Moscow expects that the international community will not ignore problems made public by former US National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden, Russian Foreign Ministry Commissioner on Human Rights, Democracy, and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov said.
Russia is prepared for an operation to transport Syria’s chemical stockpiles from their inland storage sites to the Mediterranean port of Latakia, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.
A Russian deputy foreign minister has slammed recent "shocking" statements by US officials on the situation in Ukraine and said Moscow has warned the United States that "interference in domestic processes in Ukraine may have very serious consequences."
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has branded recent visits of members of the European Commission to a site of mass pro-European Union demonstrations in Kiev as "flagrant interference in the internal affairs of a sovereign state."
The Russian and Belarusian authorities have agreed to harsh penalties for those who violate rules concerning the oil product trade between the two countries, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
Echoing Iran, Russia said on Friday that a new US measure targeting companies and individuals for supporting Tehran's nuclear programme violated the spirit of a deal reached with major powers last month and could hinder its implementation.
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has promised to sack officials who were in charge of preparing the Association and Free Trade Area Agreement with the European Union. "Those who prepared the agreement will be relieved of their duties or sacked altogether," Yanukovych said on Friday at a roundtable focused on ways of resolving the current political crisis in Ukraine.
Russia has urged European colleagues to take action to lay bare lawlessness of the Extraordinary Rendition Program of the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), RF Foreign Ministry’s Special Representative for Human Rights, Democracy and the Rule of Law Konstantin Dolgov said at the World Human Rights Forum in Brazil. The text of the speech is published on Friday on the website of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
The Ukrainian government will do everything possible to restore trade and economic relations with Ukraine, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov said on Friday.
Ukraine will sign an agreement on removing all trade contradictions in Moscow on December 16, said Ukraine’s Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.
Sanctions against Russia in the form of the possible European "Magnitsky List" may have a negative effect on EU-Russia relations, according to Head of the EU Delegation to Russia Vygaudas Usackas.
Japanese business is backing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s plans for advanced economic growth zones in Eastern Siberia and the Far East. The president's ideas, presented in his state of the nation address on Thursday, were achievable, said director of research at Japan's Association for Trade with Russia and the New Independent States Toshikazu Endo.
On December 9 Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a decree covering major changes in Russian state run media including the Voice of Russia. Regular VoR contributor Rick Rozoff discussed his reaction to the changes with the VoR's John Robles and stated that the VoR and Russian media have been very important, especially in the last five years, in bringing the world real news and alternative to western media which is either under US White House control or act as mere echo chambers parroting US Government lines and does not allow important political figures, academicians and others to have their voices heard.
The US rock band Metallica, which performed at the Argentine Antarctic Base Carlini on December 8, has visited Russia's Bellingshausen station. The Federal Service for Hydrometeorology and Environmental Monitoring (Roshydromet) Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute press service said on Thursday that Russian polar explorers were amongst the viewers of the concert at the Argentine base. The musicians accepted the invitation to visit the Russian station after the concert.
Trade is one of the key areas of cooperation between Russia and Japan. Russia is Japan's 15th biggest foreign trade partner, while Japan is Russia's eighth-biggest, according to ITAR-Tass news agency data.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will meet with the EU foreign policy chief, Baroness Catherine Ashton, during his visit to Brussels on December 16, a Russian Foreign Ministry spokesman told reporters on Friday. "The sides plan to discuss the prospects for further promoting bilateral relations as part of the roadmaps for the Russia-EU common spaces in light of preparations for the upcoming Russia-EU summit," he said.
The European Commission must have an equal approach to the South Stream and Trans Adriatic Pipeline projects, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov told Russian reporters on Thursday, saying the issue must not be politicized.
Latvia’s President Andris Berzins will attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, his spokeswoman said Thursday.
An agreement on easing the visa regime between Russia and the European Union is practically ready, but Brussels drags feet on signing it, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexei Meshkov told Russian reporters after talks with leadership of the Greek Foreign Ministry within the framework of consultations between the two ministries.
The Russian Federation may quadruple the level of its annual arms sales to $50 billion by 2020 a senior government official said on Thursday.