Russia

Lavrov: After the Western attack, nothing stops us from sending S-300 to Syria

US military strikes on Syria last week removed any moral obligation Russia had to withhold S-300 anti-aircraft missile systems from its ally Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said today (20 April) , according to RIA state news agency.
Global Europe 20-04-2018

Greens call on EU governments to stay away from Russia World Cup

Rebecca Harms, an expert on Eastern Europe of the Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament, has initiated an open letter calling on EU governments to stay away from the FIFA World Cup taking place in Russia in June 2018.
Azerbaijan 19-04-2018

Top Russian, NATO generals choose Baku for talks on preventing military incidents

Azerbaijan's capital Baku will host a rare meeting between top generals from Russia and NATO, who will focus on preventing military incidents “caused by a possible misinterpretation of the actions of Russia and NATO", according to the Russian television RT.
Global Europe 19-04-2018

Russia’s RT faces seven investigations in Britain over broadcasts since Skripal case

Britain's media regulator opened seven investigations into Russian news channel RT, saying it had found an increase in programmes which may have breached impartiality rules since a nerve agent attack on a former Russian spy last month.

May defends British strikes in Syria against parliament critics

British Prime Minister Theresa May, facing a rowdy session of parliament on Monday (16 April), defended her decision to join US-led missile strikes against Syria without first seeking parliament's authorisation.

Putin predicts global ‘chaos’ if West hits Syria again

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Sunday (15 April) that further Western attacks on Syria would bring chaos to world affairs, as Washington prepared to increase pressure on Russia with new economic sanctions.

Syrian crisis adds pressure to break Council unanimity in foreign affairs

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas agreed on Friday to use the already available options to circumvent the required EU member states' unanimity when it comes to addressing foreign challenges including the Syrian war.
Global Europe 13-04-2018

Frontrunner in Montenegro election wants better ties with both West and Russia

The frontrunner in Sunday's presidential election in Montenegro said he wants closer ties to the West and would also welcome improved relations with Russia that soured when the country became NATO's newest member.
Global Europe 13-04-2018

Russia UN envoy ‘cannot exclude’ war between Russia, US

Russia’s UN Ambassador Vassily Nebenzia urged the United States and its allies on Thursday (12 April) to refrain from military action against Syria over a suspected chemical weapons attack but said he “cannot exclude” war between Washington and Moscow.
Global Europe 12-04-2018

EU institutions silent as world gets dangerously close to global conflict over Syria

The leaders of the EU institutions remained silent on Wednesday (11 April) while the world got dangerously close to a global conflict over Syria, with two member states, Britain and France, getting ready to go to war.
Global Europe 11-04-2018

Russian envoy to Lebanon: Any US missiles fired at Syria will be shot down

Russia’s ambassador to Lebanon said any US missiles fired at Syria would be shot down and the launch sites targeted, a step that could trigger a major escalation in the Syrian war.

Czech President pushes Babiš toward coalition with anti-EU, anti-NATO forces

The Czech president has advised Prime Minister Andrej Babiš to try to negotiate a new government with two fringe parties after coalition talks with the Social Democrats collapsed, Babiš said yesterday (11 April).
Europe's East 10-04-2018

Merkel: No Nord Stream 2 without guarantee for Ukraine’s gas transit role

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today (10 April) that plans for a controversial second underwater pipeline to bring gas from Russia could not go forward without Ukrainian involvement in overland transit.
Global Europe 10-04-2018

Russia, US headed for clash at UN over Syria gas attacks probe

The UN Security Council could vote as early as Tuesday (10 April) on rival US and Russian proposals to investigate chemical weapons attacks in Syria, setting up a clash that could trigger vetoes of both measures, diplomats said.
Global Europe 09-04-2018

Gazprom CEO Miller says proud of inclusion on US sanctions list

The CEO of Russia's Gazprom , Alexei Miller, said on Friday (6 April) he was proud of having been included on a new US sanctions list and that the company's policies were right.
Global Europe 09-04-2018

EU says ‘evidence points’ to chemical attack by Syria regime

The EU said Sunday that evidence suggested the Syrian regime carried out a chemical attack in Douma and urged Damascus's allies Russia and Iran to help prevent another one.
Global Europe 06-04-2018

Russia rails against Britain at UN, denies Skripal role

Russia unleashed a blistering war of words against Britain at the UN Security Council yesterday (5 April), deflecting accusations of poisoning a former double agent in England with denials, "Alice in Wonderland" and Russian literature.
Global Europe 05-04-2018

Russia loses bid for joint spy poisoning probe, calls for UN talks

Russia lost a bid yesterday (4 April) at the global chemical weapons watchdog to launch a joint probe with Britain into the spy poisoning scandal, and sought to press its case at the highest level, calling for urgent UN Security Council talks.
Global Europe 05-04-2018

Turkey, Iran, Russia say will work for stability in Syria

Turkey, Iran and Russia pledged yesterday (4 April) to accelerate efforts to bring stability to Syria, underlining their joint commitment to the country a day after President Donald Trump raised the prospect of withdrawing US troops.

German air defence unit put under Dutch control as military ties deepen

The German military on Wednesday (4 April) put a short-range air defence unit with about 450 soldiers under Dutch command, further deepening ties between the two NATO allies.
Global Europe 04-04-2018

Putin hopes chemical watchdog meeting can resolve nerve agent row

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (3 April) he hoped a planned meeting of the global chemical weapons watchdog would help defuse a major diplomatic row triggered by the poisoning of a former Russian double agent in England.
Energy 04-04-2018

Turkey builds first nuclear power plant, with help from Russia

The leaders of Turkey and Russia marked the official start of work to build Turkey's first nuclear power station on Tuesday, launching construction of the $20 billion Akkuyu plant in the southern province of Mersin.

Baltic states to ask Trump for greater protection from Russia

Baltic state leaders will ask the United States to send more troops and bolster air defences on NATO’s eastern flank to deter Russia when they meet President Donald Trump on Tuesday (3 April), officials said. Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaite, Estonian...
Global Europe 28-03-2018

Germany’s Russia expert warns against new ‘Cold War’

Germany wants to keep up a dialogue with Moscow despite joining Western expulsions of Russian diplomats and must avoid a new Cold War, the German government's coordinator for Russia said in a newspaper interview.