Iran Russia SCO

Russian envoy terms SCO membership as first foreign policy achievement by Raisi (IRNA)

Russian envoy terms SCO membership as first foreign policy achievement by Raisi

Russian Ambassador to Tehran Levan Dzhagaryan said on Saturday that the beginning of Iran’s permanent membership process was the first foreign policy achievement of the Raisi administration.

Russian envoy terms SCO membership as first foreign policy achievement by Raisi – IRNA English

Iran Russia

Iran, Russia emphasize banking ties (IRNA)

Iran, Russia emphasize banking ties

Iran and Russia emphasized expanding banking cooperation in the ninth meeting of joint financial and banking cooperation working group held in Iran’s Embassy in Moscow.

Iran, Russia emphasize banking ties – IRNA English

Russia Space

Roscosmos to deploy GLONASS monitoring stations in five countries (TASS)

The Precision Instrument-Making Systems research and production corporation (part of the state space corporation Roscosmos) plans to place non-request measuring stations of the SM-Glonass satellite navigation system in Brazil, China, Indonesia, India and Angola, the corporation said.

“In the near future another six non-request measuring stations are to be placed abroad: two in Brazil (Belem and Colorado de Oeste), one in China (Shanghai), one in Indonesia (Bukittinggi, West Sumatra), one in India (Bangalore) and one in Angola (Luanda),” the corporation said.

Negotiations with foreign partners have been held and on-site reconnaissance work carried out and contracts are being coordinated at the moment.

“All contracts for deploying and operating the equipment were signed with Brazil back in 2020. All permissions to take the equipment out of Russia were obtained, too,” the corporation said.

Last year Russian specialists were unable to go to Brazil for assembling the equipment due to the pandemic. The deployment work was postponed till 2021-2020, when the epidemiological situation gets back to normal.

The equipment from Precision Instrument-Making Systems is meant for enhancing the accuracy and improving other parameters of the system GLONASS.

Kazakhstan Russia Space

Russia, Kazakhstan sign agreement on construction of Soyuz-5 launch complex — Roscosmos (TASS)

Roscosmos Center for Operation of ground-based space infrastructure and Basis Construction (Kazakhstan) signed an agreement for construction of a launch complex for the Soyuz-5 carrier rocket at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Roscosmos CEO Dmitry Rogozin said Thursday.

According to the CEO, the sides start working on the reconstruction of both start and technical complexes of the Zenit rocket (a Ukrainian-made rocket that was previously planned for use in the Bayterek project).

Earlier during his visit to Yekaterinburg, Rogozin expressed his hope that the contract would be signed before the end of September.

In 2018, Russia and Kazakhstan signed a protocol on amendment of the 2004 inter-governmental agreement on the creation of the Bayterek complex at the Baikonur Cosmodrome. The protocol defines the sides’ obligations, as well as the procedure of the withdrawal of rent and handover of the Zenit-M complex ground infrastructure to Kazakhstan for modernization.

Kazakhstan is responsible for creating the ground infrastructure by upgrading the Zenit-M rocket complex while Russia develops Soyuz-5 and Soyuz-6 carrier rockets that will be launched from there. The first launch is scheduled for late 2023. The launching complex will be named the Nazarbayev’s Start.

Belarus Defense Russia

Zapad-2021 exercise shows Union State’s ability to defend itself — Belarusian minister (TASS)

During the Zapad-2021 military exercise, Russia and Belarus demonstrated their ability to protect sovereignty and independence of the Union State, Belarusian Defense Minister Viktor Khrenin said during a closing ceremony on Friday.

“Most importantly, our commanders and staffs practiced joint planning. We managed to demonstrate that we can ensure independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty of the Union State. This sends a clear signal to the West that speaking with Russia, Belarus or Kazakhstan from a position of strength would be futile. We are poised for dialogue,” the ministry quoted him as saying.

According to the minister, results of the exercise are yet to be examined in detail.

“When we will be summing up the results, we’ll see what went well and what was flawed. Importantly, we managed to synchronize our reference points with regard to training and building up our armed forces, to define perspectives for our future progress,” the minister continued. “Overall, summarizing the results, I would like to say that we managed to practice all aspects with maximum efficiency.”

“We do not view any country as a potential adversary. But we once again made sure that we can deploy the Russian regional grouping of forces to the territory of Belarus and <…> to repel the attack of any aggressor trying to infringe upon our independence, territorial integrity and sovereignty,” Khrenin added.

Akkuyu nuclear power plant Russia Turkey

Akkuyu NPP construction never stopped for an hour despite pandemic — Rosatom chief (TASS)

The construction of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant in Turkey never stopped during the pandemic period, not even for an hour, Rosatom Direcotr General Alexei Likhachev has said.

“The construction of Unit 1 proceeds ahead of the schedule stipulated by the intergovernmental agreement,” he told the Rossiya-24 TV channel. “In the past 18 months, during the tough period of the pandemic, the construction never stopped – not for one day, not even for one hour. The epidemiological situation has always been under control, we have managed to prevent any outbreaks.”

“We hope that this <…> will continue in the coming decades, as the flagship project of the Russian-Turkish cooperation,” Likhachev added.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan visited the construction site of the Akkuyu NPP in Mersin on Friday. Turkey expects that the construction of the first reactor of the Akkuyu nuclear power plant will be completed by May 2023, he said. The president also noted that the construction “is going smoothly” and thanks to the efforts of workers and engineers, “the plant is being built quickly.”

Akkuyu Nukleer is the operator of the construction. This company is fully owned by the Russian nuclear corporation Rosatom (over 99%)

The Akkuyu power plant will comprise four power units with a capacity of 1200 MW each. When ready, the station will generate about 35 bln kWh per year. The construction of Unit One began in April 2018, of Unit Two – in June 2020.

OSCE Border Observer Mission Russia USA

US Department of State regrets Russia’s closure of OSCE border observer mission (TASS)

The US Department of State regrets Russia’s decision not to extend the mandate of an OSCE border observer mission at Russia’s Gukovo and Donetsk checkpoints on the border with Ukraine, Spokesperson Ned Price said.

“The United States deeply regrets the decision by the Russian Federation to block consensus to extend the OSCE Border Observer Mission at the Russian Checkpoints Gukovo and Donetsk,” Price said in a statement on Friday. “Russia’s objection to continuing the <…> mandate raises deep concerns about its intentions to fulfill its international commitments and engage constructively with Ukraine.”

“We continue to call on Russia to allow the Border Observer Mission mandate to be extended, cease its ongoing aggression against Ukraine, and contribute to a peaceful resolution to the conflict,” the statement says.

Russia’s envoy to the OSCE Alexander Lukashevich told a meeting of the OSCE Permanent Council on September 2 that Russia sees no reasons to extend the group’s mandate beyond its expiration date on September 30, 2021. According to him, this decision will not be revisited.

Spokeswoman for the Russian Foreign Ministry Maria Zakharova said in a statement issued on Friday that Ukraine and Western countries did not show the relevant level of respect to deploying a group of OSCE observers at the Russian initiative. In her words, the deployment was “a goodwill gesture by Russia to encourage Kiev to follow the path of peaceful settlement of the eastern Ukraine crisis.”

Zakharova added that Kiev and Western countries “sought to exploit the fact of the OSCE presence on the Russian territory” for “distracting the international community’s attention from the Ukrainian government’s persistent reluctance to implement the Minsk Package of Measures.”.

Russia Telegram

Telegram messenger restricts access to bots associated with campaigning — founder (TASS)

The Telegram messenger will limit access to all bots associated with electoral campaigning starting from 00:00 Moscow time on Saturday, Telegram founder Pavel Durov wrote.

“Since the campaigning period in Russia is over, and the voting has started, the so-called days of silence have begun – a tradition sealed by the law in many countries that envisages a ban on campaigning during the vote itself. We consider this practice to be a legitimate one, and call upon users to respect it. Starting from midnight Moscow time, we plan to limit the functioning of bots associated with electoral campaigning,” the statement says.

Elections to the 8th Russian State Duma (lower house of parliament) are scheduled for September 19, 2021, known as the Single Voting Day. The balloting process will span across three days – September 17, 18, and 19. In addition to the State Duma elections, voters will go to the polls to cast ballots for the heads of nine Russian regions (in another three regions local legislatures will elect top executive officials) and in elections for 39 regional parliaments.

Cyber Attacks Russia

Work of Russian online voting systems stable despite cyberattacks — Rostelecom (TASS)

Hacker attacks targeting Russia’s online vote systems have had no impact on electoral process, said Yuri Satirov, Deputy General Director of Rostelecom department for digitalization of electoral processes

Work of Russian online voting systems stable despite cyberattacks — Rostelecom – Russian Politics & Diplomacy – TASS

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