Russia's space agency, Roscosmos, believes it would be illogical to move the production of Ukraine's Zenit carrier rockets to Russia, the agency's head said Thursday.
A Ukrainian state-run gas company Naftogaz cut by half imports of natural gas from Russia's Gazprom last year as compared to the year before, Naftogaz told the Ukrainian Independent Information Agency. The company purchased some 12.9 billion cubic meters of Russian gas in 2013, down from 25 billion cubic meters in 2012.
Russian delegation will not participate in a June session of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE), Chairman of the State Duma lower house committee for international affairs Alexei Pushkov told reporters on Thursday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said countries with large international reserves were putting these to a variety of uses. Asked at a forum for independent regional and local media organizations what effect Western sanctions might have on Russia, Putin touched on the issue of how to dispose of international reserves.
Western sanctions against Russia are not critical in nature, Russian President Vladimir Putin said, Voice of Russia coreespondent Svetlana Kalmykove reports.
The Russian authorities are not planning to punish international payment systems Visa and MasterCard, but these systems have undermined their credibility, Russian President Vladimir Putin said at the Russian Popular Front media forum in St. Petersburg on Thursday, VOice of Russia correspondent Svetlana KAlmykova reports.
The United States can and must force the new Ukrainian authorities realize their responsibility for what is happening in the country, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.
The Ukrainian authorities should start dialogue within the country and not legalizing radical organizations to settle the conflict in the country, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday.
Russia has no plans to send troops to eastern Ukraine, State Duma International Affairs Committee Chairman Alexei Pushkov said.
The tenth anniversary St. George's Ribbon national event, uniting millions of people in many countries, starts on April 24. This year the event will be run jointly by the Rossiya Segodnya International Information Agency and the Student Community with the support of over 100 media outlets all over the world.
Two columns of Ukrainian military armored vehicles are advancing towards Slaviansk, People's Mayor Vyacheslav Ponomarev said in an interview with the Russia 24 TV channel Thursday. "We are surrounded and sieged. Still, we will make a stand," Ponomarev said. The self-defense forces are "strong enough to resist," he said. "We have enough forces, but not so many weapons."
Kiev authorities’ statements that Russia is allegedly providing all kind of material support to the protesters in Sloviansk who call for Ukraine’s federalization, are not consistent with reality, according to an article published on the website of Time Magazine.
The third round of negotiations between Syria's government and opposition should be held as soon as possible, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. "We agree that a political and diplomatic settlement of the Syrian crisis on the basis of the Geneva communique has no alternatives. We support the resumption of the inter-Syrian talks with this aim, given the fact that their third round should take place as soon as possible. We would like to avoid any delays in this matter," he said at a press conference after negotiations with Lebanese Foreign Minister Gebran Bassil.
If Kiev has actually started using its army in the eastern Ukrainian city of Slavyansk, then that is a serious crime against its own people, Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday, Voice of Russia correspondent Svetlana Kalmykova reports. "If today's regime in Kiev has actually begun using its army against civilians within the country, then that, without a doubt, is a serious crime against its people," Putin said during a MediaForum in St. Petersburg.
Use of armed forces against protesters in Ukraine will have aftermath for Moscow-Kiev intergovernment ties - Putin
NYT publishes fake photos of "Russian militant" in Ukraine amid warnings from world media, US gov't keeps silent
Anti-terrorism cooperation between Russia and the United States is in "a deep freeze," director of the department for tackling new challenges and threats in the Russian Foreign Ministry Ilya Rogachev told the Russian news agency TASS on Thursday.
Moscow is ready to participate in sincere dialogue with the US on Ukraine, but rejects Washington's "groundless and unsubstantiated claims" on Crimea, the Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday. "We are open to a sincere dialogue, but we reject the groundless and unsubstantiated claims having as unique aim the presentation of the situation in Crimea in a distorted way. Similar methods, by the way, are applied to show, at all costs, a a?Russian trace' in the protests of the desperate people in southeastern Ukraine," the ministry said.
Russia’s Emergency Situations Ministry (EMERCOM) and Switzerland will intensify co-operation in the sphere of prevention of emergencies, first of all in the development of mountain rescue technology and exchange of experience. They will also study the issue of joint medical evacuation actions.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted "an unprecedentedly high level of Russian-Chinese relations which turn in an increasingly significant factor in world politics." The minister has made a statement at an opening ceremony of the global university forum in the Russian capital on Thursday.