The petition titled "Alaska Back to Russia" has been removed from the White House's website after gaining more than 42,000 votes before its signature collection deadline expired on April 20. For the White House to respond to a petition posted on its website, it needs to collect at least 100,000 signatures.
A new fountain season opened in St. Petersburg over the weekend. The Sphere fountain on Malaya Sadovaya Street and the Manezh Square fountain were the first to go off. The other fountains will be launched in the coming days.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to appoint Rear Admiral Denis Berezovsky as a Deputy Commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and Rear Admiral Igor Smolyak as the Head of the Nakhimov Higher Naval Institute.
Putin approves amendments to law to allow Russian-speakers in former Soviet Union to acquire Russian citizenship – Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin has had contacts with Viktor Yanukovych because the latter remains the legitimate President of Ukraine even after his arrival in Russia, the Russian president's press secretary Dmitry Peskov said.
A Russian Emergency Situations Ministry plane will deliver a new batch of humanitarian aid to Syria on Tuesday and Syria will reciprocate the gift with 20 tonnes of oranges, Emergency Situations Ministry international affairs department deputy director Alexander Tomashov said.
Russia's President Vladimir Putin has signed a federal law on protection of bank deposits in Crimea and Sevastopol over the transition period.
The Foreign Ministers of Russia and Mozambique, Sergei Lavrov and Oldemiro Baloi, will meet in Moscow on Monday to discuss prospects for deepening cooperation. Russia's Foreing Ministry official said, "Business contacts between Russia and Mozambique have bebome more active of late. Favorable prerequisites are taking shape for giving greater scope to trade-and-economic, investment, humanitarian and other fields. Promising areas of cooperation include geological prospecting, mining, ferrous metallurgy, petrochemistry, agriculture, fishery, energy and infrastructure projects, education, and personnel training."
The Administration of the US President Barack Obama has been shaping up a new long-term stand on Russia since the outbreak of Ukraine's crisis whereby the US will seek to isolate Russia, according to The New York Times. This will essentially amount to a new version of the Cold War strategy.
Next US ambassador to Russia will possibly be John F. Tefft, who previously served as ambassador to Ukraine, Georgia and Lithuania and who served as deputy head of the US Embassy in Moscow in the 1990s under Bill Clinton. While not officially final, the White House is preparing to nominate John F. Tefft, a career diplomat.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to appoint Rear Admiral Denis Berezovsky as a Deputy Commander of the Russian Black Sea Fleet and Rear Admiral Igor Smolyak as the Head of the Nakhimov Higher Naval Institute, Interfax reports.
Geoffrey Pyatt, the US Ambassador in Kiev, in an interview with the NBC television channel on Sunday, expressed confidence that the accords reached in Geneva last week give a chance for a settlement of the crisis in Ukraine diplomatically, Itar-Tass reports.
The evacuation of the 7th Russian Youth Arctic Expedition from the North Pole initially planned for Sunday night has been postponed till Monday over unfavorable weather in the area, press secretary of the Murmansk region government Denis Pushin told Itar-Tass on late Sunday.
American military dolphins will take part in NATO's forthcoming summer exercises in the Black Sea, Tom LaPuzza, spokesman for the US Navy's marine mammals program, told the newspaper Izvestia. He said those would be NATO's first exercises involving military dolphins, Itar-Tass news agency reports.
A considerable decline in the overal scope of offences has been observed in Crimea, Natalia Poklonskaya, acting Prosecutor of the Republic of Crimea, told Rossiiskaya Gazeta in an interview, Itar-Tass reports.
The campaign by the western media to demonize Russia, beat the drums of war and paint the recent Crimean reunification with Russia as illegitimate, something that even the OSCE had decided to do before it was carried out, is one of the most dangerous and egregious demonization campaigns in recent history. The reporting of lies and fabrication of news is at such a level that it might even be considered criminal. In order to help get to the truth the Voice of Russia interviewed observers and people on the ground, one such observer, the Editor in Chief of the German monthly Zuerst, Manuel Ochsenreiter, spoke to us about what he saw and more importantly what he did NOT see in Ukraine.
Acting prosecutor general of Crimea Natalya Poklonskaya is not afraid of criminal charges filed against her in Ukraine. She is wanted there for “actions aimed at overthrowing the constitutional order or the seizure of power”. “I know that charges were filed against me in Ukraine, that I was put on a wanted list there. I am not afraid of it, my conscience is clear,” said Poklonskaya.
Military parades will be held in 25 Russian cities on Victory Day on May 9 and marches - in over 50, said First Deputy Defense Minister, General of the Army Arkady Bakhin, Interfax reports.
Russia will play a leading role in the development of the oil and gas deposits of the Arctic Region. President of the Russian Gas Society Pavel Zavalny says that the initial summary volume of all resources, which are being extracted in the Russian Arctic, has been increased and is estimated at 106 billion tons of oil equivalent now, including 69.5 trillion cubic meters of gas.
As wildfires continue posing a great risk to the Lazovsky nature preserve and the Tiger's Call national park in Primorye, strenuous efforts are being made in the Leopard Land national park to put out the fires, said Dmitry Belanovich, director of the Environmental Protection Policy Department.