Russia to respond if NATO ups presence near Ukraine
The military build-up of the NATO will undoubtedly escalate tensions near the Russian-Ukrainian border, requiring Moscow to "take additional measures to ensure its security", Xinhua news agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying at a daily briefing on Friday.
Russia fines Twitter for failure to delete illegal content
Part of the content in question urged minors to take part in illegal protests, promoted drug use, and spread child pornography, the Xinhua news agency reported. Twitter has 60 days to pay the fines from the day the ruling comes into force. Last month, Russia's telecom watchdog Roskomnadzor started to limit Twitter's traffic due to its failure to remove banned content and warned about the possibility of completely blocking Twitter.
US-Russia relations at lowest level: Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov
In the US policy towards Russia, there is increased pressure in all fields and tougher rhetoric is nothing new, Xinhua news agency quoted Lavrov as saying in an interview with a local TV program on Thursday. He stressed that there are little chances for serious dialogue between Russia and the US if Washington continues to blame Moscow for the consequences of its own reckless policy.
Russia sees 'encouraging signs' from US on Iran n-deal
Russia supports dialogue where all claims would be addressed and discussed in an "inclusive process," Lavrov said while addressing the Middle East Conference of Valdai Discussion Club, a Russian think tank, on Wednesday. However, the US still tends to view the region's problems through an "anti-Iranian prism", Xinhua news agency quoted the Foreign Minister as further saying.
Russia passes bill allowing Vladimir Putin to run for two more terms
The bill was approved by the lower house of parliament, the State Duma, a week ago. Putin is expected to sign it into law soon, Xinhua news agency reported. The draft law on elections was made in pursuance of constitutional amendments adopted in a nationwide referendum in July 2020.
Moscow continues work to coordinate Putin-Macron-Merkel talks
"We continue coordination with Berlin and Paris," TASS News Agency quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying to reporters on Monday after German government spokesman Steffen Seibert had earlier said that there had been no video conference between Putin, Macron and Merkel on March 29.
Russia to hold military parades marking V-Day
More than 12,500 troops, over 190 units of weapons and military equipment, and 76 aircraft will join the main military parade on Red Square in Moscow, Xinhua news agency quoted Shoigu as saying on Thursday. In addition to Moscow, military parades will be held in another 27 cities of the country, involving more than 47,000 soldiers, about 1,600 units of military equipment and over 200 aircraft, he said.
Alexei Navalny's health deteriorating in penal camp
"Since the end of last week he has been suffering from severe back pain," DPA news agency quoted Volkov as saying in a statement on Wednesday. Navalny also had symptoms of paralysis in one leg and could no longer walk, he added. Despite the pain, he had been given only two pills in total, according to Volkov.
Russia passes bill allowing Vladimir Putin to run for 2 more terms
One of the 206 constitutional amendments stipulates that the limit of two presidential terms applies to the incumbent head of state, but without taking into account his previous terms. In light of the amendment, the bill grants Putin the possibility of starting his presidency from scratch in 2024 and holding the office for two more terms until 2036.
Russia regrets US refusal to hold Putin-Biden discussion
Russian President Vladimir Putin said Thursday that he would like to invite his US counterpart, Joe Biden, to a live-broadcast meeting on Friday or Monday to discuss problems in bilateral relations and strategic stability. "One more opportunity has been missed to find a way out of the deadlock in Russian-US relations created through the fault of Washington," the ministry said in a statement on Monday, Xinhua news agency reported.