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Stories under this heading cover Russia, as well as countries in the eastern part of the European continent, such as Belarus, Ukraine, and Moldova.

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Borrell addresses EU-Russia relations in a meeting with MEPs

Borrell addresses EU-Russia relations in a meeting with MEPs

Russia remains our largest neighbour and it remains an important global actor. Not from the economic point of view, the economics of Russia is more or less the same size as Italy. It is much bigger in surface, but economically speaking it is a medium-sized state. They have a lot of gas, and gas is becoming more and more expensive. This is good news for them and bad news for us. They have the atomic arm, they have an important army and they use it when they need it. In any case, Russia will not disappear. It will be there and this will not change overnight.

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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.
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Lavrov upbeat after Gulf visit

Lavrov upbeat after Gulf visit

Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, has wrapped up his tour of three Gulf countries after meeting his counterparts in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar. In various press appearances with his local counterparts Lavrov appeared upbeat on the future of relations between Russia and the Gulf countries, but there was not much detail as to how this can happen in substance.
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Russians at the door

Russians at the door

Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov visits UAE, Saudi Arabia and Qatar this week intending to assert his country's claim to a role in regional affairs. 18 months ago, Moscow unveiled its updated "Russian Collective Security Concept for the Persian Gulf region". It envisages a collective mechanism of response to challenges and threats with the participation of regional states, including Iran and all Arab countries.