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Kremlin: Different approaches obstruct ‘all-for-all’ prisoner exchange in Donbass

Kremlin: Different approaches obstruct ‘all-for-all’ prisoner exchange in Donbass

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Russia stands for the ‘all-for-all’ format of exchanging prisoners of war (POWs) in Donbass, but the sides keep displaying different approaches to this process, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. “I would like to reiterate the Russian president’s earlier statement that Russia has been long backing this process [‘all-for-all’ exchange], and in this case it all comes to a halt due to different approaches to what the ‘all-for-all’ process actually means,” Peskov said. “Unfortunately, nuances remain regarding the approaches,” Peskov added, but did not specify the nature of the so-called ‘nuances.’ The prisoner swap issue remains one of the…

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Russian Foreign Ministry blasts West for disruptive position on chemical weapons in Syria

Russian Foreign Ministry blasts West for disruptive position on chemical weapons in Syria

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Western countries are disrupting the work of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons in determining whether chemical weapons were used in Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. “Summarizing the results of an OPCW Executive Council regular meeting held March 12-15 in The Hague, we regret to acknowledge that the Western representatives once again assumed a destructive position regarding anything that could, one way or another, clarify the details of the Syrian chemical dossier that they had manufactured in the first place,” the Foreign Ministry stressed. Russian diplomats also recalled that Western representatives blocked a proposal that Russia and…

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SIRIUS isolation experiment crewmembers to keep video blogs

SIRIUS isolation experiment crewmembers to keep video blogs

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The participants in the SIRIUS experiment simulating a flight to the Moon will tell about their life in isolation in video-blogs. Their video materials will be available on the Facebook and YouTube pages of the Institute of Biomedical Problems, the Institute’s press office told TASS on Monday. The international crew of six persons entered the SIRIUS ground-based experimental compound on March 19 to spend the next 120 days in a simulated flight to the Moon and prepare for future deep space missions. “Each crew member will record a personal video blog. They will be posted on the Facebook page of the…

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Tchaikovsky Foundation digitalizes entire works of composer

Tchaikovsky Foundation digitalizes entire works of composer

MOSCOW, March 25. / TASS /. The Pyotr Tchaikovsky International Charitable Foundation and the Muzyka Publishers completed the digitization of the composer’s complete works, and it is now publically available on the foundation’s website, the organization’s press service reported on Monday. “The completion of the electronic version of the complete works of Tchaikovsky, carried out by the publishing house together with the foundation for several years, made it possible to realize the project, the significance of which is difficult to overestimate. It is important that the complete works appeared in the public domain, and now all professionals and amateurs can use the music,” the press…

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Russian, Chinese scientists to cooperate in exploring Tibetan Plateau

Russian, Chinese scientists to cooperate in exploring Tibetan Plateau

© AP Photo/Sam McNeil MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The Russian and Chinese Academies of Sciences plan to sign an agreement on cooperation in exploring the Tibetan Plateau in July 2019, Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) President Alexander Sergeyev told TASS on Monday. “We have agreed with our Chinese colleagues that we will add a document to the cooperation agreement the two Academies signed earlier, which will concern the Tibetan Plateau. We plan to sign this document in July, when the Chinese Academy of Sciences head will visit Russia,” he said. According to Sergeyev, this kind of exploration is important for understanding climate change processes. “Our Chinese…

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Putin congratulates Greece on Independence Day

Putin congratulates Greece on Independence Day

Military parade marking Greece’s Independence Day in front of the Greek Parliament building in Athens © EPA-EFE/ORESTIS PANAGIOTOU ATHENS, March 25. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent messages of congratulations to Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Greek Independence Day, the Russian Embassy in Athens reported on Facebook. “Putin noted that further development of bilateral cooperation in various areas undoubtedly met the interests of the people of Russia, Greece and all of Europe. The implementation of the agreements reached [with Tsipras] at the December meeting in Moscow will contribute to deepening relations,” the embassy stressed in a statement. Putin wished the…

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Collected Department Releases: Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ambassador James Jeffrey On-Camera Briefing in the Press Briefing Room

Collected Department Releases: Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ambassador James Jeffrey On-Camera Briefing in the Press Briefing Room

Notice to the Press Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 25, 2019 Special Representative for Syria Engagement and Special Envoy for the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS Ambassador James Jeffrey will hold an on-camera, on-the-record briefing TODAY, Monday, March 25, at 2:30 p.m. in the Press Briefing Room at the Department of State. Ambassador Jeffrey will discuss ISIS’s territorial defeat and next steps in Syria and the D-ISIS campaign. This event is open press coverage. Media representatives may attend this event upon presentation of one of the following: (1) a U.S. Government-issued photo media credential (e.g., Department of State, White House, Congress, Department of…

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Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Collected Department Releases: Secretary Pompeo’s Call With Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov

Readout Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC March 25, 2019 The below is attributable to Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino:‎ Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo called Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov today, March 25, on the situation in Venezuela. The Secretary told Russian Foreign Minister Lavrov that the United States and regional countries will not stand idly by as Russia exacerbates tensions in Venezuela. The continued insertion of Russian military personnel to support the illegitimate regime of Nicolas Maduro in Venezuela risks prolonging the suffering of the Venezuelan people who overwhelmingly support interim President Juan Guaido. The Secretary called on Russia to cease its unconstructive…

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Top Russian official says EU caught in US financial web promoting Washington’s policies

Top Russian official says EU caught in US financial web promoting Washington’s policies

© AP Photo/Francisco Seco MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Secretary of the Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev believes that concepts to create a European security council and to re-examine the Schengen system are very sensible. According to the official, such initiatives stem from Europe’s efforts to respond to Washington’s unilateral policies. “Modern Europe more and more frequently promotes such ideas [to create a European security council and to overhaul the Schengen system]. This is undeniably a sign that Europe is becoming more self-conscious, and Europe is aspiring to assert itself when its foreign policy independence is all but forfeited,” Patrushev said in an interview with Izvestia.…

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Lavrov to visit Turkey on March 28, Ankara says

Lavrov to visit Turkey on March 28, Ankara says

ANKARA, March 25. /TASS/. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Chavusoglu said that on March 28 he would hold talks with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov. “Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will pay an official visit to the Turkish city of Antalya on March 28,” the Milliyet newspaper quotes him as saying. Initially, the Russian foreign affairs chief was supposed to visit Antalya on March 12 to take part in a session of the Joint Strategic Planning Group. Later, the visit was rescheduled twice. In other media

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Kremlin says preparations continue for North Korean leader’s visit to Russia

Kremlin says preparations continue for North Korean leader’s visit to Russia

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Preparations continue for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s visit to Russia but no specific agreements have been made yet, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. “Consultations and preparations concerning the North Korean leader’s visit to Russia have been underway for quite a long time. As soon as there are specific agreements about the date, location and modalities of the meeting, we will make the information known,” Peskov noted. The head of a Friendship Group set up by the Russian Federation Council [the upper house of parliament] and the North Korean parliament, Oleg Melnichenko, said earlier on Monday that Kim Jong-un may visit…

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Russian space agency to cut cost of Proton-M rocket’s launch to Falcon 9’s level

Russian space agency to cut cost of Proton-M rocket’s launch to Falcon 9’s level

© Sergei Savostianov/TASS MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos will cut the cost of launching a Proton-M carrier rocket to the level of a US Falcon 9 (produced by SpaceX) through lower expenses on ground-based preparations, Roscosmos Chief Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday. “Proton-M rockets are about at the level of Falcons by their price. Now we have taken steps to reduce the cost of launch services for us by cutting some expenses on the Center for the Operation of Ground-Based Space Infrastructure. That is, we can save funds on preparations for a launch,” the Roscosmos chief said. “We will restore the competitiveness…

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Kremlin mum on former Ukrainian security officer’s statements

Kremlin mum on former Ukrainian security officer’s statements

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov refrained from comments on the statements made by former employee of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) Vasily Prozorov, who said about his work for Russian intelligence services. “As far as I understand, these are some new statements, so I have nothing to say here,” the Kremlin spokesman said. Peskov highlighted that he has no information on this account. Earlier in the day former employee of the Ukrainian Security Service Vasily Prozorov made a number of statements at a news conference in Moscow. In particular, he said that after the “Maidan” events in 2014 he started transferring to…

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Kremlin says Mueller report provides nothing new to back accusations against Russia

Kremlin says Mueller report provides nothing new to back accusations against Russia

Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov © Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. A published part of the report by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller contains nothing new regarding accusations voiced earlier against Russia about its alleged meddling in US presidential election campaign in 2016, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. “We have studied some extracts and conclusions [from the Mueller report], which in fact state nothing new, except that it [the report] acknowledges the lack of any sort of conspiracy [between Moscow and US President Donald Trump’s election campaign office,” Peskov told journalists. In other media

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Roscosmos chief says Soyuz MS version for flights to Moon to cost $400 mln

Roscosmos chief says Soyuz MS version for flights to Moon to cost $400 mln

© Marina Lystseva/TASS MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The creation of the Soyuz MS spacecraft’s version with the enhanced thermal and radiation shield for flights to the Moon will cost about $400 million, Head of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday. The Soyuz was initially designed as a spacecraft for the Moon’s exploration and, therefore, it has the potential to boost its thermal and radiation protection, the Roscosmos chief said. “We are now considering using this spacecraft for flights around the Moon, including as a commercial project. The project’s initial cost may equal about $400 million: this involves creating the spacecraft and organizing…

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Mueller report deals White House trump card, Russian senator says

Mueller report deals White House trump card, Russian senator says

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The report by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluding that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia to influence the 2016 election gives the US presidential administration a chance to start its ties from scratch with Moscow, Russian Senator Konstantin Kosachev said. “Certainly, a lot can be rectified if there is goodwill. I do not rule out any initiatives on Russia in the near future because the outcome of the Mueller report has now dealt Trump’s team a full hand of trump cards,” Kosachev, who heads the Russian Federation Council (the upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote on…

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Roscosmos chief discloses details of Russia’s new super-heavy carrier rocket

Roscosmos chief discloses details of Russia’s new super-heavy carrier rocket

Head of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin © Gavriil Grigorov/TASS MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Russia’s Yenisei new super-heavy carrier rocket will be assembled using the principle of a building kit where each part of the launcher is an independent flight element, Head of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday. “It is necessary to act using the principle of the technological Lego: the rocket’s first, second and third stages should have their double or even triple application. That is, the super-heavy rocket will consist of components, each of which will have its flight practice,” the Roscosmos chief said. As Rogozin said,…

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Russian cosmonauts to hold experiment in orbit to find causes of Soyuz spacecraft’s hole

Russian cosmonauts to hold experiment in orbit to find causes of Soyuz spacecraft’s hole

Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft © NASA MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Russian cosmonauts will conduct an extra experiment in outer space to find the causes of a hole in the Soyuz MS-09 spacecraft that prompted a drop in pressure on the International Space Station (ISS) in late August 2018, Head of Russia’s State Space Corporation Roscosmos Dmitry Rogozin said on Monday. “The samples collected on the ISS are insufficient for final conclusions. Apparently, additional experiments in orbit will be required,” Rogozin said. On August 30, a drop in air pressure was registered on the ISS. The crew examined the compartments and add-on modules one by one to identify…

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Seven Israelis hospitalized after rocket attack from Gaza, says medical service

Seven Israelis hospitalized after rocket attack from Gaza, says medical service

© AP Photo/Ariel Schalit TEL AVIV, March 25. /TASS/. Seven Israeli citizens were hospitalized with injuries of varying severity on Monday after a rocket was launched from the Gaza Strip that hit a residential building in the moshav (agricultural community – TASS) of Mishmeret in Central Israel, the national medical service, Magen David Adom, reported. “Seven people were evacuated to a hospital with injuries: a 60-year-old woman in moderate condition with shrapnel wounds and burns, a 30-year-old woman in moderate condition with shrapnel wounds to her leg, as well as five more wounded including children aged 12, 3 and 6 months,” the service’s communique reads. Earlier,…

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Russia won’t send observers to Ukraine as part of OSCE human rights body’s mission

Russia won’t send observers to Ukraine as part of OSCE human rights body’s mission

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. Moscow won’t send its observers to Ukraine since Kiev has refused to accredit Russians as members of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR), the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Monday. Ukraine’s Central Election Commission had earlier announced its “illegitimate” decision to reject the ODIHR’s request to accredit 24 Russians as part of its mission to monitor the March 31 presidential election, the ministry said. In February, ODIHR received Kiev’s refusal to accredit two Russian women, who planned to head to Ukraine as long-term observers of the mission. “Now these steps…

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Roscosmos vows to keep ISS on orbit if NASA withdraws from the project

Roscosmos vows to keep ISS on orbit if NASA withdraws from the project

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The Roscosmos state corporation will preserve the International Space Station (ISS) on the orbit even if the American side withdraws from the project, Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin told journalists. “This is Roscosmos’ proposal. We believe that we can keep the station in case the Americans decide to withdraw from this project, through other countries and partners. We have technological and technical capabilities to keep the station on the orbit and fully provide both electric energy and water there,” Rogozin said. Roscosmos’ director general explained that the Russian section may add new modules on the basis of the Science-Power Module (SPM),…

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Minimal cost of creation of Russian super-heavy booster is $11.6 billion

Minimal cost of creation of Russian super-heavy booster is $11.6 billion

© Sergei Kazak/TASS MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The minimal cost of the creation of the Russian super-heavy rocket Yenisei, which is to be first launched in 2028, is 740 billion rubles ($11.6 billion), Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin told journalists. “I may name the minimal sum for you, but it is the sum for the first launch. The cost of all the works, including the creation of the launching pad for the super-heavy class, the building of the rocket, its preparation for the launch and the launch itself of a launching test vehicle, not even the craft, is about 740 billion rubles [$11.6 billion,]” the corporation’s…

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Roscosmos to advocate lunar exploration program in government by mid-2019

Roscosmos to advocate lunar exploration program in government by mid-2019

MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The state corporation Roscosmos plans to advocate the Russian lunar exploration program in the government by mid-2019, and it should be studied in the Security Council before the end of the spring, Roscosmos Director General Dmitry Rogozin told journalists. “This program will be advocated as part of the adoption of the new version of the basics of state policy in space activity. I think it will be done somewhere in the middle of this year,” Rogozin said. He added that “a session of the Security Council devoted to space activity will be held before the end of spring, and all the…

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Kremlin has not yet studied the report on results of Mueller’s investigation

Kremlin has not yet studied the report on results of Mueller’s investigation

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov © Valery Sharufulin/TASS MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The Kremlin administration has not studied as of yet the report on the results of investigation by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s alleged meddling in the US presidential election in 2016, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has told TASS. “We have not read the report,” he said. Earlier on Sunday, Mueller presented the report in which he recognizes, in particular that there was no collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia. However, the report maintained that Russia had tried to influence the election through hacker attacks and the Internet Research Agency. The US…

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Kremlin has not yet studied the report on results of Mueller’s investigation – spokesman

Kremlin has not yet studied the report on results of Mueller’s investigation – spokesman

Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov © Valery Sharufulin/TASS MOSCOW, March 25. /TASS/. The Kremlin administration has not studied as of yet the report on the results of investigation by US Special Counsel Robert Mueller into Russia’s alleged meddling in the US presidential election in 2016, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has told TASS. “We have not read the report,” he said. Earlier on Sunday, Mueller presented the report in which he recognizes, in particular that there was no collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russia. However, the report maintained that Russia had tried to influence the election through hacker attacks and the Internet Research Agency. The US…

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