The Russian Foreign Ministry will request official explanation from l’Elysée, as well as from the French Embassy in Moscow concerning a media-cited statement by President Emmanuel Macron alleging that Russian media is meddling in the republic’s affairs, namely Yellow Vests protests, Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.
“If this piece of news cites everything correctly (and we will officially request the French side both in Moscow and in Paris about this), then President Macron is the main producer of fake news in France, and all his activity towards fighting this is a sham,” Zakharova blogged on her Twitter micro blog.
A key figure of self-proclaimed Donetsk Republic died in an explosion at a cafe he owned in Donetsk city сenter, the local media reports.
Alexander Zakharchenko‘s assassination was reported by Donetsk news agency DNR.
There was no secret that Zakharchenko has an argument with Kremlin, vividly criticizing Russian inconsistent policy towards self-proclaimed entities.
Authorities in the “Donetsk People’s Republic” have blamed previous assassinations of pro-independence leaders on the Ukrainian government, which repeatedly denies any involvement.
Some observers have attributed the deaths to infighting among the rebels, or moves by Moscow to eliminate inconvenient separatist leaders, who are not prepared to perform as puppets following ever changing geopolitical context.
Meanwhile Russian Foreign Ministry issued a statement calling for an investigation, and expressing believe Kiev is behind the assassination.
There is no further information available on the number of victims perished in the blast, however the photos from the site of explosion circulating in the social networks show considerable damages to the building.
AMENDED: Together with Zakharchenko the minister of budget of Donetsk Republic Alexandre Timofeev was transported to hospital intensive care. Names of two other victims of explosion remain unknown.
Russians visiting the Stonehenge Megalithic monument in England risk drawing the attention of British secret services searching for evidence in relation to the poisoning of former Russian military intelligence Colonel Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia, since the famous site is located not far from the city of the Salisbury where the alleged poisoning took place, the Russian embassy in London said on Twitter.
“Advice to Russian citizens: when planning trips to Stonehenge and Salisbury, consider the risk of unwittingly drawing attention of British secret services struggling to produce evidence of Russian involvement in the Skripal poisoning,” the tweet reads.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova suggested at a briefing this week that Russians visiting the Salisbury area should be cautions and carry the telephone numbers of Russian diplomatic missions in the United Kingdom.
A powerful explosion hit the area near a vegetable market in As-Suwayda (92 km from Damascus) on Wednesday, July 25. Later a blast near Al-Musalleh was reported. The terror attacks were carried out along with assaults on settlements in the outskirts of As-Suwayda. At least 100 people were killed in the string of attacks, AFP reported citing the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Facing imminent defeat, terrorists resorted to a craven last-ditch effort and carried out deadly attacks in As-Suwayda, in southwestern Syria, the Russian Foreign Ministry said.
“Amid the success of the Syrian government forces, supported by the Russian Aerospace Forces, on liberating Syrian lands from the armed groups of the Islamic State and Jabhat al-Nusra and other terror groups, the extremists feel that their defeat is imminent and are desperately using mass violence against civilians,” the ministry said.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry (@MFA) informed about the failure of the Bolshoi Theater to perform in New York because of the denial to issue American visas to star dancers: ballerina Olga Smirnova(pictured) and first soloist Jacopo Tissi were not allowed to enter the United States.
“Just two days ago we were informed about the deplorable situation with the issuing of the American visas in Russia by the US authorities. Artificially created, it lead to considerable difficulties in maintaining business, cultural, sports and even family ties”- the statement says. The MFA is regretting “a new negative example” of the denial of entry to artists Moscow Bolshoi Theater, the Foreign Ministry underlines.
“Tours of national performing projects, including, of course, the Bolshoi Theater, which is considered the” visiting card “of our country throughout the world, invariably found the warmest response of the broad American public, but today the influential US forces, anxious to press Russia harder, do not stop at anything … As a result, the performances in New York of prima ballerina Olga Smirnova and the first soloist Jacopo Tissi have been cancelled” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary.
The artists had to perform at the Lincoln Center in New York. They were denied visas on April 10.
During Cold War era art of Bolshoi Ballet served as a point of rapprochement to reduce tensions between superpowers: President Kennedy & First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy (JBK) attend the opening of the Bolshoi Ballet at the Loew’s Capitol Theater, Washington DC, 8:00PM, 1962 November 13.
Threatening Syria with the use of force blatantly violates the United Nations Charter, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said.
“The threat to use force against a UN member state is, in itself, a blatant violation of the organization’s charter,” she underlined. “This is the organization the US ambassador to the United Nations has been so active in, thus confirming its legitimacy,” Zakharova added.
“Given the statements we’ve been hearing from the US ambassador, we would like to have an answer to the following question: Will a threat to use force against a sovereign state be legitimate? To say nothing of how far Syria has come in the fight against international terrorism, struggling to protect its sovereignty,” Zakharova continued.
Radical insurgent groups are determined to derail the peace process in Syria and are prepared to resort to extreme measures, she pointed out.
Russian Federation will not appoint Permanent Representative to NATO unless and until it sees that the alliance is ready for “serious work”, Andrei Kelin, Director of the Russian Foreign Ministry’s European Cooperation Department, said, according to TASS news agency reports.
“This position will remain vacant until we see the actual readiness on the part of NATO to work seriously,” Kelin told while exchanging with presse.
The diplomat pointed that the political and military situation in Europe continues to be complex, and measures are required to ease tensions. “However, we see no willingness to conduct a serious dialogue,” the diplomat continued. “Therefore, against this background, one can safely say that our mission cannot function there to the full extent due to objective circumstances.”
The position of Russian Permanent Representative to NATO has remained vacant after Alexander Grushko who earlier served as Russia’s envoy to NATO was appointed Russian Deputy Foreign Minister at the end of 2017.