Russian President Vladimir Putin has submitted to the State Duma an agreement with Armenia on a united regional air security system in the Caucasus region that, once launched, would boost the protection of southern borders of Russia and its allies.
Journalists at the Russian daily Novaya Gazeta have called on authorities to find and punish those who ordered the murder of reporter Anna Politkovskaya 10 years ago.
The Russian government has drafted a set of amendments extending state protection programs to military servicemen and police who take part in counter-terrorist operations, as well as intelligence agents who protect the interests of the country.
Ninety-nine percent of Russian citizens don’t think their country was in any way responsible for downing the MH17 passenger jet in eastern Ukraine in 2014, with half inclined to believe that the Ukrainian military was the guilty party.
Vladimir Putin has appointed the former director of Russia’s state nuclear energy corporation, Sergey Kiriyenko, as first deputy head of his administration in charge of domestic politics.
Speaking before the newly elected Lower House of parliament, President Vladimir Putin emphasized the importance of having a strong national defense and rich mineral resources, but also said that the main strength of Russia was in the unity of its people.
Russia’s Federation Council speaker has called the US suspension of contacts with Russia over Syria settlement “an agony,” adding that she suspected the US side of intention to divide Syria into several parts that could only lead to new round of war.
Russia’s Education Ministry plans to introduce a course of lectures in schools and universities aimed at increasing awareness about terrorist groups and their recruitment methods, as well as to counter extremist propaganda.
The Lower House could ratify an agreement to place a Russian Air Force base in the Syrian Republic on an unlimited basis as soon as Friday of this week, a senior Russian lawmaker told reporters on Tuesday.
The Russian PM and leader of the parliamentary majority party United Russia told reporters that the parliament and government would prioritize responsibility and predictability in all their actions so that rapid change does not hurt the average citizen.