The Russian administration has responded to US plans to supply "lethal defensive weapons" to Ukraine. Spokespeople for the Russian Foreign Ministry said that such a move would violate the agreements that had been reached at the meeting of representatives of the United States, Ukraine, EU and Russia in Geneva on April 17
Russian President Putin signed the law specifying the procedure for foreign investment in business entities of strategic importance for national defense and state security. The document was published on the official website of legal information. The introduced changes permit the participation of foreign contractors on the level of up to 49%
The United States refused to negotiate with Russia on the deployment of GLONASS navigation system on its territory. Russia and China will discuss possible joint projects in the field of space exploration. "We would like to say a big thank you to Western countries for active development of our relations with China," Deputy PM Rogozin said
Valdai International Discussion Club continued working in Sochi. Discussing topical world affairs - the Ukrainian crisis, the Putin's rating and terrorism in the Middle East - the Russian leadership criticized the United States and the West. The head of the Kremlin administration said that Russia would never give the Crimea back to Ukraine
Russian PM admitted he was "very sad" about the fact that President Obama, speaking at the UN, put Russia on the list of global threats between Ebola fever and the Islamic State. "I do not even want to comment on that, this is sad, this is some kind of aberration in the brain. What can be said about resetting the relations in such a context?"
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said that Russia would be protecting itself against Western sanctions with the help of a long-term program of special measures. "All the measures that we need to take to protect ourselves from unlawful restrictions will, of course, be taken," Lavrov said in Moscow
Russian Defense Ministry plans to purchase more than 11 million units of new armored vehicles, as well as about 14,000 military vehicles, to equip ground troops with modern weapons on the level of 70 percent before 2020. Ground forces will receive modernized tanks T-72B3, which demonstrated excellent performance during tank biathlon competitions
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
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
Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the "militia of Novorossiya." The text of his address appeared on the Kremlin website on Friday night, August 29. Putin rarely makes such addresses, especially at night. Putin's previous unscheduled address appeared soon after the crash of the Malaysian Boeing in the Donetsk region
On Saturday, the Russian Foreign Ministry responded to the accusations from the White House spokesman, who said that Putin and the Russians were "guilty" of the crash of the Malaysian Boeing 777 in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Chechen President Ramzan Kadyrov called EU and US leaders "state terrorists" responsible for many conflicts
Addressing representatives of the United States, the official asked: "If the territory of the United States were fired from a neighboring territory, and, God forbid, an American citizen were killed, what would the United States do? The answer to this this question is clear, - he continued. - We show responsibility and restraint instead"
Russia will influence activists of the breakaway republic of Ukraine for the investigation of the crash of the Boeing passenger jetliner in the Donetsk region, Russian President Putin promised, opening the meeting of the Security Council. Experts have already dubbed the meeting "historical," expecting "momentous declarations" from the president