Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called the year 2014 a new starting point in world's history, noting that Western countries ceased to recognize Russia's national interests. "Obviously, with our country, as well as with other countries, one can not speak from a position of economic blackmail," said Medvedev
The European Parliament called on the EU and its member states not to lift sanctions imposed against Russia. According to European MPs, the EU must be prepared to impose new restrictive measures, such as exclude Russia from Russia cooperation in the nuclear field and from the system of international settlements SWIFT
Russian Defense Minister Shoigu said that due to increased foreign presence in Ukraine, the deployment of self-sufficient group of forces in the Crimean direction has become a priority. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov believes that the West is waging a media war against Russia with its statements of Russia's military intervention in Ukraine
Russia developed a package of sanctions in response to the recently introduced restrictions from the West. The plan provides for various measures - from mild to severe ones, presidential aide Andrei Belousov said. The official did not clarify what measures they would be exactly. Russian businesses reacted to the sanctions "with quiet interest"
Deputy Defense Minister of Russia Yuri Borisov said that Russia may create its own prompt global strike system. The development of the prompt global strike system in the United States may lead to a conflict with apocalyptic consequences. The Prompt Global Strike (PGS) concept was adopted in the USA in the beginning of the 2000s
"Now, when there's a fragile peace process going in Ukraine, and the sides began exchanging prisoners, when, as it appeared, all forces should be redirected from presenting mutual accusations and sanctions to finding solutions to the Ukrainian domestic conflict, such steps appear particularly inappropriate and short-sighted," Russian diplomats...
The head of the European Council, Herman Van Rompuy, confirmed that new EU sanctions against Russia would come into force on Sept. 12. The Russian authorities have already prepared a package of measures in response to the new sanctions against the Russian Federation. Russia may restrict the import of cars and several types of light industry goods
What can Russia learn from Iran that has been subjected to Western sanctions again? How can Moscow and Tehran help each other? Unfortunately, in Iran, Russia does nothing. Russia was acting silly in the period of sanctions against Iran. Russia should have come and take everything while the Iranians got the Europeans out
Further introduction of sanctions against Russia may compromise security system in the world, because political sanctions may follow economic ones. "The sanctions against China are very similar to those that were imposed on us. Are they a successful economy? Sure. In response to new sanctions, Russia may close its airspace for Western airlines
To resolve the conflict in Ukraine, it is highly important to resume the dialogue between Moscow and Washington, as "their role and responsibility is special," first president of the USSR, Mikhail Gorbachev believes. Earlier, Gorbachev stated that Europe may face "terrifying massacre" because of the current crisis in Ukraine
OK, let us assume, following the view of our opponents, that Russia interfered in the Ukrainian conflict, because a dozen of paratroopers got lost in the woods and crossed the Ukrainian border. For that, and for many others things associated with the Ukrainian crisis, the West punishes Russia with sanctions
Russia changes its military doctrine due to the expansion of NATO, the missile defense problem and the situation in Ukraine and around it. The current doctrine, the provisions of which can be adjusted given the changing nature of military dangers and threats, was adopted in 2010. the new Russian military doctrine should clearly define real enemy
External political factors of the moment, such as NATO expansion, the missile defense issue, the Ukrainian crisis, and all that is connected with it, urgently require clarifications and changes be introduced to the existing military doctrine of Russia