History is a capricious lady. It so happened that contrary to the predictions of political forecasts devotees the remarkable date – the 80th anniversary of the nearly interrupted diplomatic relations between Moscow and Washington - did not only give reason to verbal declarations, but was marked by important and, in a sense, symbolic events.
The presidents of Ukraine and Russia met in the Russian southern Black Sea resort of Sochi to discuss the drafting of a strategic partnership agreement, Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolai Azarov told the foreign mass media.
The ceremony couldn’t have ended any better for Russia. The country will face Belgium, Algeria and South Korea in the World Cup Finals in Brazil.
The organizers opened the draw ceremony for next year's championship in the Brazilian resort of Costa do Sauipe. A total of 32 teams had qualified for the finals and they were drawn into eight groups of four.
A new phase of the fight over the Arctic has begun. Canada is claiming a part of Russia’s Arctic territory, i.e. the Lomonosov Ridge, despite the fact that scientists have proven that the ridge is a continuation of Russia's continental shelf. Canada is also planning to include in its bid the delineation of the Arctic shelf the North Pole, which is simultaneously claimed by Russia and Denmark. The document is being prepared to be sent to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (CLCS).
Russian President Vladimir Putin held a working meeting with Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych in Sochi on Friday, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov said. The two leaders discussed bilateral relations and preparations for a Moscow session of the Russian-Ukrainian Interstate Commission.
Russian prosecutors have accused jailed tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky of laundering more than 10 billion dollars.
Former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky will most likely not be amnestied under the amnesty expected to be declared to mark the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution, Mikhail Fedotov, the head of the presidential human rights council, told Interfax on Friday.
Russia proposes that the European Union resolve legal issues concerning operation of the South Stream gas pipeline on the basis of existing international law, Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky told journalists. The Energy Ministry has received an official letter from the European Commission's energy commissioner Gunther Oettinger that examines the compliance of South Stream agreements with the EU's Third Energy Package, he said.
Russia is deeply grieved by the death of Nelson Mandela, who considerably contributed to establishing cooperation between Russia and South Africa, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Several Shanghai Cooperation Organization member countries, observer countries and partners of the group have agreed to set up an energetic club enabling businessmen and these countries' leadership to discuss a range of questions in the energy area, Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky informed journalists.
Black Friday 2013 began in Moscow and hundreds of prominent online retailers, including Ozon.ru, Otto, Phillips, and Wikimart, united together in this campaign. This is the second time the action takes place in Russia.
According information the Russians have known about alien civilizations for several decades, to many this comes as no surprise, there have been rumors floating around for many years. The first Russian contact with grey aliens allegedly took place in 1942. At that time, a series of diplomatic visits to discuss matters of mutual concern were planned, according to alleged Russian documents and a treaty was made.
The Battle of Galicia took place during the early stages of the World War I and became one of its most dreadful battles. From August 5th to September 8th of 1914 the Russian army fought relentlessly for the freedom of its Motherland.
The Russian Prime Minister, Dmitry Medvedev, in the traditional year-end interview, speaks about the work of the Russian government in 2013, Russian-Belarus relations, in particular the Uralkali case, criticizes the role of European ministers in the Ukrainian political crisis, calling it "interference in domestic policy", and advises US President Barack Obama not to be afraid of wiretapping via iPhone. Some important domestic issues like the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution and the upcoming amnesty were also discussed.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said that the debate on the designation of tax crime investigative powers for the Russian Investigative Committee did not cause tensions in his relations with President Vladimir Putin.
The Russian Airborne Forces will conduct a training exercise in the Arctic in spring 2014, Andrei Kholzakov, deputy commander of the Russian Airborne Forces, said.
Russia does not plan to introduce visas with the CIS countries, but citizens of the CIS countries should cross the border on foreign travel passports, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
Former Soviet president Mikhail Gorbachev has called the death of former South African president Nelson Mandela a loss to all of mankind.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday called participation by foreign officials in the political events unfolding in Ukraine "interference", rebuking the German foreign minister for a visit to an opposition protest camp.
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev believes that the country's government has proven to be quite effective and does not require any drastic changes.