On Thursday, international oil prices bottomed out and rebounded, benefiting from OPEC+’s possible slowdown in production increase. However,the renewed surge in new coronavirus cases in Europe and the United States, the blockage of negotiations on the US stimulus plan, and the increase in US gasoline inventories all indicate a worsening outlook for fuel demand.
Russia and the President, Vladimir Putin, have been on the forefront of the Western news. A large amount of the attention on Russia stems from the Alexei Navalny poisoning in August. However, it has not been conclusive who is behind the poisoning. While the West glorifies Navalny as an opposition martyr, he is far from such.
The European Union discussed (but failed to agree on) sanctions against Turkey over the weekend, Euronews reported. Several countries want to punish Turkey for violating the sovereign rights of Greeks and Cypriots in the Eastern Mediterranean. However, Germany, Spain, Italy, Hungary, and Malta blocked the proposal.
Russian Ministry of Finance (MinFin) announced proposed changes on October 19 pertaining to the defense budget. The new proposals are expected to save 20 billion Rubles ($257.4 million) annually. It is expected that law enforcement agencies would be restructured as well.
The creation of the Eurasian Economic Union has been predetermined by three historical aspects, which, within the framework of close cooperation, determine the direction of the economies of the member states. These three formats, which are interfaced to one degree or another, gave the prototype of the EAEU.
Erdogan made a statement that he does not recognize the Crimea as part of Russia. The Kremlin representative said that the Union of Russia and Turkey is impossible after Erdogan’s words about Crimea. “Erdogan has his own agenda. We can’t even talk about any ‘Union’,” Pushkov said.
As of Sunday, all restrictions on the transfer of weapons, related activities and financial services have been lifted. “Automatically cease to operate” and all bans on entry into the country, as well as on transit through the territories of UN member States, which were previously imposed against a number of Iranian citizens and military officials, said Iranian Foreign Ministry.
Armenia has accused Azerbaijan of violating the ceasefire just minutes after it took effect in the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region. The ceasefire was agreed upon at midnight local time on Saturday. A spokesman for Armenia’s defense ministry said Azerbaijan had violated the ceasefire by firing artillery shells and rockets just four minutes after it took effect.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted a draft law on the State Council to the State Duma. The document sets out the status, structure, and powers of the state Council. The changes are in line with the amendments to the Russian Constitution proposed by President Putin.
Russia’s Ambassador to the Netherlands, Alexander Shulgin, was summoned to the Dutch Foreign Ministry after Russia decided not to participate in trilateral consultations on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 (MH17) in 2014. That’s according to a message from the Kingdom’s Foreign Minister, Stef Blok, to the Dutch Parliament.
Russian scientists, in collaboration with their Chinese colleagues, created one of the most powerful explosives yet discovered. The project was done conjointly between the the Russian Mendeleev University of Chemical Technology and the Beijing Institute of Technology.
A student from the Far Eastern Federal University in Vladivostok, Georgy Budnik, created a device that monitors the condition of a protective mask and tells you when it’s time to change it. The student was part of the Axiom team, which participated in the International Exhibition for Young Inventors 2020 that was held this month.
Russian economist Ivan Smirnov from the Higher School of Economics created an artificial intelligence system that determines a student’s academic performance based on their posts on the social media platforms. Smirnov received a Russian grant to facilitate the project. The result is 94% accurate.
Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was poisoned in August. As a result, the future of the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline has been questioned. There is an attempt to simultaneously put pressure on Russia as part of the package of sanctions for the Navalny poisoning and not use these sanctions against Nord stream 2.
Last month, the Russian nuclear powered icebreaker Arktika completed the second stage of sea trials and returned to its homeport of St. Petersburg. The second phase of testing lasted almost three months. It should be noted that the first stage of sea trials took place in December last year.
After the poison attack on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the European Union is launching new sanctions on Russia. The foreign ministers of the EU countries agreed on Monday at a meeting in Luxembourg to begin the necessary preparations. In addition to travel restrictions for certain people, these could also include economic sanctions, for example.
A member of the initiative group of Viktor Babariko, businessman Yuri Voskresensky and Director of PandaDoc Dmitry Rabtsevich had a meeting with Lukashenko. Thereafter, they were released from the jail. The announcement came via Belarus 1 TV Channel. Belarus 1 is a state-owned television channel in Belarus.
The Russian Telecom providers reported this weekend that they received official federal government letters. The letters request all Russian service providers to provide information on the use of the Google Cache servers. The Google Cache servers speed up downloading videos from YouTube.
Russian company Smart Engines made an announcement via Russian CNews. The company developed new software, called Smart Tomo Engine. This software is developed for the reconstruction of x-ray tomographic images in real time. The software can be applicable in the airport scanning, medical, security, law enforcement and the government agencies.
Russian physicists created an ultra-strong and transparent material for radio waves based on polyethylene and carbon nanotubes. It will protect radar from bad weather impact and even bullets. The achievement is described in a scientific article published in the journal Technical Physics.
Russia SVR made a public statement that Turkey is supporting Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict. Turkey’s open and unequivocal support for Azerbaijan is a fundamentally new external factor that affects the nature of the current aggravation of the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh, SVR head Sergey Naryshkin said to Tass.
Russian opposition politician Alexey Navalny on Wednesday called upon the European Union to impose tough sanctions on key figures in Russian President Vladimir Putin’s government, as well as his inner circle. His proposed sanctions would include entry bans in response to Navalny’s poisoning.
The Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) announced plans to build a hydrogen fuel plant on the moon. There are no technical data for this project yet. While we can only guess, however, if you look at the history of space research in Japan, we can assume that by 2035 the first fuel station for interplanetary flights will actually work on the moon.
Roscosmos announced on Monday that a contract for the development of the preliminary design of the reusable launch vehicle, Amur, has been signed. The contract is for $82.5 billion (70 billion Roubles). The first launch is scheduled for 2026. The carrier is expected to have a returnable first stage and a single-use second stage, both equipped with methane engines.
The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) made an announcement Tuesday to the effect that it had discovered Novichok-like substances thanks to tests it had conducted on Russian opposition politician, Alexei Navalny. He was hospitalized in Berlin after he was allegedly poisoned.
Last Wednesday, the Turkish Statistical Institute published data pertaining to the nation’s foreign trade. The situation looks troublesome. Turkey has been on the forefront of the news for the past week, regarding President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s support of Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.
This week, NASA announced the creation of the Planet Patrol Website. The purpose of the website to aid scientists in the research of the new exoplanets in the data of the TESS space telescope. The Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is a space telescope for NASA’s Explorers program, designed to search for exoplanets using the transit method in an area 400 times larger than that covered by the Kepler mission.
Iran declared its intention to support Armenia and began transferring tanks and artillery. The Iranian defense Ministry has begun an emergency transfer of its artillery and heavy armored vehicles to the border with Azerbaijan, preparing to support Armenia if necessary. We know about the transfer of at least two dozen field howitzers and three dozen T-72 tanks to the borders of Azerbaijan.
The Zaslon Scientific and Technical Center plans to equip Mi-28NM helicopters with a mechanism for launching mini-drones. The mechanism will include the modular cluster unit of the unguided aircraft missiles (NAR) B 8V 10U V. The main difference from the currently-used weapons is the ability to adapt the number of guides for missiles for each task.
France is concerned about the verdict of the historian and head of the Karelian Memorial, Yuri Dmitriev. They are especially concerned since his health has deteriorated sharply since the beginning of his detention, the French Embassy in Moscow reported. Furthermore, last Sunday, an open letter was penned in support of Dmitriev.
Canada and the United Kingdom on Wednesday announced sanctions against the Belarusian President Aléxander Lukashenko, his son, and other senior Belarusian government officials. The sanctions include travel bans and asset freezes. They were the first sanctions to be implemented by major Western powers.
Roscosmos specialists have confirmed that there is an air leak on the International Space station (ISS), and its place is located in the Russian Zvezda module. The crew has yet to determine the location of the leak, but if necessary, additional oxygen can be delivered to orbit.
The Chairman of the French Senate Commission on International Affairs and Defense, Christian Cambon, believes that Russia and France could establish a new European security structure that would differ from NATO. He said this in an interview with the Kommersant newspaper, published on Tuesday.
Scientists at the N. F. Gamalei Center held the first online briefing on the main stages of the development of the Sputnik V vaccine for an American audience. The discussion was attended by more than 100 doctors and medical staff of the Maimonides Medical Center, one of the most reputable medical institutions in the United States.
Rostelecom and Rosatom State Corporation have successfully completed a pilot project to create a fiber-optic communication line (FOCL) using quantum encryption key distribution (QCR) technology. KRK technology allows two legitimate parties of communication to get a common key for encryption.
On Monday, Russia published information that Twitter removed Ria Novosti from the search results. Additionally, users who were not subscribed to the Ria Novosti page will now be unable to find it in Russia or other countries. Earlier, Twitter blocked the profiles of KE and Sputnik in the same manner.
Recently, the American strategic bombers were observed over Ukraine skies near the capital and the Black Sea. Kiev and Odessa residents reported seeing them in the sky, during the active phase of the joint efforts exercise. Hence, the US bombers seen did not enter the Ukraine air space by accident.
On Sunday September 27, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov had a telephone conversation with Armenian foreign Minister Z. G. Mnatsakanyan. The situation in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict zone was discussed, and Sergey Lavrov expressed serious concern over the ongoing large-scale fighting on the contact line, as well as information about the dead and wounded.
As early as next year, only Russian cosmonauts can be delivered by Soyuz to the International space station (ISS). The statement was made by the head of the Russian Cosmonaut Training Center. The International Space Station is a modular space station in low Earth orbit.
Russian researchers have created a device that instantly detects dangerous viruses and bacteria in the air, even if there are very few of them. A compact detector will help you determine whether it is safe to be in a room or vehicle. This innovation is relevant given the Coronavirus pandemic around the world.
The Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced on September 25, his new order to create a Military Science Council to work on the country’s own weapons system. The announcement was commemorated to the 15th anniversary of the operational strategic command of the armed forces of the Republic.
This week, the Ukraine Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council, Alexey Danilov, dealt a decisive blow to the “unruly” Russian social network Vkontakte. VK is a Russian online social media and social networking service based in Saint Petersburg. VK is available in multiple languages but it is predominantly used by Russian-speakers.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov spoke at a press conference, which was held on Thursday. The discussion revolved around the completion of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, a new export gas pipeline running from Russia to Europe across the Baltic Sea, a point of US opposition, and a matter of honor for Germany.
This week, Russia’s Rostec State Corporation unveiled the operation of the Russian 5G base station. The layout of the base station, which implements the functionality required by the Telecom operator to build a mobile network, was developed by domestic specialists with the participation of NPC kryptonite.
German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung published information that German law enforcement agencies can not open a criminal case on the fact of poisoning of Alexey Navalny. Germany can not investigate the Navalny case because it is outside its jurisdiction.