• Washington asks 24 Russian diplomats to leave U.S.

    U.S. authorities have handed Russia a list of 24 Russian diplomats who must leave the country before September 3. This is due to the fact that the three-year term of their stay in the country expires. Last December, the U.S. Department of State set a three-year stay limit for Russian personnel, which applies only to Russian diplomats, said Russian Ambassador to Washington Anatoly Antonov in an interview with The National Interest.

    Almost all of Russian diplomats will leave without replacement, …

  • Russia considers banning gasoline exports to stop soaring prices

    The Russian authorities decided to take a sharp step to cool fuel inflation, which continues to accelerate, taking Russians out the hypnosis of "stability” ahead of the September Duma elections.

    According to RIA Novosti, the Russian Energy Ministry appealed with an official request to the government to introduce a ban on the export of gasoline under an accelerated procedure.

    On Wednesday, the head of the Energy Ministry, Nikolai Shulginov, warned that such a step is being seriously considered. …

  • Russia lost COVID vaccine war

    The Kremlin's ambitious plans to make Russia a major player in the vaccine market and earn tens of billions of dollars in supplies to poor countries are crumbling as contracts for Russian vaccine Sputnik V are on the verge of collapse due to delays and difficulties with production.

    Russian President Vladimir Putin personally joined the advertising campaign for the Russian vaccine "Sputnik V", calling it "the best in the world" and unprecedented in terms of protection and degree of safety. In …

  • Gas prices soaring in Europe as Russia's Gazprom refuses to increase transit through Ukraine

    Gas prices in Europe, after a month of respite, are soaring again. On Thursday, the cost of gas futures on the London ICE exchange exceeded $ 500 per thousand cubic meters amid growing demand, a shortage of LNG supplies and Gazprom's refusal to increase transit through Ukraine.

    Contracts for August, pegged to the price of gas at the EU's largest hub TTF, reached $501 per thousand cubic meters (€40.87 per thousand kWh), showing an increase of 3% per day and 10% since the beginning of the week. …

  • Lukashenko: Russian armed forces will be deployed in Belarus if necessary

    The self-proclaimed President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko said that if necessary, Russian bases can be created on the territory of Belarus, reports BelTA news agency.

    "They accuse us that Lukashenka wants to place Russian bases on the territory of Belarus. Listen, we're not stressing about the fact that they have created a bunch of these bases in Europe. It’s their sea. Why are you making claims against us?", Lukashenka said.

    At the same time, he noted that establishing Russian bases in …