Belarusian leader slams Poland and Lithuania for bringing migrants to Germany and France

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko said that Poland and Lithuania were carrying out special operations to establish channels for transporting migrants to Germany and France, Tass informs.

Iran MFA calls on Azerbaijan to refrain from negative media statements

Speaking in a press conference on Monday, Iran’s Foreign Minister spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh touched also on the accusations made by Azerbaijan officials against Iran, urging Azerbaijani leaders to let the conversations between officials be continued through diplomatic channels and to avoid negative media statements, IRNA reported.

Gas price in Europe down to $980 per 1,000 cubic meters

The gas price in Europe declined to almost $980 per 1,000 cubic meters on London’s ICE exchange as Monday trading opened, according to trading data, reports TASS.

Threat to US democracy comes not from Russian hackers but from popular mistrust

It is not the "Russian propaganda" and hackers that is a threat to American democracy but people’s mistrust to political institutions, as Tass informs, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Sunday.

French ambassador leaves Belarus

French Ambassador to Belarus Nicolas de Lacoste has left the country, a spokesman for the French embassy told TASS.

China launches Shenzhou-13 spacecraft with three astronauts to national space station

The China National Space Administration (CNSA) launched the Shenzhou-13 manned spacecraft with three astronauts to the national orbital station, Tass informs.

Some progress made in Russian-US dialogue. Maria Zakharova

Some progress has been made on a number of issues in Russian-US relations after US Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Victoria Nuland’s visit to Moscow, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said Wednesday, adding that a list of issues in bilateral relation that require the soonest resolution was handed over to her, Tass informs.

US making big mistake when using dollar as sanction instrument — Putin

The United States is making a big mistake when it uses the dollar as a sanction instrument, Russian President Vladimir Putin said in an interview with CNBC journalist Hadley Gamble after the Russian Energy Week forum’s plenary session. The text of the interview was posted on the Kremlin website on Thursday, Tass informs.

Canada to host 40,000 Afghan refugees

Canada will accept 40,000 refugees from Afghanistan following the military takeover by the Taliban*, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday, Sputnik reported.

Russia records 28,717 new daily COVID-19 cases

Russia has registered 28,717 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours with the total number of infections reaching 7,861,681 cases, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Wednesday, Tass informs.

G20 agrees aid to avert Afghanistan humanitarian crisis

The Group of 20 (G20) has agreed to work together to avoid a humanitarian disaster in Afghanistan, even if it means having to coordinate efforts with the Taliban, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi said after hosting an emergency summit.

Iran Army and IRGC Started to Stage a Joint Specialized Air Defense Exercise

Iran's Army and the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) started to stage massive aerial exercises aimed at bolstering preparedness for defending the country’s skies against enemy threats, Mehr reports.

Russia records 28,190 new daily COVID-19 cases

Russia has registered 28,190 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours with the total number of infections reaching 7,832,964 cases, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Tuesday, Tass informs.

Erdogan seeks Biden meeting to discuss US warplane request

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wants to use an upcoming global summit to lobby U.S. President Joe Biden to allow Ankara to buy dozens of American warplanes, in a bid to overcome Washington’s resistance to major arms deals with his country following its purchase of Russian air defenses, Al Jazeera reports.

At least 2 killed after plane crashes in residential area in California

A light plane crashed near a high school, killing at least 2 in Santee, California, NBC reported Monday.

Russia records 29,409 new daily COVID-19 cases

Russia has registered 29,409 new confirmed COVID-19 infections over the past 24 hours, the second highest number since the beginning of the pandemic with the total number of infections reaching 7,804,774 cases, the anti-coronavirus crisis center told reporters on Monday, Tass informs.

New Zealand makes COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for health workers

New Zealand will require teachers and workers in the health and disability sectors to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Monday, as she extended restrictions in Auckland, its largest city, for another week, Reuters reported.

Iran FM: Tehran has no intention to be dependent of Russia

Iran isn’t preparing to become dependent of Russia and China, but it is carrying out its foreign policy that proceeds from the interests of both countries, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Hossein Amir-Abdollahian declared, informs, citing RIA Novosti.

Borrell: EU is facing risk of turning from subject into object of world politics

The European Union (EU) may lose its ability to be a full-fledged player in the world arena, becoming an object of world politics, said Josep Borrell, Vice-President of the European Commission and High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, informs,citing TASS.

Russia to wait for responsible leaders in Ukraine. Medvedev

Russia will wait until responsible leaders appear in Ukraine, focusing on the buildup of based on equal rights and mutually beneficial relations and not on the total confrontation with Russia on the brink of war, Russia’s Deputy Chairman of the Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said in the article titled "Why contacts with current Ukrainian administration are pointless," posted on Monday in the Kommersant newspaper, Tass informs.