Moscow claims as many as 300,000 troops are taking part in Vostok-2018, describing it as the largest military drill ever held on Russian territory.
In going public as the Russian men accused by London of carrying out deadly poisonings on English soil, Ruslan Boshirov and Aleksandr Petrov both expressed and generated disbelief.
According to a recent report, the United States likely overtook Russia and Saudi Arabia as the world’s largest crude-oil producer earlier this year.
The Kremlin says it will study any British request to question the two men London suspects of trying to murder a former spy. Speaking on September 14, spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said no such request has been received so far, and reiterated the Kremlin’s denial of state involvement in the poisoning.
The Pentagon has issued a protest after U.S. Air Force fighter jets overnight on September 12-13 intercepted two Russian bombers in international airspace west of the U.S. state of Alaska.
Washington’s Special Envoy for Ukraine Kurt Volker also said he thought that Russian President Vladimir Putin was unwilling to negotiate much of anything related to the conflict at least until after Ukraine’s presidential elections next March, or with “[Ukrainian President Petro] Poroshenko still in power.”
Washington may follow through on threats to impose sanctions over the construction of an underwater natural gas pipeline between Russia to Germany, U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry said in Moscow on September 13.
Russia’s defense ministry has proposed legislation prohibiting military personnel from sharing information about themselves and their military service in the media. Restrictions would apply to photos, videos, geolocation and other online data, and are in response to the “interest of foreign intelligence services and terrorist organizations” in the activities of the Russian military, including in Syria,” the ministry says. (in Russian, Current Time TV)
Pyotr Verzilov, the Russian activist hospitalized with what his friends fear are symptoms of poisoning, has played a key role in audacious and high-profile political protests in Russia over the past decade.
When Russian National Guard head Viktor Zolotov published a video on September 11 challenging opposition politician Aleksei Navalny to a duel, Russian social media responded with a "#zolotovchallenge" hashtag challenge, both protesting and mocking Zolotov's show of machismo..
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko commented on a Kyiv court’s ruling granting the prosecutor-general’s office access to mobile data belonging to RFE/RL journalist Natalie Sedletska and Ukrainian reporter Kristina Berdynskykh, suggesting it would be “very good if the journalists and media experts came to the prosecutor-general and resolved all questions.” (Ukrainian Service)
Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic has said that any deal with neighboring Kosovo to settle their long-standing disputes would need to include a guarantee of membership from the European Union by 2025.
The European Parliament has approved the opening of negotiations with the European Council on visa liberalization for citizens of Kosovo. Kosovo remains the only country in the Western Balkans whose citizens still need a visa to travel to the EU.