Western governments and media have reached a "magical thinking" stage in their fantasies about alleged Russian propaganda and influence. The magical thinking is such that there is no longer even a need to prove claims. It is simply "fact" by assertion. Take the US Director of National Intelligence, Dan Coats. He testified before the Senate last week that Russian meddling Continue Reading
CHISINAU, February 11. /TASS/. Moldova’s President Igor Dodon has said his Ukrainian counterpart Pyotr Poroshenko will pay a visit to Chisinau on February 13, but no meeting between the two heads of state is planned. "Poroshenko is expected to arrive on Wednesday," Dodon told the Accent TV channel on Monday, declining to specify the purpose of the visit. "As for the Continue Reading
MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. Washington’s assertions that the United States has responded to all Moscow’s questions on the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty are not true, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Monday. "American representatives’ statements that the US allegedly responded to Russia’s claims in detail are not true," the ministry said. Continue Reading
Fenerbahce FC's footballers © EPA-EFE/SEDAT SUNA ISTANBUL, February 11. /TASS/. The players of Turkish football club Fenerbahce are facing a tough two-match encounter with Russia’s Zenit St. Petersburg in the Round of 32 of the UEFA Europa League, Fenerbahce Head Coach Ersun Yanal said at a news conference on Monday. Fenerbahce and Zenit are set for the first leg clash of Continue Reading
CARACAS, February 11. /TASS/. Deputy president of Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly Tania Diaz has warned that a potential conflict between Venezuela and Colombia the United States is trying to provoke would harm the interests of both countries. "The strategy of the United States and Colombian oligarchs is to set the two countries against each other," said Diaz, Continue Reading
BERLIN, Germany – Berlin should not skimp on defense because “Russia is at the door,” said US ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell. “NATO asks for 2% by 2024. Germany’s NATO promise to raise defense spending to 1.5 percent is not enough. Again, it is not US standards that have to be met here, but NATO […] The post Washington demands that Germany increase military spending Continue Reading
Across social media, Ukrainian police and law enforcement officials are apologizing for one officer's slur aimed at far-right ultranationalists and making it known: They, too, are "#Banderites." Or, to be clear, supporters of militant Ukrainian nationalists who collaborated with the Nazis during World War II. National Police chief Serhiy Knyazev says he is one. So does Continue Reading
The INF Treaty that Washington abandoned was aimed at primarily providing security for Europe, not the US, the Russian envoy to the US said, explaining the US move was driven by a desire to get new missiles. "The INF Treaty is dealing with the security of the European countries and the Russian Federation, not with the security of the US," Russia's ambassador to the US, Continue Reading
© REUTERS/Gleb Garanich CHISINAU, February 11. /TASS/. Moldova’s President Igor Dodon has expressed his gratitude to Russia for assistance in securing the release of two Moldovan pilots who had been held captive by terrorists in Afghanistan for more than three years. He said as much at a meeting with Russian Ambassador to Moldova Oleg Vasnetsov on Monday. "On behalf of Continue Reading
MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. Russia’s government plans to expand the possible use of the zero VAT tax for exporters in 2019, according to National Projects files posted on the Russian government’s website on Monday. The plan is to provide the possibility of the zero VAT tax for exports of construction and other materials for construction of facilities overseas, goods under Continue Reading
ANKARA, February 11. /TASS/. Talks of Russia and Turkey on Syria will help to achieve peace and stability in the region, Turkish Minister of National Defense Hulusi Akar said as he met with Russian counterpart Sergey Shoigu in Ankara on Monday. "Our contacts with Russia that we maintain at all possible levels will make a substantial contribution to peace and stability in Continue Reading
MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has extended his congratulations to speed skater Ruslan Murashov, who raced to win last week the gold medal in men’s 500-meter event of the 2019 World Single Distances Speed Skating Championships in Germany’s Inzell. "Your extraordinary talent, the outstanding physical condition and the strong will helped you to Continue Reading
© EPA/CHRISTIAN CHARISIUS MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. The 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Russia’s Sochi remain as the best organized edition of the Olympics and it will be uneasy for any other country to surpass such success, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told journalists on Monday. Asked about his opinion about the Olympics hosted by Russia five years ago Continue Reading
MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos is not going to pay NASA for the accommodation of an astronaut from the United Arab Emirates on the US segment of the ISS, Roscosmos’s executive director for manned programs, Sergei Krikalyov, told TASS on Monday. Earlier, some media said that the UAE’s astronaut might be accommodated at the US segment and Continue Reading
© Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. Russia has managed to significantly improve relations with international sports organizations in the fight against violations of anti-doping regulations, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. "Our sports authorities maintain permanent contacts with international colleagues and as you all know a Continue Reading
MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. The foreign ministries of North Korea and Russia are holding consultations on boosting defense and political dialogue, North Korea’s Ambassador to Moscow Kim Hyung Jun said at a meeting with Russian Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Konstantin Kosachev on Monday. "Our meeting shows how well Continue Reading
CARACAS, Venezuela – Nicolás Maduro, the re-elected president of Venezuela, said that Caracas will make investments to provide the Armed Forces with the most advanced military equipment, warning other countries to stop making threats against his country. “We will make investments so that our soldiers, military and militias have the most advanced weaponry … Venezuela […] Continue Reading
The Times has annoyed Kiev after describing the prolonged conflict in Ukraine as a "civil war." Ukraine's embassy in the UK rushed to slam the paper and remind the world that Kiev supposedly fights "Russian aggression." "Correct article immediately!" the embassy demanded in a scathing tweet, accusing one of the leading British newspapers of inexcusable political amnesia. Continue Reading
The Russian ruble has been gaining ground on the US dollar and the euro after global credit rating agency Moody's upgraded Russia's sovereign rating to investment grade with a stable outlook. The ruble was trading at 65.85 against the greenback at 07:50 GMT, rising by 0.17 percent on Monday and marking a nearly three-percent gain on the year. The Russian currency is Continue Reading
MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. The hasty crusade for regime change in Venezuela resembling a ‘cavalry charge’ has failed, so pressure on the country from outside is only going to mount, Chairman of the Russian Federation Council’s (upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev said on Monday after the committee had met for a closed-door session to Continue Reading
© Alexei Nikolskly/Russian president's press service/TASS MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Belarusian counterpart Alexander Lukashenko will discuss key bilateral issues and the prospects for Eurasian integration at their meeting in Sochi on February 13, while on February 15, they will hold meet with ministers responsible for culture, Continue Reading
The ‘Healthy Life Forum: Towards 80+’, which will be held on the opening day of the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi on 13 February, will serve as a unique platform for industry professionals and government representatives to discuss national projects in demographics, health, science, and education. In addition to an extensive business programme, Forum participants will Continue Reading
MOSCOW, February 11. /TASS/. The EU should abandon its policy of trying to please the US if it wants to launch efficient cooperation with Iran, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters on Monday. "The European Union must rise above its dual approaches of "playing both sides of the fence", when they try not to annoy the Americans, but at the same time Continue Reading