The majority of Americans do not support the Washington Administration’s aggressive attitude to the events in the Ukraine because they do not see either vital interests or even moral degradation that could galvanise them into action in that country far away from the US.
he Russian Foreign Ministry has described as biased the stance over the events in Ukraine taken by the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. The Foreign Ministry drew attention to the latest glaring human rights violations in Ukraine that have failed to be properly assessed by the ODIHR.
According to investigators, Russians Alexander Kalinin, Vladimir Drinkman, Roman Kotov, Dmitry Smilyanets and Ukrainian Michael Rytikov for the last seven years were infiltrating the computer networks of major international companies downloading more than 160 million credit and debit cards, which were then resold to third parties buyers.
Nevermind the Ukraine crisis and Washington's sanctions against Moscow: US automakers say the Russian market is their next big frontier. Russia is simply too large and too important for carmakers to ignore, experts said this week. "The Russian market is going to be larger than Germany," said John Branch, a professor at the University of Michigan Ross School of Business.
Moscow will play host to the 21st World Oil Congress on June 15 through June 19, which will gather more than 5,000 delegates from 100 countries, 500 heads of the largest corporations, 50 government ministers and 500 representatives of world mass media.
Popular Russian game from Prime World of Nival added a new character inspired by the Crimean Prosecutor Natalia Poklonskaya. This was reported by the official blog of the project. There is no established link between the new character named 'Obvinyashka' (that could be literally translated as "Little Appellor") and the General Attorney of Crimea Natalya Poklonskaya, which has become a popular meme in mid-March.
The Moscow CSKA club basketball-players defeated Greek Panathinaikos in the first match of the up-to-three-victories series in the Europa League quarter-final.
A EuroChallenge ice-hockey match between the Russian and Latvian teams was held in Riga. During the second minute the host team took the lead – Roberts Bukarts hit the mark. Ten minutes later Vadim Shchipachev restored parity. In the middle of the second period, on a power play, Juris Upitis sent the Latvian team up again but Sergey Shirokov restored parity 90 seconds later. Four seconds before the second interval, Anton Glinkin delivered the third puck.
Russia's State Duma, the lower house of parliament, has passed a statement "'On an Anti-Russian Resolution of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe' where it puts forward a tough condition for a continued dialogue with Russia in the form of a full lifting of sanctions against the Russian delegation." Russian MPs voice vehement disagreement with the practice of double standards and discrimination against Russia, which was made manifest in the adoption of a PACE resolution on revising the powers of the Russian delegation.
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry has voiced concern over an address by the authorities of Transdniestria to Russia asking to be recognized as an independent state. "The difficult social and economic situation in Transdniestria has been conditioned by artificial self-isolation," the ministry says.
French specialists who designed the Winter Olympic sites for Russia's Black Sea resort city of Sochi will advise in projects to create mountain ski resorts on Russian far eastern Kamchatka peninsula. The appointment was announced after talks between officials of French association Cluster Montagne and the Kamchatka Territorial Development Corporation, territorial sport chief Andrei Ivanov told the Russian news agency TASS.
US private firm SpaceX on Friday launched its unmanned Dragon capsule to the International Space Station, its third trip carrying supplies and equipment to the orbiting lab, NASA said. After three earlier delays, the Falcon 9 rocket and its Dragon capsule finally blasted off as planned at 3:25 pm (19:25 GMT) from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry have agreed to continue contacts in the interests of the soonest normalization of the situation in Ukraine, the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Friday after a telephone conversation between the two foreign ministers.
Coverage in the Western media, statements by US, EU officials and now a report by the UN – all try to paint a negative portrait of the Crimean Referendum. According to Paul Roberts, a former Assistant US Treasury Secretary, a UN report that was just released is simply propaganda created by Washington and lacks both grounds and credibility as well as evidence. He said that the report was an orchestrated propaganda attempt that had been arranged to serve the US agenda, discredit the referendum and deflect attention from the fact that Washington overthrew a democratically elected government in Europe. The Voice of Russia spoke to Srdja Trifkovic, the foreign affairs editor at Chronicles Magazine, he was an observer at the Crimean Referendum on this issue and more.
Telephone conversation between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and the US Secretary of State John Kerry was held on Friday at the initiative of the US side, states the report at the Russian Foreign Ministry page on Facebook. According to the report, "the foreign ministers continued to discuss the possibilities of international assistance in overcoming the internal political crisis in Ukraine after the quadripartite meeting that took place yesterday in Geneva."
Speaking on the air of the TOK FM Polish radio station on Friday, Budget and Financial Programming Commissioner of the European Commission Janusz Lewandowski said that the package of sanctions that the European Union intends to use against Russia due to the situation in the Ukraine is likely to hit some of the EU countries.
Russia has never threatened to switch off gas to Ukraine, Russian president’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov said on Friday. "Bearing in mind Ukraine’s enormous debts, Russia, which sticks to the current contract, will simply switch to the advance payment regime. But Russia has never threatened to switch off gas to Ukraine," he told the Russia-1 television channel. He added that Russia has always been and will always be a reliable guarantor of energy security.
Yanukovych forced to take shelter in Russia because of threats to life in Ukraine - Putin's spokesman
The Russian Black Sea resort of Yalta is preparing for the 2014 tourist season.
The US Joint Chiefs of Staff and heads of the American intelligence organizations call the White House to reject the right to fly over the US territory for new Russian surveillance planes. Washington has faced a dilemma whether to certify the Russian aircrafts under so-called "Open Skies Treaty."