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Russian’s Hypersonic Missile Tsirkon Hit For The First Time A Ground Target

Russian’s Hypersonic Missile Tsirkon Hit For The First Time A Ground Target

INTERNATIONAL, RUSSIA, Security
The Project 22350 frigate Admiral Gorshkov has successfully test-fired a Tsirkon hypersonic cruise missile from the White Sea against a ground target located on the coast of the Barents Sea. https://www.youtube.com/embed/JMw7DJovyyM Russian Ministry of Defence press release According to objective control data, the Tsirkon missile made a direct and a successfully hit on the target at a range of over 350 km. The flight speed was about 7 Mach. The tests confirmed the tactical and technical characteristics of the Tsirkon missile. It is planned to equip the Tsirkon system with submarines and surface ships of the Russian Navy. About Tsirkon Hypersonic Anti-ship Missile Artist rendering of hypersonic missile 3M22 Zircon (Tsirkon) SS-N-33 The first-in-class frigate test ...
Russia, Central Asian states emphasize intra-Afghan talks

Russia, Central Asian states emphasize intra-Afghan talks

Afghanistan, INTERNATIONAL, Middle East, RELATIONS, RUSSIA, TALIBAN
TEHRAN, Jul. 17 (MNA) – Foreign ministers of Russian Federation and five Central Asian countries in a joint statement emphasized the significance of inter-Afghan talks in line with achieving the lasting peace in Afghanistan The foreign ministers of five Central Asian States including Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan plus Russia in a joint statement, after a meeting held in Tashkent, called for constructive talks between government in Kabul and Taliban in line with achieving lasting peace in Afghanistan, TASS news agency reported. In the statement, they expressed hope for constructive talks between Kabul government officials and Taliban in order to adopt coordinated approaches to end the conflict and bring peace to Afghanistan. Earlier, Russian Forei...
Russia is worried about losing Cuba and wants to send troops

Russia is worried about losing Cuba and wants to send troops

ARMY, CUBA, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PROTESTS, RELATIONS, RUSSIA
Protests over the past 24 hours in Cuba have worried Moscow, and the first fears have surfaced that Russia is likely to lose the strategic island for the future deployment of air defence systems, ships, and aircraft. There are currently protests in Cuba. According to the Russian embassy in Havana, these protests are linked to living standards, the growing Kovid-19 epidemic, and its complications. The emergence of political slogans is already beginning to speak more clearly that the intervention of foreign forces is possible as a reason for these protests. Arrests are being made by both police and Cuban intelligence. Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel has appealed to the country’s communists, who he says should also take to the streets and oppose “this vandalism,” he said. What is...
Joe Biden warns Vladimir Putin he will take ‘any necessary action’ over Russia-based ransomware attacks

Joe Biden warns Vladimir Putin he will take ‘any necessary action’ over Russia-based ransomware attacks

ATTACK, CRIME, INTERNATIONAL, PRESIDENT, RUSSIA, Security, USA
US businesses have been plagued with ransomware attacks thought to be originating from within Russia US President Joe Biden (PHoto: Patrick Semansky/AP) Joe Biden has said the US could attack Russian servers used for ransomware following a phone call with Vladimir Putin. Ransomware is a malicious software which holds corporate data hostage until its owner pays hackers a large sum of money. One such attack this month hit 1,500 companies. “I made it very clear to him that the United States expects when a ransomware operation is coming from his soil, even though it’s not sponsored by the state, we expect them to act if we give them enough information to act on who that is,” the US president told journalists after the call with his Russian opposite number. Asked if the US could...
Bodies of 9 plane crash victims found in Russia’s Far East

Bodies of 9 plane crash victims found in Russia’s Far East

ACCIDENT, INTERNATIONAL, RESCUE, RUSSIA, TRAVEL
The bodies of nine victims have been found in Russia's Far East a day after a plane carrying 28 people crashed. The bodies of nine victims have been found in Russia's Far East a day after a plane carrying 28 people crashed. (Photo: AP/PTI) Rescuers have found the bodies of nine victims a day after a plane crash in a remote area in Russia's Far East, local authorities said. An Antonov An-26 carrying 28 people crashed Tuesday near its destination town of Palana in the region of Kamchatka, apparently as it came in for a landing in bad weather. Wreckage was found Tuesday evening on a coastal cliffside and in the sea, and the search and rescue operation was suspended until Wednesday morning after night fell, as the crash site was difficult to access in the dark. https://twitter...
Wreckage found in Russia after plane with 28 people went missing

Wreckage found in Russia after plane with 28 people went missing

ACCIDENT, INTERNATIONAL, RUSSIA, TRAVEL
The Antonov An-26 with the same board number #RA-26085 as the missed plane is parked at Airport Elizovo outside Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, Russia, Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020. AP Photo/Marina Lystseva Wreckage from a plane that went missing Tuesday in Russia’s Far East region of Kamchatka was found around five kilometers away from a runway at an airport on the coast where it was supposed to land, officials said. An Antonov An-26 plane with 22 passengers and six crew members, flying from the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to the town of Palana on the Okhotsk Sea coast, missed a scheduled communication and disappeared from radar as it was on approach for landing. The governor of Kamchatka, Vladimir Solodov, told the Interfax news agency that the aircraft’s fuselage was found on land ne...
Plane with 28 people on board goes missing in Russia’s Far East region

Plane with 28 people on board goes missing in Russia’s Far East region

CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, RUSSIA, TRAFFIC, TRAGEDY, Transport, TRAVEL
Russian Air Force Antonov AN-26. Picture used for illustrative purposes only. Contact has been lost with a passenger plane carrying 28 people in Russia's Far East, the country's emergencies ministry said on Tuesday. The AN-26 airplane was flying from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky to Palana in the Kamchatka Peninsula when it did not make a scheduled communication, the ministry said. The Interfax and RIA Novosti agencies quoted the emergencies ministry as saying that the search and rescue teams were on their way to the area. There were 22 passengers and six crew members on board. An investigation has been launched, and a search mission is underway. Two helicopters and an airplane have been deployed to inspect the missing plane's route, local officials said. The plane was on approa...
Russian Embassy confirms large group of Russians left North Korea last Friday

Russian Embassy confirms large group of Russians left North Korea last Friday

INTERNATIONAL, NORTH KOREA, RELATIONS, RUSSIA
Photos show dozens of Russians leaving North Korea from Pyongyang railway station The Russian Embassy in Pyongyang said Monday that a group of Russian nationals left North Korea by rail on Friday, confirming an NK News report from June that Moscow was planning to evacuate a large number of staff and family from the country. It’s thought to be the embassy’s biggest staff exit since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, multiple sources told NK News in June, and July 2-dated photos from the embassy’s Facebook page appeared to confirm this. A combination of diplomats, doctors, administrative staff and technical workers left Pyongyang by rail, the embassy said in a Facebook post dated Monday, adding that North Korea’s strict border rules have prevented any rotation of personnel...
Russia and Iran’s Relations in Iraq

Russia and Iran’s Relations in Iraq

GOVERNMENT, INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, IRAQ, POLITICS, POWER, RELATIONS, RUSSIA, Security
Russia’s vaunted S-400 anti-air defence system, which it has offered to sell to Iraq. Source: National Interest Since the Iranian revolution of 1979, both Iran and Russia have had renewed interest in influencing politics in Iraq. Moscow is in favour of a secular and stable Iraq amenable to a Russian presence, whereas revolutionary Iran hopes for a Shi’a Iraq that favours neither East nor West. However, and despite these incompatible strategies, Iran and Russia have been cooperating in Iraq over the past few years. This cooperation was not a result of mutual interest, but rather of unexpected political events such as the US invasion of Iraq and the subsequent emergence of ISIS. Under these circumstances, Russia and Iran’s relations in Iraq have gone through different stages outlined bel...
Putin ‘Doesn’t Beat Around the Bush’: Swiss President Shares Impressions of Geneva Summit

Putin ‘Doesn’t Beat Around the Bush’: Swiss President Shares Impressions of Geneva Summit

HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, RELATIONS, RUSSIA, USA, WORLD
On 16 June, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his American counterpart Joe Biden met in Geneva to discuss bilateral relations between the two countries - their first meeting since the US president took the office in January. The two sides eventually branded the tête-à-tête as a “positive” one. In his first interview since the Putin-Biden summit in Geneva on Wednesday, Swiss President Guy Parmelin, who hosted the event, shared his impressions about the two presidents’ meeting that the whole world was watching closely. Parmelin told Radio Télévision Suisse that for him personally, the most significant moment of the summit was when the two leaders started speaking after arriving at Villa La Grange: "Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin have been talking for five minutes, and I immedi...
Biden says he agreed with Putin to stop Iran from getting nuclear bomb

Biden says he agreed with Putin to stop Iran from getting nuclear bomb

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, PRESS CONFERENCE, RUSSIA, USA, WORLD
The US President did not secure a commitment from his Russian counterpart on Wednesday to renew a UN cross-border aid operation into Syria. President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin, arrive to meet at the ‘Villa la Grange’, June 16, 2021, in Geneva, Switzerland. (AP) GENEVA--US President Joe Biden and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed Wednesday in Geneva to cooperate toward preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, said the US leader at the end of the US-Russia summit. Talking at a news conference in Geneva after his first meeting with the Russian leader, Biden said he told Putin “how it is in the interest of both Russia and the United States to ensure that Iran does not acquire nuclear weapons.” “We agreed to work together there because it’s as much...
First meeting of US and Russian presidents to be held on Wednesday

First meeting of US and Russian presidents to be held on Wednesday

DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, RUSSIA, USA
The first meeting between US and Russian presidents Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin will be held in Geneva on Wednesday. It is expected to last about 4-5 hours, and commentators say its goal will be to restore "at least relatively stable relations between the countries". The meeting between the leaders of both countries will start at around 1pm. After two sessions of talks separate press conferences by the presidents are scheduled to take place.One of the most contentious issues between the two countries is the issue of cyber attacks on American companies, attributed to the Russian side. Moscow rejects these accusations, and President Putin considers them absurd.Joe Biden, however, intends to raise this issue and propose that the Russian authorities end cybercrime.The inevitable diffe...
Kremlin views all measures to step up anti-COVID-19 vaccination in Russia as useful

Kremlin views all measures to step up anti-COVID-19 vaccination in Russia as useful

COVID-19, HEALTH, RUSSIA, VACCINE, World Health Organization
Regions are resorting to measures, which they deem to be necessary, Dmitry Peskov stated MOSCOW, June 15. /TASS/. A process of the mass vaccination against the novel coronavirus infection in Russia can be stepped up, and all measures in this regard are useful, Russian Presidential Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said. Speaking to journalists on Tuesday, Peskov replied in affirmative to a question, whether it was possible to speak about measures aimed at bolstering the public awareness concerning the anti-COVID-19 vaccination in the country. "[Russian] regions are already resorting to such measures, and each region does it in its own way as the presidential decree, which empowered heads of the regions with the special authority in regard to the pandemic, is still in force," Peskov sai...
Iran nuclear talks: Chinese envoy calls for political decisiveness, package solutions

Iran nuclear talks: Chinese envoy calls for political decisiveness, package solutions

BREAKING NEWS, China, France, INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, POLITICS, RUSSIA, Security, UK, UN
A meeting of the Joint Commission on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action is held in Vienna, Austria, May 25, 2021. /Xinhua VIENNA, Austria A Chinese envoy on Tuesday urged all parties concerned to show political decisiveness in the ongoing negotiations to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Wang Qun, Chinese envoy to the United Nations and other international organizations in Vienna, made the remarks after the JCPOA Joint Commission started a new round of talks on Tuesday. The meeting came one day after Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi announced that the temporary arrangement reached with Iran in February, which allows the agency to monitor Iran's nuclear activi...
Russia ready to work with China to preserve global strategic stability – PUTIN

Russia ready to work with China to preserve global strategic stability – PUTIN

Asia, China, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, RUSSIA, Security
Russia is ready to work with China to contribute to preserving global strategic stability and defend multilateralism, President Vladimir Putin said Tuesday.  Russia is firmly committed to developing the comprehensive strategic partnership of coordination with China at a high level and is willing to strengthen strategic coordination between the two countries, Putin said in Sochi in a phone conversation with Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, who was in Moscow for the 16th round of China-Russia strategic security consultation. Putin asked Yang, who is also director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, to convey his cordial greetings to Chinese President Xi Jinping.&n...
China Calls Partnership With Russia ‘Solid as a Rock’ After Russia Denies Alliance Against U.S.

China Calls Partnership With Russia ‘Solid as a Rock’ After Russia Denies Alliance Against U.S.

Asia, China, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, RUSSIA
China and Russia have both denied there are plans for a military alliance between the two countries, but a Chinese official is standing by the strength of their partnership, calling it "solid as a rock." China and Russia are growing closer as ties with the United States have deteriorated, raising questions about a potential military alliance between the two superpowers. Despite concerns on the part of America and its allies, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov denied the goal is to mount a joint effort against the United States. Asked Monday about a potential alliance against the U.S., Lavrov told Argumenty i Fakty (AIF), a Russian newspaper, that Russia and China are "satisfied" with the "current format of cooperation." However, he left the door open for that to change, just...
President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives in Uganda to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives in Uganda to attend the Swearing-In Ceremony of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

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President Kenyatta was accompanied by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Peter Munya (Agriculture) and James Macharia (Transport, Infrastructure, Housing and Urban Development).
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