Tagged: Russia

Russian hackers attacked US Joint Chiefs of Staff

Amid the ongoing uproar caused by the CIA’s assessment that Russian-baked hackers were responsible for the hacked DNC e-mails and their passing on to wikileaks, which influenced the elections in favour of Donald Trump, CBS news has revealed that Russian hackers struck at the heart of the U.S. military in August 2015 by seizing the […]

Pro-Putin party wins Russian parliamentary election

Allies of Russian President Vladimir Putin comfortably won a parliamentary election, early results showed on Monday. The ruling United Russia party won 51 percent in Sunday’s election, according to a preliminary central election commission tally after a quarter of the votes had been counted. Putin, speaking a few minutes after polling stations closed on Sunday […]

Putin’s Aide Visits Greece Despite Being on EU’s Sanctions List

President Vladimir Putin‘s aide Vladislav Surkov has visited Mount Athos in Greece despite being on the European Union sanctions list, says a Time magazine report. In late May, Surkov reportedly accompanied the Russian President and several prominent Russian politicians and priests to Mount Athos, a place of pilgrimage for Orthodox Christians. However, the Kremlin responded […]

IOC overturns complete ban on Russia for Rio2016 Games

Olympics officials said on Sunday that all Russian athletes are considered tainted by the country’s state-run doping scheme and that they are not allowed to compete in the coming Rio Games unless they are able to convince individual sports federations that they are innocent. The International Olympic Committee said in a statement, issued after a […]

Greece and Russia hold religious tourism conference at Lagonissi

A Greek-Russian conference on pilgrimage and religious tourism will be held on Friday, May 20, at the Grand Resort Lagonissi, Attica. The conference has been announced after the agreement made between Greek Alternate Tourism Minister Elena Kountoura and Deputy Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Alla Manilova to boost tourism cooperation between the two […]

Russian tourism head says Russian tourists in Greece could reach 1mln in 2016

The head of the Russian Federal Tourism Service, Oleg Safonov predicted the number of Russian tourists visiting Greece in 2016 could reach 1 million. Speaking at the Greek-Russian tourism forum at the Grand Resort Lagonissi in Athens, Safonov said Greece had become the number one booking destination for Russians in May. Safonov made reference to […]

Tsipras said to hope Russia will show interest in Greek economy

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras would like to see Russian involvement in Greece’s privatization program, according to a top Russian official who told Kathimerini on Friday that there is scope to strengthen ties between the two countries. Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Prikhodko was in Athens as part of the events for the Greece-Russia Cross-Cultural Year. He […]

Putin names United States among threats

The document, ‘About the Strategy of National Security of Russian Federation’, was signed by President Vladimir Putin on New Year’s Eve. It replaces a 2009 version, endorsed by then-President Dmitry Medvedev, the current prime minister, which mentioned neither the United States not NATO. It says Russia has managed to heighten its role in solving global […]

Russian court orders arrest of oil tycoon

Russia has issued an international arrest warrant for Kremlin critic and former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky whom police accuse of ordering the killing of the mayor of a Siberian oil town, a police spokesman said on Wednesday. Khodorkovsky, who denies the charges, was arrested in 2003 after falling out with Vladimir Putin and later convicted […]

Russia confirms food embargo on Ukraine

Russia says a ban on Western food products will also apply to Ukraine from the start of next year when a free trade agreement comes into force between Kyiv and the European Union. The tension over Ukraine and its closer ties with the EU comes as Brussels agreed to roll over for a further six […]

Greek-Russian cooperation in cruise ‪tourism

A Greek-Russian cooperation on tourism is under discussion, Deputy Foreign Minister responsible for International Economic Relations Dimitris Mardas said on Friday. It refers to cruise ships that will carry Russian tourists from the port of Sochi to Thessaloniki with mid stop at Istanbul, he added. According to Mardas, the proposal for the cruises was discussed […]

Russia sends a dozen military air jets to Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin has given Turkey a “stark warning” by deploying its most advanced air defense system to the Hmeymim Air Base in Syria following Turkey’s downing of the Russian Su-24 jet on Monday. A Russian source said that Russia is exploring the possibility of sending another 10-12 air jets to the base for […]

Xydakis: Tension between Russian and Turkey must be resolved through diplomacy

“Every Greek citizen’s position is to find a way to resolve the issue through diplomacy,” stated Alternate Foreign Minister for European Issues Nikos Xydakis on Wednesday referring to the shooting down of a Russian aircraft by Turkey on Tuesday. Xydakis, speaking to the Standing Parliamentary Committee on European Issues, referred to the NATO announcements that […]

Greece says Russia still interested in Greek railways, port

Russia is still interested in buying Greek railways and the country’s second-biggest port OLTH, Greece’s infrastructure minister said on Friday afer meeting Russia’s deputy prime minister, Arkady Dvorkovich, who heads Russian Railways. Russian Railways and its Greek partner GEK-Terna were shortlisted in the sale of Greek railways (TRAINOSE) and its rolling stock operator (ROSCO), along […]