• Russia hands over 69 oil wells to Lukashenko

    The Belarusian national oil company PO Belorusneft has expanded the list of its assets in Russia.

    According to Interfax, the subsidiary of Belorusneft, NC Yangpur became the 100% owner of LLC Purneft, a company operating since 2007, which owns 69 oil wells at the Ust-Purpeysk area in the Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug.

    The deal, which was announced on the birthday of the self-proclaimed President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko, allowed Yangpur to increase the total area of assets in the …

  • Ukrainian troops strike back at pro-Russian forces in response to shelling of Avdiivka

    On the night of August 28-29, Ukrainian troops fired back at pro-Russian forces in response for the shelling of the town of Avdiivka by Russian troops on August 28, reported Ukrainian journalist Yuri Butusov.

    According to him, the Ukrainian troops shelled predefined targets, which are in the area of responsibility of a number of brigades of the Ukrainian Armed Forces.

    "An adequate response after the shelling of Avdiivka is the destruction by the Ukrainian artillery, which used a sufficient …

  • Russia loses 4 military planes over last 2 weeks

    A Su-24 bomber of the Russian Defense Ministry crashed near the city of Perm on Friday, Interfax reports, citing a source.

    The plane performed a training flight and fell near the town of Vereshchagino, according to preliminary data, due to equipment failure. "Both pilots ejected and survived," the source said.

    A commander and a navigator, who flew to the region for exercises, were on board the plane. Their condition is being determined.

    The Su-24 was the fourth Russian Defense Ministry …

  • European Commission: Gazprom must sell Nord Stream 2

    Gazprom must sell the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline to comply with European competition standards. This view is shared by the European Commission, reports Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, citing officials in Brussels.

    The EU Third Energy Package prohibits the same company from being both a gas supplier and the owner of the pipeline. In the case of Nord Stream 2, Russian gas giant Gazprom may not be able to use more than half of the gas pipeline's capacity.

    Having lost the court appeal to exclude …

  • Kremlin: Taliban want Russia to help develop the Afghanistan’s natural resources

    The Taliban would like Russia's participation in the development of the Afghan economy, including mining, transport and energy projects, said on the talk show "Solovyov Live" the Russian ambassador in Kabul Dmitry Zhirnov.

    "The Taliban are open to our participation in the economy, including the development of natural resources," he said, adding that now this is a question for Russian business.

    The Taliban, according to Zhirnov, are interested in "establishing trade and economic cooperation," …

  • Russia strengthens its military base in Tajikistan with anti-tank systems

    Amid the aggravation of the situation in Afghanistan, Russia has strengthened its 201st military base in Tajikistan with new Kornet anti-tank missile systems (ATGMs), reported the press service of the Central Military District. Kornet ATGMs are designed to destroy enemy armored vehicles and air targets, including helicopters and unmanned aerial vehicles.

    The 201st military base is Russia's largest military facility outside Russia. It is located in two cities - Dushanbe and Bokhtar.

    On August 1 …

  • Russia's Gazprom loses German court appeal to use 100 percent of Nord Stream 2 capacity

    As Russian officials celebrated the opportunity to complete the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, Russia’s gas giant Gazprom was defeated in a key dispute over the future of the project.

    On Wednesday, the Dusseldorf Higher Regional Court rejected the appeal of Nord Stream AG against the decision of the Federal Network Agency of Germany, which refused to remove the gas pipeline from the regulations of the third EU energy package of the EU.

    The Swiss-based Nord Stream AG, a 100 percent subsidiary of the …

  • Russia offers Saudi Arabia weapons ‘tested in Syria’

    Russian Deputy Defense Minister Alexander Fomin and his Saudi counterpart Prince Khaled bin Salman signed an intergovernmental agreement on military cooperation. The signing ceremony was attended by the head of the Russian Defense Ministry, Sergey Shoygu.

    On August 23, Sergey Shoygu held talks at the forum "Army-2021" with Deputy Defense Minister Prince Khalid bin Salman, reports Rossiyskaya Gazeta. Shoygu told Prince Khalid bin Salman that the Russian Defense Ministry is interested in dynamic …

  • Germany refuses to service engines for Russian Navy

    Western countries continue to tighten the noose of technological sanctions against Russian industry. Following the aviation industry, the Russian United Shipbuilding Corporation, a 100% state-owned holding company uniting 40 design bureaus, shipyards, ship repair, and machine-building companies, fell under the blow of export control, prohibiting the supply of dual-use products to the Russian Federation.

    “Foreign companies are increasingly refusing to service components supplied to Russian …

  • China: U.S. and UK sanctions against Russia over Navalny’s poisoning are unfair

    The Chinese authorities consider the new US sanctions against Russia due to the poisoning of the Russian opposition leader, Alexei Navalny, unfair, said the official representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry Wang Wenbin.

    "The decision [on sanctions] was made before the true state of affairs was determined. This is unfair," he said at a briefing.

    The situation with Navalny is "an exclusively domestic political issue," Wang Wenbin said, adding that "there are no sufficient grounds for …