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Less than half of Russians worried about catching Covid-19, poll shows, but only one in three say they have had vaccine or virus

The majority of Russians believe they haven’t yet had Covid-19, new research reveals, but more than half of people say they aren’t actually worried about catching the virus and far fewer say they’ve signed up for a vaccine so far. That’s according to a new survey conducted by Moscow’s Levada Center, a pollster registered as […]

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Some 60% of German respondents would like to get Russian-made Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine – poll

About 60% of Germans would like to get vaccinated with the Russian-made Sputnik V vaccine if they were presented with such an opportunity, a fresh poll has shown. The survey, conducted by the pollster Forsa, was commissioned by the German Eastern Business Association, a group focusing on economic cooperation between Germany and countries located in […]

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How Story of Broken NATO Non-Enlargement Pledge Upends West’s Effort to Depict Russia as ‘Aggressor’

NATO non-enlargement promises to Soviet leaders following the fall of the Berlin Wall have again prompted a debate in the media. What’s behind the timing of the Western media’s renewed attempt to downplay the famous “not one inch eastward” assurance as a myth? Earlier this month two reports emerged concerning the “myth” of NATO’s post-Cold […]

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Russia ready to discuss human rights if Biden wants, but starting with arrest of protesters who stormed US Capitol, says FM Lavrov

After US President Joe Biden revealed he plans to raise the issue of human rights when he meets his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin next month, Moscow has said it is happy to have the discussion, as long as it goes both ways. Speaking as part of a press conference on Monday, Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergey […]

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Israel faces change of government as anti-Netanyahu opposition announces agreement

A coalition of Israel’s opposition parties have announced they have reached an unlikely agreement and now have the votes to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the country’s longest-serving leader. Naftali Bennett, former defense minister for Netanyahu, and opposition leader Yair Lapid will lead the opposition parties under this new agreement that would split power in […]

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Norway, Sweden Demand Answers on Espionage After Report of Denmark Helping NSA Spy on EU Politicians

While Danish Defence Minister Trine Bramsen reiterated that wiretapping allies is “unacceptable”, researchers and analysts have warned of an “intelligence scandal” in Denmark and compared Copenhagen’s “very precarious” position to that of a “louse pressed between two nails”. The governments of Norway and Sweden have demanded explanations from Copenhagen following revelations of the Defence Intelligence […]

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How One of Europe’s Smallest States, San Marino, is Winning the COVID War Thanks to Russia’s Vaccine

San Marino, a tiny landlocked state, surprised many of its European neighbours when it began easing anti-COVID restrictions in mid-April, several months after it stocked up on Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine. It may be one of Europe’s smallest states, but it’s winning the COVID battle thanks to Russia’s vaccine. The country, which has a population […]

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Russia Reminds US Its Presence in Syria is Illegal After Washington Charges Moscow With ‘Violations’

Damascus and its allies have repeatedly blasted the US over their illegal occupation of Syrian territory in the country’s south and northeast, and have demanded that all foreign military forces not explicitly invited into the country by the Syrian government vacate the Middle Eastern nation immediately, in accordance with international law. The Russian Embassy in […]

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‘Blind destructive rage’: At least 93 police officers injured, more than 350 protesters arrested during chaotic May Day in Berlin

May Day celebrations in Germany’s capital devolved into rioting, with burning barricades and scuffles between protesters and police. Nearly 100 officers were injured in the skirmishes, local security officials said on Sunday. May 1 is a day of political diversity. And of course freedom of expression and assembly apply even in times of pandemic. However, […]

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It’s Time to Return Incirlik & Kurecik Bases to Turkey, Reconsider Relations With US, Observer Says

Turks have taken to the streets in Istanbul, Ankara, Adana, and other cities to protest against Joe Biden recognising the events of 1915 as an Armenian genocide. The demonstrators called upon the Turkish authorities to end the US military’s use of the Incirlik Air Base and Kurecik Radar Station in southern Turkey. “I believe that […]

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Lavrov Says Berlin Should Provide Info on Navalny Before Asking Questions About Ukraine

MOSCOW – Germany should provide the required information about Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny, who received medical treatment in the country following his alleged poisoning, before calling on Russia to explain its troop movement close to the Ukrainian border, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday. German Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer recently said Russia […]

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Moscow Informs Washington of Restrictions for Diplomatic Staffers Amid Bilateral Crisis

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has notified Bartle Gorman, the deputy head of mission at the US Embassy in Moscow, of changes in the procedure for the entry of US diplomatic staffers, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated Monday. Moscow has informed the US about the next steps Russia is taking in order to address the […]

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Turkish Media Account Accuses US of Mass ‘Genocide’ of 84 Million People Amid Armenia Spat

Already shaky relations between the US and its Turkish ally took another turn for the worse last week after Joe Biden formally recognised the actions of the Ottoman Empire against Armenians in the early part of the 20th century as genocide. The move sparked outrage throughout Turkey and demands to leave NATO or kick US […]

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Reckless posturing by the US over Russo-German Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline threatens erosion of trust between Washington and the EU

The US has been using the Russian Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project for its politicized carrot-and-stick maneuvers in relations with the EU. But this type of foreign policy only erodes trust within alliances. Meeting in Brussels on Wednesday, the European Parliament weighed two separate sets of remarks relating to Russian energy policies. These remarks […]

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First batch of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 jabs delivered to India as country expands its vaccine drive to entire adult population

India has received its first batch of the Russian-made Sputnik V jab. Heavily hit by a new wave of Covid-19 infections, the country has expanded its vaccination drive in a bid to inoculate its entire adult population. An aircraft carrying the vaccines touched down in the southern Indian city of Hyderabad on Saturday. “First batch […]

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