Category: Politics & Diplomacy

Russia to call for international probe into Zakharchenko’s murder at Contact Group meeting

Russia to call for international probe into Zakharchenko’s murder at Contact Group meeting

MOSCOW, September 4. /TASS/. Russia will call for an international investigation into the murder of head of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko at the upcoming meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk, Russia’s envoy to the Minsk talks Boris Gryzlov told reporters on Tuesday. “We will raise the issue of an international investigation into the murder of DPR leader Alexander Zakharchenko at a Contact Group meeting tomorrow,” he said. “I believe that this investigation should be as open an impartial as possible involving all participants in the Minsk process.” Gryzlov recalled that the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk…

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Putin hopes US authorities will one day realize futility of sanctions against Russia

Putin hopes US authorities will one day realize futility of sanctions against Russia

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS SOCHI, August, 22. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes that the US establishment will sooner or later understand the hopelessness of sanctions pressure on Russia. “It’s not just about the position of the president of the United States, it is about the position in the so-called establishment, the governing class in the broadest sense of the word,” Putin said at a press conference after talks with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto. “I hope that one day our American partners will realize that this policy [of sanctions against the Russia] has no prospects, and we will start to cooperate as normal,” he said. Putin called…

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Russia forced to respond to US missile defenses near its borders, Putin emphasizes

Russia forced to respond to US missile defenses near its borders, Putin emphasizes

SOCHI, August 22. /TASS/. Russia is forced to respond to the expansion of NATO’s infrastructure and the emergence of missile defense systems near its borders, Russian President Vladimir Putin told a news conference following talks with Finland’s visiting President Sauli Niinisto on Wednesday. In reply to a question from a Finnish journalist Putin said that NATO’s military infrastructures were moving towards Russia’s borders and the amount of the alliance’s military equipment and personnel, as well as the number of military exercises near Russia’s borders were growing. “Naturally, we have to keep an eye on what is going on there and to strengthen our infrastructures. We…

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West made a hundred Novichok type agents over years, says Russian Foreign Ministry

West made a hundred Novichok type agents over years, says Russian Foreign Ministry

© AP Photo/Matt Dunham MOSCOW, August 22. /TASS/. The Western countries are known to have made at least a hundred chemical agents similar to the Novichok nerve gas since the mid-1990s, as follows from a report published on the Russian Foreign Ministry’s website. The Foreign Ministry recalled that on January 13, 1993 Moscow was one of the first to have put its signature to the Chemical Weapons Convention and promptly began its implementation. “The elimination of Russia’s chemical weapons was carried out under the strictest international control. This laborious process was completed on September 27, 2017,” the Foreign Ministry said. “On October 11, 2017 the director-general…

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Kremlin believes Bolton’s claim that Russia is ‘stuck’ in Syria is incorrect

Kremlin believes Bolton’s claim that Russia is ‘stuck’ in Syria is incorrect

US national security adviser John Bolton © Abir Sultan/Pool via AP SOCHI, August 22. /TASS/. The Kremlin regards as incorrect US presidential national security adviser John Bolton’s remark Russia is allegedly stuck in Syria, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media. “It is not correct for anyone, let alone our counterparts in Washington, to claim that Russia has stuck someplace,” he said. “Let us not forget that US military personnel is present on Syrian soil, too. This should be born in mind.” Peskov said Russia “plays a very active role in saving Syria from international terrorism, from the Islamic State (terrorist organization outlawed in Russia)…

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Kremlin spokesman declines to comment on rumors about fall of Russian missile

Kremlin spokesman declines to comment on rumors about fall of Russian missile

Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov © Mikhail metzel/TAS SOCHI, August 22. /TASS/. Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov has declined to comment on US media rumors a Russian nuclear-powered missile fell into the Barents sea last year. “In contrast to the US television network I have no such information. I advise you to contact our specialists concerned at the Defense Ministry,” Peskov said. Earlier, the CNBC network said the US intelligence suspected that a Russian nuclear-powered missile fell into the Barents sea during a test flight in November 2017 and that Russia was planning an operation to recover it. The CNBC said it was citing some report…

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Kremlin rejects any compensation to Baltic states for alleged ‘Soviet occupation’

Kremlin rejects any compensation to Baltic states for alleged ‘Soviet occupation’

© Mikhail Japaridze/TASS SOCHI, August 22. /TASS/. Russia objects to the term ‘occupation’ relative to the stay of the Baltic republics within the Soviet Union and rejects any possibility of talking about any compensation, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. The Kremlin spokesman this commented on the intention of Estonia and Latvia to demand compensation from Russia for the period of the alleged ‘Soviet occupation.’ “We, of course, do not agree, in general, with the term ‘Soviet occupation,” Peskov said. “We do not agree that there can be a talk about any compensation. One should also not forget about the contribution made to the infrastructural,…

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Kremlin confirms upcoming Putin-Lukashenko meeting

Kremlin confirms upcoming Putin-Lukashenko meeting

© Mikhail Metzel/TASS SOCHI, August 22. /TASS/. The Kremlin has confirmed the upcoming meeting between Russian and Belarusian Presidents Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko in Sochi on Wednesday. “Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko is arriving in Sochi for a working visit today, and President [Putin] will continue his working day with contacts with the Belarusian leader,” Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. “We also expect that the heads of Russia and Belarus will attend a sports event late in the evening together,” the Kremlin spokesman added without providing more details. Russia-Belarus relations Any disagreements between Russia and Belarus are technical and can be resolved, Peskov told reporters…

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Kremlin believes Bolton’s claim Russia is ‘stuck up’ in Syria not correct

Kremlin believes Bolton’s claim Russia is ‘stuck up’ in Syria not correct

US national security adviser John Bolton © Abir Sultan/Pool via AP SOCHI, August 22. /TASS/. The Kremlin regards as incorrect US presidential national security adviser John Bolton’s remark Russia is allegedly stuck in Syria, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media. “It is not correct for anyone, let alone our counterparts in Washington, to claim that Russia has stuck someplace,” he said. “Let us not forget that US military personnel is present on Syrian soil, too. This should be born in mind.” Peskov said Russia “plays a very active role in saving Syria from international terrorism, from the Islamic State (terrorist organization outlawed in Russia)…

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Russian senator bashes ‘pointless’ Latvian-Estonian compensation ploy against Moscow

Russian senator bashes ‘pointless’ Latvian-Estonian compensation ploy against Moscow

© EPA/VALDA KALNINA MOSCOW, August 22. /TASS/. Head of Russia’s Federation Council (upper house of parliament) Foreign Affairs Committee Konstantin Kosachev has castigated a statement by Latvian and Estonian justice ministers seeking to demand compensation from Russia for the “Soviet occupation” as “pointless and futile.” Estonian Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu and his Latvian counterpart Dzintars Rasnacs are planning to consider a demand for compensation from Russia for the “Soviet occupation” period, the press service of the Estonian Ministry of Justice reported on Tuesday. They stressed in their joint statement how important it is to remember the “Soviet occupation” period and are exploring the possibility of…

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Trump's statements on lifting anti-Russian sanctions 'just rhetoric', says Russian MP

Trump’s statements on lifting anti-Russian sanctions ‘just rhetoric’, says Russian MP

MOSCOW, August 21. /TASS/. US President Donald Trump’s pronouncements about possible lifting of the anti-Russian sanctions in exchange for Russia’s concessions on Syria and Ukraine are nothing but sheer rhetoric to meet popular demand in the United States for better relations with Russia as the ultimate decision on that matter is up to the Congress, a senior Russian lawmaker told TASS on Tuesday. US President Donald Trump said in an interview with Reuters earlier that he was ready to look at possible lifting of the anti-Russian sanctions should Moscow did anything useful for Washington on Syria and Ukraine. “I don’t think the political weight of…

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Moscow lambasts US refusal to take part in conference on Afghanistan as ‘hypocrisy’

Moscow lambasts US refusal to take part in conference on Afghanistan as ‘hypocrisy’

Russian Foreign Ministry © Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, August 22. /TASS/ The United States’ refusal to take part in the conference on Afghanistan scheduled to be held in Moscow on September 4 reflects the hypocrisy of Washington’s peace rhetoric with respect to Kabul, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary on Wednesday. “We were sorry to learn from a statement by the US Department of State that the Americans refuse to take part in a Moscow format meeting on September 4. Aside from them, representatives of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and five Central Asian countries have been invited to take part in it,” the ministry…

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Crimes committed by Sentsov, Balukh are punishable in UK, Russian embassy emphasizes

Crimes committed by Sentsov, Balukh are punishable in UK, Russian embassy emphasizes

LONDON, August 22. /TASS/. The UK Foreign Office should refrain from its criticism of Russia over the conviction of Oleg Sentsov and Vladimir Balukh, because the crimes they had committed are punishable in the UK as well, the Russian embassy in London said. The embassy’s statement came in response to Foreign Office Minister of State Alan Duncan’s recent demand to immediately release up to 70 “Ukrainian political prisoners”, including Sentsov and Balukh, who, in his opinion, were jailed for “opposing the illegal annexation of Crimea.” “The Embassy has taken note of the statement, which fails to reflect the real state of affairs. It should be…

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Russian embassy bashes London's ‘Russia threat’ scaremongering

Russian embassy bashes London’s ‘Russia threat’ scaremongering

© AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth LONDON, August 21. /TASS/. Intimidating people with the so-called Russian threat, the UK government only compromises its own international authority and strips itself of a possibility for constructive dialogue with Moscow, the Russian embassy in the United Kingdom said on Tuesday, commenting on UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s speech at the US Institute for Peace. “The UK authorities may prefer to continue their policy of scaremongering, using the so-called “Russian threat” in order to distract the British public from those urgent domestic and international problems the UK currently faces. But this “enemy search” is a flawed and shortsighted policy,” the embassy said.…

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Moscow: Refusal to take part in conference on Afghanistan reflects Washington’s hypocrisy

Moscow: Refusal to take part in conference on Afghanistan reflects Washington’s hypocrisy

Russian Foreign Ministry © Valeriy Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, August 22. /TASS/ The United States’ refusal to take part in the conference on Afghanistan scheduled to be held in Moscow on September 4 reflects the hypocrisy of Washington’s peace rhetoric with respect to Kabul, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary on Wednesday. “We were sorry to learn from a statement by the US Department of State that the Americans refuse to take part in a Moscow format meeting on September 4. Aside from them, representatives of Afghanistan, China, Pakistan, Iran, India and five Central Asian countries have been invited to take part in it,” the ministry…

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Russian, Finnish presidents to meet in Sochi

Russian, Finnish presidents to meet in Sochi

MOSCOW, August 22. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto will hold talks in the Black Sea resort city of Sochi on Wednesday, August 22. According to the Kremlin press service, the two leaders are expected to discuss bilateral relations and pressing international issues. “Russian President Vladimir Putin will meet with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto who will pay a working visit to Russia on August 22, 2018, in Sochi,” the Kremlin press service said. “During the talks, it is planned to discuss the key issues of Russian-Finnish cooperation and some pressing global and regional issues.” Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov earlier…

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Russian tycoon Vekselberg has no accounts in Cyprus — spokesperson

Russian tycoon Vekselberg has no accounts in Cyprus — spokesperson

Victor Vekselberg © Mikhail Metzel/TASS MOSCOW, August 22. /TASS/. Russian businessman Victor Vekselberg has no bank accounts in Cyprus, his spokesperson said, commenting on Tuesday’s report that they have been frozen after the US Treasury put Vekselberg on the sanctions list. “He never had accounts in Cyprus,” the source said. “Certain companies affiliated to us do have accounts there, but none of the companies had significant funds deposited on those accounts.” Under Secretary of the US Treasury Sigal Mandelker said in a this report for the Senate hearings on Tuesday that “following April 6 oligarch designations, Oleg Deripaska and Viktor Vekselberg both have their accounts frozen.”…

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Sentsov and Balukh's crimes are punishable in UK, too — Russian embassy

Sentsov and Balukh’s crimes are punishable in UK, too — Russian embassy

LONDON, August 22. /TASS/. The UK Foreign Office should refrain from its criticism of Russia over the conviction of Oleg Sentsov and Vladimir Balukh, because the crimes they had committed are punishable in the UK as well, the Russian embassy in London said. The embassy’s statement came in response to Foreign Office Minister of State Alan Duncan’s recent demand to immediately release up to 70 “Ukrainian political prisoners”, including Sentsov and Balukh, who, in his opinion, were jailed for “opposing the illegal annexation of Crimea.” “The Embassy has taken note of the statement, which fails to reflect the real state of affairs. It should be…

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Anti-Russian sanctions remain important element of US election campaign - diplomat

Anti-Russian sanctions remain important element of US election campaign – diplomat

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova © Valery Sharifulin/TASS MOSCOW, August 22. /TASS/. Anti-Russian sanctions are an important element of the US electoral campaign, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Tuesday. Zakharova’s brief comment, posted on her Facebook page, came in response to US Assistant Secretary of State for International Security and Non-Proliferation Christopher Ford’s announcement that Washington was ready to impose new sanctions on Russia for its interference into the November 2018 elections to the US Congress. “The elections are yet to take place, but the sanctions have already been prepared. Why? Because it is an important factor of the electoral campaign in…

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Ban on sales of high-tech electronics to Russia is nothing critical — minister

Ban on sales of high-tech electronics to Russia is nothing critical — minister

MOSCOW, August 21. /TASS/. The US ban to export high-tech dual-purpose products to Russia, to come into force on August 22, will affect certain sectors of the Russian economy, but the impact will not be critical, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said in a statement on Tuesday. “The ban on exporting dual-purpose electronic devices and components to Russia will undoubtedly affect certain high-tech sectors, including the defense industry, but not critically,” he said. He added that Russia would replace sanctions-hit electronic components with domestically produced or imported from South-East Asia. “We have already prepared a package of countermeasures, intended to offset the impact…

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Russian embassy lashes at London's attempts to Intimidate society with ‘Russian threat’

Russian embassy lashes at London’s attempts to Intimidate society with ‘Russian threat’

© AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth LONDON, August 21. /TASS/. Intimidating people with the so-called Russian threat, the UK government only compromises its own international authority and strips itself of a possibility for constructive dialogue with Moscow, the Russian embassy in the United Kingdom said on Tuesday, commenting on UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt’s speech at the US Institute for Peace. “The UK authorities may prefer to continue their policy of scaremongering, using the so-called “Russian threat” in order to distract the British public from those urgent domestic and international problems the UK currently faces. But this “enemy search” is a flawed and shortsighted policy,” the embassy said.…

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Jeremy Hunt, UK Foreign Secretary’s speech at the US Institute For Peace

In 1898 when Theodore Roosevelt had just completed his tenure as the relatively lowly Assistant Secretary of the Navy, he said: “There comes a time in the life of a nation, as in the life of an individual, when it must face great responsibilities. We have now reached that time… all that we can decide is whether we shall bear ourselves well or ill.” History will surely judge that the United States lived up to Roosevelt’s challenge. Thanks to wise decisions made by him and his successors, strong American leadership has put in place a global order that has led to unparalleled peace and prosperity.…

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Comment by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on the US decision to impose new anti-Russia sanctions

Comment by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov on the US decision to impose new anti-Russia sanctions

It has become a bad habit to constantly address the issue of  Washington’s introduction of sanctions against Russia under contrived pretexts. This time the Americans have chosen the pretext of our alleged violations of US restrictions on oil product deliveries to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, as well as the notorious “cyber violations.” Two Russian shipping companies and six vessels that belong to them have been “punished” under the former, while one Russian legal entity and two Russian nationals are accused of attempting to evade US “anti-hacker” measures. As always, there is no evidence or justification, only malicious insinuation. They seem to think the…

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Comment by the Information and Press Department on statements by Microsoft alleging Russian hackers attempted to interfere in US midterm elections

Comment by the Information and Press Department on statements by Microsoft alleging Russian hackers attempted to interfere in US midterm elections

Again we have to state what seems to be obvious. As much as one would like to, it is impossible to comment on statements that are totally unsubstantiated and are clearly aimed at producing the greatest political and public wow-effect. As the press secretary of the President of Russia has already said, we do not know what Microsoft is talking about, what attempted interference is meant and who those “Russian hackers,” the more so “associated with the Kremlin,” are. As a reminder, we have long been proposing to get down to concrete matters. These include preparing a meeting of the bilateral working group on cyber…

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