9:23 [Mint Press News] (E)
Eva Bartlett traveled to Crimea to see firsthand out how Crimeans have fared since 2014 when their country reunited with Russia, and what the referendum was really like. In early August I traveled to Russia for the first time, partly out of interest in seeing some of the vast country with a tourist’s eyes, partly to do some journalism in the region. It also transpired that while in Moscow I was able to interview Maria Zakharova, spokeswoman of the Foreign Ministry. High on my travel list, however, was to visit Crimea and Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) — the former a part of Russia, the latter an autonomous republic in the east of Ukraine, neither accurately depicted in Western reporting. Or at least that was my sense looking at independent journalists’ reports and those in Russian media.
21:36 [TASS] (E)
US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman said that "global stability depends a whole lot on healthy US-Russia relationship". US Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman has said he is confident the United States and Russia will be partners again in the future.
21:18 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday chided Swedish environmentalist Greta Thunberg and her adult handlers, after the 16-year-old gave an emotional speech at the UN late last month. "Sure, Greta is kind, but emotions should not control this issue," said Putin. "Go and explain to developing countries why they should continue living in poverty and not be like Sweden," he added, before saying that it was deplorable how some groups are using Thunberg to achieve their own goals. In her speech last week, Thunberg lashed out at the United Nations - saying "You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words."
7:23 [Tass] (E)
The governor also advised the US military to take a look into Russia’s history. The United States should refrain from plotting to attack Russia’s exclave of Kaliningrad because the technological prowess and morale of the troops deployed there empower it to fight off any adversary, Regional Governor Anton Alikhanov told TASS, commenting on a National Interest article, which claims that a US B-52 bomber "flew a mock cruise-missile attack" against Kaliningrad in March.
22:56 [Elijah J. Magnier] (E)
There will be no deal between Iran and the US as long as President Donald Trump is unwilling to lift his aggressive sanctions against the “Islamic Republic”. Washington and Riyadh’s top leaders have asked Pakistan and Iraq to mediate with the Tehran leadership to ease tensions and stop the attacks that are jeopardising the turbulent peace in the Middle East. Iran’s answer is clear: all attacks are deniable and its only request has not changed. Iran wants all sanctions lifted and will then be ready to sit around the table offering more concessions to world leaders to make sure no nuclear bomb is prepared in any nuclear site in the country
14:24 [Zero Hedge] (E)
We have resolved to pave the way for a grand peace for all the generations to come by enduring the unendurable and suffering what is insufferable. – The Showa Emperor, August 1945. A couple of months ago Putin observed that the time of modern day liberalism had passed. There is also the so-called liberal idea, which has outlived its purpose. Our Western partners have admitted that some elements of the liberal idea, such as multiculturalism, are no longer tenable. Liberalism, in its current manifestation, he suggested, was failing its people. The remarks were happily seized on to bolster the meme that Putin is the enemy.
15:34 [Mint Press News] (E)
By Eva Bartlett - Russia’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova weighs in on Syria, Crimea, the Moscow protests and more. In a simple meeting room at the Russian Foreign Affairs Ministry building, Russia’s Foreign Affairs Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova gave me a generous hour of her time in a conversation peppered with bemused laughter at Western allegations about Russia and clear frustration at the West’s incessant vilification of all things Russia. I traveled to Moscow in August, where to my delight I had the opportunity to interview Zakharova.
15:29 [TASS] (E)
Another prisoner swap with Kiev possible, but would take time, Kremlin says. The Kremlin has denounced the calls by Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky for the West to continue slapping sanctions against Russia. "We have not welcomed it [Zelensky’s statement]. We all know that there is a set of talking points, maybe they have become trivial by now, however, these talking points have been proven correct many times," Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said.
7:23 [Strategic Culture Foundation] (E)
Several nations attended the annual Eastern Economic Forum this week in Vladivostok. The gathering shows the power of diplomacy and partnership for multilateral development. If only Western powers could learn. All the more so because many of the nations attending the EEF have had long-running disputes: Russia-Japan, South Korea-North Korea, China-India, Mongolia-Japan, among others. But the willingness for these countries to engage and promote mutual development is a sure sign of the benefits of diplomacy and multilateralism working.
12:38 [Press TV] (E)
Russians have taken to the polls to cast their ballots in local and regional elections held at a time of a political thaw between Russia and Ukraine as well as simmering tensions with the US over the suspension of a Cold War-era treaty.
11:39 [Zero Hedge] (E)
Bitcoin miners are flocking to abandoned Soviet-era factories in Eastern Siberia to take advantage of cheap hydroelectricity, reported Coindesk. Several miners have already established operations in Bratsk, an industrial city in Irkutsk Oblast, Russia, located on Angara River near the vast Bratsk Reservoir. These miners are taking advantage of cold temperatures and inexpensive hydroelectricity.
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