Ukrainian people must respect Crimea's choice - Putin Ukrainian people must respect the Crimea's choice, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said during his annual Q&A session on Thursday. "If we treat each other with respect, we will have to recognize each other's right of choice. People who live in Ukraine, have to respect the choice of those who live in Crimea," Putin said during a live Q&A session Following the regime change in Ukraine in February, Crimea refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new authorities and held a referendum that resulted in its reunification with Russia.
Missing jet mini-sub search will end within week - Australian PM The mini-submarine hunting for flight MH370 will finish scouring its current strip of the Indian Ocean within a week, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has said, adding that if unsuccessful the operation will be forced to move into a new phase. Abbott told the Wall Street Journal on Wednesday that authorities will need to rethink their approach if the US Navy mini-submarine fails to find wreckage from the missing Malaysian jet in its current search zone, 2,000 kilometres (1,240 miles) off Perth.
Russia to continue humanitarian aid to Syria — Russian Foreign Ministry Russia will continue humanitarian aid to Syria and assistance to the Russian citizens who have decided to leave the country for security reasons, the Foreign Ministry said. On Tuesday, April 15, an Ilyushin-76 plane of the Russian Ministry for Emergency Situations delivered 15 tons of humanitarian aid to Syria’s main seaport of Latakia on the Mediterranean Sea.
The search and rescue operation was resumed at dawn inside the South Korean ferry, which ran aground and capsized off the south-western coast of the Korean peninsula on Wednesday, TASS reports. Earlier, rescue teams hammered on the hull of the upturned vessel, hoping for a response from anyone trapped inside, but did not hear anything, media reports said. About 290 people (many of them teenagers) are still missing, according to Reuters.
The number of Russian citizens who declare their trust in President Vladimir Putin and have a positive attitude to him keeps growing, according to the results of the Levada Center's public opinion polls, Interfax reports. The number of Russians who say that they trust Putin totally has increased from 7% to 16%, and the number of those who "are more likely to trust him" has grown from 50% to 55% over the past year.
Director-General of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) Ahmet Uzumcu is visiting Russia. During his stay in Moscow, Mr. Uzumcu has held a series of meetings in the Federal Assembly and the Foreign Ministry. From Moscow, he will travel to the Russian republic of Udmurtia to visit a unique chemical weapons disposal plant, which was put into operation in December.
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.
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. The latest innovation from the man behind the magic has the possibility of extending his reach far further with his spray-painting equipped drone. Spots and smears on the artist's canvas are not jaw-dropping to be honest but the entire process from spraycan to blank canvas is a brand new concept.
Moscow is waiting for the UN to condemn the military operation in eastern Ukraine. That’s according to Russian President Vladimir Putin who held a phone conversation with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon discussing the situation in the region. Ban Ki Moon urged all sides of the conflict to avoid resorting to violence. At least 4 people died and several others were injured as a result of the operation conducted by Kiev’s military forces in the city of Kramatorsk. All exists and entrances to the city of Slavyansk have been blocked. Russia has expressed deep concern over the reports of casualties in the region. Special representative for human rights Konstantin Dolgov warned that the military action in eastern Ukraine could lead to a civil war in the country.
Washington's pressure on Russia with threats of sanctions comes from its desire to bring down the price for gas supplied to Ukraine and to weaken Moscow's well-rooted position. However, today it is not the politics, but the economic that drive everything. Western companies are unhappy with the appeals to introduce sanctions against Russia. German concerns have already refused to take out their assets from Russia. Who can follow their example taking into account that Russia's economic cooperation with the West is growing? For example, Russia's export of gas to Great Britain has increased by 40%. Who will be the winner in that battle – the politicians or the corporations? Are they really prepared to show who really runs the world?
As the sharp escalation of the crisis in Ukraine puts the country on the verge of a civil war, in her interview to VoR Ms. Marinella Corregia, an Anti-War campaigner, author and journalist, expressed her opinion on a number of topics, including the way things would likely develop in Ukraine, the relationship between Russia, US and Europe, and how the disputed over the Eastern Europe could affect it, and also what could possibly happen if Russia and US keep slamming each other with sanctions.
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.
US insider threat program poses threat to whistleblowers, FBI refuses to discuss details – US Senator
On April 16, 1944, British and US allied forces carried out air attacks in the capital of Yugoslavia, Belgrade. That day the country was celebrating the Orthodox Easter. The bombing was carried out by 600 aircraft and lasted for three days. More than 1,000 civilians died as a result of the attack. One of the unexploded bombs was said to have the inscription, “Happy Easter”. The Voice of Russia talked to Boris Malagursky, a Serbian-Canadian film director, producer and screenwriter.
Western policymakers can implement the Maidan strategy, used in Kiev, in Moldova. They are pursuing quite an obvious goal – to pull the traditionally friendly partner away from Russia. The activity of foreign NGOs, the information and political support and a number of issued preferences show how serious Brussels and Washington are as far as the young Moldavian state goes.
The 99-year-old Londoner, who was not terminally ill or severely disabled, felt her time had come to an end and travelled to the Dignitas Clinic near Zurich, Switzerland, on March 27 to end her life. There retired doctor Michael Irwin, helped her as well as a number of other Britons. Some 3,000 patients end their lives at Swiss suicide clinics every year, statistics say.
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.