#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – June 29 – /ITAR-TASS/. Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Pyotr Poroshenko of Ukraine and Francois Hollande of France, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a telephone conversation on Sunday to continue discussion of various aspects of the crisis in Ukraine, the Kremlin press service said, adding that it was a long conversation.
“The leaders agreed to continue telephone contacts in the four-party format,” the press service said.
Putin, Hollande, Merkel and Poroshenko also touched upon issues related to the signing of the association agreement between Ukraine and the European Union in Brussels on June 27.
#AceWorldNews – NOVOSIBIRSK, June 04. /ITAR-TASS/. NATO advances towards the Russian borders has nothing to do with European security issues, Kremlin administration head Sergei Ivanov said on Wednesday.
Pronouncements that NATO’s east European boundaries had to be strengthened “are used either as a psychological trick or knowingly used as a screen for moving NATO’s military infrastructure closer to our borders,” the head of the presidential administration said.
“I don’t see any military sense in it. This is more about politics, or cheap politics, to put it blantly,” Ivanov added.
Statements generated further problems in relations between Russia and NATO, which had developed positively over recent years, he said.
“There are certain security problems that equally worry Russia and NATO member-countries. But these problems are outside the European continent and have nothing to do with the European security,” Ivanov said.
“That is why, in my opinion, advancement of [NATO] infrastructure south-east has a destabilising nature and has nothing to do with real problems of security in Europe,” he added.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 26 – The Kremlin is ready for Ukraine’s lawsuit over Crimea’s incorporation by Russia, ITAR-TASS quoted Sergey Ivanov, the head of the Kremlin administration, as saying on Monday.
“We will be waiting for a lawsuit in this case” if Pyotr Poroshenko, who is leading in Ukraine’s Sunday presidential elections, is going to file it, Ivanov told journalists.
He also said that Kiev owes Russia $3.5 billion for natural gas supplies.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 23 – Russia has prepared a classified document with retaliatory measures to Western sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine, a senior Kremlin economic aide said Friday.
There are tactics developed in response to these sanctions, Andrey Belousov told Rossiya 24 TV during the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.
Certain activities will concern different levels – it depends on whether the sanctions are imposed against individuals or sectors, if they are systemic or not, he said.
If any new sanctions are imposed against Russia, “we know exactly how to react,” the official said.
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#AceWorldNews- MOSCOW – April 29 – More than two million people will take part in May Day demonstrations of labour unions throughout Russia.
A festive march will be staged on Red Square in central Moscow for the first time since 1991.
Head of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions Mikhail Shmakov told a news conference at ITAR-TASS that Russia is reviving a tradition to celebrate May Day at the Kremlin walls.
#AceBreakingNews – DONESTSK – April 27 – A crowd of pro-Russia activists has stormed the television broadcasting centre in Donetsk, the regional capital of eastern Ukraine.
They are demanding the suspension of broadcasts of Ukrainian-language channels and the restoration of Russian state channels.
The interim government in Kiev, the capital, last month blocked the broadcasts of the Russian channels, which serve as propaganda tools for the Kremlin.
The crowd of several hundred that stormed the broadcasting centre on Sunday included several dozen men wearing camouflage fatigues and face masks.
Such pro-Russia forces have seized government buildings in at least 10 cities in eastern Ukraine.
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#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 29 – In a telephone conversation with his US counterpart Barack Obama the Russian President Vladimir Putin drew attention to the continuing rampage by extremists in Ukraine, who are committing acts of intimidation against civilians, bodies of power, and law enforcers in different parts of Ukraine and in Kiev and do so with impunity, the Kremlin’s press-service has said.
In this context the Russian leader suggested considering likely steps by the international community to help stabilize the situation in Ukraine. It was agreed that Russian and US foreign ministers would discuss specific parameters of such joint work in the near future.
#AceWorldNews – KREMLIN – March 25 – Moscow is interested in continuing contacts with G8 nations at all levels, President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman said Tuesday.
“The Russian side continues to be ready to have such contacts at all levels, including the top level,” Interfax quoted Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.
Leaders of the Group of Seven nations on Monday suspended their participation in the Group of Eight industrialized nations until Russia changes course on Ukraine, Reuters said.
#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – March 23 – Russian President Vladimir Putin instructed chief executives of several ministries and agencies to approve plans of organisational events to form territorial federal executive authorities and other bodies and departments in the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol before March 29 envisaging some changes in numerical strength of these authorities if necessary, the Kremlin press service reported on Sunday.
#AceWorldNews International condemnation of the referendum began pouring in from world capitals even before the polls had closed.
US Secretary of State John Kerry demanded that Moscow pull back its forces to their bases in Crimea in return for constitutional reforms in Ukraine to protect minority rights.
A US State Department official said Kerry told Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in a phone call that “as Ukrainians take the necessary political measures going forward, Russia must reciprocate by pulling forces back to base.”
The European Union said it would be deciding on sanctions against Russia on Monday that include the possible seizure of the foreign assets of top Kremlin officials and travel bans for senior ministers.
“We reiterate the strong condemnation of the unprovoked violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty… and call on Russia to withdraw its armed forces to their pre-crisis numbers,” the EU said in a statement.
#AceBreakingNews The President’s Administration denied the allegations that today’s DDoS-attack on the Kremlin website is linked to the events in Ukraine, a source in the Kremlin told Itar-Tass on Friday.
The source said that “similar spamming mailings occur very often, but with different intensity.” “It is wrong to link them to the events in Ukraine,” he noted.
“The Kremlin’s website is available for anybody, and such situations are understandable,” the source added, noting that specialists are currently investigating the origin of the DDoS-attack.
Earlier, the Kremlin’s press service has confirmed that the official website of the Russian president became target of a cyber attack. The representatives said that specialists are currently taking all necessary measures to ensure that all users can access the resource.
“Indeed, the case in hand is a major DDoS-attack aimed not only at the Kremlin’s site, but also on some other web portals,” the press service told Itar-Tass, adding that this is the most powerful attempt to destabilize the resource’s operation.
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#AceWorldNews “A serious DDoS attack is currently under-way, not only on the Kremlin site, but also a number of other web portals,” the Kremlin’s press service told Russian news agency ITAR-TASS, confirming this is the most powerful cyber-attack ever carried out on the presidential site.
“Every possible measure is being taken to bring the site back on-line,” said the press service. “At present the site is working for most users.”
Russia’s Central Bank also confirmed that its site had been knocked out by hackers on Friday morning.
“At the moment Central Bank’s website is experiencing problems due to a hack attack. Central Bank is taking steps to restore the website and prevent further attacks,” said a spokesperson from the Bank to the press.
The site now appears to be working, but is experiencing delays loading page information.
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#AceWorldNews “A powerful cyber-attack is under-way on the [Kremlin] site,” a Kremlin spokeswoman said, adding they had been unable to discern who had carried out the attack.
#AceWorldNews says an hour-long phone call on Thursday was initiated by Barack Obama several hours after he announced new visa restrictions and financial sanctions against Russians who the US accuses of contributing to the Ukrainian crisis.
“President Obama emphasized that Russia’s actions are in violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, which has led us to take several steps in response, in coordination with our European partners,” a White House press release reads.
President Putin told his American counterpart that the government, which came to power in Ukraine following a coup, is not supported by all of the country but “is imposing its absolutely illegitimate decisions upon eastern, south-eastern and Crimea regions.”
“Russia cannot ignore calls for help it receives in this situation and it acts accordingly, in full compliance with international law,” Putin said as cited in a Kremlin statement on Friday.
The Russian president emphasized that he regarded Russian-US relations as ones of paramount importance to guarantee stability and security in the world.
“These relations should not be sacrificed to differences over individual – even though very important – international problems,” the press release says.
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#AceWorldNews says Russia could reduce to zero its economic dependency on the United States if Washington agreed sanctions against Moscow over Ukraine, a Kremlin aide said on Tuesday, warning that the American financial system faced a “crash” if this happened.
“We would find a way not just to reduce our dependency on the United States to zero but to emerge from those sanctions with great benefits for ourselves,” said Kremlin economic aide Sergei Glazyev, saying Russia could stop using dollars for international transactions.
“An attempt to announce sanctions would end in a crash for the financial system of the United States, which would cause the end of the domination of the United States in the global financial system,” he added.
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#AceWorldNews says according to latest reports France is reportedly suspending preparations for a G8 summit to be held in Sochi, Russia, as part of pressure on the Kremlin over Ukraine.
President Francois Hollande met with Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and other officials this morning to discuss the situation in Ukraine and look for ways of de-escalating tensions and preventing military intervention, French media report, quoting sources in the Elysee Palace.
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