Kiev should immediately and fully implement the Geneva agreements - Lavrov to Kerry on phone Telephone conversation between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the US Secretary of State John Kerry was held on Friday at the initiative of the US side, states the report at the Russian Foreign Ministry page on Facebook. According to the report, "the foreign ministers continued to discuss the possibilities of international assistance in overcoming the internal political crisis in Ukraine after the quadripartite meeting that took place yesterday in Geneva."
Russia has never threatened to switch off gas to Ukraine - Putin's spokesman Russia has never threatened to switch off gas to Ukraine, Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. "Bearing in mind Ukraine’s enormous debts, Russia, which sticks to the current contract, will simply switch to the advance payment regime. But Russia has never threatened to switch off gas to Ukraine," he told the Russia-1 television channel. He added that Russia has always been and will always be a reliable guarantor of energy security.
Russia's State Duma issues tough demand to PACE to lift sanctions against Russian delegation Russia's State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has passed a statement "'On an Anti-Russian Resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe' where it puts forward a tough condition for a continued dialogue with Russia in the form of a full lifting of sanctions against the Russian delegation." Russian MPs voice vehement disagreement with the practice of double standards and discrimination against Russia, which was made manifest in the adoption of a PACE resolution on revising the powers of the Russian delegation.
Putin discusses Geneva agreements on Ukrainian crisis settlement with Russia’s Security Council Russia’s President Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in Ukraine, as well as the recent talks in Geneva and agreements that were made there, with the Russia’s Security Council members, Kremlin press service reports. Participants in the meeting discussed the current situation in Ukraine in the light of the four-party consultations held on Thursday in Geneva and agreements reached in these consultations.
Russia slams OSCE for equating media climate in Ukraine and Crimea Russian Foreign Ministry on Friday slammed as absolutely unacceptable statements by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), equating violence against journalists in Ukraine and the media climate in Crimea. "We consider the fact that OSCE's representative equates obvious physical violence against journalists covering the events in Ukraine, and the adaptation of media operating on the territory of the Russian Federation to existing national legislation, absolutely unacceptable," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement published on its official website on Friday
Speaking on the air of the TOK FM Polish radio station on Friday, Budget and Financial Programming Commissioner of the European Commission Janusz Lewandowski said that the package of sanctions that the European Union intends to use against Russia due to the situation in the Ukraine is likely to hit some of the EU countries.
Popular Russian game from Prime World of Nival added a new character inspired by the Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya. This was reported by the official blog of the project. There is no established link between the new character named 'Obvinyashka' (that could be literally translated as "Little Appellor") and the General Attorney of Crimea Natalya Poklonskaya, which has become a popular meme in mid-March.
Coverage in the Western media, statements by US, EU officials and now a report by the UN – all try to paint a negative portrait of the Crimean Referendum. According to Paul Roberts, a former Assistant US Treasury Secretary, a UN report that was just released is simply propaganda created by Washington and lacks both grounds and credibility as well as evidence. He said that the report was an orchestrated propaganda attempt that had been arranged to serve the US agenda, discredit the referendum and deflect attention from the fact that Washington overthrew a democratically elected government in Europe. The Voice of Russia spoke to Srdja Trifkovic, the foreign affairs editor at Chronicles Magazine, he was an observer at the Crimean Referendum on this issue and more.
NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is receiving Western criticism for asking Russian President Vladimir Putin about domestic surveillance programs in Russia. His detractors allege that he is acting as a government pawn by asking a softball question during the President’s live Question and Answer session.
The only truly Latin American writer and the greatest Spanish writer was Gabriel García Márquez - Russian poet
Great Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez died at home in Mexico City on Thursday. He was 87. Marquez was widely considered the most popular Spanish-language writer since Miguel de Cervantes in the 17th century. Andrey Novikov-Lanskoi, Russian award winning poet, writer and radio host, told the Voice of Russia that García Márquez had a great impact on the Russian literature and he was under the influence of the Russian literature and the great Russian writers with Leo Tolstoy, Feodor Dostoyevsky and Mikhail Bulgakov among them.
Planet Kepler 186 is good parallel to Earth, but there is little chance to detect life - space researcher
NASA's astronomers have discovered a planet that resembles Earth like no other planet known until today. This planet is circling a star 500 light-years away from us. The first planet outside our planetary system was discovered 20 years ago. By now with the use of Kepler telescope about 2,000 planets have been discovered. The Voice of Russia has talked to Oleg Korablev, deputy director of Space Research Institute, Russian Academy of Sciences, to find out more about the newly discovered planet which is almost the same size as Earth.
Some important agreements were reached at a quadripartite meeting in Geneva on April 17 between representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the United States, and the European Union. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said the aim of the Geneva meeting was to send a strong message to the Ukrainians that they are responsible for stability in their country.
US President Barack Obama has asked the Justice Department to solicit more applications for commutations and pardons and to improve the clemency process, Kathryn Ruemmler, the outgoing White House Counsel, said. Despite stated readiness to review unfairly harsh convictions, the US president's pardoning record remains miserable.
Russian TV channels criticized an unexpected break of a broadcast of an annual Q&A live session with Vladimir Putin by the Associated Press, Newsday reports. It seemed strange that the feed was interrupted during the question by Russian politician Irina Khakamada on US financial support of the acting Kiev leadership.
The State Department is giving federal agencies more time to review the Keystone XL pipeline before deciding whether to issue a permit. That could push a decision about the controversial oil pipeline until after the midterm elections in November. The State Department is citing a recent decision by a Nebraska judge that overturned a state law that allowed the pipeline's path through the state. The State Department says that created uncertainty and ongoing litigation. The government is not saying how much longer the review will take. But it says the process isn't starting over.
Given their druthers, Kansas high school students and their parents said they would rather keep their graduation day just a family affair instead of expanding the guest list to include first lady Michelle Obama. The criticism erupted after the Topeka, Kansas school district announced Thursday that the first lady would speak at a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools on May 17 at an 8,000-seat arena.
The so called "export of democracy" carried out by the US President, Barack Obama, resulted in a number of countries becoming dissatisfied with the Washington's policies. The image of Obama's administration, as well as that of the United States, took some serious hits because of it, according to the Spanish edition of RT.
French specialists who designed the Winter Olympic sites for Russia's Black Sea resort city of Sochi will advise in projects to create mountain ski resorts on Russian far eastern Kamchatka peninsula. The appointment was announced after talks between officials of French association Cluster Montagne and the Kamchatka Territorial Development Corporation, territorial sport chief Andrei Ivanov told the Russian news agency TASS.