Contents tagged with Kremlin

  • Kremlin: Russia may abandon euro if it is used as ‘instrument of pressure’

    Russia, following its de-dollarization policy, may announce a policy of abandoning the euro if the European authorities begin to use their currency as an instrument of pressure, as the United States does, said in an interview with Interfax Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Pankin.

    So far, according to Pankin, there are no reasons for this. Russia does not face problems in euro settlements, and the replacement of the European currency with another one only for political reasons is "economically …

  • Kremlin warns of ‘decisive steps’ if Ukraine joins NATO

    Ukraine's membership in the North Atlantic Alliance (NATO) would be the worst-case scenario, it could force Russia to "take decisive steps" to ensure its own security, said the press Secretary of the Russian President Dmitry Peskov in an interview for the documentary "Vladimir Putin: the master of the game" of TV channel France 5.

    "Ukraine's membership in NATO would be the worst-case scenario. This is a scenario that goes beyond the "red lines" of Russia's national interests. This is the …

  • Number of scientists in Russia falls to a multi-year low

    Russia continues to lose research scientists, reducing scientific personnel, contrary to the announced plans to make a technological "breakthrough".

    At the end of 2020, the number of people employed in the field of scientific research and development fell by another 3.2 thousand and amounted to 679.3 thousand - about 1% of the average working population.

    The number of scientists-researchers fell by 1.7 thousand people. And their total number - 346.5 thousand - was the lowest in at least the …

  • Kremlin: Russians will remain without American visas for a long time

    Negotiations with the United States on restoring the normal work of embassies after the mass expulsion of diplomats ended in vain, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov told Interfax.

    Consultations with US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, who visited Moscow on October 11, according to Ryabkov, were held "openly and quite frankly", but did not bring progress.

    "Those subjects - visas, the conditions for the functioning of diplomatic missions, the rotation of diplomatic …

  • Kremlin: Russia does not accept American military presence in Central Asia

    Russia does not accept the US military presence in the countries of Central Asia, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov after a meeting with US Deputy Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, reports TASS.

    "We emphasized the unacceptability of any form of American military presence in Central Asian countries," Ryabkov said.

    He explained that he had discussed Afghanistan with Nuland. The US Under Secretary of State flew to Moscow the day before to discuss bilateral relations, as well …

  • Kremlin finds nothing special in reports about hidden wealth of Putin’s circle

    The Kremlin sees no reason to conduct an audit following the publication of the Pandora Papers, the largest ever investigation into hidden wealth, tax evasion and, in some cases, money laundering by the world's rich and powerful.

    "To be honest, we did not see any hidden wealth of Putin's inner circle there," presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said at a press briefing.

    According to him, the Kremlin has not yet noticed "anything special" in the data published by the International Consortium …

  • Kremlin wants to jail Russians for 'spreading fake news about elections'

    The Russian Prosecutor General's Office intends to seek, among other things, criminal liability for persons who disseminate knowingly false information about the elections, RIA Novosti quotes the Deputy head of the Prosecutor General's Office, Alexei Zhafyarov.

    "We used mostly methods of prosecutorial response to restrict spreading knowingly false information, calls for mass public events during the voting and even for mass riots," Zhafyarov said at a meeting of the Federation Council …

  • $55 billion disappear from Russian banking system

    The bankruptcy of several hundred banks and pension funds, which took place in recent years, left a $4 trillion rubles ($55 billion) hole in the Russian financial system.

    The real value of the assets of 414 financial institutions, which are undergoing liquidation, is only 15% of the value indicated on their balance sheet, said First Deputy Director General of the Russian Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA), Andrei Melnikov.

    Of the 4.7 trillion rubles ($65 billion) of declared assets, only about 700 …

  • Kremlin wants to bring Russians living abroad back to Russia

    The Russian government has approved a plan for the voluntary resettlement of “compatriots living abroad”.

    By 2030, it is planned to bring back to Russia at least 500 thousand citizens, according to the resolution of the Cabinet of Ministers on amendments to the state program "Ensuring public order and combating crime".

    Resettlement, according to the document, should be organized "by providing emigrants with state guarantees from the federal budget."

    Temporary visiting groups of the Foreign …

  • 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 …