Russia faces the task to build a gas pipeline bypassing Ukraine by 2019. For the time being, though, things are right where they started. It has been reported recently that Gazprom was going to close the department in charge of the South Stream project. The state of affairs with the Nord Stream-2 project leaves much to be desired too
Russia completes the tests of stratospheric weapons for long-range bombers. The weapons are said to be capable of striking targets at a distance of 1,000 kilometers. The Russian long-range supersonic missile-bombers Tu-22M3 with the variable geometry of wings, (NATO reporting name Backfire) will be equipped with X-32 cruise missiles
The news about the Russian Air Force leaving the Iranian Hamadan air base came as a surprise. The Russian aviation started bombing ISIL in Syria from the Iranian base a few days ago. Many assumed that the deployment of Russian military aircraft in Iran came as a sign of a higher level of military and political partnership between Russia and Iran
The Russian national team has come fourth at unofficial medal standings at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Russia has finished the Olympics 2016, having won 56 medals - 19 gold, 18 silver and 19 bronze. This is the worst result that team Russia has shown in 20 years of the history of Summer Olympic Games
One can say that the presidential race in the United States has entered the homestretch. Will it be the America of Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? We will see it after the Americans go to the polls on November 8th. For the time being it is obvious that the time remaining before this date will pass amid fierce struggle between the two bitter rivals
Hundreds of people from foreign countries, including from the USA and Ukraine, will be observing the course of the parliamentary elections in Russia. Does Russia need to invite observers from the USA and Ukraine given a high decree of complications in the relations with these two countries?
The Russian economy still remains dependent on fuel exports. Russia receives 60% of income from exporting oil and gas. Unfortunately, there is no diversification of the economy. The government only prays for oil and gas prices not to fall further. Yet, the current level of prices is too low already, and Russia will run out of its reserves soon
Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev admitted that Russia could indeed break diplomatic relations with Ukraine. Speaking to reporters after the meeting of the heads of the Eurasian Economic Council, Medvedev said that Russia had terminated diplomatic ties with Georgia after the five-day war in 2008, when Georgia attacked South Ossetia
The more news we hear from Ukraine about anti-Russian hysteria, the more strange it appears to deal with the opposite attitude to Ukrainians on Russia's part. For example, when Ukraine destroys and renames everything that is at least somehow related to the USSR and Russia, Russia opens a monument to one of the ideologists of Ukrainian independence
For the last 20-25 years, the West has been preoccupied with the people, whom one does not even call disabled individuals in the West. Instead, they refer to such people as physically challenged individuals. The Western society cherishes and glorifies them, but if those people are Russians, then they can be humiliated in front of the whole world
After 2021, paradigms in the international field will change. The "peaceful" period in the relations between the Russian and Western local civilizations will finally end. In the early 2020s, the world will see a new stage of its history, when a global armed confrontation between the Western and the Russian civilization will most likely occur
The choice of the name of the largest NATO military exercises in 2016 - "Anaconda" - was not incidental. The name reflects the plan of the West to stir up protest sentiments in Russia and decrease the popularity of the sitting administration. The Western Anaconda will try to strangle Russia further in September. How can Russia kill the snake?
Deputy Defense Minister Yuri Borisov said that the Russian armed forces received prototypes of laser weapons. According to the official, it goes about combat, rather than experimental weapons that have already been taken into service by the Russian army. Russia was the first country that achieved significant results in the field of laser weapons