Tag Archives: Russia

Russian nuclear bombers fly near North Korea in rare show of force

Source: Reuters

"Russian nuclear-capable strategic bombers have flown a rare mission around the Korean Peninsula at the same time as the United States and South Korea conduct joint military exercises that have infuriated Pyongyang. Russia, which has said it is strongly against any unilateral U.S. military action on the peninsula, said Tupolev-95MS bombers, code named 'Bears' by NATO, had flown over the Pacific Ocean, the Sea of Japan, the Yellow Sea and the East China Sea, prompting Japan and Seoul to scramble jets to escort them. The flight, which also included planes with advanced intelligence gathering capabilities, was over international waters and was announced by the Russian Defence Ministry on the same day as Moscow complained about the U.S.-South Korean war games." (08/24/17)


Russia: Putin appoints new ambassador to US

Source: Detroit News

"President Vladimir Putin has appointed a former deputy defense minister as Russia’s new ambassador to the United States. The Kremlin said on Monday Putin has replaced Sergei Kislyak, whose tenure ended in July, with Anatoly Antonov, a deputy foreign minister and former deputy defense minister seen as a hardliner regarding the U.S." (08/21/17)


Russia: US suspends non-immigrant visas

Source: NBC News

"The United States said Monday it has been forced to suspend nonimmigrant visas in Russia because President Vladimir Putin ordered it to cut hundreds of diplomatic staff. The U.S. Mission to Russia said it was forced to cancel all appointments in Moscow between Wednesday and Sept. 1 because of reduced staffing levels. … The U.S. said it was forced to make the move after Putin ordered American diplomatic staff to be cut by 755 last month. This was itself a tit-for-tat response to U.S. sanctions brought against Russia for its alleged cyberhacking and military involvements in Ukraine and Syria. On Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov rejected the U.S. explanation that it was forced to suspend visas because of reduced staffing levels. 'The decision is politically motivated,' he told a press conference in Moscow." (08/21/17)


Ryabkov: Moscow to cut dependence on US payment systems

Source: Reuters

"Russia will speed up work on reducing dependency on U.S. payment systems and the dollar as a settling currency, RIA news agency cited Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov as saying on Monday. It is a response to the new sanctions against Russia reluctantly signed into law last week by U.S. President Donald Trump. The sanctions targeted Russia's energy sector, with new limits on U.S. investment in Russian companies. 'We will of course intensify work related to import substitution, reduction of dependence on U.S. payment systems, on the dollar as a settling currency and so on. It is becoming a vital need,' Ryabkov was quoted as saying." (08/07/17)


Russia: Putin signs Internet censorship law

Source: ZDNet

"Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law prohibiting the use of technology that provides access to websites banned in the country. The law signed on Sunday is already approved by the Duma, the lower house of parliament, and will come into effect on November 1, 2017. It will ban the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) and other technologies, known as anonymisers, that allow people to surf the web anonymously." (07/31/17)


Trump regime considering arms to Ukraine, says envoy Volker

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

"The new US special representative for Ukraine says Washington is actively reviewing whether to send weapons to help those fighting against Russian-backed [new states in territory formerly part of Ukraine]. Kurt Volker told the BBC that arming Ukrainian government forces could change Moscow's approach. He said he did not think the move would be provocative. Russia warned that anything that heightened tension could jeopardise a solution to the conflict." (07/25/17)


Russia: Regime working on stealthy "nuclear train"

Source: Metro [UK]

"Russia has revealed that it's prepared to begin work on a stealthy 'nuclear train' — which can launch hydrogen bombs thousands of miles across the world. The Barguzin railroad combat missile complex can launch six thermonuclear missiles per train — and is disguised as an ordinary freight train. The idea is that it can't be wiped out in a pre-emptive strike — allowing Russia to 'shoot back' regardless. Russia also said it was ready to begin work on its notorious 'Satan 2' missile, which can carry 10 thermonuclear warheads, enough to devastate an entire country." [editor's note: In other words, a Russian implementation of the old MX/LGM-118 rail deployment proposal – TLK] (07/12/17)


Russia: Jury convicts five in murder of Kremlin foe Nemtsov

Source: MSN News

"A Russian jury on Thursday found five men guilty of organizing and carrying out the contract killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov, after a trial his allies say failed to unmask the masterminds. Former deputy prime minister Nemtsov, a fierce critic of President Vladimir Putin, was gunned down just steps from the Kremlin as he walked home with his girlfriend late in the evening of February 27, 2015. … While the ruling provides some answers over the murder, Nemtsov's supporters insist that despite the trial those who ordered the charismatic politician's death have not been uncovered." [hat tip — David Klaus] (06/29/17)


Russia: Regime cancels US meeting over Ukraine sanctions

Source: Yahoo! News

"Russia has canceled a meeting with senior US diplomats in the wake of Washington's decision to reinforce sanctions imposed over its interference in Ukraine and occupation of Crimea. US Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon had been due in St Petersburg on Friday to mend diplomatic fences with Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov. But relations between Moscow and Washington are at a low even by the standards of a rivalry that goes back to the Cold War, and Washington's decision to ramp up its sanctions regime provoked the anger of President Vladimir Putin's Kremlin." (06/22/17)


European Court of Human Rights rules against Russian regime's "gay propaganda" law

Source: Yahoo! News

"The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday blasted as discriminatory Russian legislation banning the promotion of homosexuality, saying it fuelled homophobia and prejudice. The ruling was welcomed by gay activists in Russia who had lodged the case, but Moscow said it would appeal. The legislation had made 'promoting non-traditional sexual relationships' among minors an offence punishable by a fine and also made it an offence to say that gay relationships were equal to heterosexual ones." (06/20/17)