The US will firmly back Japan in its row over islands with China. That's the message sent by President Barack Obama at his meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Tokyo. "The US is lucky enough to have good economic relations with both China and Japan. But instead of being a mediator between them Obama engaged himself 100% on the side of Japan, said that the US has to protect Japan according to the defense treaties. And in this way he alienated China and pushed it into the arms of Russia right on the eve of President Putin’s visit," political analyst Dmitry Babich told The Voice of Russia.
If violence in Ukraine’s southeast does not stop, Russia will convene an extraordinary meeting of the UN Security Council, Russia’s permanent representative to the United Nations, Vitaly Churkin, said during a special program with Vladimir Solovyov on the Rossiya-1 TV channel, Itar-Tass reports.
US Secretary of State John Kerry suggested on Thursday that the United States is drawing closer to imposing more sanctions on Russia by saying time was running out for Moscow to change its course in Ukraine, Reuters reports.
Russia has called upon the UN Secretary General to criticize the actions of Ukrainian government in southeastern Ukraine, Vitaly Churkin, Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said during a TV broadcast.
Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has called upon the US to make Ukrainian government stop the military operation in the southeast of Ukraine, the Ministry’s press service reports.
Russia has 48 hours to explain the purpose and location of the military drills being held near the Ukrainian border, the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry 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.
Economic sanctions may benefit Russia by helping de-offshorize its economy and create better conditions for doing business inside the country, President Vladimir Putin said. "Many people who take their savings and business to low-tax areas are already thinking whether it would be better to carry out all of their economic activities, including registration, at home," the president said at the Media Forum on Thursday, April 24.
Legal claims of the European Commission against the South Stream natural gas pipeline project are likely to be settled by the yearend, Russia’s Ambassador to the European Union, Vladimir Chizhov, said on Thursday at a High-Level Opening Policy Conference of the European Energy Policy that is taking place at the College of Europe in Bruges.
Russia considers Pavel Gubarev, a popular pro-federalization leader in eastern Ukraine arrested by Kiev authorities, as political prisoner and will demand his immediate release, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Thursday.
A project to build a new super-heavy carrier rocket was included into the draft new Federal Space Program (FSP) Roscosmos chief Oleg Ostapenko said on Thursday. "A [super] heavy carrier rocket was included into the new FSP. Work is still under way, with the first stage envisaging the construction of a rocket capable of lifting from 70 to 80 metric tons," Ostapenko said, adding that such rockets would be enough for projects scheduled for the next 20 or 30 years.
Russia on Thursday ordered new military exercises in Russian regions bordering Ukraine in response to Kiev's operation against militants in the east that is vehemently opposed by Moscow.
Russian oil giant LUKOIL eyes possible participation in a tender on integrated project Nasiria in partnership with Russian state-run oil company Zarubezhneft, LUKOIL said in a statement on Thursday. The integrated project envisages development of an oil field and construction of an oil refinery.
A staff member of the First Producer Company filming specifically for the Russian NTV television channel has gone missing in Ukraine. The company specifically accounts for the Central Television with Vadim Takmenyov programme.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday he hopes Russian human rights experts will pay attention to the situation in eastern Ukraine.
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. "Unless our powers are returned to us in full Russia will most likely refrain from participation in PACE events, particularly a PACE session in June. It can be said with confidence that Russia will not participate in this session," Pushkov said.
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.