Tuesday, August 16, 2022

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Russia urges UK to stop engaging in provocations over Ukraine

Moscow has called on the UK to avoid provocations over the Russia-Ukraine crisis. It follows a statement by the UK foreign office that Russia seeks to bring to power a pro-Kremlin government in Kiev.

Russia says to keep troops near Ukraine due to NATO actions

Russian presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov says Moscow has to keep troops on its territory near the Ukrainian border because of the tense situation and NATO’s actions.

Russia launches military drills near Ukraine border

Russia has staged live-fire exercises involving troops and tanks near the Ukrainian border. It comes as Russian and the US negotiators gave no sign of narrowing their differences in briefings after the recent talks in Switzerland.

US: Diplomatic solution possible over Russia-Ukraine crisis

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken says a diplomatic solution is still possible to resolve the Russia-Ukraine crisis. Binken however warned Russia of “massive consequences” if it continues what he called aggressive actions in Europe.

Russia-led peacekeepers to be deployed to Kazakhstan

Peacekeeping forces led by Russia, will be deployed for a ‘limited’ period of time to stabilize the situation in Kazakhstan, the chairman of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) has announced.

Russia FM: NATO turning Ukraine into foothold against Moscow

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says NATO is trying to use Kiev as a tool against Moscow. He added the alliance members are systematically transforming Ukraine into a military foothold against Russia.

First Russia’s S-550 system enters combat service

Russia’s new S-550 air defense system has successfully passed state trials entering combat service, according to a source close to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Russia holds drills to practice repelling air raids

Russian forces have held a military exercise to practice repelling massive air strikes by adversaries. It comes amid a standoff between Moscow and the West over Ukraine's NATO ambitions.

Russian troops returning to bases after drills near Ukraine

The Russian military says over 10,000 troops are returning to their permanent bases after a month of training in the region, including in areas near the Ukrainian border.

Putin: Russia and China developing high-tech weapons

Moscow and Beijing are jointly working to develop state-of-the-art weapons as they cooperate in the security area, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Russia: US leaving JCPOA like shooting itself in foot

Referring to Washington’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Russia’s representative in Vienna talks says the decision to pull out from the landmark agreement was like shooting in one of the US legs.

Putin: US not trustworthy in honoring promises

Hopes for a deal with the United States to limit NATO expansion in Eastern Europe are slim, Russian President says. Vladimir Putin argues that even a signed agreement could be torn up by the American side at a moment’s notice.

Russia, Iran mull ratification of convention on legal status of Caspian Sea

Moscow and Tehran, in their contacts, are actively getting back to discussing the issue of ratifying the Convention on the Legal Status of the Caspian Sea, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Wednesday.

Putin: Western countries learnt nothing from Afghanistan debacle

Russian President Vladimir Putin says Western countries have learnt nothing from what happened in Afghanistan.

Putin: Russia stance on Palestinian unchanged

Moscow’s stance on the Palestinian issue remains the same, Russian President Vladimir Putin stated during a meeting with Palestinian Authority chief, Mahmoud Abbas, in Sochi on Tuesday.

  Russia: Regional dialog on JCPOA necessary

  There is a need for a negotiated solution for the Iran nuclear deal as well as enhanced regional dialogue, a senior Russian diplomat has stressed.

Putin: NATO exercises serious challenge for Russia

Russia’s president says NATO drills near the country’s border are a dangerous challenge because the bloc is using its strategic air forces. The alliance has boosted its activities across the Mediterranean, with multiple aircraft approaching the Russian border, and vessels performing manoeuvres in the Black Sea.

Russia seeks restoring JCPOA, removal anti-Iran bans in Vienna

Moscow says it will insist on the resumption of full implementation of the Iran nuclear deal, as well as lifting of anti-Tehran sanctions during the Vienna talks slated for November’s end.

Russia warns many groups operate in Afghanistan

More than two dozen terrorist organizations, having a total strength of 23,000 militants, are operating in Afghanistan at the moment, according to different estimates, a Russian diplomat warned. The official announced millions of Afghans are starving and the country is on the brink of a humanitarian crisis.

Russia underscores returning to JCPOA in original form

Russia says it fully supports Iran, favoring the return of the signatories to the nuclear deal ‘in its original form.’

Russia warns of tension rise in Syria

Risks of the escalation of tensions on Syrian territories which are not controlled by the Damascus government are still high, a Russian diplomat warns.

Russia, China navies hold joint patrol in Pacific

Russian and Chinese warships have conducted the first ever joint patrol in the western part of the Pacific Ocean, Moscow and Beijing confirm.

Russia says NATO plans in Afghanistan ‘catastrophe’

NATO’s plans in Afghanistan resulted in a catastrophe that the international community must deal with its consequences, the Russian defense minister says.

Putin shuts down Russia citing COVID pandemic

Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered on Wednesday a one-week paid shutdown for workers as coronavirus cases and deaths continue to soar.

Russia says NATO should make first step to warm ties

NATO needs to take the first step to improve relations with Moscow, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes. The top diplomat has stated Russia has never initiated the deterioration of relations with the alliance or any other country.

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