• For third time in 4 years Russia restructures Venezuela's loan

    The Russian State Duma at a meeting on Tuesday ratified a bill to restructure the loan issued to Venezuela.

    The third restructuring in the last 4 years will again delay the repayment of the debt principal, which at the beginning of this year was $3.4 billion.

    In the next three years, Venezuela will repay only interest on the loan - two tranches a year for 66.5 million dollars each, according to a document posted on the Duma’s website.

    Debt payments are postponed to 2023-26. During this …

  • Putin to visit Crimea for keel laying of new Russian warships

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will arrive in Kerch on July 16 for a keel laying ceremony for new Russian Navy warships, announced Putin’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov.

    Peskov said that the ceremony will be held at the Crimean shipyard Zaliv (Gulf) where Putin will also meet with its workers.

    On the same day, the new ships will be laid down at the Sevmash Shipyard in Severodvinsk and at the Severnaya Verf (Northern Shipyard) in St. Petersburg. Peskov noted that the president will speak …

  • Roadside bomb detonated on Russian patrol route in Syria

    A bomb was detonated on the way of a Russian patrol, several soldiers were wounded, reported the Russian Reconciliation Center for Syria, as quoted by RBC news agency.

    The patrol was carried out jointly with the Turkish military. The explosion occurred on the morning of July 14, at 8:20 Moscow time. The convoy was on the M-4 highway near the town of Ariha, in the southern part of the Idlib de-escalation zone.

    A Russian armored personnel carrier was damaged in the explosion. The armored …

  • Governor of Kherson region calls on Kyiv to deploy additional troops amid growing threat of Russian attack

    In an interview with the Ukrainian news outlet LB.ua, the head of the Kherson Region, Yuri Gusev, said that he had appealed to the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine to increase the number of military personnel in the region amid reports that Russia can conduct a military operation against Ukraine from the annexed Crimea.

    According to Gusev, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry pledged to allocate necessary infrastructure to accommodate additional units of the Ukrainian Armed Forces in …

  • Saakashvili: It is in Ukraine's interest to remove Georgia's pro-Russian government

    The head of the executive committee of the Ukrainian National Council of Reforms, Mikheil Saakashvili, believes that the change of the current pro-Russian government of Georgia will be beneficial for Ukraine.

    "I believe that it is in the interests of Ukraine and the Ukrainian people to remove the pro-Russian government of Georgia. But that's my personal opinion. I do not express the opinion of the president or others on this issue, because I am not an official civil servant of Ukraine," he …