Category Archives: Russia

Russo-Ukrainian War: Zelenskyy unable to find path to peace with Putin

UkraineAlert by Peter Dickinson The promise of peace was key factor behind Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s remarkable election success in 2019. To many voters, the former comedian represented the prospect of a fresh start for peace talks that had ground to a halt over the previous five years of bloody stalemate in eastern Ukraine. During the presidential election campaign itself,

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Russia Calls U.S. Leaving Open Skies Treaty a ‘Blow’ to European Security

Washington’s departure from the Open Skies arms control treaty would be a blow to European security, a Russian deputy foreign minister said Thursday, after President Donald Trump announced the United States will withdraw. “The withdrawal by the U.S. from this treaty would be not only a blow to the foundation of European security … but to the key security interests

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US still determined to block Putin’s pet pipeline project

Author : Diane Francis Source : Atlantic Council With the US refusing to soften its stance on Nord Stream 2, Putin’s pipeline ploy to gain added energy leverage over Europe looks to be in tatters. Meanwhile, the Russian economy is crashing under the combined weight of the COVID19 pandemic, collapsed global energy prices, and sanctions imposed for the war in

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The Belarusian Approach to the Outbreak

Belarus’ defiant attitude towards the COVID-19 outbreak has caught the world’s attention. While most other European countries – including Russia – have introduced strict lockdowns, Belarus has remained open. Unlike Russia, Belarus held the Victory Day parade on May 9, rebelliously avoiding social distancing. This provoked Russian media to act, and as a result, Minsk and Moscow have been involved

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Lavrov: Russian military will not conduct exercises near NATO borders

The Russian army has no plans to conduct exercises near the borders of NATO countries during the COVID-19 pandemic and has generally scaled them down, said Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at a video conference press briefing. “For the period that we are now going through, during the period of coronavirus infection, our military has reported that they are reducing

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Turkey cuts purchases of Russian gas by seven times, Germany – by half

Compared to 2018, Russian gas supplies to Turkey fell 14 times. According to the results of March 2020, Russian gas exports to Turkey decreased to 210 million cubic meters from 1.418 billion cubic meters for the same period in 2019. It is reported by Interfax-Ukraine . Compared to 2018, Russian gas supplies to Turkey fell 14 times. Thus, Turkey, previously ranked second among Gazprom’s largest customers,

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YouTube has removed three Russian propaganda channels

Authors:MediaSapiensThe video platform removed the YouTube channels of the propaganda news agencies Anna News and News-Front, as well as the YouTube channel of the Russian state TV channel in Crimea “Crimea 24”. The removal of three YouTube channels – Anna News, News-Front and “Crimea 24” (which is a channel of a local TV and radio company) – was first reported by

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‘Those Meant to Die Will Die,’ Russia’s Coronavirus Info Chief Says

Russia’s coronavirus information chief has predicted that the infection will kill as many people in the country that it needs to, appearing to backtrack on his previous prediction that it would be “impossible” for the virus to spread to Russia. Doctor and television presenter Alexander Myasnikov was in mid-April appointed to the post whose duties are informing the public about

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THE KREMLIN’S NUMBERS RACKET

Brian Whitmore A  Persistent and Prolific Propaganda Machine Meets a Deadly Global Pandemic. Now What Happens?  Despite sharing a 4,200-kilometer (2,600-mile) border with China, the site of the initial outbreak, Russia reported a remarkably low number of infections in the early days of the pandemic. That story soon unraveled though — and in a way that bodes ill for the

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Another Russian attempt to have Western sanctions lifted: now through CIS instruments

Upon hearing from the West a firm “no” regarding the lifting of sanctions, Russia hasn’t abandoned attempts to find a way to settle the issue that has long become a real nuisance. Until now, Russian propaganda masterminds mostly focused their efforts this end on a massive campaign aimed to raise an international outcry, claiming that “sanctions hinder the fight against

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Britain, U.S. Denounce Russia’s Role in Libya Conflict

Ambassadors from the three countries clashed during a United Nations video conference. Britain and the United States on Tuesday urged Russia to stop sending mercenaries to the conflict in Libya, after a recent UN report confirmed the presence of Russian and Syrian fighters in the country.  Russia dismissed the demands at a Security Council video conference, however, denying again that

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Russian Military Helicopter Crashes, Killing Crew

A Russian military helicopter crashed Tuesday evening, killing its three crew members, news agency RIA Novosti reported. The MI-8 helicopter belonging to the Russian Air Force crashed near the town of Klin, 50 miles outside Moscow, during training exercises. “On May 19, around 20:00, while performing a training flight 20 kilometers from the village of Klin, a Russian Air Force MI-8

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Figure of the Week: 1,152,270

494 coronavirus-related cases spreading disinformation and collected at EUvsDisinfo database received 1,152,270 likes, shares and comments on different social media platforms. While some politicians and officials have claimed that there is no such thing as pro-Kremlin disinformation and thus that there has been no disinformation about the coronavirus, the numbers paint a different picture. As of 19 May, The EUvsDisinfo

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Russia Against Investigating WHO, China Over Pandemic: Speaker

Russia opposes investigations into the World Health Organization (WHO) and China in connection with their response to the deadly coronavirus pandemic, Russia’s senate speaker Valentina Matviyenko told Interfax on Monday. Her remarks come amid the United States’ increasingly bitter spat with China and accusations that the WHO failed to contain the outbreak that has infected nearly 4.8 million people and

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Russia pushes to complete Nord Stream 2 challenging US sanctions

Article by: Margarita Assenova While the United States struggles with the coronavirus pandemic, Russia has deployed two pipe-laying vessels to the Baltic Sea in a suspected attempt to complete the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline. On May 12, Russian pipe layer Akademik Cherskiy arrived at the German port of Mukran, on Rügen Island, where the Nord Stream 2 logistics hub is

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Ukrainians reject modern Russia’s WWII victory cult as geopolitical divide deepens

UkraineAlert by Victor Tregubov It seems the world is finally waking up to Vladimir Putin’s dangerous exploitation of World War II. In the run-up to this month’s seventy-fifth anniversary of the allied victory over Nazi Germany, international media coverage included a number of reports highlighting modern Russia’s efforts to weaponize the memory of the Second World War. At the same

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Russia’s defeat in oil price war means also Putin’s political failure – expert.

Russia wanted to oust U.S. shale oil from the market, but it turned out the opposite. Independent Russian political scientist Dmitry Oreshkin has said Russia’s defeat in the oil price war and the loss of part of the European market is Russian President Vladimir Putin’s political failure as well. “Of course, this is a terrible geopolitical defeat and a very

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Secret Labs and George Soros: COVID-19 Disinformation in the EU Eastern Partnership Countries

As COVID-19 spread across the EU’s Eastern Neighbourhood, conspiracy theories, misleading information and disinformation followed in its wake. For pro-Kremlin media, the pandemic offers new opportunities to build on existing disinformation narratives and spin new ones. Secret labs For years, pro-Kremlin disinformation sources have been exploiting the false trope of secret Western-sponsored military laboratories “in Russia’s neighbourhood”. Of these, the

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Russian Navy to Bolster Baltic Fleet With 6 New Warships

The Russian Navy has ordered a batch of six cutting-edge warships for its Baltic Fleet, Navy commander-in-chief Nikolai Yevmenov said Monday. The move comes amid ongoing tensions between Russia and NATO member states in the Baltics. All six of the Karakurt-class corvettes from Project 22800 will be armed with Kalibr cruise missiles, Yevmenov said in a telegram to sailors marking

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Russia Is a ‘Distinct Civilization,’ Putin Says

Russia is a distinct civilization that must be protected through genetics and other advanced technologies, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview that aired Sunday. Putin told state television that “it would be impossible to secure the future of our civilization” without artificial intelligence, genetics and unmanned vehicles, as well as hypersonic weapons.  “Russia is not just a country, it’s

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Implementation of Minsk deal in Russian interpretation a disaster for Ukraine – Yatsenyuk

The implementation of the Minsk deal in the Russian interpretation is a disaster for the Ukrainian people and for the Ukrainian state, former Ukrainian Prime Minister and founder of the Open Ukraine Foundation Arseniy Yatsenyuk has said. “Under current circumstances, I strongly believe that the Minsk deal is not even the deal with the way to nowhere, this is the

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Ukraine launches free consultancy to help find info on victims of Soviet repressions

To mark the Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Political Repression, the Sectoral State Archives of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory (UINM) has opened a Consultation Center providing information about victims of political repression. Source: website of the Ukrainian Institute of National Memory with a direct quote from Ihor Kulyk, Director of the Sectoral State Archives “The Holodomor

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Russia: Rostec finally finds a buyer for its unwanted fleet of Sukhoi Superjet 100s: Russian taxpayers

6:59 am, May 15, 2020 After years of failing to find new buyers on the open market, the Russian state corporation Rostec plans to supply Red Wings Airlines with as many as 60 “Sukhoi Superjet 100” aircraft over the next several years, three sources told the newspaper Vedomosti.  Since 2016, Red Wings Airlines has belonged to the United Aircraft Corporation, which

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