21 September 2019

Russia

U.S. Spy Evacuated From Russia Was Possibly a Senior Kremlin Official’s Aide – Kommersant

KONFRONTASI -  A top U.S. spy who was reportedly evacuated from Russia could have been a senior Kremlin official’s aide who now lives in the Washington, D.C., area, the Kommersant business daily has reported.

Russia won't be ‘normal’ as America defines it

KONFRONTASI - Russia says the United States does not consider Moscow acting like a “normal” country because, unlike America, the Russian government does not bomb other countries or support coups in foreign lands.

Earlier this week, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper had said during an official visit to France that it would be “great” if the West “could get Russia to behave like a more normal country.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hit back on Monday.

M Wahid Supriyadi, Dubes RI Untuk Russia Raih Penghargaan Muri

KONFRONTASI - Dubes RI untuk Russia merangkap Belarusia, Mohammad Wahid Supriyadi mendapat penghargaan dari Museum Rekor Inodnesia (Muri) sebagai Dubes atau tokoh inspiratif yang berhasil menggelar Festival Indonesia di Moskwa sebanyak empat kali berturut-turut. Kegiatan ini menjadi festival negara sahabat yang paling akbar di Russia.

Penghargaan MURI disampaikan langsung pendiri Muri, Jaya Suprana, di Wisma KBRI, Moskwa, Senin (5/8). Hadir dalam penyerahan penghargaan ini sejumlah pengisi acara Festival Indonesia.

Putin confirms Russia's fire-hit submersible was nuclear-powered

KONFRONTASI-President Vladimir Putin has disclosed for the first time that the Russian Navy's deep-sea submersible vessel that caught fire three days ago, killing 14 seamen, was nuclear-powered.

Putin met on Thursday with Minister of DefenceSergei Shoigu, who had returned from the Navy's Arctic base of Severomorsk, and asked him about the submersible's nuclear reactor.

Shoigu said the reactor is "completely isolated now" and "in full working order".

The blaze erupted in the vessel's battery compartment and spread, Shoigu said in televised remarks.

The defence ministry earlier said 14 people have been killed and that there was an undisclosed number of survivors.

Details remained scarce about the fire and the ship, which was on a mission to measure sea depths in Russia's territorial waters in the Barents Sea.

The ministry did not name the vessel, but Russian media reported it was the country's most secret submersible, a nuclear-powered research submarine called the Losharik intended for sensitive missions at great depths.

Three Russians, one Ukrainian accused of 2014 downing of flight MH17

KONFRONTASI-Three Russians and a Ukrainian will face murder charges for the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine in which 298 people were killed, in a trial to start in the Netherlands next March, an investigation team said on Wednesday.

The suspects are likely to be tried in absentia, however, as the Netherlands has said Russia has not cooperated with the investigation and is not expected to hand anyone over.

North Korea leader Kim to meet Russia's Putin this month

KONFRONTASI-North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will travel to Russia in the second half of this month and meet President Vladimir Putin, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

The announcement of the upcoming summit comes as U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration is pushing for a deal with Kim that would bring an end to nuclear tensions on the Korean peninsula.

Two earlier summits between Kim and Trump failed to reach an agreement on a denuclearisation deal. Trump administration officials have floated the possibility of a third summit.

Russia's Putin rides horse with female police ahead of International Women's Day

KONFRONTASI-President Vladimir Putin mounted a horse on Thursday and cantered with female police officers in footage broadcast across Russia ahead of International Women’s Day.

Putin has carefully cultivated a macho image during his 19 years in power with photo-ops depicting him riding a horse bare-chested in Siberia, taking a dip in icy water and piloting a firefighting plane.

Russia jails Jehovah's Witness for six years in landmark case

KONFRONTASI-A Russian court on Wednesday found a Danish adherent of the Jehovah’s Witnesses guilty of organizing the activities of a banned extremist organization and jailed him for six years in a case Western governments cast as a test of religious freedom.

Armed police detained Dennis Christensen, a 46-year-old builder, in May 2017 at a prayer meeting in Oryol, some 200 miles (320 km) south of Moscow after a court in the region outlawed the local Jehovah’s Witnesses a year earlier.

Russia slams Israel for 'gross violation' in Syria strikes

KONFRONTASI-Russia has accused Israel of violating Syria's sovereignty and threatening two civilian flights after Israeli warplanes launched air raids in Damascus on Tuesday.

"We are very concerned by the attacks and how they were made. This is a gross violation of the sovereignty of Syria," the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement on Wednesday.

US sanctions 16 Russian military spies, troll farm

KONFRONTASI-The US Treasury sanctioned 16 members of Russia's GRU military intelligence agency over a "wide range of malign activity", including interference in the 2016 presidential vote and hacking international organisations.

The move came on Wednesday "in response to Russia's continued disregard for international norms", the Treasury said in a statement.

Those targetted included Victor Alekseyevich Boyarkin, a former GRU officer who acted on behalf of sanctioned Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, it said.

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