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23.05.19 U.S. Sanctions Russian Arms Makers Over Alleged Iran, N. Korea And Syria Dealings
The Moscow Times
The United States has sanctioned two Russian arms manufacturers and a missile training center for allegedly violating international arms control restrictions on exports to Iran, North Korea and Syria. The move was a response to the Russian entities' transfer of restricted goods, services and technologies to the countries in violation of a U.S. law, a State Department notification posted on the U.S. government’s Federal Register said Tuesday. Read more 
23.05.19 Ukraine's Zelensky Picks TV Colleagues For Presidential Staff
BBC News
Ukraine's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky, has announced his administration - and several positions have gone to his former TV colleagues. His only political experience until now has been playing the role of president in the Servant of the People TV show. The deputy head of the presidency, Serhiy Trofimov, was a producer in Mr Zelensky's Kvartal 95 studio. A scriptwriter, studio co-founder, and producer were also awarded roles in the administration or as aides. Read more 
23.05.19 U.S. Fighter Jets Again Intercept Russian Bombers Off Alaska
U.S. fighter jets intercepted several Russian bombers in international airspace off the coast of Alaska on Tuesday, in the fourth and fifth such incursions this year, U.S. military officials said on Wednesday. “The Russian aircraft remained in international airspace and at no time entered U.S. or Canadian sovereign airspace,” the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said in a statement posted on Twitter. Read more 
23.05.19 Russian City Of Yekaterinburg Rejects Plan To Build Church In Park
BBC News
Residents of Russia's fourth-largest city, Yekaterinburg, have rejected plans to build a church in a popular park, ending a week of unrest. The governor of the surrounding region, Sverdlovsk, said the church would not be built as a result of a survey conducted by an opinion pollster. The VTsIOM poll found 58% did not want St Catherine's Cathedral in the park. Read more 
23.05.19 Russian Soldiers Say They’re Willing To Shoot Protesters
The Moscow Times
Russian soldiers in Siberia have told their supervisors that they are willing to open fire on protesters if ordered, a special forces serviceman has claimed in an interview. The soldier made the statement in a video interview published Tuesday by opposition leader Alexei Navalny’s office in the Siberian city of Tyumen. In the video, the soldier claimed that his unit had been questioned by federal authorities earlier this year about their political views and that his entire unit had voiced a readiness to shoot demonstrators. Russia’s Defense Ministry called the soldier’s remarks a “primitive hoax.” Read more 
23.05.19 Russia Says Clean Crude Oil To Reach Hungary, Slovakia Within A Week
Russia’s Energy Ministry said on Wednesday that clean crude oil was moving via the Druzhba pipeline towards the border of Hungary and Slovakia and was expected to reach the metering stations there within a week, Russian news agencies reported. The ministry was also quoted as saying Russia was in talks with Poland about resuming oil flows towards the Adamova Zastava station. Read more 
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