By Molly Seder and David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)– Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Cuba on Friday morning, making his second appearance there in 14 years. Cuba is the first stop in his Latin America tour; the grand finale will be a meeting of BRICS leaders in Brazil, July 14-16.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) - During a press conference at the UN Headquarters on Friday, Russia’s ambassador to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, announced that Russia has submitted “elements” for a future UN resolution on the situation in Ukraine.
By Molly Seder WASHINGTON (VR)– Russia’s Foreign Ministry denounced the U.S. arrest of a Russian national on vacation in the Maldives arguing that it was in violation of an international agreement. The secret service detained 30-year-old Roman Seleznev on July 5, after forcing him aboard a plane bound for Guam on charges of hacking Americans’ credit card information. A federal court has ruled to continue to detain Seleznev, a decision that is eliciting protest from Russia.
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – It was an achievement years in the making. Today, Russia fielded a successful test of an Angara Rocket. The achievement is being heralded as one that might provide a powerful new energy that is “ecologically” clean. The Angara is the first space booster designed from scratch since the fall of the Soviet Union. It is propelled by paraffin and oxidized liquid oxygen.
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – The ongoing US Sanctions against Russia have created some choppy waters for Americans companies, but some of America's biggest credit card companies have decided to keeping doing business there. Probably is the financial institution's bottom line. According to Morgan Stanley, Visa generates annual revenues of about $471 million in Russia and about 2 percent of Mastercards gross revenues is derived from business there.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)— Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov argued forcefully for a ceasefire in Ukraine today at talks in Berlin between himself and the foreign ministers of Ukraine, Germany, and France. Lavrov was insistent about the need to organize full-scale, mutually respectful negotiations between the Maidan government and representatives of the eastern regions that have been resisting the Maidan regime of President Petro Poroshenko.
By Victoria Mashkova WASHINGTON (VR) – There hasn’t been a week since the escalation of the Eastern Ukraine conflict that Russian journalists working there haven’t been detained, injured or murdered. And this week, unfortunately, is not an exception.
By Julio Urdaneta WASHINGTON (VR) – The strategic partnership between Cuba and Russia could reach a new level if the nations succeed in their joint exploration for crude oil off the island’s coast.
By Marko Doder (VR) – The South Stream pipeline project, a major Russian gas pipeline system that is currently under construction, is projected to transport and secure future gas supplies through the Black Sea to the EU countries. The $40 billion investment is planned to be completed in 2018.
By Andrew Hiller WASHINGTON (VR) – Russian President Vladimir Putin today proposed that the Upper House of the Federation Council of Russian Duma revoke the March 1 resolution, which allows Russia's military action in Ukraine. The move by Putin was hailed internationally and even by the White House, which has been largely critical of the Russian stance since the February uprising.
By Victor Olevich (VR) – Almost a quarter century has passed since the Warsaw Pact was dissolved and the Soviet Union collapsed, leaving fifteen newly independent states in place of a superpower that once sought to challenge the American drive for global political and economic dominance.
By Vasili Sushko NEW YORK (VR) – Fans of Russian soccer are excited that their team has qualified for the World Cup and over the course of the next few weeks the excitement will multiply or seize to exist.
By Andrew Hiller Washington (VR)– Privately owned SpaceX sued to halt the sale of the Russian RD-180 engine to the United States on the grounds that it would violate US sanctions against Russia. Critics said that within two years, this could seriously damage both the US space program as well as national security interests.
By Victoria Mashkova. WASHINGTON (VR) – Russia and China’s recent treaty on gas distribution responds to the need of looking for new markets for Moscow’s gas assets, as the United States and the European Union advocate for independence from Russian energy, said Dmitri Babich, senior correspondent for Radio VR in Moscow. For decades, Russia’s infrastructure has been geared towards Europe, especially to Western Europe, Babich noted.
By Andrew Hiller MOSCOW (VR) – Russia and China are still negotiating a gas bill that could pump as much as $400 billion into Moscow’s economy. Radio VR Correspondent Dmitry Babich says that there are some hopes that an agreement will be made before the Russian leader has to leave on Wednesday.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)— The future of the $100 billion complex that is the International Space Station (the ISS) is uncertain now, after the US chose to transfer tensions from the crisis in Ukraine to the space sector. NASA announced in early April that it would cease almost all cooperation with Russian counterpart Roscosmos (Russia’s NASA) in protest against Russia’s posture regarding Crimea and Ukraine. At that time, NASA said it would continue cooperation regarding the ISS, which is pursuing a wide variety of experimental and exploratory programs.
By Crystal Park WASHINGTON (VR) – Two referendums held in Ukraine's southeastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk Sunday show a majority of residents want to sever ties with Kiev. Almost 90 percent of Donetsk voters said they wanted to become a semiautonomous region, while more than 90 percent of voters in Luhansk said the same. The West has rejected the referendums as illegal.
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR)— While the release of economist Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century has produced a new surge of interest in the absurd and diseconomic concentration of wealth among a very narrow elite in the developed economies of the world, the plight of the masses in the bottom half of the economic ladder has received relatively little attention of late.
By Rustem Safronov WASHINGTON (VR)— Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is currently visiting Cuba, Nicaragua, Peru and Chile, a trip which is raising some eyebrows in the West. Is Russia cultivating relations with these countries with the aim of promoting resistance to US interests in the region? Or so as to cement support in international forums like the United Nations for its own resistance to Western meddling in Ukraine, Syria, and Iran?
By David Kerans WASHINGTON (VR) — US Vice President Joe Biden visited Kiev Tuesday to express his support for the Maidan Revolution government’s antagonistic approach to the mass movement for federation or autonomy in the mostly Russian-speaking eastern regions of Ukraine (the Kharkov, Donetsk, and Lugansk regions).