At least 2,593 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since the start of the Kiev’s military operation against anti-government forces there started in mid-April, according to a new estimate by the Office of the UN High Commissioner on Human … Read the rest
Russia will not interfere in the choice of a model for state development by Ukraine, president Vladimir Putin said, adding that he could not understand why the authorities in Kiev were opposing federalization of their country. “For some unclear reason, … Read the rest
In just three months, on November 30, the Swiss will vote in a federal referendum on the future of the country’s gold reserves.
The referendum has arisen through a popular initiative called ‘Save our Swiss gold initiative’. In Switzerland, citizens … Read the rest
Russian President Vladimir Putin called on self-defence forces in Ukraine to open a “humanitarian corridor” to allow besieged Ukrainian troops to retreat.
“I call on the self-defence forces to open a humanitarian corridor for the Ukrainian troops who are surrounded, … Read the rest
Hungary Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Monday said he would seek to form a political alliance to stop the European Union pulling away from Russia over the crisis in Ukraine.
“The EU gets further away from Russia every day. That’s … Read the rest
It starts out un-alarmingly. The optimism of German consumers weakens somewhat, according to the forward-looking Gfk survey, conducted on a monthly basis for the European Commission. So the overall index fell to 8.6 for September, from 8.9 in August. It … Read the rest
At least 11 have been killed in shelling of the Donetsk city in the east of the country by Ukrainian troops, the city residents said on Thursday. Ten people were killed in a culture centre fire as a result of … Read the rest
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have emphasized the importance of international efforts of the contact group on Ukraine, which is expected to resume its work in the soonest time.
The Kremlin press service reported this on … Read the rest
The failure of the European Union’s Galileo satellites to reach their intended orbital position was likely caused by software errors in the Fregat-MT rocket’s upper-stage, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported Thursday.
“The nonstandard operation of the integrated management system was likely … Read the rest
The Russian Foreign Ministry said Thursday that Iran could possibly become a full member of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
“The agreements reached on November 24, 2013, in Geneva on Iran’s nuclear program opens the actual perspective that by November of … Read the rest
Swiss President and Chairperson-in-Office of the OSCE Didier Burkhalter shared Russia’s concern over nuclear security due to US intention to supply nuclear fuel to Ukraine and urged Moscow to address the International Atomic Energy Agency.
“We share your opinion regarding … Read the rest
Following NATO’s aggressive military posturing in Eastern Europe, Russian envoy to the alliance warned that the “configuration and activity” of its forces will impact how Russia proceeds with its own security planning and considerations.
“Obviously, we will take into consideration … Read the rest
By David Swanson.
The Russian Ambassador to the United States, Sergey Ivanovich Kislyak, spoke at the University of Virginia on Tuesday evening, in an event organized by the Center for Politics, which no doubt has video of the proceedings. Kislyak … Read the rest
A very unusual article appeared in the “Foreign Affairs” publication of the influential and policy-setting Council of Foreign Relations, titled “Print Less but Transfer More: Why Central Banks Should Give Money Directly to the People.”
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To some extent, low inflation