'Russia doesn't need to join the European Union,' said Federation Council member Sergey Vasiliev at a round table on questions of Russia's entry into the European Union and World Trade Organization held on May 19. Vasiliev said that 'we need two things from Europe: a Shengen visa regime zone, and a single economic sphere with minimal integration.' Vasiliev also said that 'I can't imagine that the development of our country will be dependent on the hydra of Brussels bureaucrats.' He also said that 'national government - is the only form of government where it is possible to develop the civil society, otherwise control of the bureaucracy is not possible.'
Putin's official spokesman Dmitry Peskov commented on remarks in the US media about failures in launching nuclear-capable missiles in Russia
More than 5.8 million people voted for Nicholas Maduro at the presidential election in Venezuela. This is more than a quarter of registered voters. Why did those people vote for the man, who, as Western media write, took Venezuela to the brink of collapse?
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