Brussels: On March 15, NATO showed grave concerns about Russia using chemical weapons in a "false flag" attack as part of its invasion of Ukraine. NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said, "We are concerned Moscow could stage a false flag operation in Ukraine, possibly with chemical weapons," Stoltenberg told a press conference.
On Monday, Moscow announced a temporary ceasefire and a plan to evacuate Ukrainians from several cities, mainly to Russia and Belarus. Kyiv outrightly rejected the proposal as “immoral” and said that Ukrainian citizens should be allowed to evacuate to other parts of Ukraine. Previous ceasefire ventures in the southeastern port city of Mariupol slumped over the weekend.
It emerged on Monday that Moscow had again rejected to rule out deploying military units to Cuba and Venezuela as tensions with the West over Ukraine simmer. It declared that it was “exploring options” to guarantee Russia’s security. Last week, Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said that he could “neither confirm nor exclude” the possibility of Russia sending missiles or other assets to Latin America.
Islamabbad: The Russian foreign ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova asserted that Moscow upholds the decision of the World Bank to release $280 million of the frozen Afghan assets, but total assets should be unfrozen. “We support the decision of the World Bank to allocate $280 million from the frozen funds of the Afghanistan Reconstruction Trust Fund to the UN World Food Program and UNICEF. However, we consider the measure to be insufficient and call for unfreezing the remaining funds, which amount to more than $1 billion, as soon as possible,” she stated.
Riga: NATO Secretary-General, Jens Stoltenberg, stated that Russia would pay a high price for any new military attack against Ukraine. Both NATO and the United States warned Moscow on Tuesday as the Western military bloc met to discuss Moscow's implications for bunching troops on the border of Ukraine. "There will be a high price to pay for Russia if they once again use force against the independence of the nation, Ukraine," Stoltenberg said.
As Moscow continues to press international corporations to create offices in Russia and retain Russians' personal data on its soil, a Russian court has ordered Google to pay yet another huge fine for violating the country's restrictions on banned content. On September 29, a magistrate court in Moscow's Taganka district determined that Google must pay a total of 6.5 million rubles ($89,400) in two cases for failing to delete banned material.
MOSCOW, Oct 15 (Xinhua/APP): Russia has added 13,754 COVID19 cases and 286 deaths on Thursday, following Wednesday's record daily rise, the country's COVID19 response center said in a statement. Russia has tallied 1,354,163 COVID19 cases and a death toll of 23,491. In the capital Moscow, 3,942 new infections were reported, pushing the city's total to 347,946, the centre said.
MOSCOW, Oct 14 (Xinhua/APP): Russia registered 14,231 new coronavirus cases over the past 24 hours, bringing its total to 1,340,409, according to a statement published by the country's COVID19 response center Wednesday. Moscow reported most of the new cases with 4,573 infections, reaching a cumulative case count of 344,004, the centre said. The Russian government has introduced new travel restrictions for the elderly.
MOSCOW, Oct 12 (Xinhua/APP): Russia registered 13,592 COVID19 cases in the past 24 hours, bringing its national tally to 1,312,310, the country's COVID19 response center said Monday. Russia recorded 125 new deaths in the past 24 hours, bringing the COVID-19 cumulative death toll in the country to 22,722. More than 51.1 million tests have been conducted in the country.