Russia has no intentions to send troops to Ukraine - Lavrov Moscow has no plans to send its troops to Ukraine as the move would go against Russia's core interests in the region, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday. "We have no desire to send our troops to Ukraine, on the territory of a friendly state, on the territory where our brotherly people live," Lavrov told reporters after quadrilateral talks on Ukrainian crisis in Geneva. "It is against Russia's core interests," Lavrov said.
Russia not afraid of NATO expansion - Putin Russian President Vladimir Putin says he does not fear the enlargement of NATO. "We have no fear - I do not have and no one else should have this either. Yet we have to bear the realities in mind," Putin said in a Q&A session on Thursday. He called for taking a sober view of the situation concerning the further enlargement of the alliance. "We will choke them all. What are you afraid of?" Putin said while answering a question to the expansion of NATO.
Ukraine's entry ban on Russian men violates human rights - Russian official Chairman of the Russian Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights Mikhail Fedotov believes that the decision to introduce restrictions for Russian citizens to enter Ukraine violates human rights. The Ukrainian state border service has confirmed earlier in the day Kiev’s notification to Russia’s Aeroflot Airlines about restrictions imposed on Russian citizens and Ukrainian citizens aged from 16 to 60 with registration in the Russian Republic of Crimea and the Russian federal city of Sevastopol to enter Ukraine.
Russia, EU, Ukraine agree to discuss security of natural gas supply, transit In response to a recent proposal from Russian President Vladimir Putin, the European Union has agreed to hold talks with Russia and Ukraine on the security of the supply and transit of Russian natural gas. "The European Union agrees on your proposal for consultations with the Russian Federation and Ukraine with regard to security of gas supply and transit," European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso responded to Putin's recent letter.
Snowden asks Putin if Russia is engaged in mass surveillance like US, Putin says 'no' 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.
Although Russia repeatedly warned Kiev that military actions in the South-Eastern regions of Ukraine would lead to a full-blown civil war, Turchynov tends to turn a deaf ear to Moscow’s admonishments. The self-proclaimed president of Ukraine is trying to inveigle Russia and NATO into fierce infighting over Ukraine. It’s the only way he can retain his power, according to foreign affairs analyst Daniel Patrick Welch.
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.
A recent announcement from the German energy giant RWE about possible gas deliveries to Ukraine have sparked celebrations among the Ukrainian nationalists who believe that German gas exports will "save" Kiev from its dependence on Gazprom. A quick reality check proves that such hopes are nothing more than a pipe dream.
Once again is Kyrgyzstan on the verge of a revolution. The spring political exacerbation of 2005 and 2010 ended in a change of regime already twice. This year the opposition decided to attack the current authorities once again. A wave of opposition protests has gone through the country. What were the opponents of the regime after? Is its own Maidan possible in Kyrgyzstan?
Syrian rebels used US-made anti-tank missiles against government troops. Recently emerged videos and photos show that Syria's opposition fighters are armed with BGM-71 TOW anti-tank rockets. According to AFP citing the representative of the Syrian opposition movement Hazm, the rebels have already received at least 20 missiles of this type. The Voice of Russia spoke about this issue with Alastair Crooke, the founder and director of the Conflicts Forum, an organization that advocates for engagement between political Islam and the West. Mr. Crooke is also a former Adviser to Javier Solana and European mediator in the Middle East region.
Food terrorism poses an eminent danger to the United States, according to antiterrorism specialists. While the need for higher quantities of food is only increasing, the standards for food safety have been at a standstill or worse—nonexistent. The Voice of Russia got to interview three antiterrorism food experts on the rising threats in American society. Not only did they mention the dairy sector of being in danger, but the US' produce is also in a compromising position.
Graffiti drones are guaranteed to give American police officers a panic attack. One US artist had an itch to leave his works of art in hard-to-reach areas. A couple of years ago he created a unique tool to fulfill his inner desires to spray larger than life structures, by tinkering with a fire extinguisher to spray enormous tags across long walls.
China's authorities seized over 1,000 fake World Cup trophies, according to multiple media sources. The news is quite troubling to hear, since the international competition in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil is coming up in mid-June 2014. Customs officials working in the Yiwu, Zhejiang province took into their custody a total of 1,020 phony World Cup trophies on April 16.
Bitcoin is not "true money," deems former Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul. However, he believes that the cryptocurrency "should be perfectly legal and there should be no restrictions on it, there should be no taxes on it." According to Ron Paul the US monetary system is "terrible", because it is run by a cartel and often benefits the privileged few. Bitcoin is likely to become an "introduction" to competition for the dollar.
Former US president Jimmy Carter joined nine other Nobel Prize winners who sent a letter to President Obama, calling him to reject the controversial Keystone XL project. Keystone XL is a seven billion dollars oil pipeline designed to carry up to 800,000 barrels of tar sands oil a day from Canada to the US.
All the tribute goes to assistant professor of mechanical engineering Sarah Bergbreiter and her team, working day in and day out in the US University of Maryland Microrobotics Laboratory to develop technologies that aim to make tiny robots. They are certain that those minute things, less than a US penny in size, will come in handy one day, as much as larger robots do.
A nationwide investigation has shown that as much as 16 percent of China's soil contains higher-than-permitted levels of pollution, the environment ministry said on Thursday. China is desperate to tackle the impact of rapid industrialization and urbanization on its food supplies, with the aim of maintaining self-sufficiency and reducing its dependence on grain imports amid soaring demand.
Japan has delayed the start of its next "research" whaling mission by a few days, an official said on Thursday, amid media speculation that the postponement was to avoid a clash with a visit by US President Barack Obama. A ruling late last month that Tokyo's Antarctic hunt breached international rules that ban commercial whaling sparked celebrations among environmentalists around the world, with some heralding an end to the slaughter. But the declaration by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) does not apply to Japan's other whaling programs - a hunt is being carried out in the northwest Pacific in the name of science and a smaller coastal program.
US President Barack Obama launches a $600 million jobs initiative aimed at training the workforce. According to Washington the program will offer grants “to support job-driven training, like apprenticeships, that will expand partnerships with industry, businesses, unions, community colleges, and training organizations to train workers in the skills they need.”
Mathias Döpfner, the chief executive officer of Axel Springer, Germany’s largest publisher, admitted that “we are afraid of Google” and suggested that European authorities were colluding with the American Internet giant to develop a “business model that in less honorable circles would be called extortion,” according to The New York Times. Mr. Döpfner’s statement came out a week after the Google chairman, Eric E. Schmidt, mounted a spirited defense of Google’s practices and charged that “heavy-handed regulation” in some places “risks creating an innovation desert in Europe” that would ultimately threaten its well-being.
A committee of Russian scientists has signed off on the design of the groundbreaking MBIR fast neutron nuclear reactor, moving the project closer to full-scale construction, a research institute involved in the project said Wednesday. Russia, the United States and France signed a deal last June to jointly conduct research at the reactor in Dimitrovgrad in Russia's Volga region, in hopes of studying new types of nuclear fuel, construction materials and coolants.
Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation with Chancellor Angela Merkel said that the sharp escalation of the conflict in Ukraine puts the country on the brink of civil war, states the press service of the Kremlin. The leaders of the two countries accentuated the importance of talks in a quadripartite format (Russia, the European Union, the United States, and Ukraine), planned for April 17.
Russia plans to finalize its official claim for a large swath of the continental shelf of the Sea of Okhotsk and hand it over to the United Nations by the end of the year, Russian Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi said Wednesday."We are to finalize the technical part of the bid on President Putin’s order by year-end", the Russian resources chief said in the framework of a conference on petroleum exploration.
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.