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© Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Russia’s advanced weapons, which will ensure the country’ security for decades to come, will force those who got accustomed to militarist rhetoric to think, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Defense Ministry’s expanded board meeting on Tuesday. "A serious breakthrough has been made in developing advanced and Continue Reading
© Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Particular cases related to the Jehovah’s Witnesses religious organization outlawed in Russia will be studied in detail, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday. Peskov commented on complaints about persecution against the organization’s members, which human rights activists voiced to Russian Continue Reading
© Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. An uncompromising fight against terrorists in Syria will go on, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the Russian Defense Ministry’s expanded board meeting. "The situation in the country [Syria] has been gradually improving following the defeat of major militant groups," he said. "However, militants still try to fight Continue Reading
MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. All of Russia’s military branches and armed services developed in 2018 in a balanced and planned way and the country’s nuclear triad became stronger, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday. "All of Russia’s military branches and armed services have been developing in a balanced way and have been supplied with up-to-date weapons and Continue Reading
PERM, December 18. /TASS/. A District Court in Perm in the Urals has sentenced a teenager who attacked schoolchildren and a teacher at school No. 127 in January, injuring 15 pupils, to 9 years and 8 months in a prison, TASS reports from the courtroom. "To find the suspect guilty and sentence him to 9 years and 8 months in a prison," the judge read out the verdict, noting Continue Reading
MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Military intelligence played a significant role in creating missile weapons in the USSR, Head of the Military Counter-Intelligence Department at Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) Colonel-General Nikolai Yuryev told TASS on the eve of the centenary of domestic military counter-intelligence. In April 1945, military counter-intelligence Continue Reading
© Dmitry Serebryakov/TASS MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. The new report prepared for the US Senate Intelligence Committee contains unfounded claims against Russia, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Tuesday. "What I read about this report in public access can arouse nothing but misunderstanding," Peskov said. "It voices some general claims and accusations, and Continue Reading
  Kommersant: Ex-foreign minister evaluates global risks for 2019 The coming year could be destructive for the existing system of international relations, President of the Russian International Affairs Council (RIAC) and former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov wrote in his article published by Kommersant. "We can completely destroy the old international system without Continue Reading
Igor Sergun © Stanislav Krasilnikov/TASS MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Russia’s Defense Ministry refuted media reports about the death of Director of Russia’s GRU military intelligence service Igor Sergun in January 2016 in Lebanon, calling this "conspiracy nonsense." "The rumors, disseminated at the suggestion of the US Justice Department, that Col. Gen. Igor Dmitrievich Continue Reading
© REUTERS/Phil Noble, archive MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. A Russian 16,000-tonne ship known as the Kuzma Minin has run aground off the coast of Britain’s Cornwall County as the area was being pounded by stormy weather, the Daily Mirror wrote on Tuesday. According to the newspaper, the bulk carrier is "dangerously close" to a nearby beach. The ship, which has 18 Russian Continue Reading
MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin’s annual news conference on December 20 will be held in its traditional manner, without any innovations but organizers will create conditions for a direct dialogue between the president and journalists, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told TASS. "There can hardly be any innovations here," Peskov said answering a Continue Reading
MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Moscow’s Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts has sent the Venus and Adonis masterpiece, by the Venetian Renaissance artist Titian, back to its owner. The museum is not losing hope to acquire the painting, although the owner has reneged on the deal, the press service said. "Yesterday we removed the painting from the exhibition and packed it. Today Continue Reading
MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Oil production in Russia in 2019 may be adjusted downwards, taking into account the decision of OPEC+ transaction, Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters. "The forecast for the next year is 555-556 (mln tonnes - TASS). But (production) can be adjusted downwards taking into account the reduction by 3-4 mln tonnes," he said. Novak noted Continue Reading
© Alexander Ryumin/TASS MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. Intelligence agencies from at least ten countries have been showing high interest in Russia’s Armed Forces, Head of the Military Counterintelligence Department at the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Colonel General Nikolai Yuryev said in an interview with TASS ahead of the military counterintelligence agency’s Continue Reading
© Marina Lysceva/TASS HMEIMIM, December 18. /TASS/. A military police service has been successfully established in Syria, Head of the Russian Defense Ministry’s Main Military Police Directorate Lieutenant General Vladimir Ivanovsky told reporters. "According to military commanders, locals and observers, a military police service has been successfully established, tasked Continue Reading
MOSCOW, December 18. /TASS/. The military counterintelligence agency of the Russian Security Service (FSB) prevented four terrorist attacks against Russian military servicemen in the past five years, Head of the FSB Military Counterintelligence Department Colonel General Nikolai Yuryev said in an interview with TASS ahead of the service’s centennial anniversary. "Terrorism Continue Reading
BOGOTA, December 18. /TASS/. Strategic bombers of Russia’s Aerospace Defense Forces did not pose any threat to Colombia when visiting Venezuela last week, Russia’s Ambassador to the Bolivarian Republic Vladimir Zaemsky told Colombia’s Blu radio station. "We are not threatening Colombia. We did not take any action against Colombia, which could be interpreted as a threat," Continue Reading
UNITED NATIONS, December 18. /TASS/. Russia intends to submit documentary evidence of violations of the Ukrainian side in the Kerch Strait, Russia's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky said on Tuesday. "We intend to legally confirm the violations of Ukraine in the Black Sea and document it. The actions of Ukraine in the Black Sea are a Continue Reading
UNITED NATIONS, December 18. /TASS/. The UN General Assembly adopted Russia’s resolution on "Countering the use of information and communication technologies for criminal purposes, official representative of the Russian mission to the United Nations Fedor Strzhizhovsky told reporters. "The resolution gives rise to searching and forming a response to one of the pressing Continue Reading
© AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais WASHINGTON, December 18. /TASS/. Russia increased its investment in US government securities to $14.629 bln in October. In September, the figure reached was $14.4 bln, according to data published by the US Department of the Treasury. The first place is occupied by China, which invested $1.138 trillion in US bonds, followed by Japan - Continue Reading
UNITED NATIONS, December 18. /TASS/. The United States is trying to stir up a full-scale war between fraternal Russian and Ukrainian peoples, according to Russia's Deputy Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dmitry Polyansky. "Instead of reasoning with the ‘Maidan’ regime, forcing it to hear the voice of the people, it is supplied with weapons and all kinds of Continue Reading