The military leadership of Russia is satisfied with the results of an unexpected inspection of the troops of the Eastern military district. Such an assessment was made on Thursday by Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu. Eastern neighbours took the maneuvers of the Russian army quite calmly. But this was not the case with NATO. They are very alarmed at the forthcoming “West-2013” Russian-Belarusian war games. In the best traditions of the cold war, Brussels has prearranged a reply named “Steadfast Jazz”.
Russia has successfully completed a month-long bio-arc mission in space, its first exercise of this kind in 17 years. The Bion-M1 craft successfully touched down near Orenburg on the Ural River Sunday bringing back a number of international experiments with mice, lizards, fishes, mussels, vegetating plants, seeds, bacterial spores and bacterial colonies.
On the night from May 18 to May 19th hundreds of thousands of people all across Russia - from Vladivostok in the Far East to Kaliningrad on the Baltic Sea joined the Museum Night international cultural event marking the International Museum Day. Only in Moscow the Museum Night attracted more than 1 million people.
Russia-Cuba ties are seeing a renaissance, Valentina Matviyenko, chairwoman of Russia’s Federation Council stated during her visit to Cuba where she met with the country’s leader Raul Castro and President of Cuba’s National Assembly Esteban Lazo.
This week was rich with meetings between top politicians of several countries. On Wednesday, US President Barack Obama received Turkey’s Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan in Washington. On Thursday, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin met with his South African counterpart Jacob Zuma. On Friday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov met with the UN’s Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in the Russian city of Sochi. At all three meetings, preparations for a future international conference on the Syrian issue were the main topic of discussions.
The relations between Russia and Israel are constructive and friendly today. They have a great potential for development. The diplomatic relations between the former USSR and Israel were established on May 18th, 1948. The now defunct Soviet Union was one of the first to recognize the Jewish state. However, Israel is the only country with which the former USSR leadership severed diplomatic relations twice. The diplomatic relations between the two countries were restored in 1991.
The preparation for the International Forum in St. Petersburg enters its final stage. About five thousand guests will take part in it this year. They will discuss the situation in the global economy. In particular, the discussion will be devoted to new sources of growth.
The Russian company “Rosoboronexport” will compete with the Indian “Larson&Tourbo” for the right to supply the Indian army with 100 self-propelled howitzers. According to estimations, the sum of the contract will be 20 bln rupees, which is $364 mln.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry has described a resolution on Syria adopted by the UN General Assembly as “biased” and “one-sided”. Drawn up by Qatar and Saudi Arabia, the main sponsors of opposition groups in Syria, the resolution deprecates the regime of President Bashar al-Assad and holds the Syrian president responsible for the continuing violence in the country.107 countries voted in favor of the resolution. 12 countries, including Russia, voted against, while 59 countries abstained.
The US is unable to counter cyber threats unassisted. Moscow and Washington are completing the drafting of an agreement to ensure the security of cyberspace. A relevant document may be signed by the countries’ presidents next month – as part of the G8 summit in Northern Ireland.
Russia’s Dina Garipova has made it to the finals of the Eurovision 2013 song contest in Sweden’s town of Malmö with her beautiful “What If” song.
Russia is exhibiting more than 300 advanced armaments for Ground Forces, Air Force and Navy at the SITDEF-2013 International Defence Technology Exhibition in the Peruvian capital Lima on the 15th through the 19th of this month. Some of the exhibits are the T-90S tank, the Pantsir-S1 combined short to medium range surface-to-air missile and antiaircraft artillery weapon system, the Su-30MK2 jetfighter and the world’s most powerful multiple rocket launching system Smerch.
The US authorities are not yet giving any comment on the detention of the third secretary of the US embassy in Moscow Ryan Christopher Fogle. The Russian counter-intelligence service caught him trying to engage an agent of the Russian special services. In his possession the diplomat had recording equipment, wigs, money and instructions for the future agent. US Ambassador in Moscow Michael McFaul met with Russian diplomats at the Russian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday but would not make any comment afterwards. Our correspondent in the US comes up with more details.
Weather continues to surprise people everywhere. After a protracted winter the central part of Russia practically at once plunged into a hot summer. In Western Siberia everything is the other way round: the snow fell all of a sudden after the 30-degree heat there. Weather cataclysms are registered in Western Europe and the USA as well. Anomalies are becoming the norm, experts say.
The Council of the EU Finance Ministers has given the green light to the allocation of the new bailout tranche to Greece worth 7.5 billion euros. The EuroGroup says that it is satisfied with the progress achieved by the Greek authorities in carrying out structural financial and tax reforms.
A 2-day session of the Arctic Council opened in Sweden on May 14th . The Arctic Council uniting all Arctic powers, including Russia, the USA, Canada, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Iceland, was set up in 1996. The Swedish people have chosen the city of Kiruna – the unofficial northern capital of the country located far above the Arctic Circle – as the venue for the Arctic Council session. Heated debates are expected to take place in Kiruna.
The Russian Ambassador to China, Andrei Denisov, has described Russian-Chinese relations today as a comprehensive strategic partnership. In an exclusive interview with The Voice of Russia, the diplomat focused on prospects for cooperation between the two nations. Andrei Denisov granted his interview when the Primate of the Russian Orthodox Church, Patriarch Kirill of Moscow and All Russia, was paying his visit to the People’s Republic of China recently.
Singers from 39 European countries have gathered in Sweden’s town of Malmö for the Eurovision 2013 song contest. Russia’s Dina Garipova will go on stage with her “What If” song as part of the first semi-final on May 14.
All nine of those arrested in connection with last week’s twin car bombings in the Turkish border town of Rayhanli were Turkish citizens. A statement to this effect was made by Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Besir Atalay during a press conference in Hatay Province.
In his Easter address to his flock, the head of the Russian Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill called Easter “a holiday of victory and freedom.”