MOSCOW, Jan 30 (Reuters) – The chief of Russia’s armed
forces said on Friday a strong nuclear arsenal will ensure
military superiority over the West as Russia seeks to fulfil a
multi-billion dollar plan to modernise its forces by 2020.
Russia, facing a likely recession this year after U.S. and
European sanctions over Ukraine and a fall in oil prices, must
deal with new forms of Western aggression, including economic
confrontation, said armed forces chief Gen. Valery Gerasimov.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Director Andrei Zvyagintsev, whose bleak depiction of his homeland in the Oscar-nominated film Leviathan divided Russia, said on Wednesday the polarization proved his movie had “touched something very important”.
The Golden Globe-winning film exposes some of the country’s modern taboos, portraying the doomed struggle of a man in Russia’s far North against a greedy and corrupt local mayor while casting the Russian Orthodox Church in a dubious light.
MOSCOW, Jan 28 (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday military
action by the Ukrainian government would prompt an “inevitable
further escalation of the conflict” with pro-Russian separatists
in eastern Ukraine and undermine any peacemaking.
Russia has stepped up criticism of Kiev since violence has
intensified in the conflict, where a ceasefire collapsed after
rebels drove Ukrainian government forces out of Donetsk airport.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Ratings agency S&P cut Russia’s sovereign credit rating to below investment grade, or “junk” status, on Monday for the first time in a decade.
The rouble fell after the news to 67.98 against the dollar, more than 5 percent lower than the previous close on the Moscow Exchange.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia might deliver a long-overdue S-300 air defence missile system to Iran, honouring a contract that was cancelled in 2010 following strong pressure from the West, Iranian and Russian media said on Tuesday.
Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu is visiting Tehran and signed an agreement with Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan to boost cooperation, Iran’s Fars semi-official news agency said.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Wednesday NATO was turning Ukraine into a “frontline of confrontation” and threatened to sever remaining ties with the Atlantic military alliance if Ukraine’s hopes of joining it were realized.
The Kiev parliament’s renunciation of Ukraine’s neutral status on Tuesday in pursuit of NATO membership has outraged Moscow and deepened the worst confrontation between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The glittering Jaguars and Land Rovers parked on the showroom tiles at Rolf car dealership in Moscow looked like a steal, still priced in last week’s rubles. But by Wednesday you were probably too late.
Russians have been racing to buy cars, electronic goods and designer clothes with their swiftly devaluing rubles. But some international firms have suspended supplies of luxury items, at least until the currency stabilizes.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The offices of one of Russia’s most active human rights groups in the troubled North Caucasus region of Chechnya was torched and its members were held by armed men in camouflage on Sunday, a top human rights activist said.
The Joint Mobile Group has come under fire from Chechnya’s Kremlin-backed strong-arm leader Ramzan Kadyrov after the group’s head criticised methods of punishment used against those suspected of being part of the region’s Islamist insurgency.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia said on Tuesday it was concerned by the behavior of German leaders and warned that Europe would suffer if Berlin stopped playing a constructive role in relations between Moscow and the West.
Under Chancellor Angela Merkel, Berlin has taken the lead in trying to convince President Vladimir Putin to engage with the West during the crisis in Ukraine but her criticism of Moscow has sharpened in the last few weeks.
MOSCOW/KIEV (Reuters) – Russia warned the United States on Thursday against supplying arms to Ukrainian forces fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, hours before U.S. Vice-President Joe Biden was due to arrive in Kiev.
Ukraine accused President Vladimir Putin of treating its territory like a “playing field”, trying to unleash a full-scale war that would pose a broader threat to NATO countries.