Contents tagged with Russia

  • 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 …

  • Russia expels seven Slovak, Lithuanian and Estonian diplomats

    Russia expels a total of seven diplomats from Slovakia and the Baltic States. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that three employees of the Slovak Embassy in Moscow, two employees of the Lithuanian Embassy and one each from the embassies of Latvia and Estonia were declared persona non grata.

    The Russian Foreign Ministry summoned the ambassadors of these countries. They were given "letters of protest in connection with provocative, unreasonable decisions" to expel employees of Russian …

  • Russia sends missile cruiser to Black Sea after U.S Coast Guard ship enters the region

    Russia sent its Moskva guided-missile cruiser for exercises in the Black Sea after the U.S. sent a Coast Guard ship to the region, reported Interfax news agency with reference to the press service of the Black Sea Fleet.

    "The crew will conduct a set of combat tasks and joint maneuvers in several Black Sea sea ranges with ships of the Black Sea Fleet and helicopters of maritime aviation and air defense," the Russian Navy Command said.

    They also added that, during the exercises which will …

  • Kremlin: Putin is ready to talk with Zelensky but not about the war in Donbas

    Russian Presidential Speaker Dmitry Peskov welcomed the initiative of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to meet with Putin, reported the Russian agency Interfax.

    Peskov said the wish to speak should be "only welcomed." He also said that deputy head of the Russian Presidential administration, Dmitry Kozak, is in constant contact with the Office of the Ukrainian President.

    At the same time, the Kremlin believes that the dialogue between Zelensky and Putin can be only regarding the …