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International community calls on Russia to de-escalate tensions around Eastern Ukraine

International community calls on Russia to de-escalate tensions around Eastern Ukraine

In a telephone conversation with the Ukrainian President, the European Council President Charles Michel expressed the EU's continued support for the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders. Michel reiterated his call on Russia to respect the OSCE principles and commitments on the transparency of military movements.
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Opinion: Russian goals in the Armenian snap parliamentary elections

Opinion: Russian goals in the Armenian snap parliamentary elections

With Armenia's snap parliamentary elections coming up in June, a lot of actors are looking at the country's domestic politics, but no one more closely than Moscow. In this op-ed, originally published on KarabakhSpace.eu, Benyamin Poghosyan looks at what the presence of the former Armenian president, Robert Kocharyan, means for Pashinyan and Armenian-Russian relations.
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Turkey says it remains firm in its support for Ukraine

Turkey says it remains firm in its support for Ukraine

Ukrainian president Vladimir Zelensky visited Istanbul over the weekend for talks with the Turkish president Recip Tayip Erdogan. Erdogan told the media after the talks that Turkey strongly defended Ukraine’s territorial integrity and sovereignty,” stressing, “We reaffirmed our principled stance of not recognizing the [Russian] annexation of Crimea.”
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Putin appoints experienced Vice Admiral as Head of North Ossetia

Putin appoints experienced Vice Admiral as Head of North Ossetia

Russian president Vladimir Putin has appointed retired Vice Admiral Sergei Menyailo as the interim head of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania. Menyailo was the first governor of Sevastopol following its annexation by Russia and served as Plenipotentiary of the President of the Russian Federation in Siberia.
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Russia's Gazprom may build two new LNG plants by 2025

Russia's Gazprom may build two new LNG plants by 2025

Gazprom intends to build an LNG plant with an annual capacity of 1.5 mln tonnes near the Far Eastern city of Vladivostok, and another facility on the Black Sea coast, which will have a production capacity ranging between 500,000 and 1.5 mln tonnes. Eastern Siberia and the Russian Far East are top priority regions for Gazprom in the long term.
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Russia's only aircraft carrier, "the Admiral Kuznetsov" embroiled in shipyard corruption scandal whilst under repair

Russia's only aircraft carrier, "the Admiral Kuznetsov" embroiled in shipyard corruption scandal whilst under repair

Russia's biggest naval ship and only aircraft carrier, the Admiral Kuznetsov, has been embroiled in a corruption scandal at the Murmansk shipyard where it currently is being repaired and overhauled. The ship is often used by Russia for power projection in the Mediterranean and elsewhere.