The Russian exclave of Kaliningrad, formerly the capital of Prussia and the eastern-most region of Germany, was incorporated into the Soviet Union after the end of the Second World War under the Potsdam Agreement, and became part of the Russian Federation after the USSR’s collapse in 1991.
The sheet of ice covering Voevoda Bay in Vladivostok has collapsed, taking dozens of cars with it into the icy waters of the Pacific Ocean; the footage shows cars hidden underwater and people standing hopelessly nearby.
The Russian President and his US counterpart had a phone conversation a few days ago; Vladimir Putin called Donald Trump to thank him for information that helped to prevent a terrorist attack in Russia, as Trump commended "a great and important coordination" with Russia.
MINSK (Sputnik) - A spokesman for the Belarusian state concern for oil and chemistry, Belneftekhim, confirmed to Sputnik on Friday that oil supplies for Belarusian oil refineries from Russia have been terminated.
The country has managed to increase its oil production despite recent cuts adopted in a deal with the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC).
ATHENS (Sputnik) - The EastMed pipeline project, which is expected to bring Israeli and Cypriot natural gas to Greece and Italy, is not aimed against third parties and is open to anyone respecting international law, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Thursday.
Moscow and Kiev argued in court for nearly five years over mutual accusations of violating a 2009 gas deal, with the court only partially fulfilling the demands of the respective parties in 2017 and 2018. But disagreements persisted despite the rulings, stalling the signing of a new gas deal.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russian nuclear power plants set a new record in 2019, generating almost 209 billion kilowatt hours of electricity, up 4.5 billion kWh from the year before, the national power stations operator said Wednesday.
PETROPAVLOVSK-KAMCHATSKY (Sputnik) - A 5.6-magnitude earthquake has occurred near the coast of the Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia's easternmost region, the local branch of the Emergencies Ministry said on Wednesday.
New Year's wishes are not always feasible. It is hard, sometimes, to break through the strict bureaucracy of the real world for a merry fairy tale. A registration office in Russia's Saint-Petersburg has refused to authorize the union of a young couple dressed as the popular Russian festive characters.
The address by the Russian president is the most-watched New Year’s Eve television broadcast in the country.
The former chief of Boris Yeltsin's Protocol Service, Vladimir Shevchenko, told Russian media about the events on the morning of 31 December 1999. Shevchenko revealed the details of the day that shocked the nation 20 years ago, as the Russian president announced his resignation on New Year's eve.
Despite Russia-NATO relations having been in a downward spiral since 2014, the alliance's chief, Jens Stoltenberg, recently stated that he wants dialogue with Moscow and has expressed readiness to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin under the "right" circumstances.
After several years of arguing in courts and disputing the decisions afterwards, Russia’s Gazprom and Ukraine’s Naftogaz have finally signed a new long-term contract on gas transits via Ukrainian territory, which will come into effect on 1 January 2020.
On this day in 1999, Boris Yeltsin announced his resignation as the head of state in a New Year address to the nation and named Vladimir Putin the acting president. Ahead of the 20th anniversary of Putin serving at the helm of Russia, his administration has gathered the visual highlights of his presidency on a special platform.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - US politicians block many opportunities for establishing properties with Moscow through "playing the Russian card" in the election process, even despite being pragmatic and understanding the benefits of good relations, the Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, has said in an interview with Sputnik.
Eyewitnesses caught on video a powerful explosion that rocked a local gas station in the town of Satka, in Russia's Chelyabinsk region. The video, which went viral on social media, shows the ignition and the blast. Another video file shows from a different angle shows only the moment of the explosion.
During the 19 December end-of-the-year press conference, President Vladimir Putin specifically underscored Moscow’s assertiveness in the face of the West’s ongoing sanctions pressure against Russia, saying that the country’s “economy has adapted to foreign shocks”.
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A bus carrying close to half a hundred Belarusian nationals drove off the road and toppled over in the Russian westernmost region of Pskov, leaving 19 people injured, the Russian emergency services said on Monday.
Franco Frattini, former foreign minister of Italy and former vice president of the European Commission, has spoken about how the Russian president received him at a summer house near Moscow.