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Putin gives Saudi King bird of prey
Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Saudi Arabia. Putin brought a special present to King Salman bin Abdel Aziz - an Arctic falcon that can be found in Kamchatka, in the Far East of Russia. The bird's name is Alpha. This is a Red Book bird species. There are only a few thousands of them left in Russia.As presidential aide Yuri Ushakov earlier said, Putin paid a visit to Saudi Arabia to discuss the situation in the Middle East and in North Africa. He will hold meetings with the Saudi King and a Crown Prince of the kingdom to discuss issues of military and technical cooperation.This is Putin's second visit to Saudi Arabia. Earlier, the Russian president visited the kingdom in February 2007.
(Mon, 14 Oct 2019 15:34:00 +0300)

Russia to give record-high loans to Turkey, India and Iran
Russia will give a record volume of loans to foreign countries, the Izvestia newspaper reports with reference to materials for the draft budget for 2020-2022.In three years, governments and organizations from other countries will receive more than a trillion rubles in loans from Russia. This amount is larger than in the previous five years.According to materials of the Ministry of Finance, foreign borrowers borrow money from Moscow for the purchase of Russian products, as well as for the completion of joint projects. The ministry did not disclose the list of loan recipients.Experts suggest that the lion's share of the loans will be used for the construction of nuclear power plants in Turkey and India, as well as for the development of nuclear infrastructure in Iran. All projects will be implemented with the participation of Russia.In September, Deputy Minister of Finance Sergei Storchak said that foreign countries owe Russia about $35 billion (2.28 trillion rubles). From 2020 to 2022, Russia will have to receive about one-sixth of the total amount of the debt - about 370 billion rubles.The Ministry of Finance refused to name the debtor countries. However, as one may conclude from open sources, Belarus is the largest debtor with approximately $7.5 billion of debt. Venezuela comes next with $3.5 billion.
(Thu, 03 Oct 2019 15:44:00 +0300)

Putin fires five generals and chief of Federal Penitentiary Service
Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree to dismiss five generals. The document was published on the official website of legal information.According to the document, Major General Andrei Vinogradov was dismissed from the post of the head of the Directorate of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) in the Vladimir region. In addition, the head of the Central Directorate of the Ministry of Defense for Issues of Civil Defense, Emergencies and Disaster Management in the Republic of Komi,  Major General Alexander Knyazev, was dismissed from his position as well. Putin also dismissed the head of the investigative department of the Investigative Committee of Russia in the Kaliningrad region, Lieutenant General Viktor Ledenev, deputy head of the Central Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Novosibirsk Region, Major General Andrei Neupokoev. The chief inspector of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia, Police Major Eduard Sobol was dismissed fromhis post as well. In addition, prosecutors of the Tomsk and Voronezh regions, Viktor Romanenko and Nikolai Shishkin, were dismissed according to Putin's decree too. The decree also dismissed Colonel General Gennady Kornienko from the post of the director of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN). On September 30, Kornienko turned 65 years old - this is the age limit for staying in service.In early September, the Russian president dismissed nearly 30 senior law enforcement officials
(Thu, 03 Oct 2019 15:32:00 +0300)

All forest fires in Russia have been extinguished
Not a single forest fire has been recorded in Russia as of September 30, representatives of the Federal Forestry Agency (Avialesohrana) said. Over the past 24 hours, firefighters eliminated seven forest fires on the area of 94 hectares. As many as 100 people, 24 units of equipment and 13 aircraft were involved in the operations to extinguish the fires. There is no region in Russia where a state of emergency would still be in effect. In the summer of 2019, forest fires were raging in Siberia, Yakutia and Buryatia. The fires affected three million hectares of forest, although spokespeople for Greencepeace Russia said that the affected area was much larger  - 5.4 million hectares. Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed the Ministry of Defense to join the operations to extinguish the fires. The Federal Forestry Agency evaluated the fire damage at seven billion rubles.
(Mon, 30 Sep 2019 12:03:00 +0300)

Smoking on balconies is now regarded as criminal offence in Russia
Dmitry Peskov, the official spokesman for President Putin, commented on the introduction of new fire safety relations, which include a ban on smoking on balconies. The new regulations are to come into force from October 1, 2019. "The Kremlin shares a positive attitude to any decisions that can help save lives. We know how many fires occur, many of them have very tragic consequences and spark public outcry. Therefore, any saved life justifies such decisions," Peskov said, adding that he thought of the ban primarily as a fire prevention measure, rather than a way to protect non-smoking individuals from their smoking neighbors. The Russian government has approved a set of changes to the rules of fire safety arrangements this week. The new editing includes a ban on the use of open fire on balconies of apartment buildings, hotels and dormitories. At first, many were divided on whether the new restrictions were going to affect smokers. Later, however, representatives of the Russian EMERCOM confirmed that Russian citizens would not be allowed to smoke on their balconies starting from October 1, 2019. Officials said that up to 60 percent of fires in apartment buildings occur because of carelessness when smoking. In addition, representatives of the ministry said that a fire caused by discarded cigarette butts may lead to an administrative punishment of a smoker.Penalties include warnings and fines for individuals in the amount of up to 3,000 rubles ($50) or up to 5,000 rubles ($90) in the event violation of the rules leads to a fire. Criminal responsibility may follow in case of a fire that causes damage to other people's apartments.
(Fri, 27 Sep 2019 18:50:00 +0300)

USA triggers another diplomatic scandal with Russia
Dmitry Peskov, an official spokesman for Russian President Putin, said that the situation, in which the USA refused to issue visas to members of the Russian delegation for their participation at the meeting of the UN General Assembly in New York was "unacceptable and alarming." Both the UN and Moscow are supposed to show a tough reaction to such a development, he added."Washington is violating its international obligations. This is a direct violation of international obligations by Washington, because this is not just a bilateral visit. It goes about a visit of the Russian delegation to the UN General Assembly," Peskov said. All that the United States can do is to restrict the stay of Russian diplomats in one city, New York, where the international organization is headquartered. "The USA has no right to introduce any other restriction for those who go to the General Assembly," the spokesman for the Russian president concluded.Earlier, Konstantin Kosachev, the head of the Federation Council Committee for Foreign Affairs, said that the US Embassy in Moscow did not issue visas to ten members of the Russian delegation, who were supposed to accompany Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on a trip to the UN General Assembly in New York. The US Embassy denied visas to Kosachev himself, to  chairman of the State Duma's committee on international affairs Leonid Slutsky, and to officials of the Russian Foreign Ministry. There was no formal refusal of visas per se, but the delegates failed to timely receive their passports from the US Embassy.US officials later said that the Russian diplomats allegedly submitted their documents in an untimely manner. Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova denied such an explanation and said that all the documents had been submitted within the deadlines indicated by American diplomats. The incident will be the central topic for discussion during the meeting between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his US counterpart, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in New York, Zakharova noted.
(Tue, 24 Sep 2019 14:44:00 +0300)

Russia admits nuclear war is possible
The state of affairs in the field of strategic stability in the world continues to deteriorate. There is a potential risk for a nuclear war to break out, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Russia Sergey Ryabkov said. According to Ryabkov, the risk for a nuclear war to break out prevails even if parties have no intention to unleash a nuclear conflict. The negative dynamics has been manifesting itself strongly during the recent year, as "actions of our colleagues in the West become more emotional, and very aggressive at times," the diplomat emphasized. "They (Western countries - ed.) avoid substantive discussion of pressing issues, they block the work of channels of dialogue, and continue to undermine the architecture of arms control," the representative of the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
(Thu, 12 Sep 2019 14:47:00 +0300)

Putin: Russia and Ukraine will hold large-scale exchange of prisoners
The talks between Russia and Ukraine about the mutual exchange of captivated individuals are entering the final stage, said Russian President Vladimir Putin."Based on considerations of humanity, we are approaching the finalization of the negotiations that we have been conducting, without limitation, with official authorities. I think this will become known in the near future," Putin said, speaking at the Eastern Economic Forum and answering a question about the possible timing for the exchange of prisoners between Russia and Ukraine. According to the president, it will be a large-scale exchange that will play a positive role in bilateral relations."I think that from a historical perspective this will inevitably happen. In my opinion, the relations will normalise completely, because we are two parts of the same people, as I have said many times before," Putin said, emphasizing that the development of the situation in the near future largely depends on the Ukrainian leadership.Earlier, Ukrainian politician Viktor Medvedchuk, who takes part in negotiations between Russia and Ukraine on the issue of exchange of prisoners, said that he would like to meet with Russian President Putin on Thursday. Medvedchuk arrived in Vladivostok for the purpose. "I think that Mr. Medvedchuk is going to torment me on this issue. I know that he is specifically concerned about several people held in places of imprisonment in the Russian Federation, and it was rather difficult for us to make decisions regarding those specific people," Putin said.
(Thu, 05 Sep 2019 14:00:00 +0300)

Russia to sell arms to India totalling $14.5 billion
India signed a contract with Russia for the supply of arms and military equipment. The contract is evaluated at $14.5 billion, Dmitry Shugaev, the head of the Federal Service for Military-Technical Cooperation said. Russia and India currently continue negotiations for the supply and licensed production of the Igla-S portable air defense system. In addition, the parties signed an agreement on the production of spare parts for Russian military equipment and weapons in India.Last year, despite pressure from the United States, India ordered from Russia S-400 anti-aircraft missile systems, frigates 11356, as well as a large batch of ammunition for the Air Force, Naval and Ground Forces. Earlier, Russian President Putin said that after the meeting with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Eastern Economic Forum, they agreed on a solid package of bilateral documents in trade, investment and military-technical spheres, as well as in the field of industry, education and culture.In addition, Modi and Putin discussed the fight against international terrorism, the situation in the Middle East and in North Africa, the state of affairs in Afghanistan, and around the Iranian nuclear program.The Fifth Eastern Economic Forum takes place in Vladivostok on September 4-6.
(Wed, 04 Sep 2019 14:47:00 +0300)

Putin is not going to Beslan
Russian President Vladimir Putin does not plan to visit Beslan on the anniversary of the terrorist attack on School No. 1, Kremlin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. On September 3, Russia marks the Day of Solidarity in the fight against terrorism. "This is a memorial day, and it is on this day that we remember all victims who fell at the hands of terrorists as a result of horrendous terrorist acts," Peskov added.Vladimir Putin visited Beslan on September 4, 2004, immediately after the terrorist attack at school. He visited the wounded at a local hospital and held a meeting with the leadership of North Ossetia.On September 1, 2004, a group of militants seized School No.1 and held more than 1,200 students and teachers hostage for three days. Some of the hostages were shot, some others were killed during explosions and during the storm of the building. A total of 333 people, including 186 children, were killed. Shamil Basayev, the leader of Chechen terrorists, claimed responsibility for the hostage-taking terrorist attack.
(Wed, 28 Aug 2019 14:54:00 +0300)

Russia ready to build another super bridge
A bridge across the Volga River in the Samara region bypassing the city of Togliatti, will cost Russia 120.8 billion rubles, an updated version of the construction agreement says.The bridge will be the first project of the international transport corridor Europe - Western China. In total, 95.98 kilometers of motorway and 3.75 kilometers of the bridge itself across the Volga river are to be built. Should this project be implemented, the travel time from Moscow to Samara will be reduced from 16 to 8 hours.Originally, the project was evaluated at 130-140 billion rubles, but now the cost has dropped to 120.8 billion. The regional budget is to allocate 67 billion rubles for the construction as a capital grant, whereas the rest of the financing is to be raised by the concessionaire.The concession company, Bypassing Togliatti, was established. The construction is to start already in 2019 and to finish in 2024.
(Mon, 26 Aug 2019 15:46:00 +0300)

USA's only goal was to cast INF Treaty aside - Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin made an important statement after the meeting with members of Russia's Security Council. The meeting was dedicated to USA's recent missile tests. According to Putin, having exited the INF Treaty, the United States "has gotten a free hand to deploy prohibited missiles in various regions of the world." "The only goal of the USA was to cover up the works that were conducted in violation of the INF Treaty and their initial intention was to pull out from it," Putin said.According to the president, the United States launched a propaganda campaign about Russia's alleged non-compliance with the treaty, but Moscow was aware of America's works to develop the weapons that were prohibited by the INF Treaty (Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles). READ FULL TRANSCRIPT OF PUTIN'S STATEMENT
(Fri, 23 Aug 2019 13:24:00 +0300)

Kremlin will not meddle in USA's Greenland affair
Dmitry Peskov, an official spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, said that the intention of the US administration to purchase Denmark's Greenland was an episode of "international shopping."According to Peskov, Russia will not intervene in the matter.On August 21, The Washington Post reported that the US was discussing an opportunity to make annual payments to Denmark as part of the deal to purchase Greenland for $600 million. In addition, the USA would be ready to make a lump sum payment to Denmark as an incentive to hand over the island to the USA. On August 16, it became known that US President Donald Trump was considering a possibility to buy Greenland. He discussed the question with his advisers, who found the plan economically feasible. Later, Donald Trump confirmed his interest in acquiring the island and compared the  possible purchase of Greenland to a major real estate deal. Danish Prime Minister refused to discuss the purchase. Trump later canceled his visit to Copenhagen that he had scheduled for early September.
(Thu, 22 Aug 2019 16:54:00 +0300)

Putin makes his first comment about Moscow protests
Russian President Vladimir Putin made his first comment about the recent rallies that took place in Moscow in support of unregistered candidates to the Moscow City Duma elections. During his meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, Putin said that those responsible for violations at rallies in Moscow would have to be held accountable for their actions. According to him, citizens have no right to break the law."Citizens have the right to peaceful protests in accordance with applicable law. The authorities must ensure the implementation of these rights. But no one, neither the authorities, nor any groups of citizens have the right to violate the current law and bring the situation either to absurdity or clashes with the authorities," Putin said. He said that the violations, for which a number of candidates were not allowed to the elections to the Moscow City Duma, were "obvious." Putin added that he would not want a "yellow vest" situation in Moscow. The yellow vest movement is a protest movement in France that appeared in late 2018. Violent "yellow vests" protests sparked in France after an increase in fuel prices. Afterwards, protesters started demanding Macron's resignation.
(Mon, 19 Aug 2019 19:46:00 +0300)

Moscow names one reason for which it can give Crimea back to Ukraine
The Crimea can be returned to Ukraine only if Russia ceases to exist, Vladimir Dzhabarov, deputy chairman of the Federation Council Committee on International Affairs, said in an interview with RT. The senator's remarks came in response to the recent statement from Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, who said that the the Crimea would definitely return under Kiev's jurisdiction. Dzhabarov believes that one should not take such statements from Kiev seriously. He also noted that his ironic remarks about Russia ceasing its existence was never going to materialize. "The peninsula became part of Ukraine purely incidentally, but now justice has been met," the Russian senator noted, adding that the relations between Russia and Ukraine would not improve if Zelensky continued making such statements. Earlier, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky promised that the Crimea would become Ukrainian once day.  "I know for sure that the day will come when Crimea definitely returns to Ukraine and divided Crimean Tatar families gather at one table. There will be only happy holidays in its history afterwards," Zelensky said on August 7 at a meeting with the Ukrainian community in Ankara, Turkey. The Crimea became part of Russia following a referendum held in March 2014, when the majority of Crimean residents voted in favor of such a decision. Ukraine and Western countries refused to recognize the results of the referendum.
(Thu, 08 Aug 2019 17:08:00 +0300)

Putin holds USA completely responsible for INF Treaty demise
Russian President Vladimir Putin released a statement about the termination of the Treaty on the Elimination of Short and Medium-Range Missiles (INF Treaty)."Regretfully, Russia has to affirm that USA's unilateral, on a far-fetched pretext, withdrawal from the INF Treaty, the demise of one of the fundamental documents in the field of arms control, have complicated the situation in the world in the most serious way and created fundamental risks for all," Putin stated, the press service of the Kremlin said. Putin holds the United States entirely responsible for what has happened. "Instead of a thoughtful discussion of international security issues, the United States has simply crossed out many years of efforts that were aimed to reduce the likelihood of a large-scale military conflict, including with the use of nuclear weapons," said Vladimir Putin."We can not ignore the current state of affairs, we can not be happy with unsubstantiated declarations of peacefulness from our American colleagues and their allies," the statement said.Putin instructed relevant agencies "in the event reliable information is received proving the United States has completed the development and proceeded to the production of corresponding systems, to start full-scale development of similar missiles.""Russia considers it necessary, without delay, to resume full-fledged negotiations to ensure strategic stability and security. We are ready for this," Vladimir Putin added, urging the United States for dialogue.
(Mon, 05 Aug 2019 18:29:00 +0300)

Russia does not mind another arms race with USA
Moscow does not intend to offer the United States any guarantees for not deploying weapons after the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Shorter-Range Missiles (INF) has been terminated. Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that Russia was interested in conducting negotiations on the subject of the INF Treaty, albeit "not more than opponents, not more than our colleagues at NATO, including in the USA." "What legal guarantees can we offer to someone as an idea, if even the most obvious move with a counter moratorium is rejected in this situation?" Ryabkov said.  Earlier, the United States reminded that Washington would officially withdraw from the INF Treaty on Friday, August 2, 2019. At the same time, US President Donald Trump noted that Moscow and Washington would conclude an arms control agreement. He did not give any details, though.Spokespeople for the Russian Armed Forces previously stated that without the INF Treaty, the Russian side would have to focus on maximum capabilities of the American side, rather than on the real state of affairs. This would lead to an increase in mistrust and eventually develop a "new round of the missile arms race."Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the decree suspending the implementation of the INF Treaty on March 4. The decision became Russia's mirror response to Washington's similar announcement made in October 2018, when US President Trump accused Russia of violating the INF Treaty. The INF Treaty concluded in 1987 between the USSR and the USA prohibits the parties from owning ground-based ballistic and cruise missiles with a range from 500 to 5.5 thousand kilometers. Moscow and Washington regularly accuse each other of violating the terms of the treaty.
(Wed, 31 Jul 2019 16:14:00 +0300)

Ukraine will collapse before it becomes part of Russia
Vladimir Zhirinovsky, a State Duma deputy, the leader of the LDPR party (Liberal and Democratic Party of Russia) believes that the President of Ukraine, Vladimir Zelensky, will rule the country for no more than two years. Afterwards, Zhirinovsky believes, Ukraine will plunge into chaos again. In a message posted on his Telegram channel, Zhirinovsky compared the current state of affairs in Ukraine with "cancer of the fourth stage." Its "metastases have spread throughout the country," he added. "There's blood all over the country, there is no economy, people are leaving. Zelensky can only be the president of such Ukraine for a year or two, and then he will be swept away. There are thousands and thousands of armed people there, they are "pro-Ukrainian" nationalists, who already know the smell of blood. They don't need peace, they want to plunder and kill. After the Second World War, the KGB and the Soviet army were hunting people like them in the woods for ten years. They can bring their Pinochet to power in Ukraine. Then, they will topple him too. The story will end when Ukraine is divided. In the end, all of Ukraine will return to Russia," Zhirinovsky wrote. Ukraine held special elections on Sunday, July 21. According to most recent reports, five parties will be represented in the Ukrainian parliament: "Servant of the People", "Opposition Platform - For Life", "European Solidarity", "Batkivshchyna" and "Golos."
(Tue, 23 Jul 2019 11:56:00 +0300)

Russia pays no mind to Ukraine's protest about Russian passports
Russia will continue issuing passports to residents of self-proclaimed People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, who were deprived of the right to protection and social support in Ukraine. "We will continue issuing passports. This is a sovereign right of Russia and a voluntary desire of citizens of DNR and LNR (Russian initials to People's Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk - ed.). Sanctions are pointless," Oleg Morozov, a Federation Council member said. Earlier on Monday, Alexander Danilyuk, Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council of Ukraine, said that Kiev was working on new sanctions against Russia. According to him, Kiev was going to complicate the issuance of Russian passports to residents of the Donbass.On July 17, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree on the simplification of the process to obtain Russian citizenship for all residents of the People's Republic of Donetsk and the People's Republic of Luhansk, as well as to refugees.Earlier, Putin also simplified the procedure to obtain Russian passports for residents of the Donbass, as well as for Ukrainians who lived in the Crimea or Sevastopol and left before Russia reunited with the Crimea. Kiev criticized the actions of the Russian authorities and threatened to impose new sanctions on the Russian Federation. In addition, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky ordered to develop a mechanism to simplify the process to receive passports for ethnic Ukrainians.
(Mon, 22 Jul 2019 17:33:00 +0300)

Putin lifts sanctions from Eritrea
Russian President Vladimir Putin lifted sanctions against Eritrea that the Russian Federation imposed nine years ago. The decree, which was published on July 22, 2019, says that the restrictions against the African country were lifted in connection with Resolution 2444 of the UN Security Council from November 14, 2018.The decree imposing sanctions against Eritrea was signed by then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in July 2010. Russia prohibited the sale and transfer of all types of arms and related goods, including weapons and ammunition, combat vehicles and military equipment, military equipment and related goods and spare parts to those products. The restrictions also banned the provision of training and technical, financial and other services related to military activities.
(Mon, 22 Jul 2019 16:33:00 +0300)