Mar 14 2014 - 18:44
Crimea's Prime Minister Sergey Aksyonov says some 50 percent of the Tatars, a local ethnic minority, are going to take part in the coming referendum devoted to the peninsula's official status.
Mar 14 2014 - 18:26
The leader of Ukraine's Svodoba party, Oleg Tyagnobok and far-right politician Dmytro Yarosh are accused of taking part in the Chechen War on the side of the rebels, Russia's Investigative Committee's official representative Vladimir Markin says.
Mar 14 2014 - 15:22
Russian Minister for Economic Development Alexey Ulyukayev told European Commissioner for Trade Karel De Gucht that Russia will help Crimea regardless of the referendum results, ITAR-TASS reports.According to the minister, Russia will grant Crimea $1 billion, about $80-90 million every month. $5 billion more will be spent on investment projects by Russian companies.Ulyukayev noted that no sanctions had been discussed during talks with the commissioner. He expressed hope that there will be no anti-Russian sanctions.
Mar 14 2014 - 14:25
Alexander Radkov, Head of the Russian Federal Tourism Agency, said that the Artek International Children’s Center should be protected if Crimea joins Russia, ITAR-TASS reports.Artek is a state enterprise of Ukraine. It has been under control of the President’s Administrative Department since 2000.
Mar 14 2014 - 14:18
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have started closed-door talks in London, RIA Novosti reports.The sides are possibly discussing solutions to the Ukrainian crisis.The diplomats discussed it in a telephone conversation yesterday.
Mar 14 2014 - 14:05
The Russian Defense Ministry has started development of a WWI website with about 950,000 archive materials and 7.7 million personal documents of Russian officers that will be digitalized by 2018, RIA Novosti reports.The website will have archive documents, interactive models of WWI battles of 1914-1918s, 3D models of memorials.The Russian Foreign Ministry and the State Archive have approved the project. Russian diplomatic missions abroad and offices of the Defense Ministry in Poland, Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany and Romania take part in the project.
Mar 14 2014 - 13:52
According to preliminary information, the EU blacklist of Russians includes FSB Chief Alexander Bortnikov, Federation Council Speaker Valentina Matviyenko, Vice Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Defense Minister Sergey Shoygu, LDPR leader Vladimir Zhirinovsky, Chairman of the Lower House Committee for International Affairs Alexey Pushkov, Gazeta.ru reports.Besides politicians, the list may include Alexander “Surgeon” Zaldostanov, leader of the Night Wolves biker group, Russia Today Director General Dmitry Kiselev, Chechen Leader Ramzan Kadyrov.
Mar 14 2014 - 12:26
US General Paul Selva, Commander of the US Air Mobility Command, said that Azerbaijan may replace Russia as a territory for transit to Afghanistan and back, 1news.az reports.The NATO may use the route through the Mediterranean and Caspian Seas, should Russia close the Northern Shipping Network. Countries using the Mediterranean-Caspian route want to continue cooperation to boost the New Silk Road project.