The government of Russia "as a body of power" often avoids considering materials on financial abuses submitted by the Audit Chamber, Sergei Stepashin, chairman of the Audit Chamber, stated Wednesday at the meeting of Federation Council (upper parliamentary house) members. According to him, the Audit Chamber is preparing an injunction on non-fulfilment by the government of the Russian Federation legislation in part of materials and proposals of the Audit Chamber. He explained that out of 36 submissions to the government replies were received only on three of them. "At the nearest collegium of the Audit Chamber we will have to return to tougher scheme of cooperation in this sphere," Sergei Stepashin emphasised.
Maria Zakharova, an official representative for the Russian Foreign Ministry, commented on the attack that the Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU) conducted on the Russian city of Belgorod