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Russia condemns nationalist ideas being used in European Parliament electoral battle

Russia condemns nationalist ideas being used in European Parliament electoral battle

© Sergei Fadeichev/TASS MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. Russia’s Foreign Ministry has condemned the use of nationalist ideas in the electoral battle prior to the European Parliament election in 2019, the ministry said in a statement released on its website on Saturday. “And an apparent strive to use such artificial ideological constructions to the populist benefit of the ongoing battle for the votes prior to the upcoming European Parliament election in May 2019 seems completely dodgy to us,” the statement said. Russia’s Foreign Ministry believes that nationalist forces opposing the EU’s further federalization may earn more mandates at the election according to exit polls than earlier. The…

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Russian billionaire Rybolovlev denies any allegations of wrongdoing

Russian billionaire Rybolovlev denies any allegations of wrongdoing

MOSCOW, November 17. /TASS/. Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev who is under judicial control in Monaco and is currently in Moscow, denies any allegations of his involvement in wrongdoing, his representative Dmitry Chechkin told TASS. “During the court proceedings, Dmitry Rybolovlev has no intention to provide any comments regarding either them, or his state of affairs in Monaco. He considers it necessary to provide the law enforcement agencies with the opportunity to do their work. However, Mr. Rybolovlev resoundingly denies any allegations that he could be involved in any inappropriate or reprehensible actions,” he said. According to Chechkin, the businessman has no plans to sell the…

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Venezuela interested in Russia’s participation in gold mining — official

Venezuelan Minister of Industries and National Production Tarek El Aissami © EPA-EFE/Cristian Hernandez MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. /TASS/. Venezuela is interested in Russia’s participation in gold exploration and mining on the territory of the Bolivarian Republic, Minister of Industries and National Production Tarek El Aissami said on Friday. “We want Russia to participate in exploration and mining of gold and coltan in the country. Venezuela is finishing the certification process to confirm its status as a country with second or third largest gold deposits in the world,” Venezuela’s media quoted the minister as saying. El Aissami noted that the agreement is planned to be signed on…

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Roscosmos chief thanks participants in successful launch of Soyuz-FG carrier rocket

Roscosmos chief thanks participants in successful launch of Soyuz-FG carrier rocket

© Sergey Savostyanov/TASS MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Director General of Russia’s space corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin has thanked all those behind the successful launch of a Soyuz-FG carrier rocket on Friday. “The state commission held a meeting after the launch of the cargo spaceship from the Baikonur space center. Dmitry Rogozin thanked operational crews for the successful launch,” Roscosmos said on its Twitter account. The Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with the Progress MS-10 cargo spaceship blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 21:14 Moscow time on Friday. The Progress is to dock to the Zvezda service module of the International Space Station (ISS) at…

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NATO arranges Russian experts’ visit to Brussels for dialogue

NATO headquarters in Brussels © EPA/JULIEN WARNAND BRUSSELS, November 16. /TASS/. A delegation of Russian independent experts held talks with NATO Deputy Secretary General Rose Gottemoeller at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on Friday, Gottemoeller wrote on Twitter. A NATO official told TASS that the delegation had visited Brussels upon the invitation of the North Atlantic Alliance. “NATO has been engaging with civil society and expert communities in many countries, including Russia, for years. We will continue to do so. This is part of our transparency and dialogue approach. The latest visit of Russian experts did not include public events, so we don’t have more to…

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Progress MS-10’s antennae and solar panels unfold smoothly

Progress MS-10’s antennae and solar panels unfold smoothly

KOROLYOV /Moscow region/, November 16. /TASS/. Antennae and solar panels of the Progress MS-10 cargo spaceship that was launched on Friday from the Baikonur space center unfolded smoothly several minutes after the spaceship had been put in designated orbit toward the International Space Station (ISS), a spokesman for the mission control center said. “The antennae and solar panels of the Progress MS-10 cargo spaceship have unfolded,” he said. The Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with the Progress MS-10 cargo spaceship blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 21:14 Moscow time on Friday. The Progress is to dock to the ISS’s Zvezda service module at…

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Progress MS-10 cargo spaceship separates from Soyuz-FG carrier rocket

Progress MS-10 cargo spaceship separates from Soyuz-FG carrier rocket

KOROLYOV /Moscow region/, November 16. /TASS/. The Progress MS-10 cargo spaceship has separated from the Soyuz-FG carrier rocket to continue its flight to the International Space Station (ISS), a spokesman for the Russian mission control center said on Friday. “The spaceship separated from the third stage of the Soyuz-FG launch vehicle routinely at 21:23 Moscow time,” the spokesman said. The Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with the Progress MS-10 cargo spaceship blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan at 21:14 Moscow time on Friday. The Progress is to dock to the ISS at 22:29 Moscow time on November 18. The spaceship will deliver about 2.5…

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Soyuz-FG performs first blastoff after failed October launch

Soyuz-FG performs first blastoff after failed October launch

© Mikhail Djaparidze/TASS KOROLYOV /Moscow region/, November 16. /TASS/. Russia’s Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with the Progress MS-10 space freighter has blasted off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, for the first time since the aborted launch in mid-October, a spokesman for the Russian mission control center said on Friday. “The Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with the Progress MS-10 cargo spaceship has been launched from the Baikonur space center,” the spokesman said. The spaceship is to separate from the carrier rocket ten minutes after the takeoff to continue its flight to the International Space Station (ISS). The docking is scheduled for 22:29 Moscow time on November 18.…

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Moscow slams Danish ‘fake’ news reports that Russian ships ‘smuggle weapons’

Moscow slams Danish ‘fake’ news reports that Russian ships ‘smuggle weapons’

MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. The allegations Russian ships are involved in weapons smuggling, published by the Danish daily Information, have nothing to do with the reality, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in the social network VKontakte on Friday. On November 6, the newspaper claimed that the Russian ship The Sparta III, en route from St. Petersburg to Hanoi, secretly carried a batch of weapons through the country’s territorial waters. “The newspaper claims that the Russian crew had intentionally refrained from notifying Denmark the ship was carrying military cargoes. The Danish media makes references to some anonymous experts in order to spawn Russian weapons smuggling fakes.…

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Danish media claims Russian ships smuggle weapons are fake, says Foreign Ministry

Danish media claims Russian ships smuggle weapons are fake, says Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. The allegations Russian ships are involved in weapons smuggling, published by the Danish daily Information, have nothing to do with the reality, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in the social network VKontakte on Friday. On November 6, the newspaper claimed that the Russian ship The Sparta III, en route from St. Petersburg to Hanoi, secretly carried a batch of weapons through the country’s territorial waters. “The newspaper claims that the Russian crew had intentionally refrained from notifying Denmark the ship was carrying military cargoes. The Danish media makes references to some anonymous experts in order to spawn Russian weapons smuggling fakes.…

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Owner of detained Turkish cargo ship owes Russian sailors back pay of $90,000

Owner of detained Turkish cargo ship owes Russian sailors back pay of $90,000

ROSTOV-ON-DON, November 16. /TASS/. The owner of the arrested Turkish vessel, Streamline, anchored off Istanbul, owes the Russian crew more than $90,000, the cargo ship’s captain, Bakhman Bagirov, told TASS. There were earlier reports that the 11 sailors, most of whom are Russians, haven’t been paid since June 3. The ship’s owner planned to pay the crew in September, but postponed the payment later. According to Bagirov, Streamline’s owner has pledged to pay them the three months’ salary by the end of November. “The crew has been locked inside the ship for five months without going ashore. Salary arrears total over $90,000, no one has…

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Russia intends to work on expanding settlements in national currencies, says Lavrov

Russia intends to work on expanding settlements in national currencies, says Lavrov

MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Russia considers it important to continue working on expanding settlements in national currencies, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Friday. “We must continue vigorous work on further geographical diversification of external economic relations, primarily through deepening cooperation with Asian countries, as well as Latin America and Africa. Russian embassies in these countries are counting on bringing attention of business to dynamic markets, they regularly formulate specific proposals for this, and we see that these proposals are of increasing interest among Russian economic operators,” Lavrov said. Russian Presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters earlier that the process of de-dollarization of the…

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Russian crime boss dines on caviar and crab while in prison and the Kremlin is outraged

Revelations that a brutal Russian gang lord, convicted of organizing murders and extortion, turned his prison cell into a hotel room with cellphone, delicacies and parties, are “outrageous,” the presidential press-secretary said. The photos of Vyacheslav Tsepovyaz, nicknamed ‘Zlodey’ (the Villain), munching on crab meat, caviar and kebabs, while serving his almost 20-year prison term, have caused a vast public outcry after surfacing online earlier in November. The criminal also held parties with other inmates and used a mobile phone with internet access, which is strictly forbidden for prisoners. As one of the bosses of the infamous Tsapok gang, Tsepovyaz was jailed in 2013 for…

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Putin, acting Armenian PM discuss bilateral cooperation within Eurasian integration

Putin, acting Armenian PM discuss bilateral cooperation within Eurasian integration

© Alexei Druzhinin/Russian Presidential Press and Information Office/TASS MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has discussed bilateral cooperation within Eurasian integration with Armenia’s Acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan by phone, the Kremlin press service said on Friday. “President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin had a telephone conversation with Acting Prime Minister of the Republic of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan. [They] focused on pressing issues of cooperation within the framework of Eurasian integration bodies,” the Kremlin said in a statement. Putin and Pashinyan maintain regular contacts, including meetings at numerous international multilateral events. In early September, they held full-fledged talks in Moscow focusing on bilateral…

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Kremlin says no reason not to trust investigation into DPR head’s murder

Kremlin says no reason not to trust investigation into DPR head’s murder

© Alexei Pavlishak/TASS ST. PETERSBURG, November 16. /TASS/. Moscow sees no grounds not to trust the investigation into the assassination of head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “We have no reason not to trust this investigation,” he said. When asked whether Russia planned to furnish evidence of Kiev’s involvement in the murder, the Kremlin spokesman stressed that “the republic’s investigative authorities are dealing with the issue.” “Apparently, when specific information appears in the course of this investigation, they will not keep it secret,” Peskov said, adding that the Donbass investigative authorities have already provided evidence…

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Kiev seeks to egg on Russia into clampdown on Ukraine by detaining ships, senator says

Kiev seeks to egg on Russia into clampdown on Ukraine by detaining ships, senator says

MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Chairman of the Russian Federation Council’s (upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev has said that Kiev is trying to provoke Russia into taking harsh measures by detaining vessels for visiting Crimea. On Thursday, the UNN news agency reported citing Ukraine’s State Border Guard Service that 15 vessels calling in Crimea had been detained in the ports of Berdyansk and Mariupol. The Border Guard Service noted that it was keeping an eye on another 940 vessels, most of them serving Crimean ports. “Kiev believes it is crucial to provoke Russia into imposing countermoves that are as harsh as possible,…

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Kremlin: Russian inspections of Ukrainian vessels in Sea of Azov appropriate

Kremlin: Russian inspections of Ukrainian vessels in Sea of Azov appropriate

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov © Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Russian border guards’ inspections of Ukrainian vessels in the Sea of Azov are appropriate and consistent with the international maritime law, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. When asked if those inspections were authorized by the Kremlin, he answered in the negative. “It is done in strict compliance with the law, such inspections are appropriate,” Peskov added. The Russian presidential spokesman also said that “the situation is being closely monitored.” “Measures may be taken to protect the interests of Russian sailors, entities and individuals in strict accordance with the international maritime law,” he stressed. At…

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Over 6,000 US-controlled militants remain in Rukban refugee camp

Rukban refugee camp © AP Photo MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. More than 6,000 militants of the Maghawir al-Thawra group controlled by the US are currently in the Rukban refugee camp along with 50,000 refugees, Yuri Tarasov, the Russian Defense Ministry’s Envoy to the Ceasefire and Humanitarian Task Forces in Geneva, said at a meeting of the Russian and Syrian headquarters for refugees’ return on Friday. “One of the most pressing issues today is the situation in the Rukban refugee camp, where a dire humanitarian situation has emerged. It is noteworthy that the total number of temporarily displaced individuals there is around 50,000. Of these, about 6,000…

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Russia, US weathering rockiest time in diplomatic ties, says expert

MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. The Russian-US relationship is going through its toughest time in the entire history of bilateral dialogue, but it may improve over the medium term, Chairman of the Foundation for the Development and Support of the Valdai International Discussion Club Andrei Bystritsky told TASS on Friday. The expert made this statement on the 85th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and the United States on November 16, 1933. On December 25, 1991, Russia became the legal successor to the Soviet Union. “I cannot be sure that the relationship between Russia and the United States will improve tomorrow.…

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Mayor extols Moscow’s ‘best destination for business and event tourism’ rating

© Sergei Bobylyov/TASS MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Moscow has been rated the best destination for business and event tourism, Sergei Sobyanin, Mayor of the Russian capital, wrote on Twitter following the Business Traveller Russia and CIS Awards ceremony. “Moscow has been rated as the best world destination for business and event tourism. The annual international Business Traveller Russia and CIS Awards ceremony took place yesterday,” the tweet reads. Sobyanin pointed out that the 2018 FIFA World Cup had boosted tourist interest in Moscow. “The 2018 World Cup, which FIFA praised as the best in history, played a role. By the way, during the awards ceremony, Moscow…

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Russian space vehicle builder striving to launch Federation spacecraft by 2022

Russian space vehicle builder striving to launch Federation spacecraft by 2022

© Anton Novoderezhkin/TASS MOSCOW, 16 November. /TASS/. Russia’s Rocket and Space Corporation Energia (RSC Energia) is gearing up to submit proposals to the Roscosmos space corporation on works that are required for an unmanned launch of the promising Federation spaceship in 2022, the Kommersant daily wrote on Friday citing Energia’s director general Sergey Romanov. “At the moment, we are hammering out our proposals for Roscosmos on work that must be completed so that the spacecraft’s unmanned launch will be carried out in 2022. Otherwise, given the vehicle’s current state, it would only be it possible to launch it from the spaceport in 2024. So, we need…

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Soyuz-FG to perform first liftoff after failed October launch

Soyuz-FG to perform first liftoff after failed October launch

MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Russia’s Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with the Progress MS-10 space freighter will blast off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Friday, for the first time since the aborted launch in mid-October. “The Progress MS-10 cargo spacecraft will blast off on November 16, at 21:14 Moscow time. The docking of the spacecraft with the International Space Station (ISS) will take place at 22:29 Moscow time on November 18,” the Central Research Institute of Machine-Building (TsNIImash) has said. The spacecraft will dock to the Zvezda module to deliver about 2.5 tonnes of cargo, including fuel, water and pressurized gases. The launch has…

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Soyuz-FG to perform first blastoff after failed October launch

Soyuz-FG to perform first blastoff after failed October launch

MOSCOW, November 16. /TASS/. Russia’s Soyuz-FG carrier rocket with the Progress MS-10 space freighter will blast off from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan on Friday, for the first time since the aborted launch in mid-October. “The Progress MS-10 cargo spacecraft will blast off on November 16, at 21:14 Moscow time. The docking of the spacecraft with the International Space Station (ISS) will take place at 22:29 Moscow time on November 18,” the Central Research Institute of Machine-Building (TsNIImash) has said. The spacecraft will dock to the Zvezda module to deliver about 2.5 tonnes of cargo, including fuel, water and pressurized gases. The launch has…

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Japanese premier to visit Russia in late January 2019 — agency

Japanese premier to visit Russia in late January 2019 — agency

TOKYO, November 16. /TASS/. The Japanese government started preparations for Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to Russia next January to discuss the peace treaty issue, the Kyodo news agency said on Friday, citing sources in the premier’s office. According to the agency, the visit is scheduled to take place in the second half of the month. The talks are expected to focus on signing a peace treaty between Russia and Japan. After the meeting between Putin and Abe, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters that the two leaders had agreed on intensifying Russian-Japanese talks on the peace treaty based on the 1956 Declaration. In his…

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Members of US-Russia Business Council to discuss business ties

NEW YORK, November 16. /TASS/. Problems and perspectives of US-Russia business ties will be discussed by participants of the US-Russia Business Council’s annual meeting (USRBC), which began in New York on Thursday. The event is headlined “Commercial Priorities in a Time of Complex Bilateral Relations,” and, according to organizers, its agenda will explore the business community’s priorities for investment in Russia in an era of uncertainty and political tensions, Russia’s economic agenda for the next six years and how digitalization could become a catalyst for innovative growth, among other topics. The welcome speech was delivered by USRBC Chairman Mark Sutton, who is also the chairman…

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Skolkovo Foundation presents 20 Russian companies at exhibition in Singapore

Skolkovo Foundation presents 20 Russian companies at exhibition in Singapore

SINGAPORE, November 15. / TASS /. Over 20 Russian companies presented their developments on smart city operation at the Skolkovo Foundation and AFK Sistema stands at the ASEAN Summit exhibition, said Sergei Voinov, head of the Skolkovo IT-cluster, Foundation Skolkovo on Thursday. “Our partner on the stand is Sistema. There are companies that develop technologies for the Smart City. There are 20 companies that are divided into four areas: construction and management, security, medical services and 4.0 industry, the concept of digitalization of production processes”, said Voinov. “Particularly popular are the recognition and video analytics technologies. For example, it is the VisionLabs, it introduced face…

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US Department of Justice saw no reason to ban CIA torture, says Russian Foreign Ministry

US Department of Justice saw no reason to ban CIA torture, says Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, November 15. /TASS/. The US Department of Justice has found no reasons for banning the CIA from using torture and mind-bending drugs against jailed suspects, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday while speaking about the declassified documents concerning CIA activities. “The disclosed reports concern the participation of medical experts in the CIA’s special program Detention and Interrogation. They describe the methods used to make members of Al-Qaeda (outlawed in Russia) testify. In 2007, the program was used against 97 terrorist suspects. Most of them were eventually kept at the Guantanamo prison,” Zakharova said. “It is noteworthy that the CIA used as…

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Russia sidelines Netanyahu in its anteroom

It is over a month since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had announced that he was going to Moscow to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin with a view to open a new page in the relations between the two countries following the incident over Syrian skies on September 17 when a Russian reconnaissance plane was shot down killing 15 personnel. However, Moscow has not scheduled Netanyahu’s visit so far. Netanyahu hoped that on the sidelines of the ceremony marking the centenary of the World War 1 armistice in Paris to tomorrow there might be an opportunity for a meeting with Putin. The Israelis sought a…

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