grata, Radio Liberty reports. His name has not been released.

    The ministry noted that together with the expulsion of the diplomat, they appealed to the Russian authorities for assistance in "investigating explosions in Bulgarian arms depots, destruction of physical evidence in the fire and poisoning of three Bulgarian citizens in order to identify and bring to justice those who committed it."

    The …

  • Kremlin vows to quickly find a replacement for SWIFT

    Russia will quickly find a replacement for the SWIFT payment system if it is needed, said Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

    According to him, if SWIFT “turns to be unreliable”, an alternative to the international system of interbank payments will appear immediately.

    "We live in such a developed world that alternatives, or by-pass substitutes for this system will be found very quickly. It is impossible to limit Russia in anything," Peskov said on the program "Big Game" on the …

  • European Parliament calls for oil and gas embargo on Russia in the event of invasion of Ukraine

    The European Parliament has adopted a tough anti-Russian resolution, which provides for a halt in imports of Russian oil and gas to the EU, and the disconnection of Russia from SWIFT payment system in the event of a direct Russian invasion of Ukraine, reported Deutsche Welle.

    The document was supported by 569 MEPs, 67 opposed, 46 abstained.

    The European Parliament regards as "threatening and destabilizing" Russia's build-up of troops near the border of Ukraine and in the annexed Crimea. …

  • Kremlin: time of Biden-Putin meeting impossible to set due to Washington’s hostile actions

    The decision to hold a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the United States Joe Biden is impacted by hostile steps from the American side, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as quoted by Interfax.

    "We do not understand the situation, we see that in words there is a proposal to talk about cooperation in all areas that are of interest to each other. We are interested in something. Americans are interested in something. And it is only natural that we can work together," Peskov …

  • Russia forming new military division near Ukrainian border

    Russia continues to increase its military presence near the Ukrainian borders. The Russian Armed Forces is deploying a motorized infantry division in the Volgograd region, said the Editor-In-Chief of the Ukrainian publication Censor.Net, Yuriy Butusov.

    The Russian Army announced the deployment of the 20th Motorized Rifle Division on April 25. Between 4 to 6 battalion-tactical groups of the Russian Armed Forces will soon be deployed 400 km from the borders of Ukraine, in Kamyshin and Volgograd. …

  • Sudan suspends construction of Russian Naval base

    The Sudanese authorities have suspended an agreement with Russia to establish a naval base in the Red Sea, reports TASS with reference to Al Arabia news channel. In addition, Sudan suspends "any new deployment of the Russian military" to any of Sudan’s gulfs.

    According to the Russian news website Avia.pro, Sudan revised its military-technical cooperation agreement with Russia after a group of U.S. military recently made a visit to this African country, apparently offering Sudan better terms. …

  • Russian Foreign Minister: Washington chose to live under conditions of Cold War

    Russia has offered the United States to "reset" the diplomatic conflict that began under the Obama administration and start a return to normal relations, but instead Washington continues to "slide on an inclined plane" and impose new anti-Russian sanctions, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    According to Lavrov, the problems in Russian-American relations complicate the lives not only of citizens, business and humanitarian projects, but "expose …

  • Six Russians suspected of explosions at ammunition depots in Bulgaria

    The Bulgarian Prosecutor's Office is gathering evidence to establish the possible involvement of six Russian citizens in four explosions at ammunition depots from 2011 to 2020. The investigation is checking the scenario according to which the explosions in 2011, 2015 and 2020 targeted weapons that businessman Emilian Gebrev was planning to send to Georgia and Ukraine, said the spokeswoman of the Bulgarian Prosecutor's Office Siika Mileva.

    According to Mileva, the exact cause of the explosions …