DARAA GOVERNORATE /Syria/, August 14. /TASS/. The Nasib checkpoint at the Syrian-Jordanian border is capable of handling up to 4,000 refugees a day, chief of the Nasib office of the Russian Center for Reception, Allocation and Accommodation of Refugees in Syria, Mikhail Kilasyev, said on Tuesday. "In a span of 24 hours, the checkpoint is capable of handling up to 4,000 Continue Reading
MURMANSK, August 14. /TASS/. Implementation of the national Digital Economy program may need slightly above 1 trillion rubles ($15 bln) in five coming years, Russia’s Deputy Prime Minister Maxim Akimov told TASS on Tuesday. "I think the case in point can be the amount over 1 trillion rubles ($15 bln) for five coming years, considering that we are going through this season Continue Reading
LONDON, August 14. /TASS/. The British authorities are blocking access to investigation into the death of Russian businessman Nikolai Glushkov, the Russian Embassy in London said on Tuesday. "The British authorities fail to comply with their international commitments and deny the Russian side access to materials of investigation into the death of a national of our country, Continue Reading
MURMANSK, August 14. /TASS/. The Russian Ministry of Transport worked out a package of response measures in case Ukraine decides to halt railway and bus service with Russia, Transport Minister Yevgeny Ditrikh told reporters on Tuesday. "The Transport Ministry has discussed this matter and our possible response measures in connection with probable making of decisions of Continue Reading
© EPA/HOW HWEE YOUNG MOSCOW, August 14. /TASS/. Men’s and women’s ice hockey will be included in the program for the next Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in 2022, the press service of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) told TASS on Tuesday. TSN and NBC hockey commentator Gord Miler tweeted earlier, citing IIHF Hockey President Rene Fasel, that the IOC was looking at Continue Reading
© EPA-EFE/LUCA ZENNARO MOSCOW, August 14./TASS/. The death toll in the collapse of a motorway bridge near Genoa has grown to 35, La Repubblica newspaper says referring to the Italian National Civil Protection Service. Earlier, Interior Minister Matteo Salvini reported 30 deaths in the tragedy. "We fear that the number of people killed and injured will grow, as work to Continue Reading
MOSCOW, August 14. /TASS/. Gazprom sent a petition to Poland’s antimonopoly regulator UOKiK for termination of the antimonopoly probe against participants in the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline construction, the company said on Tuesday. "On June 15, 2018, Gazprom sent objections to the position of the Polish antimonopoly authority and petitioned termination of the antimonopoly Continue Reading
MOSCOW, August 14. /TASS/. The US military spending increase is intended to draw Russia, China and Iran into a new spiral of the arms race, experts polled by TASS said on Tuesday. US President Donald Trump signed into law on Monday the $716 billion defense budget for the 2019 fiscal year (beginning on October 1) or $16 billion more compared to the previous year. Continue Reading
© AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster MOSCOW, August 14./TASS/. Russia must take into account an increase in military spending in the new law on the Pentagon’s budget for the 2019 fiscal year, as this means the US will be updating its military systems, Russia’s senator and former ambassador to the US, Sergey Kislyak, told TASS on Tuesday. "Of course we must this into account, as Continue Reading
© Alexei Nikolsky/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS MOSCOW, August 14. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin sent a telegram to Italian President Sergio Mattarella "expressing the deepest condolences over the tragic consequences of the collapse of the bridge near the city of Genoa," the Kremlin press service reported. "The head of the Russian state Continue Reading
© EPA-EFE/LUCA ZENNARO MOSCOW, August 14./TASS/. At least 22 people were killed when a motorway bridge near Genoa collapsed earlier on Tuesday, Rai News 24 news channel reports citing Italian Undersecretary to the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport Edoardo Rixi. Earlier reports said at least 11 had been killed. According to the Italian Civil Protection Department, at Continue Reading
MOSCOW, August 14. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov has sent a letter to new United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, in which he expressed hope for constructive dialogue, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement released on Tuesday. The ministry reiterated that on August 10 the UN General Assembly unanimously approved of Continue Reading
MOSCOW, August 14. /TASS/. Russia will do its best to promote peaceful dialogue between North and South Korea, hoping that it would become more positive and irreversible, First Deputy Chairman of the Federation Council Committee for Foreign Affairs Sergei Kislyak stated on Thursday, during the meeting with Chairman of the South Korean Foreign Affairs and Unification Continue Reading
© Ruslan Shamukov/TASS MOSCOW, August 14. /TASS/. Nord Stream 2 AG, the operator of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project, obtained a permit for laying the subsea segment of the gas line in the territorial sea of the Russian Federation, the company says on Tuesday. The permit was issued by the Russian environmental regulator and covers a 114 km gas pipeline segment on the Continue Reading
TASS, August 14. 40 volunteers were chosen to participate in Arctic project after they took a training course in the Yamalo-Nenets Region, head of the Green Arctic ecology social organization Alexei Rudkovsky told TASS. "Our project’s objective is to attract people to volunteer programs," he said. "We have received more than 100 applications from Russia’s 16 cities for Continue Reading
Alexei Ulyukayev © Mikhail Pochuev/TASS MOSCOW, August 14. /TASS/. The Moscow City Court’s Presidium has refused to revise the sentence to former Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev who was handed a prison term of eight years on bribe0taking charges, the court’s press service told TASS on Tuesday. "The court has ruled to turn down the cassation appeal of Continue Reading
© EPA-EFE/LUCA ZENNARO MOSCOW, August 14./TASS/. At least 11people were killed on Tuesday, when a motorway bridge collapsed near the Italian city of Genoa, Corriere della Sera daily reports referring to early data from the Italian Interior Ministry. Five people are in grave condition, it said. Earlier, Deputy Minister of Infrastructure and Transportation Edoardo Rixi said Continue Reading
The Morandi Bridge collapsed in the northern Italian city of Genoa. Both sides of the highway fell. Around 10 vehicles are involved in the collapse, rescue sources said. Sources from the Italian Interior Ministry have confirmed the death of 11 people in the collapse of a bridge near Genoa. To find out more details, see the images from the site. In other mediaContinue Reading
MOSCOW, August 14./TASS/. In updating its armaments, the US has considerably deviated from the strategic arms reduction treaty, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told TASS on Tuesday. "The existing treaty firmly and quite clearly registers those systems of strategic armaments that are to be reduced and restricted. Russia has complied with these terms and keeps Continue Reading
ANKARA, August 14. /TASS/. Washington's abusing the role of the dollar as the global world reserve currency will weaken its positions, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Tuesday. He was speaking after the meeting of ambassadors and permanent representatives of Turkey to international organizations. "I am confident that the grossest abuse of the Continue Reading
© AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko MOSCOW, August 14. /TASS/. The Kremlin sees as groundless the United States’ attempts to portray Russia as a country posing a threat to the world, because the defense budgets of the two countries are incomparable, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in the wake of reports about an increase in US defense spending. "Before Continue Reading
© EPA-EFE/LUCA ZENNARO MOSCOW, August 14./TASS/. Dozens of people were killed when a bridge collapsed near Genoa, Italy, on Tuesday, Adnkronos news portal reports. "This is a massive-scale incident. Dozens of dead among those who fell from the viaduct," the news portal quoted the head of Genoa’s rescue service, Francesco Bermano, as saying. The motorway bridge, built on Continue Reading