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Russian embassy in London says its website was hacked on December 17

Russian embassy in London says its website was hacked on December 17

LONDON, December 18. /TASS/. The website of the Russian embassy in London was hacked after two publications in December 17, a representative of the Russian diplomatic mission told TASS on Tuesday. “The Russian embassy in London apologizes to numerous users of its website www.rusemb.org.uk, which was hacked on December 17 in the second half of the day at 2:48 p.m. (5:48 p.m. Moscow time) after publications about Britain’s involvement in Ukrainian affairs, as well as the critical commentary regarding the editorial task to BBC correspondent to find traces of Russia’s involvement in French protests,” he said. After the attack, experts of the embassy “are looking…

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Senate reports blame ‘Russians’ for low voter turnout among African-Americans in 2016

Senate reports blame ‘Russians’ for low voter turnout among African-Americans in 2016

Low voter turnout among African-Americans is usually blamed on purged voter rolls or decades of socioeconomic stasis – but in 2016, ‘evil’ Russia was the main culprit, according to two controversial reports for the US Senate. Though described as “Senate reports” by mainstream US media outlets, the two documents were actually compiled by third parties. The first was produced by a consultancy called New Knowledge, with the help of two other researchers, while the second was done by a group at Oxford University and the UK research firm Graphika. By the social media giants’ own admission, the criteria for labeling posts as “Russian” is so…

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While Western countries stall constitutional committee, Syria is focusing on terrorist defeat in Idlib – Syrian Foreign Minister

While Western countries stall constitutional committee, Syria is focusing on terrorist defeat in Idlib – Syrian Foreign Minister

The Syrian government’s priority is to free the northwestern Idlib province from terrorists, the country’s foreign minister Walid Moallem stated. Speaking at Damascus University on Sunday Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Moallem said that the country’s authorities were in constant coordination with Russia on Idlib, according to state news agency SANA. He accused Turkey of violating the October deal with Russia to set up a buffer zone in the province between Syrian troops and armed opposition, but stressed that Damascus preferred political dialogue.

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UN GA passes Russia-initiated resolution on combating glorification of Nazism

UN GA passes Russia-initiated resolution on combating glorification of Nazism

© AP Photo/Mary Altaffer UNITED NATIONS, December 17. /TASS/. The United Nations General Assembly on Monday passed a Russia-initiated draft resolution on combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fueling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance. The document was supported by 129 nations. Fifty-four abstained and two – the United States and Ukraine – voted against. The 66-provision document expresses “deep concern about the glorification, in any form, of the Nazi movement, neo-Nazism and former members of the Waffen SS organization, including by erecting monuments and memorials and holding public demonstrations in the name of the glorification of…

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UN General Assembly adopts resolution on ‘militarization problem’ of Crimea

UN General Assembly adopts resolution on ‘militarization problem’ of Crimea

UNITED NATIONS, December 18. /TASS/. The United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution proposed by Ukraine on “militarization problem” of Crimea and the waters of the Azov and Black Sea. 66 countries supported the document, 19 were against it, 72 – abstained. The resolution stated that presence of the Russian military in Crimea contradicts the national sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The document also condemns Russia because of constructing a bridge across the Kerch Strait. At the same time, the General Assembly rejected amendments proposed by Iran and Syria, aimed at balancing the document and containing references to the Minsk agreements. In…

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Sergey Lavrov shares his thoughts on things big and small

Sergey Lavrov shares his thoughts on things big and small

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov sat down for a lengthy interview, going through many issues, from global conflicts and his days at the UN to borscht and rap music. RT brings you the highlights. On Monday, the minister stopped by to have a long chat with reporters from Komsomolskaya Pravda newspaper. Some US politicians may at times advocate for good relations, but at the end of the day they view Moscow as a competitor, Lavrov said. They want dialogue with us only [on issues] where they see profit. Especially, since right now the business mentality is blatantly manifesting itself in the American foreign policy. It’s…

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UN General Assembly adopts resolution on militarizing Crimea proposed by Ukraine

UN General Assembly adopts resolution on militarizing Crimea proposed by Ukraine

© AP Photo/Richard Drew UNITED NATIONS, December 18. /TASS/. The United Nations General Assembly adopted the resolution proposed by Ukraine on militarization of Crimea and the waters of the Azov and Black Sea. 66 countries supported the document, 19 were against it, 72 – abstained. The resolution states that the presence of the Russian military in Crimea contradicts the national sovereignty, political independence and territorial integrity of Ukraine. The document also condemns Russia because of constructing a bridge across the Kerch Strait. At the same time, the General Assembly rejected amendments proposed by Iran and Syria, aimed at balancing the document and containing references to the…

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US wants to impose more anti-Russian sanctions following Kerch Strait incident

US wants to impose more anti-Russian sanctions following Kerch Strait incident

WASHINGTON, December 17. /TASS/. The United States calls on Europe to look at a possibility of imposing additional anti-Russian sanction following the recent incident in the Kerch Strait, US Special Representative for Ukraine Negotiations Kurt Volker said at a briefing in Brussels on Monday. He said he had arrived in Brussels for talks with European allies to elaborate “a well-coordinated Western response, Western position” on the Kerch Strait incident. “It’s not in Ukraine’s interest or anyone’s interest to bilateralize a response to Russia’s attack on Ukraine into a U.S.-Russia dynamic,” he said. “Within that then, I think we have to look at the basket of…

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Canonical Ukrainian Church refuses to recognize breakaway church created by Kiev

Canonical Ukrainian Church refuses to recognize breakaway church created by Kiev

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate (UOC-MP), the only canonical Orthodox church in Ukraine, refuses to recognize the structure created on Saturday in Kiev at the “unification council”, Archpriest Mykolay Danylevych said. “The schismatics remained schismatics, and the Church remained the Church. It was joyful and gratifying that the bishops, clergy and believers remained loyal to the Church. The Church has manifested its unity. It is regrettable that there were few ones that went into schism, and also that this schism was supported by the Patriarchate of Constantinople. But no matter how hard they tried to proclaim the schism as the Church, and…

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SOTT FOCUS: NewsReal: Yellow Vest Protests, Brexit Farce – Revolutionary Climate in Western Europe?

SOTT FOCUS: NewsReal: Yellow Vest Protests, Brexit Farce – Revolutionary Climate in Western Europe?

Is France going through revolution 2.0? La Terreur followed in the wake of the 1789 French revolution, so is last week’s extraordinary coincidence of an ‘ISIS/Islamist terror attack’ at a critical moment in the French state’s handling of the Gilets Jaunes’ popular insurrection an indicator of what’s likely to happen next? History may not repeat, Mark Twain said, but it sure rhymes. Speaking of extraordinary coincidences, what is up with both France and the UK undergoing profound national crises at the same time? The Brexit chaos looks like its settling on the prediction we made two years ago: they’re going to re-run the in/out referendum…

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Traveling to the Space Station will be faster than going from Moscow to Brussels

Traveling to the Space Station will be faster than going from Moscow to Brussels

MOSCOW, Russia – With Russia testing a faster route to supply the International Space Station (EIA), the trip will soon be only three hours, according to Dmitry Rogozin, head of Roscosmos. In July, the Progress freighter used a two-orbit meeting to reach the ERA for the first time in history. The trip lasted about 3 […] The post Traveling to the Space Station will be faster than going from Moscow to Brussels appeared first on Fort Russ.

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Just How Useless Are US Air Carriers Compared to Russian and Chinese Might

Just How Useless Are US Air Carriers Compared to Russian and Chinese Might

WASHINGTON DC, The United States – The 11 US superport aircraft which are very important to the US may become useless in a military conflict with Russia or China, writes Business Insider. According to the publication, these aircraft carriers of the Nimitz class are more like floating cities with aerodromes, because they rise 40 meters […] The post Just How Useless Are US Air Carriers Compared to Russian and Chinese Might appeared first on Fort Russ.

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Russia, Estonia to reinstate military attaches called off in wake of Skripal incident

Russia, Estonia to reinstate military attaches called off in wake of Skripal incident

TALLINN, December 17. /TASS/. Russia and Estonia will reinstate their military attaches to the embassies in Tallinn and Moscow, who had been called off earlier in the wake of the poisoning of ex-GRU colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter in Salisbury, UK. “We can consider the issue concerning the military attaches resolved,” the Russian embassy informed. “In particular, as for Estonia’s military attach·, he has already received a Russian entry visa. In turn, the Estonian Foreign Ministry informed us that they have no objections concerning the candidacy of the new Russian military attach·.” In March, Russia decided to expel Estonia’s military attache as a tit-for-tat measure…

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Geneva Palace of Nations to host meeting of de Mistura and Astana format delegations

Geneva Palace of Nations to host meeting of de Mistura and Astana format delegations

GENEVA, December 17. /TASS/. United Nations Secretary General’s Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura will meet with representatives from Russia, Iran and Turkey at the Palace of Nations in Geneva on Tuesday, the press service of the UN Office at Geneva said on Monday. The delegations are scheduled to arrive between 10 am and 11 am local time (between 12 noon and 1 pm Moscow time), it said. The press service did not specify whether a news conference is expected after the meeting. Earlier on Monday, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s information and press department said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov will take part in…

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US does not rule out increasing military presence in Black Sea

US does not rule out increasing military presence in Black Sea

WASHINGTON, December 17. /TASS/. The US may consider the possibility of increasing its military presence in the Black Sea, US Special Representative for Ukraine Kurt Volker said on Monday during a press briefing. “As far as the Black Sea goes, Turkey plays a critically important role,” Volker stated. “We also want to work with Turkey on security in the Black Sea and on freedom of navigation.” “That said, I think that there are things that we should now be looking at that maybe we weren’t looking at before – to increase presence in the Black Sea, whether on a bilateral basis or under EU auspices,”…

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Louise Mensch posts unhinged theory about Snowden and Putin – Wikileaks threatens lawsuit

Louise Mensch posts unhinged theory about Snowden and Putin – Wikileaks threatens lawsuit

WikiLeaks has suggested it could sue prolific conspiracy theorist Louise Mensch after she tweeted that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden had released his secret US military documents “under Putin’s direct orders.” It all started when the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) tweeted a link to an interview it had conducted with Snowden about the concept of blockchains – an interview which seems to have instantly outraged Mensch, who has made a name for herself in recent years as one of Twitter’s most creative Russiagate conspiracy mongers. Responding to the ACLU’s interview with Snowden, Mensch, a former conservative British MP, did what she does best and made…

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FBI, CIA told WaPo they doubted key Steele Dossier allegation – WaPo ‘failed to report’ it

FBI, CIA told WaPo they doubted key Steele Dossier allegation – WaPo ‘failed to report’ it

FBI and CIA sources told a Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter that they didn’t believe a key claim contained in the “Steele Dossier,” the document the Obama FBI relied on to obtain a surveillance warrant on a member of the Trump campaign. The Post’s Greg Miller told an audience at an October event that the FBI and CIA did not believe that former longtime Trump attorney Michael Cohen visited Prague during the 2016 election to pay off Russia-linked hackers who stole emails from key Democrats, reports the Daily Caller’s Chuck Ross. “We’ve talked to sources at the FBI and the CIA and elsewhere – they…

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Norwegian military releases haunting footage of warship wrecked after NATO training to counter Russian ‘aggression’

Norwegian military releases haunting footage of warship wrecked after NATO training to counter Russian ‘aggression’

The Norwegian military has shared underwater footage of the KNM Helge Ingstad, a warship that collided with an oil tanker and sank while returning from a massive NATO drill hosted by the country. The eerie images of the wrecked frigate were taken by Norwegian divers and robotic submersibles earlier this month during an operation to recover anti-ship missiles from the 134-meter sunken vessel. One video clip shows the damage caused to the Helge Ingstad’s hull and lower decks when she collided with an oil tanker on November 8.

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Ukrainian far-right MP: Hunt down, oust Moscow-loyal priests

Ukrainian far-right MP: Hunt down, oust Moscow-loyal priests

A Ukrainian MP and ex-head of ultra-nationalist Right Sector has called for all priests loyal to the Russian Orthodox Church to [be] ‘hunted down’ and ousted. It came after Kiev proclaimed its church to be independent from Moscow. Until last weekend there were three Orthodox Christian churches in Ukraine. The Ukrainian Orthodox Church is an internationally-recognized autonomous part of the Russian Orthodox Church. The two others were self-proclaimed and universally considered schismatic. On Saturday, the latter two unified into an Orthodox Church of Ukraine, an organization purporting to be part of the Ecumenical Patriarchate of Constantinople. Priests of the canonical Church were invited to participate…

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Turkish foreign minister denies reports of Ankara’s readiness to cooperate with Assad

Turkish foreign minister denies reports of Ankara’s readiness to cooperate with Assad

ANKARA, December 17. /TASS/. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu has refuted reports claiming that Ankara is ready to cooperate with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “I did not say anything of this kind, anything that would mean that we will work with al-Assad or that we recognize him,” the Anadolu Agency cited the Turkish diplomat on Monday. On December 6, in response to the question about Turkey’s readiness to cooperate with al-Assad in case of its reelection, Cavusoglu said: “If the elections are democratic and trustworthy, we will consider all possibilities.”. In other media

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Turkish foreign minister mentions first arrests of FETO members in US

Turkish foreign minister mentions first arrests of FETO members in US

© AP Photo/Burhan Ozbilici ANKARA, December 17. /TASS/. The US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) started to make arrests of the members of the Fetullahist Terrorist Organization (FETO), an Islamic social movement prohibited in Turkey, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu stated on Monday. The current Turkish government accuses FETO of an attempted coup in July 2016. “The FBI are carrying out [investigative] activities in 15 states concerning the FETO case. In [the state of] New Jersey, arrests have already begun,” the TRT channel quotes the minister. On Sunday, the Turkish top diplomat stated that the US side is considering the possibility of extraditing FETO leader Fethullah…

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What sanctions? France wants in on jetliner project with Russia and China

What sanctions? France wants in on jetliner project with Russia and China

French firms are planning to take part in a Russian-Chinese project to build a wide-body long-haul passenger airplane, according to Bertrand de Lacombe, Director of International Cooperation at French Civil Aviation Authority. “France is interested in participating in the project together with Russia and China,” Lacombe told journalists on the sidelines of the Russian-French Council for Economic, Financial, Industrial and Trade Issues (CEFIC). According to the official, French producers are ready to bid for a tender that is currently being set by Russian and Chinese manufacturers. Lacombe didn’t specify precisely what kind of contribution to development and production French enterprises are ready to make. However,…

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WADA experts begin inspection of Moscow anti-doping lab

WADA experts begin inspection of Moscow anti-doping lab

World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) representatives have started checking Moscow laboratory data, access to which was granted by the Russian authorities as part of a deal reached between the two sides. The five-person WADA delegation, headed by independent expert Jose Antonio Pascual, is planning to conduct a three-day inspection in order to check the database and doping samples which have been stored in the laboratory since 2011. By providing access to the Moscow lab, Russian officials fulfilled a final requirement stipulated by the world anti-doping watchdog which reinstated the Russian Anti-Doping Agency (RUSADA) in September ending a three-year doping saga which undermined Russia’s credibility on the…

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Senior Russian MP does not rule out US-Turkey separate agreements on Syria

Senior Russian MP does not rule out US-Turkey separate agreements on Syria

MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. A senior Russian parliamentarian and former commander of the Airborne Troops, Vladimir Shamanov, does not rule out separate deals between the US and Turkey within the context of a military operation in Syria announced by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. “The final stage of the defeat of IS (Islamic State outlawed in Russia) units will be accompanied and is accompanied by separate agreements,” Shamanov told reporters on Monday, adding that Russia “forecasted this back half-a-year ago”. “I don’t rule out such agreements given the specific importance of this region for Turkey in the Kurdish issue. It is not for the first…

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Russia revamping its prisons: Closing historic 200 year old facility, funds modernized building as part of “New Moscow” project

Russia revamping its prisons: Closing historic 200 year old facility, funds modernized building as part of “New Moscow” project

One of Russia’s oldest prisons, Butyrka, is to be closed after its inmates are transferred to a new detention facility, the construction of which the Moscow mayor’s office has agreed to fund. It is good news for people held in pretrial detention in the prison, which is old enough to count among its earlier cellmates Yemelyan Pugachev, the famous leader of the 18th century peasant rebellion. The idea to shut down Butyrka with its outdated cells has been hanging in the air for decades. According to deputy director of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN), the decision to finally get rid of this facility has now…

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Gowdy calls Comey an ‘amnesiac with incredible hubris,’ as hearing resumes on Hill

Gowdy calls Comey an ‘amnesiac with incredible hubris,’ as hearing resumes on Hill

Former FBI Director James Comey is back on the Hill for an encore, after a controversial appearance more than a week ago in which he told lawmakers seeking answers over the FBI’s handling of the Trump-Russia collusion probe some version of “I don’t know” at least 245 times. Comey is set to testify behind closed doors again Monday morning, before members of the House oversight and judiciary committees. The prior Dec. 7 session left lame-duck Republican lawmakers fuming as Comey repeatedly said “I don’t remember,” “I don’t know” and “I don’t recall” when grilled about investigations Republicans believed were aimed at hurting President Trump. The…

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Joe Hoft: Flynn didn’t lie to FBI – must have been coerced into guilty plea

Joe Hoft: Flynn didn’t lie to FBI – must have been coerced into guilty plea

There is really almost no way that General Flynn lied to the FBI when being interrogated four days into the Trump Administration. There must be some reason for his guilty plea, but lying to the FBI is almost certainly not what he did. General Mike Flynn was berated by the media in January 2017 for alleged illegal activities with Russians. The far-left media was in a frenzy about an article released by the Washington Post on January 12th based on classified information that was stolen and leaked to the press. Later that January, only a few days after the Trump Administration moved into the White…

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Russia will have Avangard hypersonic missile systems ready to enter combat duty in 2019

Russia will have Avangard hypersonic missile systems ready to enter combat duty in 2019

The Avangard is a strategic intercontinental ballistic missile system equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicle First Avangard hypersonic missile systems will enter combat duty in 2019 at the Dombarovsky missile division based in the Orenburg Region in the south Urals, Strategic Missile Force Commander Colonel-General Sergei Karakayev said in an interview with Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper. “First complexes are planned to be put on combat duty at the missile regiment of the Dombarosky division starting next year,” Karakayev said. The Avangard is a strategic intercontinental ballistic missile system equipped with a hypersonic glide vehicle. According to open sources, the ‘breakthrough’ weapon was developed by the Research…

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Turkish military concludes preparations for Syrian offensive, says Erdogan

Turkish military concludes preparations for Syrian offensive, says Erdogan

ANKARA, December 17. /TASS/. The Turkish Armed Forces have concluded the preparations for a possible military operation in Syria, which may begin at any time, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated on Monday during a speech in Konya, transmitted by the NTV channel. “We can begin [the operation] in Syria at any moment. Our glorious army has concluded the preparatory exercises,” he said. The president added that “during the operation, no US servicemen will be harmed”. There are US troops currently deployed on the territory under control of the Kurds. Erdogan added that “[US President Donald] Trump has responded favorably to the possibility of an…

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Canada in violation of UN drugs convention, says Russian diplomat

Canada in violation of UN drugs convention, says Russian diplomat

MOSCOW, December 17. /TASS/. By legalizing marihuana this summer, Canada breached the UN Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, and Moscow will raise the issue of fulfilling international obligations in this sphere, Russia’s Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna Mikhail Ulyanov stated on Monday. According to him, the international community has always reacted promptly to any breach of the convention. “However, this year, the situation changed thanks to Canada, which has decided to violate the convention in an open and blatant manner, by approving the law on legalizing marihuana,” the diplomat noted. “We support strict compliance with international obligations in…

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