Russia has had heavy military involvement in Libya s civil war. The United Nations reported in May that 800 to 1,200 Russian mercenaries from the Wagner Group are fighting in Libya. The private security company, also sighted on the battlefields of Ukraine and Syria, is run by Yevgeny Prigozhin, the Russian oligarch and close friend of Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinAmerica cannot stand by while Russia plays games in Libya Congress pulls punches on Russian bounties firestorm Trump calls for ''sick' author of 2016 dossier to be jailed MORE. Despite Russian denials that the group is an arm of the state, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Russia was managing the conflict in Libya at the highest level. To prove his point, he showed the media a photograph of Wagner s leader in discussions with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and Valery Gerasimov, the chief of the general staff. The Wagner Group is not a classic private contractor; it is an unofficial arm of the Defense Ministry, said Ruslan Leviev, whose Conflict Intelligence Team studied the clandestine Russian deployment in Syria.
On July 6, the Russian shipbuilding complex Zvezda, LLC started construction on a Project 10510 (Lider) icebreaker. Upon its completion (scheduled for 2027), the first ship of this class, named the Rossiya and commissioned by the Rosatom State Nuclear Energy Corporation (Rosatom), will become the most powerful nuclear powered icebreaker ever produced. Reportedly, the future vessel s main task will be to guarantee uninterrupted commercial transportation along the Northern Sea Route (NSR) the maritime shipping corridor off Russia s Arctic coast that connects the Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. Moscow routinely stresses the NSR s geo economic political value to the Russian Federation (Ridl.io, May 8). The icebreaker is said to have unique technical characteristics, including a 120 megawatt engine, that will allow it to cut through ice up to 4.5 meters deep and create water canals 50 meters wide (Gazeta.ru, July 6). According to Rosatom subsidiary Rosatomflot s General Director Mustafa Kashka, T he vessel has no analogues in the world. This unique icebreaker has outstanding technical characteristics that will guarantee year round operations in the eastern Arctic (RIA Novosti, July 6).The expected launch of Project 10510 icebreakers has two strategic objectives. First are Moscow s geo economic calculations. Rosatom argues that, as the only country in the world with a nuclear powered icebreaker fleet, Russia is able to maintain a year round presence in the Arctic region. And when combined with the already operating Arktika class icebreakers (Rosatom.ru, accessed July 9), Project 10510 vessels will be specifically concerned with various transportation missions to and from China, Japan and South Korea. According to Russian sources, this will raise the importance of the NSR in the surging competition for dominance in the global liquefied natural gas (LNG) market. Specifically, the Russian side hopes to win the race against the United States in becoming the main LNG supplier to energy hungry Asian markets (Atomicexpert.com, accessed July 8). In a speech earlier this year, Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin specifically highlighted the role of icebreakers as a key factor allowing Moscow to fully unravel the transportation potential of the NSR artery and increase the interest of the international business to this new corridor between Europe and Asia to guarantee Russia s supremacy in the Arctic region, which is strategically vital to us (The World News, June 15). Importantly, the Russian vision of commercializing the NSR inseparable from the development of icebreakers is premised on two pillars: 1) capitalizing on the vast natural resources concealed in the Arctic region (currently, 83 percent of natural gas and 17 percent of Russian oil are extracted there), and 2) the transformation of the NSR into an integral part of Beijing s Belt and Road Initiative linking China with Europe. According to estimates of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, by 2034, Russia plans to increase annual cargo flows via the NSR to 157 million tons (Vedomosti, November 13, 2019) primarily contingent on Chinese trade activities.
In an interview with The Washington Post Trump claimed credit for a previously reported but never before confirmed attack on the Internet Research Agency, the allegedly Moscow controlled outfit that the Mueller Report found conducted a massive disinformation campaign ahead of the 2016 presidential election.Trump s remarks to the Post were thin but seemingly substantiate other statements in which he has said the USA was aware of the 2016 misinformation campaign and had resolved to prevent a recurrence.
Russian metals giant Norilsk Nickel said around 45 tons of aviation fuel has spilled from its pipeline in the Arctic.The incident is the latest in a series of environmental disasters to hit around the Far Northern city of Norilsk, which is located above the Arctic Circle.
Moscow: Russia has become the first nation to complete clinical trials of Covid 19 vaccine on humans, and the results have proven the medication;s effectiveness, the media reported on Sunday.Chief researcher Elena Smolyarchuk, who heads the Center for Clinical Research on Medications at Sechenov University, told Russian news agency TASS on Sunday that the human trials for the vaccine have been completed at the university and they will be discharged soon.
Datla Bala Venkatesh Varma, Indian Ambassador to Russia, in an interview to Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper spoke about the state and perspectives of the military and military technical cooperation between our countries. I would like to convey my congratulations to the Russian people, in particular, to the Veterans on the occasion of the 75th anniversary in the great patriotic war. This victory was possible due to the immense sacrifice of the Russian people as well as those from the former Soviet Republics. The defeat of Nazism was a historic turning point in world history. President Vladimir Putin s Article on The Real Lessons of the 75th Anniversary of World War II has many points of historic interest, Varma noted.
According to a statement by the Kremlin, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping said in a phone call that the assistance the countries provided each other at the hight of the novel coronavirus pandemic was "a striking manifestation" of the strategic partnership between them.The leaders intend to "continue actively increasing economic cooperation based on large scale projects in the areas of hydrocarbon supplies, peaceful nuclear power, civil aircraft construction, scientific, technical and innovative cooperation," it said.
Ankara and Moscow have left the door open for negotiations and have displayed a general willingness to discuss solutions by refraining from sharp declarations against each other on the Libyan issue a tactic they neglected to implement for the Syrian civil war. The good relations between President Recep Tayyip Erdo an and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin have played a decisive role in overcoming pitfalls in bilateral issues. This amiable relationship has also benefited both sides when interests cross.Meanwhile, according to reports in the international media, the U.S. is seeking, through a draft defense budget in 2021, to purchase Russian S 400 missiles from Turkey. Moscow responded to these reports via Federal Service for Military Technical Cooperation spokesperson Maria Vorobyova, who said: "The buyers of our arms, before exporting them, must provide the Russian side the end user certificate. Therefore, delivery or re export to a third country without the permission of the Russian side is impossible."
China s ambassador to London warned of consequences if Britain treats his country as a hostile power in its dealings over Hong Kong and Huawei Technologies Co., while Russian officials topped the list of people sanctioned for human rights abuses, sparking a threat of retaliation from the Kremlin. As we forge a dynamic new vision for a truly global Britain, this government are absolutely committed to the United Kingdom becoming an even stronger force for good in the world, Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told Parliament as he introduced the sanctions. He pledged to keep the flame of freedom alive for those brave souls still suffering in the very darkest corners of the world.
The United Kingdom imposed economic sanctions on dozens of individuals and organisations from Russia, Saudi Arabia, Myanmar, and North Korea under new British powers to punish human rights offenders. Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said on Monday the sanctions targeted those behind "some of the notorious human rights violations in recent years", and were aimed at stopping the laundering of "blood money".
MOSCOW: Russian officials and the Orthodox church on Monday urged caution over calls in Turkey to alter the status of Hagia Sophia, the historic former cathedral in Istanbul. Turkey s top court is debating whether one of the architectural wonders of the world can be redesignated as a mosque, a move that could inflame tensions with the West and the Christian community. A ruling expected in the coming days on the site, which is currently a museum. The head of Russia s Orthodox Church Patriarch Kirill said he was deeply concerned by the moves, describing Hagia Sophia as one of the greatest monuments of Christian culture. A threat to Hagia Sophia is a threat to the whole of Christian civilization, and therefore to our spirituality and history, the Orthodox church leader said in a statement. To this day, for every Russian Orthodox person, Hagia Sophia is a great Christian shrine, he said, urging the Turkish government to be cautious. He said that altering the current neutral status of the historic building would cause deep pain among the Russian people. This section contains relevant reference points, placed in (Opinion field)
Russian President Vladimir Putin has called for "nonaggressive " public monitoring of what he described as efforts to promote "nontraditional lifestyles. " "If there is reason to assume that something is propaganda of values not traditional for us, then public organizations that share the official stance of Russia s authorities should build up public control accordingly, but not aggressively, " Putin said during a July 3 videoconference with a "working group " he had set up to draft amendments to the constitution.
The country stated they are studying the entire deployment of the troops. The deployment will help to react to the increasing threat of China. Chinese troops are threatening different countries. The US is studying its troop to Asia from Europe. They organized their troops to Europe to protest the Russian threats.We all are noticing the disputes of Indo China border has taken a great form. After the Doklam crisis in 2017, both the countries wanted to stride away from the border. They did want to fac any more border tensions. Both countries thought to come back and make the relationship better.
Monaco: The program allowing Russian track athletes to compete internationally will be frozen because the country''s federation failed to pay a fine on time, World Athletics said on Thursday.The Russian track federation, known as RusAF, owes a $5 million fine and another $1.31 million in costs for various doping related work and legal wrangles. World Athletics said RusAF missed Wednesday''s deadline to pay.
The referendum consisted of hundreds of constitutional changes, including one provision that will allow President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinOvernight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday The United States must stand with Georgia''s fight for freedom Russians vote to keep Putin in power until 2036 MORE to serve two more terms, effectively allowing him to keep power until 2036.The referendum was voted on the this week by the Russian public, with over two thirds voting in favor of the numerous measures and solidifying Putin''s position in leadership.
Vladivostok which once used to be part of China ''s Qing dynasty and was known as Haishenwai was annexed by the Russian empire in 1860 after China ''s defeat by the British and the French in the Second Opium war.Reacting to Russian embassy ''s tweet, Shen Shiwei, a journalist working with the state owned broadcaster CGTN, tweeted: ”This ”tweet ” of #Russian embassy to #China isn ''t so welcome on Weibo. The history of Vladivostok (literally 'Ruler of the East') is from 1860 when Russia built a military harbor. But the city was Haishenwai as Chinese land, before Russia annexed it via unequal Treaty of Beijing. ”
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