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Lavrov urges to deal with detention of Russian cargo ship off Turkish coast

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced the need to sort out the situation with the detention of a Russian dry cargo ship off the coast of Turkey.

Russian Cargo Ship Detained in Turkey at Kiev’s Request: Ukrainian Ambassador

A Russian cargo ship allegedly carrying Ukrainian grain has been detained by Turkey’s customs authorities at Kiev’s request, Ukrainian Ambassador to Turkey Vasily Bodnar said on Sunday, TASS reports.

Australian PM announces $74 mln in military aid to Ukraine

Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced further military aid to Ukraine in a statement released on Monday, Tass informs.

Albania in talks with NATO to build naval base

Albania is in talks with NATO to build a naval base at Porto Romano, a port under construction on its Adriatic coast, Prime Minister Edi Rama said on Friday, Reuters reported.

Erdogan says military operation in Syria could start at any moment

Ankara’s new military operation in northern Syria could begin at any moment, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday, Tass informs.

Analysis: Biden has the worst G7 summit since Jimmy Carter

Steven F. Hayward, a resident scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at UC Berkeley, has reflected on last week's G-7 meeting in Germany in an article on the New York Post.

Ukraine introduces entry visas for Russians

Ukraine has introduced visas for Russians starting from July 1. In the wake of Kiev’s severing of diplomatic relations and closure of the Ukrainian embassy and consulates in Russia those Russians who wish to get to the neighboring country will have to apply for visas at the centers of an external service provider of VFS Global in eight cities: Moscow, St. Petersburg, Yekaterinburg, Kaliningrad, Kazan, Novosibirsk, Rostov-on-Don and Samara, Tass informs.

Madrid summit proved that NATO expects unconditional obedience from all states — Lavrov

The NATO summit in Madrid once again indicated that NATO member states expect unconditional obedience to their will from all states, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during a joint press conference with his Belarusian counterpart Vladimir Makei Thursday, Tass informs.

NATO to create one billion euro innovation fund

NATO will create a one billion euro innovation fund to promote technological research that will benefit the military. This was stated by NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, Tass informs.

Ukraine cuts ties with Syria after it recognizes Donetsk, Luhansk as independent

Ukraine cut diplomatic ties with Syria on June 29 after Damascus recognized the independence of the eastern regions of Luhansk and Donetsk, RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service reported.

US to send 5,000 more troops to Romania

The US will send an additional 5,000 troops to Romania. This was stated by US President Joe Biden at the NATO summit in Madrid, Universul.net reports.

Stoltenberg discusses with Georgian PM political and practical support

NATO and Georgia agreed to step up political and practical support for partners threatened by Russian aggression, including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia and Moldova, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said at a press conference, Georgian First Channel reports, news.am informs.

Russian diplomat accuses UK Defense Secretary of slander

Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has accused UK Defense Secretary Ben Wallace of slander and the spread of fake news in response to his remarks about her, Tass informs.

Russia’s operation in Ukraine going to plan, no need to squeeze it into deadlines — Putin

Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine is going according to plan, and there is no need to meet any deadlines for ending it, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday wrapping up his visit to Ashgabat.

UN appeals for $110 million for Afghanistan quake victims

The United Nations said Tuesday it had launched an emergency appeal to help hundreds of thousands of people in areas of Afghanistan ravaged by last week's deadly earthquake, AFP reported.

Kherson region begins preparations for referendum on accession to Russia

Authorities in the Kherson region have begun preparations for a referendum on accession to Russia, Deputy Head of the Regional Military-Civilian Administration Kirill Stremousov said on Wednesday, TASS reports.

Erdogan, Macron meet in Madrid

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met today with French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Madrid, Anadolu reports.

US Treasury imposes ban on Russian gold imports

The United States has imposed a ban on the import of gold from Russia. The order to that effect has been published on the website of the US Treasury Department, Tass informs.

British PM says no war between Russia and UK, but threats should be adressed

Russia-UK relations are unlikely to reach the point of direct hostilities, but it is necessary to respond to the alleged threat emanating from Russia, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said in an interview with British reporters, broadcast by the Sky News TV channel on Tuesday, Tass informs.

Hostilities to end if Kiev orders nationalists to lay down weapons — Peskov

Hostilities in Ukraine may end "before the end of today," if Kiev orders the nationalists to lay down their weapons, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters Tuesday, Tass informs.