The recent scandal with the denial of British visas to more than half of the Russian delegation to FIA (Farnborough International Airshow) was characterized by the Russian foreign ministry as "clearly unfriendly." Representatives of the Russian companies hit by the denial – Rostekhnologii and United Aviation Corporation (OAK) – have also voiced suspicions that the move of the UK authorities might be a part of the unfair competition schemes used against the Russian industry by the US and the EU countries.
"A coup against the people" – this is how Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah dubbed the preliminary results of the presidential runoff held last month. He refused to recognize the victory of his rival Ashraf Ghani saying that the election process was marred by fraud. Just to remind, he scored 44 percent of the votes coming in second trailing after Ghani. "We are the winners of this round of elections without any doubt," he said addressing the crowd in Kabul.
Even though Russia’s rocket industry is forced to operate under Western sanctions, thought these punitive measures can eventually do the industry more good than harm, Russia's deputy prime minister, Dmitry Rogozin, Interfax-AVN reports on Saturday.
There is fear spreading through Europe of the specter of war, fuelled by aggressive war propaganda by the West in their attempt to demonize Russia. In Germany, for the first time, people do not trust their mass media. All over Europe appearing strange fascist parties. The blind drive by the US in pursuit of their geopolitical objectives in Europe and in Ukraine has placed the entire European continent in an unstable and extremely dangerous position.
The elections are not over yet, as they are still contested, but the thing is that regardless of what the outcome of the elections is going to be, Afghanistan is heading towards a civil war, or rather has already entered the stage, says Abdulkader Sinno, Associate Professor of Political Science and Middle Eastern Studies at Indiana University in his interview with radio VR.
Ukraine's parliament-appointed Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk clashed with deputies on Friday, accusing them of populism and lies. Yatsenyuk's speech was stormy. He blamed parliament for adopting legislative initiatives to please the voters instead of passing government-proposed bills, which could guarantee more cash flows from the West. "The government is not going to yield to blackmail," Yatsenyuk said pledging to reformat parliament if deputies refused to support the cabinet of ministers' initiatives.
The US is attempting to hamper interactions between a number of countries and Russia and drive Moscow-Washington relations into deadlock, Russia's Deputy Foreign Minister, Sergei Ryabkov, told the Kommersant newspaper in an interview published on Friday.
Foreign governments conducted a cyber-attack against the Finnish foreign ministry and were able to spy on it undetected for years, gaining access to sensitive materials, Reuters reports the ministry and the Finnish secret service as saying on Wednesday. The ministry was the target of two separate instances of spying, the Finnish Security Intelligence Service said. It found out about the first case in early 2013, which it said had been going on for years. It did not know when the spying started.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has outlined his foreign policy priorities to ambassadors and envoys. The experts noted he was confident, revealing and sent quite a clear message to the West. He certainly has not attacked any Western leader, despite numerous personal attacks against himself.
The US is attempting to create some parallel law for itself and its allies, accessible only to the chosen ones, while at the same time accusing Russia of violating international law, said Alexei Pushkov, head of the Russian State Duma international affairs committee.
Let’s talk about NATO. One of NATO's largest military exercises, Saber Strike 2014, was recently conducted in the Baltic region. The two-week defense and assault drills, taking place in Latvia, Lithuania and Estonia, will involve thousands of NATO troops from ten countries. Does it pose a threat for Russia’s security? Is NATO expansion a positive phenomenon for Europe? Why doesn't Russia trust the West with respect to NATO activity? Voice of Russia discusses these and other issues with two prominent experts. Alexander Mercouris, legal expert and commentator, reminds that "The Russians were given promises in 1990, which were broken. They were given further promises when NATO was extended in the late 1990s, that it will become purely a defensive alliance." He believes that "the relations between Russia and the West will only worsen due to the drills because they are being conducted" in areas that are of major strategic significance to Russia. Check out the full article at voiceofrussia.com and tell us what you think.
The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, held telephone talks with his French counterpart Laurent Fabius on Sunday. "Lavrov expressed indignation regarding the Kiev authorities' connivance with the outrageous act staged in front of the Russian embassy in Kiev. In turn, Fabius said that France was planning to release a corresponding statement in this respect," the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
Lavrov concerned with Western partners' refusal to condemn attack on Russian embassy in Kiev - Foreign Ministry
By blocking the Russian draft UN Security Council resolution condemning the attack on the Russian embassy in Kiev, Western countries have given Kiev carte blanche for any actions, head of the State Duma Committee on education and political scientist Vyacheslav Nikonov believes. Russia urged members of the UN Security Council to adopt the resolution on Saturday.
Certain Western countries are observing their interests in Ukraine by discrediting Russia, head of the European Club Konstantin Kosachev said in an interview with the RT channel.
In the previous broadcast of Voice of Russia's VR Connect we've mentioned Radio VR 54th Live Discussion Panel where experts share their views on this issue: Eastern Europe between Russia and West - is it a bridge or more likely a wall? For example, Peter Lavelle, a renowned television host working for RT, was puzzled by a rather belligerent speech delivered by Obama in Warsaw. "There are plenty of people like Victoria Nuland that continue this steamrolling of bringing military hardware and alliance that actually does use violence (we’ve seen it in Afghanistan, in Libya) and it gives NATO, in my opinion, a new breath on life. This is what they’ve been looking for. They need an enemy and Russia is the most convenient one," he said. Visit voiceofrussia.com to read the full discussion.
As a result of the recent events in Ukraine, the West now wants to arm itself with high principles and try to punish Russia, Professor of international economics, Charles Wyplosz writes in his article in Le Figaro.
Radio VR had a discussion with a panel of experts regarding Western media, notably the role of large corporations in newsmaking and censorship. Many claim the news copverage is all about lying and misrepresenting factual details, which have to be thus looked up in a wealth of various sources. Check out the discussion previously held in VR's exclusive Burning Point program, at voiceofrussia.com. And here is what our readers and listeners think:
Russia to impose retaliatory sanctions if third wave of isolation measures is introduced - Russian MP
Over 8,000 refugees flee from Ukraine in one day, Bridge connecting Crimea and mainland Russia may be given to private investors, Russia’s Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has announced that the country is poorly preparing for the 2018 World Cup, G-7 leaders offer Russia chance to rebuild ties with the West, Al-Jazeera journalists could be jailed for up to 15 years in Egypt, Obama urges France to halt sale of warships to Russia. These issues in Voice of Russia's daily Press Review.