‘Spy mania’: Moscow summons Norwegian envoy over ‘absurd’ detention of Russian man

Moscow has lodged a “strong protest” with Norway after the arrest of a Russian Senate employee who took part in a parliamentary event in Oslo. The “absurd” spy charges are part of the West’s “spy mania,” the Foreign Ministry said. The ministry has demanded an explanation from the Norwegian ambassador Rune Resaland over the arrest […]

Ecuador wanted to make Julian Assange a diplomat and send him to Moscow

Enlarge / Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, gestures from the balcony of Ecuador’s embassy in London. (credit: Jack Taylor/Getty Images) Last year, Ecuador attempted to deputize WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange as one of its own diplomats and send him to Russia, according to a Friday report by Reuters. Citing an “Ecuadorian government document,” which […]

US sanctions aimed to squeeze ‘main competitor’ out of arms market – Moscow

The new punitive measures the US imposed on buyers of Russian weapons – China in particular – is just a sign of unfair competition, aiming to get rid of “hyper-competitive” Russian-made arms, the Kremlin says. Moscow is already “tired” of reacting to every single hostile move from Washington, but will not let the latest batch […]

Putin & Orban need each other more than ever, but do they dare come closer during Moscow talks?

Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orban arrives in Russia to meet Vladimir Putin on Tuesday with both states under diplomatic siege. Will the two downplay their political affair in front of Europe’s judging eyes? Nominally, there is nothing notable about Orban’s one-day visit: he was last in Moscow just two months ago for the World Cup […]

22 regional Russian leaders including Moscow mayor to be chosen by voters on single election day

Russian citizens go to the polls on Sunday to elect the heads of 22 regions, including the mayor of the capital, Moscow. They will also elect lawmakers in 16 regional legislatures and thousands of municipal councils. The Moscow mayoral elections are probably the most important event of election day, with five candidates running for the […]

Moscow police search for suspect in officer’s killing in subway

Police have launched a manhunt for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a police officer at Moscow Metro’s Kurskaya station. The unidentified perpetrator opened fire on the officer around midnight on Sunday. The victim later succumbed to his wounds. The suspect has been described in a police report as a middle aged man of […]

UCL draw: Moscow to welcome Real Madrid & Ronaldo returns to Old Trafford

Current UEFA Champions League holders Real Madrid face a trip to Russia to take on CSKA Moscow and Cristiano Ronaldo will return to Man United in the 2018/19 tournament’s group stage, the draw for which took place on Thursday. The draw, held at UEFA headquarters in Monaco, determined Real, who have won the last three […]

ISIS & Al-Nusra terrorists are hiding in Syrian refugee camp within US-controlled zone – Moscow

Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra terrorists use civilians as human shields as they hide in a refugee camp in Syrian territory controlled by the US – and the Americans are well aware of it, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said. Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) and the Al-Qaeda proxy group Jabhat al-Nusra found quiet shelter […]

Slow-witted and blinkered: Moscow slams ‘aggressive’ US sanctions, vows response

Washington’s policy on relations with Russia is apparently aimed at disrupting any normal dialogue, as it constantly invents new ‘false pretexts’ for introducing more sanctions, the Russian deputy foreign minister has said. “As usual, [Washington provided] no evidence or justification while only throwing out vicious innuendos,” Sergey Ryabkov said in a statement on US accusations […]

‘No surprise if Moscow recalls ambassador’: Russia will lash out against new sanctions, say experts

Washington’s latest sanctions have left no room for a constructive response from Moscow, analysts explain, but opinions differ widely on how much the measures will affect relations between the two countries. All interviewed by RT railed against the framing of the sanctions, nominally prompted by the alleged use of chemical weapons against the Skripals in […]