Geneva agreements can resolve Ukrainian crisis, if they will be fulfilled - Russia's envoy to UN Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Permanent Representative to the UN, expressed his satisfaction in the agreements on Ukrainian issue struck in Geneva on Thursday, but called upon waiting for their fulfillment. "The agreement seems to be good. Anyway, we will be looking after its fulfillment. We see that the situation is moving off dead center – the agreement comprises a clause stipulating transparent and inclusive constitutional process. This is what we were fighting for," Churkin told journalists in the headquarters of the UN.
State Duma intends to answer anti-Russian PACE resolution on Friday The State Duma will consider a draft statement on the anti-Russian PACE resolution on Friday. The issue was included on the agenda of the meeting, told to Interfax on Thursday, the vice-speaker of the State Duma of the LDPR faction Igor Lebedev. "Duma considered this issue and included a draft statement of "Anti-Russian resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe "in the agenda of the next plenary session - on Friday," - said Lebedev.
US to extend stay of F-16 in Poland till end of 2014 The United States said Thursday that it would extend the stay of its F-16 fighters and military personnel in Poland through the end of 2014. The decision was made after Tomash Semonjak had a meeting with his American colleague in the US. During the meeting the both ministers discussed possible expansion of American military presence in Poland. In view of Ukrainian crisis Polish government turned to the US and other NATO allies, asking them to station their forces in Poland.
A total of 25 people confirmed dead in S Korean ferry sinking A total of 25 people, including 12 students, two teachers and three crew members, have been confirmed dead, with 179 people rescued and 271 still missing after a South Korean ferry capsized, local media reported Friday. The passenger ferry, the Sewol, which sank in waters off South Korea's southwest coast Wednesday, had 475 people aboard, including 325 high school students and 15 teachers who had been on the way for a four-day field trip.
Geneva talks urge all-Ukraine dialogue on constitutional reform - Russian FM Lavrov Russia, US, EU and Ukraine recognized the need to disarm illegal groups in Ukraine, free squares and streets and amnesty the protesters in order to bring the country out of the crisis, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Thursday after four-party talks in Geneva. The participants of the quadrilateral talks on ways to resolve the crisis in Ukraine have stressed the urgency of a national dialogue leading to constitutional reform in the country, the minister added.
The US Secretary of State John Kerry harshly criticized the anti-Semitism in Ukraine. In his speech he spoke about the leaflets "in one of the cities" in which the Jews demanded to declare themselves. These leaflets have recently appeared in the Donetsk region. The man who has allegedly signed the leaflets said RT that they are fake.
Russian President Vladimir Putin had held an annual question-and-answer session on Wednesday. Many of questions for Russian President were related to Crimea and the Ukraine crisis. Eric Kraus, Director at Principal Asset Management, keen observer of the Russian and world politics from Singapore, in interview to the Voice of Russia said prospects for Western diplomatic efforts in Ukraine are not very optimistic in the short term, so there is no any way to solve Ukrainian crisis without Russian involvement.
Like a house guest whose exit has long been overdue, the United States continues to bash around Europe as many European countries are beginning to realize that the damage being caused by US geopolitical strategy is far worse than any benefits that they may be able to gain. This was stated in an interview with the Voice of Russia by Joseph Zrnchik, a retired US military planner and trainer. Mr. Zrnchik believes that US failed foreign policy has weakened the US economically, militarily and geopolitically and that this failure is leading to the collapse of his country.
NATO's increased military presence: attempts to scare Russia or parts of more aggressive plan of action?
NATO is strengthening its military presence along its eastern border. The move comes in response to mounting tensions related to the Ukrainian crisis, according to NATO's secretary general Anders Fogh Rasmussen. Alice Slater, New York director of the Nuclear Age Peace Foundation and serves on the Coordinating Committee of Abolition2000 - Global network to eliminate nuclear weapons, in interview with the VoR said US is to blame for tension in Russian-American relations. US promised to Gorbachev not to expand NATO and they totally broke their word.
Manager of Japan's Fukushima NPP admits 'embarrassing' failed efforts to bring radioactive water under control
Syrians celebrated their independence day on Wednesday. Spontaneous demonstrations took place across Syria, participants expressed their support for the government and its war against terror. Meanwhile, scandal around Syrian rebels' equipment with US anti-tank missiles keeps growing. Alexander Kuznetsov, Vice president of the Geo-Arabica Center in interview with the Voice of Russia commented on the issue.
Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel-winning Colombian author who used magical realism to tell epic stories of love, family and dictatorship in Latin America, died Thursday at the age of 87. Known affectionately as "Gabo," the author of "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and "Love in the Time of Cholera" became one of the most popular Latin American novelists in the world and the godfather of a literary movement that witnessed a continent in turmoil.
Gunmen stormed a UN base in South Sudan Thursday, wounding dozens of civilians from a rival tribe in an "unprovoked" attack before peacekeepers fought them off, the UN said. UN chief Ban Ki-moon condemned the assault in the war-ravaged town of Bor which also left two peacekeepers wounded, warning any attack on UN troops constitutes a war crime.
The President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin conducted his yearly question and answer session with the public and citizens of Russia, this time spending approximately three hours and fifty minutes answering a wide range of questions in an impressive manner never once faltering or at a loss and citing facts, figures and details on everything from assisting a disabled man to obtain a home to the aggressive expansion of NATO to the East. This year the Kremlin added a the possibility of sending in video for those who wanted to ask the president questions, as well as text messages, e-mails, regular post, phone calls and submissions through the Internet.
Fugitive US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden on Thursday made an unexpected intervention in a phone-in with Russian President Vladimir Putin, quizzing him over the extent of Moscow's surveillance activities.Putin, a former KGB agent, greeted Snowden as a fellow "former agent" before assuring him that Russia's surveillance of the population was not on a mass scale and strictly controlled by laws. Snowden was granted asylum by Russia last August after he spent a month in the transit zone at a Moscow airport.
US, EU slap sanctions on Russian racing teams participating in Le Mans, World Endurance Championships
The European and American bank accounts of the SMP Racing non-commercial organization, representing Russia in the Le Mans races and the World Endurance Championships (WEC), have been blocked, so the teams will hardly be able to take part in the forthcoming competitions, the non-commercial organization has told the Interfax news agency.