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.
The Russian Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev came to London this week to talk about Russia’s economic prospects. He said Russia has to create jobs in modern and efficient industries and invest in new facilities and plants. Mr. Ulyukayev outlined his speech to a room full of business journalists ahead of his lecture at the London School of Economics on Wednesday. VoR’s correspondent Juliet Spare asked Mr. Ulyukayev how trade between Russia and UK can be improved.
In a phone conversation with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Thursday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called on him to do everything to ensure that the international conference on Syria be held on the announced date, January 22, 2014.
EU Energy Commissioner Guenther Oettinger is to visit Moscow next month to renegotiate South Stream gas pipeline deals on behalf of several member states, he said Thursday. The announcement comes days after the European Commission told the countries through which the pipeline is to pass that the deals they had struck with Russia are in violation of EU law.
Few countries have more negative myths associated with them than Russia. There are old myths about Russia being inherently authoritarian. There are new myths about Russia helping dictators or suppressing the gays. You can fight myths the long way – by finding gay bars in Moscow or by fishing out facts about Russia’s foreign policy in biased Western media. Or you can do it the easy way – by tuning in to the program "Myths About Russia" by Radio VoR’s political analyst Dmitry Babich.
Russian consulate sections all over the world have opened the «Olympic windows». That includes separate counters where the guests of the upcoming Sochi Olympics can apply for their visas, as well as a special system of document processing, according to which visa application of sports fans will be processed first.