Since 2014, the humanitarian assistance provided by the United Nations has provided millions of Syrian people with basic survival supplies. Now, this rescue operation is facing a desperate situation because Russia and China once again used the veto power in the UN Security Council.
A protest rally against the arrest of Governor Sergei Furgal was held in the center of Khabarovsk. After a march through the streets, a crowd gathered at the administration of the Khabarovsk Territory and demanded that representatives of the authorities come out to them.
The Russian army will have unmanned vehicles in service by next year. The vehicles are made by legendary Soviet auto maker, Kamaz. The new self driving military trucks are currently going through final testing in the Arctic. According to Kamaz representatives, the new model has shown successful performance results.
A new discovery by Russian and Kazakh archeologists uncovered evidence of horsemanship. The discovery is very valuable, as it is 700 years earlier that was recorded previously. Horsemanship has been a very important aspect of history, which changed the military and how wars were conducted.
The colonization of other planets is becoming a focus of the space agendas around the globe. In April, NASA released a new report outlining the development of selenium (on the moon), which turns it into a springboard for the preparation of the future Martian expeditions.
Russia and China have vetoed a United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution, which jeopardizes humanitarian aid for civilians in northwestern Syria. The draft resolution was prepared by Germany and Belgium, with the 13 other members of the Council giving their approval.
Russia announced a new replacement for the Makarov pistol will be in its arsenal by the end of this year. The successor of the PM should be the Lebedev PL pistol, which was developed by the shooter and designer Dmitry Lebedev with special attention to balancing and ergonomics of the weapon.
The UN Commission of Inquiry on Syria has reported that the Assad regime and its Russian allies have committed war crimes by targeting vital civilian facilities in Idlib and its environment. The Commission strongly condemned the attacks on civilians in the northwestern part of Syria in a report released on Tuesday.
On Monday, the government of the United Kingdom announced new sanctions against 25 Russian citizens who say they participated in the mistreatment and murder of lawyer Sergey Magnitsky, and 20 Saudis believed to be involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
A UN report released today states that numerous war crimes, as well as crimes against humanity, were committed in the province of Idlib, northwest Syria. The crimes were said to have taken place during an offensive by the Bashar al-Assad government in the period between late 2019 and early 2020.
Russia announced that its first automatic space station in modern history, Luna-25, will complete all necessary tests by mid-2021. It is scheduled to go on the mission to the moon in the Fall of 2021. Currently, the Luna-Globus development work, of which Luna-25 is a part, is at the stage of ground testing of experimental products.
The Russian Ministry of Communications has suggested using data on the geolocation of smartphones of specific users to track individuals who have been in contact with those infected with coronavirus. This draft law is published on the portal of draft normative legal acts of Russia.
On Monday, the World Bank released an updated report on the Russian economy, in which they predicted a moderate recovery in 2021-22. According to the report, Russia’s GDP will contract by 6% in 2020, total household consumption will fall by 4.9%, and total investment in fixed assets will fall by 8%.
The number of people infected with coronavirus in India has increased dramatically, giving it the third-highest number of cases in the world. India overtook Russia on Monday, with more than 720,000 cases, behind only the United States and Brazil. Meanwhile, the United States has recorded more than 13,000 infections in just 24 hours.
Russia participated in the “Normandy format” talks that were hosted by Germany on Friday. The negotiations lasted the whole day. Representatives from France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine participated at the summit, which was held in Berlin. The Normandy Format Talks were created in 2014, after Crimea’s annexation by Russia.
According to reports received from New Delhi on Thursday, India’s Ministry of Defense agreed to purchase 33 new Russian fighter jets and upgrade 59 others. The military pact between New Delhi and Moscow is worth $2.45 billion, according to the Defense Ministry. India is facing security challenges due to its borders with China and Pakistan.
A group of Russian scientists from the Crimean Federal University, together with experts from Moscow and Yekaterinburg, found some 661 lbs of bones of ancient animals. The remains found in June 2018 were located in one cave, which, according to scientists, was a haven for predators, where they dragged their prey.
Wednesday produced a big victory for Vladimir Putin. After counting more than 98 percent of the vote, a majority of Russians voted in favor of the proposed changes to the country’s constitution. Opposition leader Alexei Navalny has said he does not recognize the results of the referendum and will protest.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press conference on Wednesday that the US government’s goal is not to impose sanctions on Iran for only a short time. Instead, Pompeo said the United States would continue to seek an extension of the UN’s arms embargo against Iran.
Russian voters have approved, by a large majority, the constitutional amendments that allow President Vladimir Putin to run for two additional terms, according to the first results of the referendum. This package of constitutional amendments allows, among other measures, Putin to extend his presence in the Kremlin until 2036.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, addressing representatives of countries participating in a virtual session of the UN Security Council, said that countries from Israel to the Arab states of the Persian Gulf, all “unanimously” want to extend and expand Iran’s arms embargo.
Russia announced a new patent pertaining the autonomous system that is capable of converting thermal energy in to electrical energy, including in the conditions of a lunar base. It was obtained by specialists of the Kurchatov Institute, Russia’s leading research and development institution in the field of nuclear energy.
French President Emmanuel Macron has criticized Turkey for its role in the Libyan conflict. Macron said Monday night, after meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Mizeburg, near Berlin, that this role “is a threat to Africa and Europe, and France condemns external interference” in Libya.
Russia posted a new patent pertaining to defense technology and the vertical launch of a rocket. In may 2020, the US Navy tested the AGM-88G Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile-Extended Range (AARGM-ER), designed to destroy enemy missile defense systems.
News of the Russian military offering bounties to Afghan militant forces to take out American soldiers has caused a stir. It has pushed Congress to seek details on the matter. US President Donald Trump has, however, tweeted that it was a hoax aimed at discrediting his party.
Russia announced a 5th generation prototype of the SU-57 fighter jet. The new model, Metropolis, is expected to be completed by 2022. The tests of the Metropolis are scheduled to start in two years. Currently, tests of pre-production samples of the SU-57 are being completed.
According to Russian news outlet avia.pro, Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar said that it is time for Turkey to actively continue its military operations in Syria’s Idlib province. The publication quoted him as saying that the Turkish military will continue to fight all “terrorist organizations” that pose a threat to Turkey’s security, whether inside its borders or outside them.
On Wednesday, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, spoke at a joint press conference with President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. During a press conference, President Trump said that the United States plans to reduce American military personnel stationed in Germany.
The Russian intelligence service offered bounties to Taliban fighters to kill coalition forces, including US soldiers, in Afghanistan. The information is courtesy of U.S. officials who sought anonymity, as reported by the New York Times. The information has not been confirmed from an official team.
Japan staged a protest against a Russian plan to conduct geological exploration in the Sea of Okhotsk for the next three months. The area covers the four disputed Kuril Islands of Shikotan, Iturup, Habomai and Kunashir. In Japan, they are referred to as the “Northern Territories” or “or Southern Chishima.”
On June 26, the head of the Russian delegation in Vienna stated that there are no prerequisites for the modernization of the Vienna Document, which was initiated by 34 states. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) held its annual conference in Vienna from June 23-25. The statement came post-OSCE Conference.
Ukraine is going to hold local elections in October 2020. Due to the Coronavirus, campaigns for the autumn elections must be adapted to the new norm, with coronavirus restrictions and social distancing. Therefore, it is difficult to hold a rally or a large gathering of people to convey your platform message.
The US Treasury Department on Thursday issued a statement announcing its decision to blacklist major Iranian metal production companies and their affiliates. The US Treasury Department has emphasized the importance of the Mobarakeh Steel Company in particular.
Russia announced the development of medical robots that can be used in a variety of applications. One of the main utilizations of such robots will be to evacuate wounded and stricken soldiers from the battlefield. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2022.
In 1988, a wooden sarcophagus was found in Siberia. It was discovered to be a mummy of a young warrior that was buried with high honors. However, only recently, the confirmation came that the body belonged to a female. There have been debates for centuries pertaining to the importance of women in combat.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Russians began voting today in a referendum for Constitutional changes, spearheaded by the nation’s President, Vladimir Putin. If approved, the constitutional reform would give Putin the chance to stay in the Kremlin until 2036, when he will be over 80 years old.
China conducted inspections of the video streaming services TikTok in June. It was based on a formal complaint by Russia. In 2019, Roskomnadzor conducted a compliance check pertaining to TikTok operating in Russia. To note, Russia tightened its legislation in 2018.
On July 1st, Russian citizens will go to vote on the amendments to the Russian Constitution proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The ballot will include only yes or no questions. However, the details of the changes are not provided for the voters on the day of the vote.
The lead icebreaker Arktika (project 22220), which is being built by the Baltic Shipyard, has reached the final stage of the sea trials. The announcement came via a BZ press conference on June 23. Within the next three weeks, the operation team will check the operation of the icebreaker in the Gulf of Finland.
The Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh came to Moscow to participate in the 75th Victory Day Parade commemorating the end of World War II. It is expected to be the largest parade in Russian history. To note, Syrian military personnel are also involved in the parade, and completed a practice run on June 23.
Russia has been developing new spacecraft, “Orel” (Eagle). It has been in the design phase since 2009. However, the new details pertaining the spacecraft emerged this week. The New Chief Designer, Igor Khamits, gave an interview about the ship via a Roscosmos press release.
News reports quoted diplomatic sources as saying that the United States had submitted a draft resolution to the UN Security Council calling for a continued unrestricted arms embargo on Iran. Iran’s arms embargo, under the IAEA Board, continues until October of this year.