• Russia to sell remaining grain reserves to cool inflation

    The Russian authorities decided to sell  the remaining grain reserves in order to bring down the flour prices and prevent the rise in price of bread ahead of September elections to the State Duma.The United Grain Company announced the that it is resuming trading in grain from the “intervention fund”, which the government has been accumulating since 2001, periodically opening it up to avoid a shortage in the market.As a rule, grain is purchased for the fund in the fall, and sold in winter and …

  • Kremlin: Putin praised Merkel for consistently pursuing completion of Nord Stream 2

    The Kremlin press service said that Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel are satisfied with the construction of the Nord Stream-2 gas pipeline.

    In turn, Merkel’s press service said that the Chancellor spoke to Putin over the phone about  the construction of Nord stream-2 and the transit of gas through Ukraine.

    Angela Merkel told Putin that the situation around Nord Stream 2 was discussed during the talks with the U.S. President Joe Biden.

    At the same time, the …

  • Ukraine and Poland vow to jointly fight against Nord Stream 2

    Ukraine and Poland will work together with their allies and partners to counter the launch of Nord Stream 2 until solutions are developed to overcome the security crisis, support countries in their aspirations to become members of Western democratic institutions and minimize threats to peace and energy security, reads a joint statement by the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau, published on the website of the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry.

    The …

  • Kremlin tests disconnecting Russia from world internet

    Russian authorities held exercises to isolate the Russian internet segment (Runet) from the global internet, RBC news agency reports, citing sources and materials of the working group "Information Security" under Russia’s Digital Economy national program.

    The exercises, which took place between June 15 and July 15, were attended by Russia’s "big four" internet providers (MTS, Beeline, Megafon and Tele2), as well as Rostelecom, Transtelecom and ER-Telecom Holding.

    "The possibility of physical …

  • Kremlin: Russia does not intend to annex Donbas despite issuing passports to its residents

    The distribution of Russian passports to residents of the Donbas does not mean that this region will be annexed to the Russian Federation, said Russian Deputy Prime Minister and the Kremlin’s chief negotiator on Ukraine, Dmitry Kozak in an interview with Politique Internationale.

    According to him, about 470 thousand residents of Donetsk and Lugansk regions which are not under Ukraine’s control became citizens of Russia using a simplified process. However, this is not considered as a sign of …