Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is eager to see how far Russian President Putin can go to achieve a compromise on the Kuril Islands. Putin has said a thousand times that Russia is not selling its territories. Yet, the words from the Russian leader do not seem to reach Japan. How can Putin make Abe become a realist?
Two years ago, Vladimir Putin left the G20 summit in Australia before it ended. At the summit in Hangzhou, China, Russian President Putin will be one of the most anticipated guests. US Secretary of State John Kerry has had 20 meetings with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov under the conditions of Russia's "international isolation."
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made a number of important statements during his meeting with students of the Moscow State Institute of Foreign Relations. Sergei Lavrov said that Russia was working on an updated version of the concept of foreign policies of the state, although he did not specify any details
The ever-young and promising politician Ilya Yashin has concocted another political report. As "usual," the day before the official publication, the report has "leaked" and appeared in public access on the Internet. We have seen quite a number of such reports before, but the "regime" is still there
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