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White House Welcomes Additional EU Sanctions Against Russia
The White House is satisfied with the Council of Europe decision to approve the expansion of the so-called Russia “black list” over the Ukrainian crisis, deputy press secretary Eric Schultz told journalists Thursday.
Russian Court Sends Key Suspects in 2012 Moscow Riot Case to Jail
The Moscow City Court on Thursday sentenced Sergei Udaltsov and Leonid Razvozzhayev, the two key suspects in the 2012 mass anti-Kremlin rally, both to four-and-a-half years in prison.
Moscow's Ambassador to London Stresses Russia's Interest in Litvinenko's Case Probe
Moscow is among the key stakeholders in finding out the truth about the death of Russia's Alexander Litvinenko back in 2006, who was a former Federal Security Service officer, Russian Ambassador to London Alexander Yakovenko said Thursday.
Russian Stance on US Sanctions Backed by Some WTO Members
Russia said at the General Council meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) that Western sanctions against Russian entities violate the key rules of the organization and a number of WTO members support Moscow’s position, according to the statement issued by the Russian Ministry of Economic Development issued on Thursday.
Moscow Expects OSCE Observers to Arrive At Russian-Ukrainian Border Soon
Moscow hopes that OSCE observers will arrive at crossing points on the Russian-Ukrainian border as soon as possible, the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Thursday.
WorldSkills to Raise Social Status of Blue-Collar Workers in Russia – Medvedev
Hosting WorldSkills competition in Russia will increase the social status of blue-collar workers in the country, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Thursday.
Ukrainian Pilot Savchenko Says Her Country ‘In State of Civil War'
Ukraine is currently in a state of civil war, Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda Savchenko said in an interview to Russia’s LifeNews on Thursday.
European Commission Proposes Additional Sanctions Against Russia
European Commission submitted proposal on new sanctions against Russia in connection with Ukrainian crisis, as it was earlier demanded by the foreign ministers of EU countries, according to the press release issued by Commission Thursday.
Biological Tests Onboard Russia’s Foton-M Satellite Held as Planned
Biological experiments onboard of Foton-M, a research spacecraft carrying life in space, are being held according to schedule despite a communication breakdown with the spacecraft, Institute of Biomedical Problems (IBMP) press secretary Oleg Voloshin told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
Russian Biosatellite Can Operate Autonomously – Roscosmos
The reception of telemetry data from the Foton-M, a research spacecraft carrying life in space, even after connection with the biosatellite was lost proves that it can operate autonomously for a long time, Roscosmos, Russia’s Federal Space Agency, said in a statement Thursday.
Moscow Metro Urges to Avoid Speculation Over Causes of Deadly Crash
Moscow Metro refused to comment on different theories behind the causes of the recent derailment on the dark blue Arbatsko-Pokrovskaya line and urged to wait for the results of the investigation.
Russian Investigators Pledge to Hold Ukraine's Avakov, Kolomoyskyi Responsible for Crimes
Ukrainian Interior Minister Arsen Avakov and oligarch Ihor Kolomoyskyi will bear responsibility for their crimes, Russian Investigative Committee chief Alexander Bastrykin said Thursday.
Russian Investigators Say Ukrainian Military Involved in Crimes Against Civilians
The Russian Investigative Committee knows the names of at least 40 Ukrainian military personnel who have committed crimes against civilians in their country, committee head Alexander Bastrykin said Thursday.
US Claims of Flight MH17 Downing by Militia Remain Unfounded – Russia’s Defense Ministry
The United States has not yet provided any documented evidence to prove that the rocket that brought down the Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 was launched from militia-controlled territory, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Thursday.
Russia’s Foton-M Satellite Stays on Nonintended Orbit, Engines Not Working
The Foton-M science satellite, launched on July 19, is currently on a nonintended orbit, with the spacecraft’s engines unable to start, Mission Control Center at Russia's Federal Space Agency told RIA Novosti.
Ukraine Struck Russian Territory 9 Times in June-July - Russian Deputy Defense Minister
Russia has registered nine strikes on its territory from Ukraine during the period of June and July of this year, Russian Deputy Defense Minister Anatoly Antonov said Thursday.
Russian, Dutch Leaders Discuss Assistance in MH17 Crash Probe
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte discussed in a telephone call on Wednesday possible assistance in the investigation of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crash in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.
Russian Soyuz-U with Progress M-24M Blasts Off for ISS
A Russian Soyuz-U rocket carrying Progress M-24M cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station (ISS) lifted off early on Thursday from the Baikonur space center in Kazakhstan, a representative of the mission control center in Russia told RIA Novosti.
Ukrainian Soldiers Hospitalized in Russia Thankful to Russian Doctors
Ukrainian servicemen, who were hospitalized last week in Russia’s Rostov Region after being wounded in firefights with armed militia in eastern Ukraine, said Wednesday they are thankful to the Russian doctors for providing qualified medical treatment.
Russian Journalists Union Calls Sanctions Against Heads of Media Absurd
The list of Russian journalists banned from working in Ukraine is absurd and international community is most likely to condemn it, Russian Union of Journalists Chairman Vsevolod Bogdanov told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
North Korea Warns US of Nuclear Response
Russia to Send Tenth Humanitarian Aid Convoy to East Ukraine on December 21
Kiev Sabotaging Upcoming Minsk Talks on Ukraine Crisis Settlement: DPR Head
Friend of Boston Bombing Suspect Pleads Guilty to Gun Charges
Hackers Obtain Personal Data From 1.16Mln Payment Cards: Staples Inc.
Stratfor: Ukraine Coup Plotted by US Over Russian Stance on Syria
Canada Imposes New Sanctions Against Russia: Prime Minister
One Austrian Teenage Girl Recruited by IS Killed, Other Missing: Reports
Top Secret Japanese Submarines Likely to Replace Australia's Aging Fleet
Highlights of Putin's Big Annual Press Conference 2014
Jewish People Celebrating Hanukkah Around the Globe
Obama Congratulates Jews on Hanukkah and Says American Released From Cuban Prison
What Europeans Think About EU Foreign Policy