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American F-35 fighter jets turned out to be ‘invisible’ for Russian S-400 missile systems

Despite the fact that it was previously reported that the Russian S-400 missile systems can detect American F-35 fighters at a distance of 200-250 kilometers, it turned out that these systems which are deployed in Syria were unable to do so, reports Al-Masdar News. Al-Masdar notes that the emergence of the latest Russian S-500 missile systems is due to the inability

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Ukraine unveils warhead of Crimean Bridge ‘destroyer’ missile

Ukraine has unveiled the warhead of the self-guided “Neptune” missile, the Ukrainian publication Defense Express reports. The Neptune missile is anti-ship, subsonic and low-altitude, with a maximum range no greater than 300 km. Neptunes are designed to destroy land targets and ships with a displacement of less than 5,000 tons. The missile was developed on the basis of the Soviet-era X-35

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Russia loses $13 billion on arms deals

With increasing frequency, Russia is receiving no payment for its arms exports, which are second in quantity only to the US’s, due to the practice of giving loans to buyers, and due to US sanctions blocking dollar transactions. At the end of 2018, the accounts receivable on the balance sheet of Russia’s defense export agency, RosOboronExport, including all of the

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Ukraine’s Naftogaz strikes again at Gazprom

Naftogaz of Ukraine has managed to have the accounts of GazAsia Capital S.A., the company that placed Gazprom’s yen-denominated eurobonds, frozen, Interfax reports, citing a memorandum on the Russian company’s new eurobond placements. GazAsia Capital S.A. is an SPV company, created for a specific purpose. Through it, Gazprom placed 10-year bonds for 65 billion yen (approximately $595 million) in December

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Pentagon confirms that military aid for Ukraine frozen for political reasons

12.11.2019 09:42Laura Cooper, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Defense, a Ukraine expert at the Pentagon, confirmed that she had information about intentions of President Trump’s Administration to freeze military aid for Ukraine in exchange for statements linked to investigations against the Bidens. The U.S. House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on November 11 issued the relevant statement announcing

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Ukraine will accede to NATO earlier than to EU – Kuleba

12.11.2019 14:01Ukraine’s Cabinet of Ministers plans to get within five years NATO’s decision on the country’s accession to the North Atlantic Alliance, Ukraine’s Deputy Prime Minister for European Integration Dmytro Kuleba has said in an interview with RBC-Ukraine. According to him, a new format of cooperation will allow the Ukrainian government to identify priority areas to which the assistance received

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Kremlin admits: Billions stolen in construction of Vostochny Cosmodrome

More than 10% of the funds allocated to the construction of the Vostochny Cosmodrome were stolen, said Kremlin Spokesperson Dmitry Peskov on Monday, November 11. “A total of 11 billion rubles (around $172 million) was stolen, 3.5 billion rubles ($55 million) has been recovered,” Peskov said, noting that, overall, the equivalent of $1.4 billion was allocated to the construction of

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Russia denies its involvement in death of White Helmets founder

The Russian Foreign Ministry stated in a post on its Facebook page that allegations of British media about Russia’s involvement in the death of one of the White Helmets organization founders, James Le Mesurier, are groundless. On November 11, The Independent published an article stating that “James Le Mesurier, British co-founder of the White Helmets, has been found dead, just days after

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Russia’s Gazprom sues EU for loss of Nord Stream 2 capacity

Nord Stream 2 AG, the Swiss subsidiary of the Russian company Gazprom, has taken the EU government to court regarding the gas legislation amendments that prohibit the Russian company from using more than 50% of the capacity of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline. As reported by Interfax, Gazprom informed potential investors about the start of the litigation through a memorandum

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US Ambassador to Ukraine: I have warned Zelensky repeatedly that Kolomoisky could cause him to fail

US Chargé d’Affaires in Ukraine William Taylor said that he has warned Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on multiple occasions that the harmful influence of the oligarch Ihor Kolomoisky could lead to his downfall. Taylor spoke about this on October 22 during closed hearings related to the impeachment of US President Donald Trump. “The influence of one particular oligarch over Mr.

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Syrian Leader’s Family Owns $40M in Moscow Luxury Apartments – Watchdog

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s extended family and associates own $40 million worth of luxury apartments in Moscow’s skyscraper district, according to the anti-corruption campaign group Global Witness. Russia has been a staunch ally of the Assad family over its nearly 50-year rule. The Kremlin threw its military support behind Assad in 2015, helping Damascus retake most of Syria in its

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Verkhovna Rada this week to consider bills on budget, land reform, amber production

11.11.2019 10:26The Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine during the plenary week from November 12 to 15 intends to consider the draft state budget for 2020 at second reading and the bills on amber production, the demonopolization of Ukrspyrt, the turnover of agricultural land. Representative of the Servant of the People party David Arakhamia said this at a press briefing after the

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Zelensky: Permission to sell land to foreigners will be put to referendum

The Verkhovna Rada will ensure between the first and second readings of a bill on the agricultural land market that only Ukrainian citizens and companies founded exclusively by Ukrainians will be able to buy land, President Volodymyr Zelensky has said in a video address posted on his Facebook page. “Amendments will be introduced to the current bill between its first

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U.S. lethal aid to Ukraine might not continue forever – U.S. national security adviser security-adviser.

“For right now, we’re set,” said O’Brien. REUTERS National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said in an interview with CBS News said he couldn’t “commit the United States” to keep providing lethal aid to Ukraine forever. Asked by a CBS host, whether he believes the U.S. policy toward Ukraine implies provision of lethal aid until Russia stops backing its proxy forces

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Putin: Russia will become a global leader in artificial intelligence

Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Russia could and should become one of the global leaders in the field of artificial intelligence. During his speech at the Artificial Intelligence Journey conference in Moscow, he noted the potential of Russian education in the fields of mathematics, physics, and other exact sciences. Putin stressed that the success in the field of artificial

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After accusing his senior officers of dealing drugs, this veteran Russian cop was fired and charged with two felonies

A year ago, a police officer in Russia’s Republic of Khakassia accused his supervisors of dealing drugs. After complaining to the higher-ups, he was fired. Thirty-six-year-old Yuri Zaitsev grew up in a cop family and wore the badge himself for more than 15 years. Throughout this time, he served in counter-narcotics units, first in the Federal Drug Control Service and

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