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Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov © Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MUNICH, February 16. /TASS/. Washington seeks to advance its own interests regardless of the consequences for global security, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters following US Vice President Michael Pence's speech at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. "The end of the Continue Reading
© Alexander Shcherbak/TASS MUNICH, February 16. /TASS/. Washington takes unscrupulous steps mobilizing its allies to put the blame for dismantling the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty (INF Treaty) on Moscow, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters in Munich on Saturday. "Back in October, US officials told us that President [Donald] Trump announced a Continue Reading
MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov held talks with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic on the sidelines of the 55th Munich Security Conference on Saturday, focusing on bilateral cooperation and the Kosovo crisis, the Russian Foreign Ministry said. Lavrov and Vucic "shared views on pressing bilateral and international issues," the ministry Continue Reading
Chief Executive Officer of S7 Space Sergei Sopov © Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. Chief Executive Officer of S7 Space (the operator of the Sea Launch floating spaceport) Sergei Sopov is leaving the company. "I confirm the information about leaving," he told TASS, adding that it is expected "by the end of next week." The Sea Launch is an international Continue Reading
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov © EPA-EFE/RONALD WITTEK MUNICH, February 16. /TASS/. Moscow reiterates the readiness to negotiate the extension of the New START (Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty), which expires in two years, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. "President (of Russia Vladimir) Putin has repeatedly Continue Reading
MUNICH, February 16. /TASS/. Moscow has no issue with the initiatives of the European Union (EU) on maintaining stability in the Black Sea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday, adding though that Brussels should respect regional structures. "As for security concerns in the Black Sea, the European Union has many regional Continue Reading
MUNICH, February 16. /TASS/. No evidence of Russia’s meddling in the matter of renaming Macedonia has been shown, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. "We have been accused on meddling in the issue of renaming Macedonia, though no facts have been shown to us," he said. The agreement on changing the country’s name to the Continue Reading
The founder of Baring Vostok investment fund Michael Calvey © Sergey Bobylev/TASS MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. Moscow’s Basmanny Court arrested the founder of Baring Vostok investment fund Michael Calvey suspected of embezzling 2.5 bln rubles ($37.4 mln) from Vostochny bank on Saturday, TASS correspondent reports. "To uphold the motion on applying detention in custody as a Continue Reading
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov © Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MUNICH, February 16. /TASS/. Washington is aimed at promoting its own interests mindless of the consequences for global security, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told reporters following the speech of US Vice President Michael Pence at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. "The end Continue Reading
ANKARA, February 16. /TASS/. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not rule out the possibility of conducting a joint operation with Russia and Iran against militants in the Syrian de-escalation zone of Idlib, Hurriyet Daily News wrote on Saturday. "Joint operations can be held at any time in line with the developments. There is no obstacle in front of these. Current Continue Reading
MUNICH, February 16. /TASS/. Germany considers it a mistake to squeeze Russia out of the European Union’s gas market for political reasons, Chancellor Angela Merkel said at the Munich Security Conference on Saturday. "I would like to tell the following to our American colleagues: it has been three years since it was permitted to export liquefied natural gas (to Europe). We Continue Reading
ANKARA, February 16. /TASS/. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has suggested that Iraq and Lebanon be included in the Astana process on the Syrian settlement, according to Hurriyet Daily News. "The next (trilateral) summit (of Russia, Turkey and Iran on Syria) will be held in Turkey. During the talks (in Sochi) I said that we can include Iraq and Lebanon in the Astana Continue Reading
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan © EPA-EFE/SERGEI CHIRIKOV/POOL ANKARA, February 16. /TASS/. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated that Ankara has no plans to renege on the purchase of S-400 surface-to-air missile systems from Russai despite the US pressure, according to Hurriyet Daily News. "We have entered into an agreement with Russia on S-400. We Continue Reading
MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. Two humanitarian corridors for refugees leaving Syria’s Rukban camp will be opened early on February 19, according to a joint statement of Russian and Syrian cross-ministerial coordination centers set up to facilitate the return of refugees released on the website of Russia’s Defense Ministry on Saturday. "As things stand, once again convinced Continue Reading
© Ministry of Defence of the Russian Federation MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. The tests of the compact nuclear power unit for cruise missile Burevestnik have been successfully competed in Russia, a source in the missile producing industry told TASS. "A major stage of trials of the cruise missile of the Burevestnik complex, the tests of the nuclear power unit, were Continue Reading
AYN AL-KRUM, February 16. /TASS/. Another batch of humanitarian aid has been delivered by Russian servicemen to residents of Syria's Hama province. Servicemen from the Russian Center for reconciliation of the conflicting sides in Syria provided assistance to Christians residing in the town of Ayn Al-Krum and in the village of Tumin, responding to the request made by the Continue Reading
© EPA-EFE/TANNEN MAURY MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. /TASS/. At least five people were killed in a shooting in Aurora, Illinois, NBC reported on Friday. Earlier reports said one person was killed and four policemen were injured in the shooting. A gunman opened fire at the Henry Pratt Company just before 1:30pm local time. The gunman was engaged in gunfire with the police Continue Reading
CARACAS, February 16. /TASS/. The fourth center for collecting humanitarian aid for Venezuela is being established in the US city of Miami, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido wrote on his official Twitter account. "We announce opening a center for collecting humanitarian aid in Miami, so that Venezuelans all around the world can join the movement for Venezuela," Continue Reading
Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez © EPA-EFE/MIGUEL GUTIERREZ CARACAS, February 15. /TASS/. Venezuelan Defense Minister Vladimir Padrino Lopez has accused opposition leaders of supporting a foreign military intervention in the country, the defense ministry said on Friday. "It is even harder to witness with surprise and sadness some people who are currently Continue Reading
© EPA/JUSTIN LANE MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. /TASS/. Fitch Ratings has affirmed Russia's credit rating at 'BBB-' with a positive outlook. The credit rating agency cited a strong sovereign balance sheet and robust external finances. "The prospect of harsher additional US sanctions remains high, maintaining risks for sovereign financing flexibility, private sector access Continue Reading