Russian FM Lavrov urges US to 'act responsibly' on Ukraine Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told RT TV channel he expected the US to give top priority to reconciliation of the Ukrainian people, rather than to blindly pursue its strategic interests in the region. "I do hope very much that they will act responsibly and they will think not of their geopolitical interests, their unilateral interests, but they will think about the future of Ukraine, which is our biggest neighbor, the closest neighbor, the people of which are brothers and sisters to the Russian Federation population," Lavrov said in English.
One dead as violent protests flare in Rio de Janeiro before World Cup Deadly protests broke out in a slum near Brazil's Copacabana beach after police and protesters clashed over the death of a professional dancer on Tuesday night. One person was reported dead in the shootout in the Pavao-Pavaozinho favela and a 12-year-old boy was injured in the protest, according to local media.
Russia surprised by US, Ukraine misinterpreting Geneva agreement - Moscow Moscow is extremely surprised by the US and Ukraine's distorted interpretation of the Geneva agreement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. "Moscow is extremely surprised by the Kiev's authorities distorted interpretation, as well as the American partners [interpretation], of the content of the statement adopted April 17, in Geneva on the results of the quadripartite meeting of the representatives of Russia, US, EU and Ukraine," according to a statement published on Wednesday on the official website of the Foreign Ministry.
Pro-federalization protesters picketed mayor's office in Ukraine's Kharkov Two meetings (opponents and supporters of the current Kiev authorities) were held near Kharkov City Council. Supporters of the country's federalization picketed mayor's office, as reported by local media. They carried a large banner "No elections without a referendum". Protesters demanded that the Ukrainian authorities grant Russian the status of an official language. Meanwhile, supporters of Kiev authorities gathered near the Eternal Flame, they chanted slogans in support of the "united and indivisible Ukraine".
Snowden officially takes up post of Glasgow University rector Former employee of the US Central Intelligence Agency, Edward Snowden, who was granted temporary asylum in Russia, has officially taken up the post of Glasgow University rector, according to a university press release. Edward Snowden attended the official ceremony via videoconferencing, and he specifically thanked the university students for electing him their rector. He apologized for his physical absence from the ceremony.
The process of Syria's chemical disarmament is going on smoothly, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told RT TV channel Wednesday. "We signed a deal on the chemical disarmament of Syria. The process has been going very well," Lavrov said in English, citing satisfactory assessments by the UN and OPCW personnel participating in the process.
The Pentagon has signaled that it doesn't want the US sanctions against Russia over Ukraine to include Russia's state-owned arms exporting firm Rosoboronexport as that would mean a halt to supplies of Russian MI-17 helicopters for the Afghan Air Force under a US-Russian deal, the Christian Science Monitor newspaper reports.
The practice of regime change through color revolutions and destabilization practiced by the US can currently being seen in countries all over the world including Ukraine, Venezuela and the Serbskaya Republic. Russia has faced the entire US color revolution architecture and thanks to its strong security services was able to successfully fend off this form of attack on sovereignty. Smaller countries and territories like the Serbskaya Republic however are very vulnerable to the manipulations of USAID, Transparency International and the entire group of organizations and NGOs that the West uses to manipulate countries to submit to its hegemony. The most effective weapon against these organizations is transparency and informing the public about their nefarious activities. Stephan Karganovic, the President of the Srebrenica Historical Project, discussed these issues with the Voice of Russia and actually named those responsible in the Serbskaya Republic.
The United States bears responsibility for the Ukrainian crisis, having invested five billion dollars in regime change in the country. The Maidan standoff was a 'head-on attack' by the US and its Western allies aimed at distancing Russia and Ukraine from each other. But it has unexpected result for them, when Crimea reunited with Russia. VoR political commentator Dmitry Babich explained why Obama's foreign police in Ukraine failed.
According to the latest survey conducted by Pew Research Center, most Americans believe that technology will improve their life for the better. However, they are expressing concerns about the specific technologies, such as surveillance drones, wearable computing devices, social networks and other internet services which could pose a significant threat to their privacy.
The United States is sending about 600 troops to conduct exercise and training in Poland and the Baltic region. The move announced by the Pentagon on Tuesday is a response to Russia’s alleged involvement in Ukraine. A company of 150 soldiers from the US Army’s Airborne Brigade based in Italy are to arrive in Poland on Wednesday and roughly 450 troops are due in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in the coming days. The Voice of Russia talked to Mateusz Piskorski, Head of the European Center for Geopolitical Analysis.
South Sudan peace talks have been delayed again amid ongoing fighting between rebels and the army in several areas of the country. Earlier, the rebels denied a UN report that they killed hundreds of civilians after taking control of the oil hub, Bentiu, last week. The conflict pits President Salva Kiir’s Dinka tribe against his former Vice-President Riek Machar, from the Nuer community. The Voice of Russia talked to Kevin DeJesus, Adjunct Professor at the Department of Social Sciences, Johnson and Wales University.
For the 700 US public four-year colleges and universities the affirmative action loses its paramount importance in admission policies. Earlier on Tuesday the US Supreme Court upheld Michigan's law, ordering that the state has the right to determine whether racial criteria can be considered in college admissions. Racial quotas in employment and education were established in the US to ensure racial diversity. However, antagonists of such a measure claim that it is unfair and causes reverse discrimination.
The US government health insurace website has reset passwords of all its registered users. According to a statement published on the healthcare.gov website, the reset was conducted to protect people's accounts from the Heartbleed bug that has recently surfaced on the web. The Heartbleed security flaw is a bug believed to affect two out of every three Web servers, according to the Electronic Freedom Foundation. The Voice of Russia talked to Shoshana Weissmann, Founder of Network Red, a Republican campaign website, and contributor to PolicyMic, a platform for analysis on the news, policy and culture.
More than a half of China's underground waters are too polluted to drink, according to official reports. Local media are extremely concerned over the extent of ground water pollution in the country despite the government's pledges to address the issue. In early March, Beijing launched a major anti-pollution campaign, but experts fear that the interests of local landowners will make it hard to succeed.
Croatia's Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summoned for a dressing down Australia’s ambassador to Zagreb. There was only one question: what was the reason for Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s affinity for fascists? And what was the reason why he had decided to congratulate Australian Croatians with the anniversary of the creation of a Nazi state in Croatia in 1941? The ambassador had to listen to lots of unpleasant things and at the same time take a lesson in the Balkans’ history during World War II.
Chinese couples who are unable to have children are going to ... America. By hiring American surrogates, they get around a ban on surrogacy in their own coutnry, as well as the country's birth limits. The practice - a new version of Chinese "birth tourism" - offers a solution to rising infertility in China, and even the added bonus of US citizenship for babies born in the States.
The Valdai International Discussion Club has hosted the presentation in Moscow of a new report "National Identity and Russia’s Future." The report is based on the results of the Valdai Club’s 10th anniversary conference held in September 2013. The Voice of Russia talked to Igor Makarov , a lecturer at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, one othe authors of a new paper "National Identity and Russia’s Future".
Most Russian citizens think the isolation of Russia following Western sanctions amid the events in Ukraine is unlikely, while Moscow and St. Petersburg residents and supporters of non-parliamentary parties most often allow for the possibility of such a scenario, sociologists of the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) said.
The Crimea's railway has to be reconstructed. The project is still being discussed, that's why nobody can define its exact cost. However, experts say that the project requires at least three and a half billion dollars. The Crimea is waiting for immense waves of tourists and loads from the continental Russia. That's why the Crimea's railway system should be united with the Russian one.