Russia applies to WHO for emergency listing of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, approval would speed up formula’s global distribution

As global coronavirus cases surge, Russia has applied to the World Health Organization (WHO) for the early pre-qualification and registration of its pioneering Sputnik V vaccine, which would make it available globally sooner. … Read More >Russia applies to WHO for emergency listing of Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, approval would speed up formula’s global distribution

Politicians from pro-Putin party propose chemical castration for convicted pedophiles in Russia, prepare draft law for parliament

Politicians from Russia’s ruling party have proposed a bill that would add chemical castration as a possible punishment for those convicted of pedophilia. Sex with a minor is currently dealt with by a lengthy prison sentence. … Read More >Politicians from pro-Putin party propose chemical castration for convicted pedophiles in Russia, prepare draft law for parliament

By imposing ‘illegitimate’ sanctions on Russians, EU officials have shown a ‘desire to put themselves above the law’ – FM Lavrov

In a sign that relations between Moscow and the European Union are deteriorating, Russia’s top diplomat has said that the EU is unable to “adequately assess” what is going on in the world, and wishes to be above the law. … Read More >By imposing ‘illegitimate’ sanctions on Russians, EU officials have shown a ‘desire to put themselves above the law’ – FM Lavrov

US, EU Doubling Up on Efforts to Limit Russia’s Development, Russian Foreign Minister Says

The United States and a number of EU countries have been stepping up efforts to prevent Russia from developing further by imposing new sanctions, without providing any factual evidence to explain the anti-Russia sanctions, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told the Croatian Vecernji List daily. … Read More >US, EU Doubling Up on Efforts to Limit Russia’s Development, Russian Foreign Minister Says

Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline Edges Closer to Completion as Broader US Sanctions Come Into Effect

The EU imported the highest ever volume of LNG in 2019 at 108 billion cubic meters, marking 27% of total gas imports and 22% of the EU’s gas consumption, according to the European Commission. The gas market report showed that Qatar supplied 30 bcm of LNG to the EU in 2019, followed by Russia with 21 bcm and the US with 17 bcm. … Read More >Nord Stream 2 Gas Pipeline Edges Closer to Completion as Broader US Sanctions Come Into Effect

Bolivia promises to buy Russian Covid-19 vaccine as new leader pledges to restore relations that ‘deteriorated’ after 2019 coup

The newly-elected President of Bolivia Luis Arce has pledged to improve ties with Russia, and plans to order its Covid-19 vaccine once it’s ready for sale, saying relations with Moscow ‘deteriorated’ under the previous government. … Read More >Bolivia promises to buy Russian Covid-19 vaccine as new leader pledges to restore relations that ‘deteriorated’ after 2019 coup

Putin says American presence in Afghanistan is beneficial to Moscow’s interests, rubbishes claims of ‘Russian bounties to Taliban’

Moscow has long been supportive of the presence of American troops in Afghanistan as it believes they contribute to the region’s stability and ultimately aid Russia’s national interests, President Vladimir Putin said on Sunday. … Read More >Putin says American presence in Afghanistan is beneficial to Moscow’s interests, rubbishes claims of ‘Russian bounties to Taliban’