Monthly Archives: December 2020

Belarusian authorities want to introduce a tax for leaving the country by car

The Ministry of Finance of Belarus has proposed to introduce a fee for leaving the country by car. This was reported by the Belta news agency with reference to Finance Minister Yuri Seliverstov. It is planned that the collection can be introduced by the regional authorities. Those who leave the country in vehicles with a maximum weight of less than five tons

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The Ministry of Health of the Russian Federation announced negotiations with Germany regarding the production of Russian vaccines against coronavirus

German Health Minister Jens Spahn told Russian Health Minister Mikhail Murashko about his readiness to cooperate in the production of Russian vaccines against coronavirus. This was reported on the website of the Russian Ministry of Health. “According to the agreement reached, in the near future, Russian and German experts will in working order hold negotiations on the search for production facilities

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Russian Foreign Ministry will return the icon from Luhansk, which was presented to Sergey Lavrov during his visit to Bosnia and Herzegovina

The 18th century icon from Luhansk, which was presented to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov by the chairman of the Presidium of Bosnia and Herzegovina Milorad Dodik, will be returned back. TASS was told about this by the Russian Foreign Ministry. The icon will be returned to donors for further clarification of its history through Interpol. Dodik presented Lavrov with a gilded 18th century icon

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US planning to close last consulates in Russia

Donald Trump’s outgoing administration is planning to close the two remaining US consulates in Russia, the State Department confirmed Saturday, as President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take office amid high tensions with Moscow. The US will close its consulate in the far eastern city of Vladivostok and suspend operations at its post in Yekaterinburg, a department spokesperson told AFP. The decision

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Pause in communication with Ukrainian FM due to Kyiv’s reluctance to seriously discuss Minsk Agreements – Lavrov

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said he is open to dialogue with his Ukrainian counterpart Dmytro Kuleba pursuing a serious discussion of the implementation of the Minsk Agreements on Donbas and those reached by France, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia, the so-called Normandy-format countries, at the Paris summit last year. “Should my colleague wish to seriously discuss specific issues concerning

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Pompeo Blames Russia for Massive US Cyberattack

Russia was “pretty clearly” behind a devastating cyberattack on several U.S. government agencies that also hit targets worldwide, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said. Microsoft said late Thursday that it had notified more than 40 customers hit by the malware, which security experts say could allow attackers unfettered network access to key government systems and electric power grids and other utilities.

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A Photographic Trove Of Village Life In Postwar Ukraine

In the attic of an old house, artist Ihor Solodovnikov stumbled on a collection of 5,000 photographs taken by his grandfather, Ivan Lytvyn. The images preserve the faces of Ukrainian villagers in the postwar period and the folk traditions that were rarely, if ever, captured by official Soviet photographers. The unique find documents how rural Ukrainians lived and worked, what

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Russian Serviceman Killed Clearing Mines In Nagorno-Karabakh

December 18, 2020 20:23 GMT – RFE/RL Nearly 2,000 Russian “peacekeepers” were deployed to the conflict zone. Russia has suffered its first casualty in Nagorno-Karabakh since its peacekeepers were deployed to the breakaway region last month under a Moscow-brokered cease-fire deal that brought an end to six weeks of fighting between Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces. The Russian Defense Ministry

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Turkish Foreign Minister confirms support for setting up Crimean Platform

22:30, 18.12.20 – UNIAN Çavuşoğlu reiterated Turkey’s non-recognition of Russia’s illegal annexation attempt targeting Crimea. Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has confirmed his country’s support for the creation of the Crimean Platform to end Russia’s occupation of the Ukrainian peninsula. “We discussed and considered the issue of how we, together, can help Crimean Tatars. We expressed our support for the Crimean

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Spy wars: Bulgaria expels Russian diplomat, third time this year

23:45, 18.12.20 – UNIAN The Russian is believed to have been engaged in military intelligence gathering, including on the U.S. troops deployed in the country during exercises. Bulgaria’s foreign ministry has declared a Russian diplomat persona non grata, giving him 72 hours to leave country over what’s reported as actions incompatible with his diplomatic status. That’s according to European Pravda citing a

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