Talks on Russian membership in the World Trade Organization could be finished in the spring of 2005, Deputy Economic Development and Trade Minister Maxim Medvedkov told reporters. According to him, it is planned to complete both bilateral and multilateral talks as soon as this year, and "problems that will be outstanding as of that time will be finally sorted out" by next spring. Medvedkov underlined that it was difficult to predict when the talks on Russia's admission to the WTO would be finished, as Russia "has influence on one side of this process only." Earlier it was planned to complete the talks before the end of 2004.
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on remarks in the US media about failures in launching nuclear-capable missiles in Russia
The Buk system that shot down MH17 belonged to the 53rd SAM missile brigade of the Russian Ministry of Defense, investigators say after looking at a few pictures on the net
It has long been understood that the West has been trying to subject Russian borders to total control. We have not seen such activity even during the Cold War