Russia could boost social spending by trimming defence budget – Deputy PM

By Polina Nikolskaya ST PETERSBURG, Russia, Jun 2 : Russia could increase much-needed state spending on education and healthcare by taking funds from a reduced defence budget over the next decade, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said today. Speaking on the sidelines of an international economic conference in St Petersburg, Dvorkovich told Reuters the next […]

Russia says will react to NATO’s eastern boost

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, Jun 1 : Russia will respond to NATO boosting its military presence in eastern members nearby its borders such as Poland and the Baltic states, Moscow’s ambassador to the Western military alliance said today. NATO’s eastern states asked for additional security guarantees after Moscow annexed the Black Sea peninsula of Crimea […]

Doping-Three more Russian athletes accepted as neutrals

By Brian Homewood ZURICH, May 31 : Three more Russian athletes have been cleared to compete in international competition as neutrals while a further 28 have had their applications rejected, the governing body for athletics (IAAF) said today. The IAAF said that 400 metres runner Kseniya Aksyonova, javelin thrower Vera Rebrik and 400 metres hurdler […]

New French president promises tough talk at first Putin meeting

By Michel Rose and John Irish VERSAILLES, France, May 29 : New French President Emmanuel Macron is promising tough talk at his first meeting with Vladimir Putin today, following an election campaign in which his team accused Russian media of trying to interfere in the democratic process. Macron, who took office two weeks ago, has […]

Russia squares up to Boeing, Airbus with maiden jet flight

By Gleb Stolyarov and Jack Stubbs MOSCOW, May 28 : Russia completed the maiden flight of its new MS-21 medium-range passenger plane today, its first post-Soviet foray into production of a mainline commercial aircraft which it hopes will rival those of its Western competitors. In a surprise statement, manufacturer Irkut Corporation and its state-controlled parent […]

Unannounced, new Russian passenger plane completes maiden flight

By Gleb Stolyarov and Jack Stubbs MOSCOW, May 28 : Russia completed the maiden flight of its new MS-21 medium-range passenger plane today, its first foray into mainline commercial aircraft since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Russia, squeezed by Western sanctions over its role in the Ukraine crisis, is trying to rejuvenate domestic industrial […]