The Pentagon has signaled that it doesn't want the US sanctions against Russia over Ukraine to include Russia's state-owned arms exporting firm Rosoboronexport as that would mean a halt to supplies of Russian MI-17 helicopters for the Afghan Air Force under a US-Russian deal, the Christian Science Monitor newspaper reports.
An upgraded version of the Pantsir-S short-range air defense system will enter service with the Russian armed forces by the end of this year, a senior air force official said on Wednesday.
Russia continues supplying nuclear fuel to Ukraine's nuclear power plants.
The United States bears responsibility for the Ukrainian crisis, having invested five billion dollars in regime change in the country. The Maidan standoff was a 'head-on attack' by the US and its Western allies aimed at distancing Russia and Ukraine from each other. But it has unexpected result for them, when Crimea reunited with Russia. VoR political commentator Dmitry Babich explained why Obama's foreign police in Ukraine failed.
The United States is sending about 600 troops to conduct exercise and training in Poland and the Baltic region. The move announced by the Pentagon on Tuesday is a response to Russia’s alleged involvement in Ukraine. A company of 150 soldiers from the US Army’s Airborne Brigade based in Italy are to arrive in Poland on Wednesday and roughly 450 troops are due in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia in the coming days. The Voice of Russia talked to Mateusz Piskorski, Head of the European Center for Geopolitical Analysis.
Russia has banned poultry imports from California for 90 days due to the outbreak of bird flu in the state.
Russia insists on an immediate withdrawal of Ukrainian troops from southeastern Ukraine and the start of all-inclusive national dialogue to de-escalate the situation in the crisis-hit country, the Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.
Moscow is extremely surprised by the US and Ukraine's distorted interpretation of the Geneva agreement, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday. "Moscow is extremely surprised by the Kiev's authorities distorted interpretation, as well as the American partners [interpretation], of the content of the statement adopted April 17, in Geneva on the results of the quadripartite meeting of the representatives of Russia, US, EU and Ukraine," according to a statement published on Wednesday on the official website of the Foreign Ministry.
The Valdai International Discussion Club has hosted the presentation in Moscow of a new report "National Identity and Russia’s Future." The report is based on the results of the Valdai Club’s 10th anniversary conference held in September 2013. The Voice of Russia talked to Igor Makarov , a lecturer at the Faculty of World Economy and International Affairs, one othe authors of a new paper "National Identity and Russia’s Future".
"Additional sanctions against Russia will not help solve the crisis in Ukraine, and would escalate the conflict instead of easing tensions," Austria's prominent politician, Werner Faymann, said Wednesday.
Reports on finding weapons produced in the United States in Ukraine should be investigated, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. Storehouses with ammunition and weapons, produced in the US and found in Ukraine, were shown on television several days ago and Moscow would like this to be investigated, Lavrov said in an interview with the RT TV channel.
Most Russian citizens think the isolation of Russia following Western sanctions amid the events in Ukraine is unlikely, while Moscow and St. Petersburg residents and supporters of non-parliamentary parties most often allow for the possibility of such a scenario, sociologists of the All-Russia Public Opinion Research Center (VTsIOM) said.
Around 70 million Russians are Internet users, a 7% increase from 2013, the head of Russia’s electronic communications association, Sergei Plugotarenko, told an Internet and business forum on Wednesday.
Russia will issue 25 souvenir collection palm-sized silver coins featuring President Putin's portrait and a map of Crimea to commemorate the reunification with the peninsula.
Russia, the European Union, Ukraine and Slovakia may hold quadripartite gas negotiations on Thursday, Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuriy Prodan said. "There is a proposal of the Russian side and the European Commission to hold a quadripartite or tripartite meeting. A meeting between the European commissioner, the Slovak minister, the Russian [minister] and me in Bratislava is under consideration," Interfax reports.
The United States has lately been shuffling off the responsibility for what’s going on in Ukraine on Russia, continuing to blame it for, as they say, locating its troops in the area, while the US involvement in the crisis is most obvious, Russia’s Foreign Minister told RT TV Channel in an exclusive interview Wednesday.
Every other Russian (50 percent) believes that Russia’s isolation from the West is very unlikely; only 4 percent of the respondents state that it will definitely happen, the All-Russian Center for the Study of Public Opinion (VTsIOM) reports Wednesday.
Russia will retaliate if it is attacked and the interests of the Russian people are threatened, Sergey Lavrov told RT. He alleged the US has a hand in the current stand-off in Ukraine between the coup-appointed government and anti-Maidan activists.
The first participant of the Robot Ball – the famous Android Tespian - has arrived in Moscow. Like all tourists visiting the Russian capital, first of all, he went to Red Square, where he talked to locals and enjoyed a cup of coffee in one of the surrounding cafes.
One hundred and twelve leading Crimean athletes have applied for Russian citizenship, Valery Kosarev, the head of the permanent commission for education, science, youth affairs and sport of the Crimean State Council (parliament), told the Russian news agency TASS.