International Koktebel Jazz Festival Holds Plogging Event to Clean Local Park of Litter

Saturday 24 August 2019
KOKTEBEL (Sputnik) - The international Koktebel Jazz Party festival held a plogging event on Saturday to raise awareness over Crimea’s ecological problems, with dozens of people joining the action that combined jogging and picking up litter in the Tikhaya Bukhta park in the peninsula's resort town of Koktebel, a Sputnik correspondent reported.

Rosatom's CEO Plans to Start Selling Floating Nuclear Power Units Overseas in Next Decade

Friday 23 August 2019
MURMANSK (Sputnik) - Floating nuclear power units (FPUs) could become one of Rosatom’s main export items, the company's director-general, Alexey Likhachev, said on Friday.

Airbus A320 With 160 on Board En Route From Tel Aviv Makes Emergency Landing in Sochi - Source

Friday 23 August 2019
Ural Airlines plane en route from Tel Aviv to Sochi with 160 passengers on board made an emergency landing at the Sochi airport due to gear problems, according to an airport spokesman.

Putin's statement about USA's recent missile tests - Full transcript

Friday 23 August 2019
Russian President Vladimir Putin made an important statement after the meeting with members of Russia's Security Council. The meeting was dedicated to USA's recent missile tests. Full transcript of Putin's statement below:"On August 18, the United States conducted the test launch of a ground-based cruise missile, which, according to the US Defense Department, struck a target at a distance of over 500 kilometers."Such weapons are classified as prohibited under the Treaty on the Elimination of Intermediate-Range and Short-Range Missiles from 1987. In addition, the use of the MK-41 universal launcher during the test fully confirms the validity of the claims that the Russian side had expressed to the United States during the period when the treaty was valid. "We have repeatedly pointed out that the deployment of such launchers on land by the Americans, on the air defense base in Romania, and their imminent deployment in Poland comes as a direct and substantial, flagrant violation of the INF Treaty."The Americans have stubbornly rejected this, claiming that ground-based MK-41 launchers were allegedly unable to launch Tomahawk sea-based cruise missiles. Now the fact of their violation is evident, it is impossible to dispute it - they spoke about it themselves."And of course, a question arises: how do we now understand what is going to be deployed in Romania and in Poland? Is it going to be missile defense systems or missile attack systems of sufficiently long range?"It is noteworthy that the tests of the missile with characteristics prohibited under the Treaty took place only 16 days after Washington completed the denunciation of the said Treaty. It is obvious that it was not improvisation - it became another link in a chain of events that had been planned and long time in advance. "This can only confirm the validity of our concerns that we have previously expressed. We had the information that the United States had long been engaged in the creation of weapons prohibited by the INF Treaty, and we had repeatedly pointed this out to our partners."But in order to rectify this unacceptable situation and return to the observation of the Treaty, the Americans orchestrated a propaganda campaign about Russia's alleged non-compliance with the provisions of the said Treaty. As it is now obvious to everyone, its only purpose was to cover up both the work that Washington was carrying out in violation of the Treaty and the initial intention to pull out from it."All this leaves no doubt about the true plans of the United States. Having disposed of the established restrictions, they wanted to have a free hand to deploy previously prohibited missiles in various regions of the world. American politicians of a very high rank say that the deployment of new systems can be started from the Asia-Pacific region, but this also affects our fundamental interests, because all this is close to Russian borders."As you know, we never wanted, do not want and will not get involved in the costly arms race that will be destructive for our economy. Let me remind you that Russia takes a rather modest, seventh place in the world in terms of defense spending after the United States of America, the People's Republic of China, Saudi Arabia, Great Britain, France and Japan."Our development of state-of-the-art and second-to-none arms systems was caused and, one may say,  provoked by USA's unilateral withdrawal from the Treaty on the Limitation of Missile Defense Systems in 2003. We were simply forced and were obliged, of course, to ensure the security of our people and our country. We do it now and will certainly do it in the future."At the same time, bearing in mind the newly emerging circumstances, I instruct the Ministry of Defense of the Russian Federation, the Ministry for Foreign Affairs, and other relevant departments to analyze the level of threat posed by the aforementioned actions of the United States to our country and take comprehensive measures to prepare a symmetrical response."Russia will remain open to an equal and constructive dialogue with the United States of America to restore confidence and strengthen international security."

Kremlin Says Situation Like Chernobyl Hush-Up Impossible in Modern Russia

Friday 23 August 2019
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The situation that occurred in the Soviet Union when the Chernobyl disaster was hushed up is impossible in modern Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Friday.

Russia Sends World's First Floating Nuclear Power Unit Akademik Lomonosov to Arctic Port

Friday 23 August 2019
MURMANSK (Sputnik) - The world's first industrial floating nuclear power unit Akademik Lomonosov was sent on Friday from the Russian northwestern city of Murmansk to the country's Arctic region of Chukotka, where it will be operating as part of the floating thermal nuclear power plant (NPP), a Sputnik correspondent reported.

Moscow Court Judge Calls Ambulance for US Spy Suspect Whelan

Friday 23 August 2019
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - A judge of Moscow's Lefortovo district court, during the ongoing Friday hearing, has called an ambulance for US citizen Paul Whelan, who is being kept in Russian custody on spying charges, a Sputnik correspondent reported from the courtroom.

Putin Orders Officials to Prepare Response to US Cruise Missile Testing After INF Treaty Collapse

Friday 23 August 2019
Earlier, the Russian president said Moscow was "disappointed" by the US's recent ground-based medium-range missile testing activities, which Moscow considers a blatant violation of the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. Washington completed its withdrawal from the INF earlier this month.

Russian Non-Profit Proposes Adding Minecraft, World of Tanks to School Curriculum

Thursday 22 August 2019
According to the idea’s proponents, e-sports have the potential to help children learn strategic and logical thinking, improve decision-making skills, and develop teamwork with their classmates.

UK Channel 4 to Shoot Documentary About Putin's Influence on Modern World

Thursday 22 August 2019
MOSCOW, (Sputnik) - The film will include interviews with the Russian leader himself, his close circle and those most impacted by his actions, as well as archive materials.

One Person Dies as Helicopter Crashes in Russia's Northwest - Russian Emergency Situations Ministry

Wednesday 21 August 2019
According to the ministry, the pilot of the vehicle died in the incident, adding that his body was found near the crash site.

Two Radiation Monitoring Stations in Russia Back Online - Nuclear Test Watchdog

Tuesday 20 August 2019
VIENNA (Sputnik) - Two Russian radionuclide stations — one in Yakutia (Sakha Republic) in Siberia and the other in the Chukotka Autonomous region of the Far East — that are a part of the international nuclear test monitoring system have resumed data transmissions, Lassina Zerbo said.

US Had Plans to Test Missiles Banned by INF Treaty Long Before Leaving Arms Deal – Lavrov

Tuesday 20 August 2019
The US conducted its first test of a ground-launched cruise missile operating at ranges previously banned by the now void Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty on 18 August. Moscow noted that such tests need to be prepared in advance, meaning that Washington had developed such weapons before abandoning the INF

Putin Fully Briefed on Arkhangelsk Accident, Rumours of "Radioactive Cloud" Absurd - Kremlin

Tuesday 20 August 2019
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Five Rosatom employees died in a blast that rocked a military site in the Arkhangelsk Region on 10 August during tests of a liquid-propellant rocket engine. They will receive posthumous government honours.

Moscow Deplores Latest US Test of Cruise Missile Banned by INF Treaty

Tuesday 20 August 2019
The United States carried out its latest missile test on 18 August from San Nicolas Island, California. The Pentagon stated that "the test missile exited its ground mobile launcher and accurately impacted its target after more than 500 kilometres of flight".

Foreign countries owe $30 billion of debt to Russia

Monday 19 August 2019
As many as 17 foreign countries owe Russia a total of $27 billion with Belarus, Ukraine and Venezuela being the largest debtors. According to the Ministry of Finance of Russia, the total debt on Russian state loans nears as much as $39.4 billion as of May 1, 2019. Nearly 15.8 billion of this debt accounts for the countries of the former USSR, and more than five billion is held as restructured debts of foreign countries to the former USSR (Vietnam, India, Iraq, Yemen, Cuba).The information on loans becomes public if Russia signs intergovernmental agreements that are subsequently ratified by the State Duma. Most of such loans are political, rather than commercial. They are provided as part of military cooperation that largely remains classified. Moscow gave such loans to Armenia, Venezuela, India and Indonesia.As of June 1, 2019, Belarus owes Russia $7.55 billion. Since 2012, the country's debt has doubled. In the summer of 2019, Moscow refused to refinance the current part of the Belarusian debt. It was the first incidence in the relations between the two countries. Russia's decision forced Belarus to ask for a loan from China and place Russian ruble bonds on the Russian market. The relations between Russia and Belarus have cooled since then. Ukraine follows Belarus with about $3.7 billion of debt to Russia. Kiev still owes 3.075 billion in Eurobonds, which the National Wealth Fund (NWF) acquired in December 2013. In December 2015, the new authorities of Ukraine defaulted those securities. Russia sued Ukraine in connection with that decision, but the case is still pending. Ukraine does not recognize this debt to Russia. Ukrainian officials claim that it was not an interstate loan, but commercial securities. They also say that Russia forced Ukraine to issue those bonds. Russia's Finance Ministry believes, however, that the deal was concluded as a bilateral intergovernmental loan. Ukraine takes into account only the debt of $0.61 billion, which was formed in the early 1990s for the supplies of Russian gas.In 1997, Russia and Ukraine agreed, within the framework of the division of the Black Sea Fleet, that the debt would be repaid in cashless form by offsetting $97.8 million every year for renting the base of the Black Sea Fleet in Crimea. The last offset was made in March 2014, and the debt was frozen at $606 million.Venezuela holds the largest debt to Russia outside post-Soviet space. Venezuela's debt to Russia amounts to $3.15 billion and is to be repaid in 2027. This debt has been growing since the 2011 loan, the purpose of which was to finance the supplies of Russian arms to Venezuela. In late September, Venezuela is to wire a regular interest payment on the loan in the amount of $200 million. Most likely, Russia will have to deal with problems to receive dollar assets from Caracas after the US imposed sanctions on Venezuela. Cuba owes about three billion dollars to Russia, but there is no precise information about the number. In 2014, Moscow wrote off 90 percent of the Cuban debt, having left $3.52 billion. Cuba repays the debt in equal payments every six months ($1.76 billion is left to pay). In 2015, Moscow gave two more credits to Cuba totalling $1.44 billion to finance local industry projects.Russia also gives export government loans to other countries for the construction of nuclear power plants. For example, a nuclear power plant in Bangladesh has been under construction since 2017. In 2016, Russia agreed to support the construction of this facility with a loan of $11.38 billion. According to the Ministry of Finance of Bangladesh, the amount of financial assistance from the Russian Federation made up almost $2 billion since 2014. Russian loans for the construction of nuclear power plants will be repaid during the period of 20 years starting from 2027.Another state loan in the amount of up to 10 billion euros (11.1 billion dollars) to finance the third stage of the construction of Paks NPP in Hungary was approved in 2014. However, according to the Hungarian Government Debt Office, only $28 million, or 0.25 percent of the total credit line, has been allocated so far.Rosatom (Russian Federal Agency for Atomic Power) is building or is planning to build nuclear power plants in Belarus, India, Turkey and Egypt. Last year, President Putin announced plans to give a loan of $25 billion to Egypt for the construction of a nuclear power plant. The fate of the project remains unknown yet. India owes Russia about $1.1 billion. This debt is denominated in Indian rupees and refers to loans from the former Soviet Union. India repays the debt by exporting goods to Russia.

At Least 1 Person Killed, 8 Injured in Car Crash in Russia's Siberia - Emergency Services

Monday 19 August 2019
KRASNOYARSK, Russia (Sputnik) - One person has been killed and eight injured in a car crash in Russia's Novosibirsk Region, according to local emergency services.

Moscow Interested in New Post-Brexit Trade Deal With London - Russian Trade Representative

Monday 19 August 2019
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Russia is interested in concluding a new trade agreement with London after the United Kingdom exits the European Union, Boris Abramov, Russia's trade representative in London, said.

Russian Girl Survives Fall From 50-Metre 'Rock of Love' in Selfie Attempt

Sunday 18 August 2019
Recent independent studies have discovered that hundreds of people have died while putting themselves at risk to take the perfect selfie, with young people and tourists particularly driven to post “cool” photos on social media.

International Army Games 2019 Officially Closed - Russian Defenсe Minister

Sunday 18 August 2019
KUBINKA, Russia (Sputnik) - The International Army Games 2019 (ARMY 2019) have come to an end, with Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu officially declaring them closed at a ceremony in the Moscow Region.

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