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  • Russia to create 20 regiments on the borders with Ukraine and the Baltic states

    Russia intends to create 20 new regiments in the Western Military District, which borders Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic States and Finland, said Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu.

    According to Shoygu, Russia is improving the combat composition of its troops because NATO countries led by the United States "destroy the security system in the world." Shoygu said tat by the end of 2021 about 20 regiments and military units will be created in the Western Military District.

    The minister added …

  • Kremlin: ‘sanctions spiral’ can lead to Russia losing access to SWIFT

    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs believes that the SWIFT system may become part of a "sanctions spiral" against Russia, said the director of the Department of Economic Cooperation of the Russian Foreign Ministry, Dmitry Birichevsky in an interview with RIA Novosti.

    He recalled that "there are threats," especially from the United States, to disconnect Russia from the SWIFT system. However, under international law, sanctions can only be imposed by a legitimate body, such as the UN …

  • Russia admits its critical dependence on imports of strategic and rare earth metals

    Russia imports more than a third of strategic metals and more than 60% of rare earth metals, with almost 100 percent dependency on imports of some of them, said the Russian parliamentary body of financial control, the Accounts Chamber, in the report “On the Effectiveness of Management of the State Sub-soil Resources Fund in 2018-2020”.

    According to the Russian Accounts Chamber, foreign supplies represent 100% of the economy's needs in titanium, chromium, manganese and lithium, as well as more …

  • Moscow to open Russia's airspace for flights bypassing Belarus

    Russian authorities decided not to continue the air war with the EU after European airlines began to fly around Belarus in response to the forced landing of a Ryanair flight in Minsk.

    On Thursday evening, Russian Federal Air Transport Agency, Rosaviation, convened for an emergency meeting to discuss how to deal with European flights requesting permission to enter the Russian airspace.

    A Vienna-Moscow Austrian Airlines flight and a Paris-Moscow Air France flight were denied entry into the …

  • EU prepares to block import of Russian gas through Belarus

    The European Union is preparing to tighten the currency stranglehold around Alexander Lukashenko’s neck, whose regime is already losing a key source of export earnings after NAFTAN refinery was put on the U.S. "blacklist".

    The European sanctions against Belarus in response to the forced landing of the Ryanair flight in Minsk may include measures against the transit of Russian gas through Belarus, said EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs Josep Borrell.

    The sanctions may be imposed on …

  • Moscow refuses to allow European flights bypassing Belarus to enter Russia’s airspace

    The Russian authorities seem to have come up with a response to air blockade of Belarus, which was introduced by the European Union after Lukashenko’s special operation to force the landing of the Ryanair flight in Minsk.

    On Wednesday, Air France, Europe's third-largest airline by passenger traffic, was forced to reschedule an evening Paris-Moscow flight because it did not get a permission to enter Russian airspace.

    The airline planned to fly around Belarus and requested permission to enter …

  • Ukraine suspends electricity imports from Russia and Belarus

    Ukraine has suspended imports of Russian and Belarusian electricity until October 1, 2021. The decision was taken at a meeting of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NKREKU).

    The head of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission, Valery Tarasyuk, said that Energy Minister Herman Galuschenko initiated the decision. Thus, NKREKU cancels the results of annual auctions, which were used distributed transit volume for 2021 as part interstate agreements between …

  • Russia wants to use prison labor for construction projects

    Russian Justice Minister Konstantin Chuychenko said the Russian penal service was right in proposing to use prison labor on large construction sites.

    The Russian government believes that "correctional centers" can be set up on large construction sites and prisoners with the necessary qualifications will perform construction work.

    At the same time, according to the minister, it is necessary to move quickly and "create workplaces in all directions”, including large investment projects, which …

  • Russia deploys three long-range Tu-22M bombers to Syria

    Three long-range Tu-22M3 bombers landed at a Russian air base in Syria. The Russian Defense Ministry said that the Tu-22M3 bombers arrived at Khmeimim airbase for the first time. The Russian Defense Ministry added that the arrival of the bombers was possible after the upgrade of the second runway. The runway was lengthened, received new coating and new lighting and radio equipment were installed on it. According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the airbase can now be used by aircraft of all …

  • Putin vows to 'knock out teeth' of anyone who tries 'to bite' Russia

    The enemies are trying to limit Russia's development, but, thanks to its armed forces, the country can respond harshly to all of them, President Vladimir Putin said at a meeting of the organizing committee "Victory".

    According to him, always the same thing happens. As soon as Russia becomes stronger, they find reasons to limit its development.

    "Everyone wants to bite us or to bite a piece off us," Putin said. "But those who are going to do it need to know, that we'll knock out their teeth so …