Iran tests missiles of its own production

23 May 2015 - 10:14am

Near the Iranian city of Kashan in the central province of Isfahan rockets of local manufacture have been tested. 

BRICS concerned about growing violence in Syria and Yemen

23 May 2015 - 10:12am

The BRICS countries have issued a joint communique in which they called for the territorial integrity of Syria and confirmed the need for a peaceful resolution of the conflict by the Syrians themselves. 

Tbilisi to host International Student Film Festival

23 May 2015 - 10:10am

From June 2 to 6 the Amirani International Student Film Festival will be held in Tbilisi. The organizer of the forum is the Ministry of Culture of Georgia with the support of Tbilisi City Hall, the Georgian National Film Center and the University of Film and Theatre. 

Russia not planning production of Mistral analogues

23 May 2015 - 10:08am

A source in the shipbuilding industry reported today that Russia does not plan to manufacture military ships in the near future. 

Poroshenko accuses Ukrainian Interior Ministry of disrupting visa-free regime with EU

23 May 2015 - 10:06am

Authorized by the President of Ukraine to resolve the situation in the Donbass, an MP from the faction Bloc of Petro Poroshenko, Irina Gerashchenko, said that the head of state Poroshenko demanded that the Ministry of Interior Affairs and the Migration Service personnel take decisions in connection with the failure of the introduction of a visa-free regime between Ukraine and the European Union.

Mammadyarov to arrive in Moscow on May 25

23 May 2015 - 10:05am

On Monday, May 25 Moscow will host a meeting of Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, the head of the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry stated today, Trend reports. 

Slovenia and Georgia to discuss cooperation

23 May 2015 - 9:16am

The Prime Minister of Slovenia, Miro Cerar, at a meeting in Riga with his Georgian counterpart Irakli Garibashvili said that Slovenia supports Georgia in the process of visa liberalization. 

US supports Georgia on its way to NATO

23 May 2015 - 9:14am

US Secretary of State John Kerry said the country will help Georgia to move towards membership in NATO. "The United States is firmly committed to the territorial integrity and sovereignty of Georgia within its internationally recognized borders. We firmly support Georgia's Euro-Atlantic aspirations,"  he said.

Ivanov: Western media are trying to make Russians disappointed with authorities

23 May 2015 - 9:10am

The head of the Russian presidential administration, Sergei Ivanov, said the Western media is using slander and  trying to make Russians disappointed with the Russian authorities. 

Made in Ossetia Exposition opens in Vladikavkaz

22 May 2015 - 7:00pm

The Made in Ossetia Exposition has opened in Vladikavkaz today to aid small and medium-size business in the republic by presenting products of local manufacturers, according to North Ossetian Prime Minister Sergey Takoyev, Interfax-South reports.

Six mediators and Iran to hold new round of talks in Vienna on May 26

22 May 2015 - 6:33pm

Iranian deputy foreign minister, European Deputy Chief Diplomat Helga Schmid, experts and possibly political directors will hold a new round of talks in Vienna on May 26, RIA Novosti reports.The sides continue work on the comprehensive Iranian nuclear deal.

Moscow roads flooded by rain

22 May 2015 - 6:22pm

Recent rain has flooded the streets of Moscow, especially at the Kuzminki Metro Station. 10mm more of rain ( 51% of the monthly norm) will pour on Moscow today. The rain norm in Moscow has been exceeded by 50% this year. Hail was seen in the east of the Moscow suburbs, TASS reports.

Russia calls EU position in Crimean issue illogical

22 May 2015 - 6:16pm

The Russian Foreign Ministry said, commenting on the Riga Summit of the Eastern Partnership, that the chance to overcome the aggravating schism on the continent was missed, the final document reaffirmed the settings of the last year's Vilnius Summit, TASS reports.The Russian ministry said that the EU blabbered its illogical approach to Crimea again and ignored the 'free choice' and 'people's will', Russian diplomats consider the Eastern Partnership an ideologized geopolitical project with a negative impact on some EU member-states with anti-Russian complexes.

Governmental reshuffles start in Krasnodar Territory

22 May 2015 - 6:01pm

The government of Krasnodar Territory is undergoing governmental reshuffles initiated after the appointment of Veniamin Kondratyev as the acting governor, reports.Regional Cultural Minister Galina Solyanina and the head of the regional Youth Policy Department, Yelena Kalashnik, have resigned.Solyanina had been heading the Krasnodar Ministry of Culture since September 2013. Kalashnik had been on her post at the department since October 2012.

NATO to hold summit in Warsaw in July 2016

22 May 2015 - 5:32pm

NATO will hold the next summit in Warsaw on July 8-9, 2016, according to NATO Chief Jens Stoltenberg. The upcoming summit will be significant in light of the security shifts to the east and south, TASS reports.The NATO head added that the Alliance was working on enforcement of collective security with the highest intensity since the Cold War.

Teenager crushed by concrete panel in Chechnya

22 May 2015 - 5:29pm

A 15-year-old teenager in Grozny has been crushed by a concrete wall while trying to get photographed. He climbed a concrete wall around a land lot, only to be crushed by the panel. The police are searching for the owner of the plot of land who built the wall, TASS reports.

Azerbaijani lawmaker Askerov accuses EU of dual standards

22 May 2015 - 5:12pm

Ziyafet Askerov, the first vice speaker of the Azerbaijani parliament, said today that the EU was demonstrating disrespect towards territorial integrity of Azerbaijan at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga. In his words, the European Union follows dual standards in relations with Azerbaijan.

Extremists blow up mosque in Saudi Arabia

22 May 2015 - 5:01pm

About 20 people were killed and 250 injured in an explosion organized by the Najd Province organization aligned with ISIS at a mosque in El-Qadih (El-Qadih District, Saudi Arabia). The suicide bomber responsible was identified as Abu Ammar an-Najdi, TASS reports.

Russia-Azerbaijan relations improving

22 May 2015 - 4:39pm

Ilyas Umakhanov, deputy head of the Federation Council of Russia, a member of the Federation Council Committee for Science, Education and Culture, a Dagestani state executive, said that Azerbaijan was using a model of social development formed by people of different ethnic origin. Activation of economic ties requires employment of specialists from different regions of Russia.The trade turnover between Russia and Azerbaijan increased from $2.5 billion in 2013 to $3 billion in 2014, according to the lawmaker.

Scientists study Crimean coast

22 May 2015 - 4:03pm

The RAS Southern Science Center and the Southern Federal University have organized an expedition to study the coastal line of Crimea. The expedition will conclude its work in late May, RIA Novosti reports.The previous studies of the kind were conducted 20 years ago. Scientists will begin the research in Kerch, according to Alla Tsygankova, the head of the Oceanology Chair of the SFU.

Occupation of Azerbaijani lands slows down Eastern Partnership

22 May 2015 - 3:44pm

Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said at the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga that Armenia was ignoring four resolutions of the UN Security Council. Azerbaijan supported the urges of the OSCE Minsk group to start preparations for a comprehensive peace agreement, unlike Armenia, the minister added, Trend reports.Mammadyarov emphasized that stability and peace in the region would only be achieved after restoration of Azerbaijan's territorial integrity.

Gun dealers caught in Ingushetia

22 May 2015 - 3:31pm

The law enforcers of North Ossetia, Ingushetia and Russia have detained three gun dealers possessing an AK with a silencer, a Makarov pistol and over 10 bullets (9mm). They have become the subjects of a criminal case into gun and ammo trafficking, Interfax-South reports.

Russia may substitute Western capital markets with Asian ones

22 May 2015 - 3:23pm

Ksenia Yudayeva, the first deputy chairwoman of the Russian Central Bank, said that Russia may substitute Western capital markets with Asian ones, TASS reports.

Turkish students to get tablet PCs

22 May 2015 - 3:12pm

Turkish President Recep tayyip Erdogan said at a meeting with university students and teachers in Ankara that high-schoolers and students will have received 700,000 tablet PCs in 81 provinces by 7 June. 10.6 million tablet PCs will be distributed throughout 4 years, starting in 2016. Erdogan handed the PCs to 22 high-schoolers, RIA Novosti reports.

Moscow and Ankara to sign Turkish Stream deal by July

22 May 2015 - 3:02pm

Moscow and Ankara will have signed an intergovernmental deal on the Turkish Stream project by the end of June, as stated by Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky, TASS reports.Oleg Aksyutin, a member of the board of Gazprom, had earlier said that the construction of the pipeline in shallow waters will start in early June.

Eastern Partnership Riga Summit concluded uneventfully

22 May 2015 - 2:44pm

The Eastern Partnership Summit in Riga has been uneventful. Vladimir Olenchenko, a senior fellow at the MGIMO Center of European Studies, reminded that the Eastern Partnership program did not become the powerful instrument for reorientation of former USSR states towards association with the EU. He noted that the Partnership had been chaired 12 times in six years, had been marked by only 4 summits. The summits were hosted by the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania and Latvia. The countries were not the key players in the EU.

Baghdad asks Washington to change anti-ISIS strategy

22 May 2015 - 2:05pm

Iraqi Vice Prime Minister Saleh al-Mutlaw said at the International Economic Forum in Jordan that his country was urging the US-headed coalition to change its strategy in fighting ISIS and intervene immediately, RIA Novosti reports.The official added that the need for a new strategy had risen right after ISIS had taken over Er Ramadi.

Chechnya and Crimea to cooperate in information field

22 May 2015 - 1:58pm

Crimean Vice Prime Minister Dmitry Polonsky said that his region will cooperate with Chechnya in the information field. He noted that Crimea was cooperating in the information field with Tatarstan, Bashkartostan, Stavropol and Altai Territories, Kostroma and Sverdlovsk Oblasts, Saint Petersburg, regions of Moscow, Kirov, Tyumen, the Chechen government reports.