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The military exercises with the participation of the Pacific Fleet, Air Landing Troops and military aircrafts that started near the coast of the Kuril Islands on Tuesday caused a diplomatic row. Japan protested, considering large-scale military maneuvers in the area of the disputed territory to be unacceptable.


The EU countries still disagree on the need for stiffening sanctions against Russia, despite the pressure of a number of Western countries after the crash of the Malaysian airliner in Eastern Ukraine on July 17.


The USA sanctions against Rosneft may influence the plans for its privatization. This was reported by the Russian Minister of Economic Development Aleksei Ulyukayev. The issue of sanctions will be raised in the WTO.


Operating cash flow of Rosneft allows the company to continue the implementation of current projects under the sectoral sanctions of the USA.


The EU demands that the South Stream project must be put on hold until it meets the requirements of the EUs Third Energy Package, another move in a protracted politicized chess war of attrition.


A draft law on the introduction of entrance fees for foreigners residing in Russia without visas was introduced to the State Duma. The document imposes a ban on the entry of foreign citizens or stateless persons residing in Russia without visas, if the entrance fee was not pre-paid.


The attitude towards Russia and the United States around the world has significantly deteriorated during the last year, as it was shown by the poll conducted by GlobeScan sociological company commissioned by BBC World Service. The study was conducted in 24 countries on all continents before the political crisis in Ukraine and annexation of the Crimea to Russia from December 2013 to April 2014.


The auction of the works of Russian art finished yesterday, yielding 21.4 million pounds. This is the highest score in this category since June 2008 and the third largest score in the history of Sotheby's.


A new law provides the possibility for foreign citizens to join the flight crew of a civil aircraft owned by Russian legal entity or by individual entrepreneurs, who carry out commercial air transportation, perform aerial works, also in the capacity of the pilot in command.


The world media outlets offer their guesswork of the price behind the largest ever natural gas contract struck between Moscow and Beijing in Shanghai. But they all agree the venture has made Russia stronger and less vulnerable in case of sanctions.


Microsoft, Oracle, Symantec and HP joined the U.S. sanctions against Russian companies.


The EU has extended its list of Russian and Ukrainian officials that are subject to asset freezes and travel bans. According to the EUs Official Journal, restrictive measures are being implemented in respect of actions undermining or threatening the territorial integrity, sovereignty and independence of Ukraine.


The US has moved ahead with additional sanctions against Crimean officials, targeting individuals and the regions oil and gas company.


NATO has provided a comprehensive reply to what it says are a series of accusations against NATO based on misrepresentations of the facts.


Russia has a wide range of options in Ukraine, says a recent report by a UK defence think-tank. The Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI) has presented four possible military scenarios for the Ukraine crisis.


Restrictions on the length of stay of Russian citizens came into force in Ukraine. In accordance with the new rules introduced by the countrys State Border Guard Service, as well as by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the citizens of the Russian Federation, who arrived in Ukraine, may temporarily stay on its territory not more than 90 days within 180 days from the date of first entry.


Gazprom finds it possible to use the Russian ruble in the transactions with foreign contractors.


Russia has learned to dominate the world news headlines, drawing extensive press coverage with both positive and negative developments.


George Soros has been actively promoting a crude sale-off by the US as a penalty for Russia. But would a renewed US-Saudi energy alliance be a more powerful instrument?


Russia-IC has put together a digest of the most interesting pieces on the impact of the US action following Moscow's decision to incorporate Crimea into Russia.


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