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South Stream ‘Plan B’ opts for route through Greece and Turkey

A Russian newspaper has published an article suggesting that the Kremlin-favoured South Stream gas pipeline could drop Bulgaria, Serbia, Hungary, and Slovenia for its route, and instead reach its final destinations, Italy and Austria, through Turkey and Greece.

Energy ballet: Iran, Russia and 'Pipelineistan'

A fascinating nuclear/energy ballet involving Iran, Russia, the US and the EU is bound to determine much of what happens next in the new great game in Eurasia.

Ukraine Crisis Continues

Washington is interested in fomenting crises, not in resolving them.

Moscow's Stalin Tower Painted In Ukrainian Blue And Yellow

In the latest act of solidarity with Ukraine in Russia, daredevils apparently defied both the authorities and any fear of falling 176 metres from the 32-floor structure and made it to the top of the tower overnight, painting the Soviet star at the top of the building (and hammer and sickle in the centre) in the Ukrainian blue and yellow colours, and attaching a Ukrainian flag.

North Korea wants to do business with Russian IT firms

North Korea has addressed Russia’s Information and Computer Technologies Industry Association (APKIT) to establish contacts with Russian IT companies, business daily Kommersant reported Wednesday, referring to the association’s Executive Director Nikolai Komlev.

Ukrainian Foreign Ministry guarantees safety of Russian humanitarian convoy

Ukraine has provided guarantees of the safe passage of the Russian humanitarian convoy in areas controlled by the Ukrainian army, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yevgeny Perebeinos said on Tuesday.

Desperation Limbo: The plight of Ukrainians who fled Kiev's war

Russia's Foreign Minister has expressed concern over the stalling of Russian aid trucks destined for Eastern Ukraine. They remain at the border - waiting to be let through. Kiev has accepted the convoy is indeed carrying only humanitarian aid. 

Desperation Limbo: The plight of Ukrainians who fled Kiev's war

Iran to provide Europe with alternative to Russian gas

As the Ukraine crisis puts Russia and Europe at odds, leaving Europe with no choice but to search for alternative natural gas resources, Iran looks likely to fulfill Europe's demand.

Russia to request MH17 probe report

Russia will request an official report in relation to progress of an investigation into the crash of a Malaysian passenger plane in eastern Ukraine.

US should mind its own problems, not meddle in others’ affairs — Russian FM

The United States should take care of its own internal problems instead of intervening in other countries’ internal affairs on the pretext of protecting democracy, the Russian Foreign Ministry’s human rights, democracy and rule of law commissioner, Konstantin Dolgov, said in a commentary on the situation in the city of Ferguson, Missouri, the US.

Russia Has Right to Security Measures as War Rages Near Its Borders - Lavrov

Moscow has the right to make decisions on security measures on its territory because hostilities continue a few kilometers away from its border with Ukraine, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Monday.

Why have the media and Obama administration gone silent on MH17?

After a month during which Washington has failed to release evidence to support its charges against Putin, it is clear that the political offensive of the NATO governments and the media frenzy against Putin were based on lies.

Did Iran Just Knife Putin in the Back?

You can see that the bloody, fratricidal conflict in Ukraine has nothing to do with democracy, sovereignty or even “evil” Putin. It’s all about gas and pipelines. It’s all part of Washington’s grand plan to put a wedge between Russia and the EU, control the flow of vital resources, and establish NATO bases on Russia’s western flank.

Russia to boost software exports to China, get more servers in return

Russia and China plan to increase technology cooperation, with Moscow set to increase exports of software in exchange for data storage, Russia’s Communications Minister said.

Jordan, Russia to sign nuclear reactor deal

Jordan said on Friday that it will sign a deal with Russia next month to start studies on the country 's first nuclear reactor, the state-run Petra news agency reported.

Ukraine calls on NATO, EU for military aid

Ukraine has called on the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU) to send military assistance for its troops in the east of the country.

Poland have asked the people of Ireland to eat their apples

A new online campaign by the Polish Embassy in Ireland has issued a unusual imperative to the Irish public to ‘Eat Polish Apples’.

Sanctions against Russia over Ukraine must continue: Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has stated that sanctions imposed on Russia over the ongoing conflict in Ukraine must continue.

NATO Seeking Long-Term Military Presence in Eastern Europe

NATO's leadership implore the leaders of its member-states to approve the long-term deployment of troops to Eastern Europe during its September summit in Wales, NATO's leaders wrote in an article published by The Wall Street Journal.

Russian trucks with tons of goods for E.Ukraine stuck on border

In the last stage of its mission to crush anti-government forces in E.Ukraine, the army's pounding cities and towns with shells and bombs. Scared locals are suffering not only from constant fighting, but there's also a shortage of food, water and electricity. In order to bring some relief to the conflict zone, Russia's trying to send tons of humanitarian aid, but the convoy is stuck at the border. 

Relief Effort: Russian trucks with tons of goods for E.Ukraine stuck on border

Washington Has Placed The World On The Road To War — Paul Craig Roberts

The drums for war are being loudly beaten in Washington, European capitals, and the presstitute Western media.

The Ukraine, Corrupted Journalism, and the Atlanticist Faith

The European Union is not (anymore) guided by politicians with a grasp of history, a sober assessment of global reality, or simple common sense connected with the long term interests of what they are guiding. If any more evidence was needed, it has certainly been supplied by the sanctions they have agreed on last week aimed at punishing Russia.

White House criticizes Russia over Ukraine actions

The White House accused Russia on Friday of escalating its destabilizing activity in Ukraine in a way that is "extremely dangerous and provocative," but stopped short of confirming NATO's assertion that a Russian military column had ventured into Ukraine overnight.

Vanishing point …

First, passenger airliner MH370 vanished from Planet Earth. Then MH370 vanished from the news cycle. First, MH17 was shot down by "Putin's missile" - as Planet Earth was told. Then MH17 vanished from the news cycle.

No military convoy in Ukraine: Russia

Russia’s Defense Ministry has denied sending a military convoy into Ukraine, following Kiev’s claim that it had destroyed part of a Russian military column on its soil.

EU Shot Itself in Foot With Russia Sanctions – Hungarian Prime Minister

The European Union shot itself in the foot by introducing economic sanctions against Russia, Reuters reported quoting Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Friday radio interview.

Russia Remains Finland’s Number One Trade Partner – Putin

Russia remains Finland’s number one trade and economic partner, but trade turnover shrinks due to political and economic difficulties, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinisto Friday.

Russia voices concern over increased US and NATO military activity near Russian border

Russia’s Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu on Friday voiced serious concern over increased U.S. and NATO military activities near the Russian border.

Latin America will not bow to EU pressure, will tighten ties with Russia

The EU is reportedly planning to put pressure on Latin America to stop it from boosting its agricultural exports to Russia. In response to sanctions, Moscow imposed a food embargo on a range of EU products, and countries like Brazil and Chile are being canvassed to step in and fill the gap.

Food Fight: ‘Latin America will not bow to EU pressure, will tighten ties with Russia’

Russian aid convoy 'will not be admitted into Ukraine'

A Ukrainian security spokesman has said that a humanitarian convoy Russia has dispatched to eastern Ukraine will not be admitted into the country.

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