Russia to host new format of AIBA World Cup 2020

Russia became the first country to host the new format of the AIBA Team World Cup in 2020. AIBA Executive committee members voted to approve the bid during the meeting in Budapest on February 17.

The tournament is timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of the victory in World War II under the motto "Boxing for peace".

The final is scheduled for October in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

The best national teams all over the world will take part in the edition. This format will make boxing more attractive for spectators and sponsors.

The first World Cup was held at the famous Madison Square Garden in New York. In the final the United States defeated the Soviet Union''s team 7-3. The World Cup was held from 1979 to 1998 and from 2002-2006 as a team event. The last tournament was organised in Moscow in 2008, when the Cuban team celebrated victory.

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Russia says U.S. sanctions on Rosneft will not affect relations with Venezuela

Moscow, February 20 (RHC)-- Russia has reiterated that Washington's sanctions against Rosneft Trading, S.A and its President Didier Casimiro are illegal from the point of international law and will not affect relations with Venezuela, the state news agency reported.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov told reporters that such restrictions in no way affect their bilateral relations with Venezuela. "On the contrary, they are evolving and will continue to evolve," he added.

Rosneft Trading, a subsidiary of Russian state-run oil company, has already confirmed its will to do business with the Bolivarian nation “despite U.S. bringing sanctions against its trading arm for buying and selling the country's crude,” Financial Times remarked.

Peskov mentioned that the oil giant had already voiced its intention to defend the company’s interests in court as well as to use other available mechanisms.

The measures include that all property and interests in property of Rosneft Trading S.A. and Didier Casimiro that are in the U.S. or in the possession or control of U.S. nationals, and of any entities that are owned, directly or indirectly, 50 percent or more by the designated individual and entity, are blocked and must be reported to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) of the United States Treasury Department. 

On Tuesday, the U.S. special envoy for Venezuela Elliott Abrams said his government would soon apply more sanctions against Caracas. He said that the U.S. executive is holding talks with Spanish officials and the oil company Repsol so that the Iberian consortium can change its commercial relationship with Venezuela.

Likewise, he recommended India and China, the largest buyers of Venezuelan oil, not to acquire it, and said that "all those involved in transactions with Rosneft could be also subject to sanctions.”

Edited by Ed Newman
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Russian Minister Accuses U.S. of Openly Plundering Syrian Oil

The U.S. military deployment is centered around the oil fields in eastern Syria.

The United States openly controls and plunders the oil fields belonging to Syria and its people, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu said on Tuesday.

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 "The Syrian oil fields, the territories where the precious substance is produced, are controlled by the United States. There is shameless plundering of the riches that belong to Syria and the Syrian people," denounced Russia's defense minister in Rome, Italy.

Shoigu, who traveled to Italy with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov to attend a 2+2 meeting with their Italian counterparts Luigi Di Maio and Lorenzo Guerini, also condemned U.S. sanctions that prevent oil supplies to the Syrians.

"That country needs fuel to have heat, hot water, and electricity. The United States, in addition to plundering their oil fields, prohibits them from supplying this substance," he said during a press conference after the meeting with the Italian ministers.

The main people affected by the conflict between the two countries is Syrian civilians, and this situation must be reversed as soon as possible, he concluded.

The denunciation bythe high Russian representatives adds to the repeated alerts of the Syrian government about the flagrant U.S. pillaging of the oil resources of that nation in the face of international silence.

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad recently condemned the illegal presence of the U.S. in Syria. Washington's obsession with Syria's oil demonstrates the evident Nazi-style policies of President Donald Trump, Assad said.

Although on October 6, the head of the White House announced the withdrawal of American soldiers from northeast Syria, afterward he reversed the decision. He ordered that a "small number of soldiers" remain in the Arab country "in areas where there is oil" but without any solid legal argument to justify their stay in the country.

Currently, six of the 16 U.S. bases already evacuated are once again full of personnel, according to the Turkish news agency Anadolu. This new U.S. military deployment, according to the Turkish media, is centered around the oil fields in eastern Syria.

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Russia will support Syria's fight against terrorism in Idlib despite Trump's calls to stop it – Kremlin

Moscow has vowed to continue its fight against terrorism in Syria's Idlib province alongside Damascus, even though this doesn't fit with Washington's vision for resolving the crisis.

Both the Russian Armed Forces and the country's advisers will "support the Syrian Arab Republic armed forces in their fight against terrorism," Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said in a briefing on February 17.

Referring to escalating terrorist attacks in the northwestern Syrian province of Idlib, he said that the Russian government "still regrets that these terrorists have revitalized in Idlib."

The statement follows US President Donald Trump's recent call with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, during which Trump "expressed concern over the violence in Idlib." He also praised "Turkey's efforts to prevent a humanitarian crisis" in the province, and hoped that Russia would stop supporting the Assad government, according to Deputy White House Press Secretary Judd Deere.

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Tensions in the Idlib de-escalation zone have been steadily rising in recent weeks. On February 3, a Turkish armed convoy came under artillery fire, leaving five dead as a result. The tragedy occurred when the Syrian Army was conducting an operation against terrorists in the area, and was not notified of the convoy's movements, according to the Russian Defense Ministry.

Ankara retaliated, firing on known Syrian Army positions, and sending additional troops into the de-escalation zone 10 days later. In response to the troop surge, Damascus officially recognized the Armenian genocide by the Ottoman Empire. 

Erdogan and Russia's President Vladimir Putin also discussed the situation on the ground in a phonecall last week. The two leaders agreed that the Sochi agreement on the Idlib de-escalation zone must be fully implemented.

Also on rt.com Erdogan vows to strike Syrian army ‘everywhere’ if Turkish soldiers attacked, while also talking Idlib de-escalation with Putin

 

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Russia denounces NATO fight against non-existent threat

Moscow, Feb 17 (Prensa Latina) Russia called on yesterday the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to give up waste war expenses against a non-existent threat and European countries to demonstrate political independence to hold talks with Moscow.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexander Grushenko estimated that Europe must apply concrete measures to improve relations with this country and change its systemic position for a bilateral dialogue, indicated the RBK agency, cited by capital television.

NATO, in addition, must put an end to attempts at involving this State in a security scheme of the Cold War era and set aside its insistence on materializing a Russian containment policy, said the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Europe must also be able to apply an independent policy, without looking at the US all the time, assured Grushenko at the 56th session of the Munich Security Conference.

The creation of a global security scheme is impossible without Russia's participation; therefore, the West must seek ways for greater collaboration with Moscow, deemed the diplomat.

The aforementioned conference is attended by Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov as top leader of Russia's delegation to a forum that still recalls the thrilling speech given by President Vladimir Putin in 2007, which leaders consider it historic.

On that occasion, Putin spoke openly about the end of unipolarity and the causes for considering that concept as a political and morally unfeasible step for humanity.

Media outlets commented here that the Munich Security Conference was far from fulfilling its function as a tranquilizer pill to reduce tensions among Western countries and the world.

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Putin accepts invitation to visit Cuba

Russia's President Vladimir Putin accepted the invitation of his Cuban counterpart Miguel Diaz-Canel to visit the country, stated Russian Ambassador to Havana, Andrei Guskov.

'Indeed, the invitation to visit Cuba that was sent to President Vladimir Putin was accepted,' the diplomat told the Russian publication Sputnik.

The date for this trip 'will be studied according to the agenda of the head of State, as well as the calendar of bilateral contacts of high and maximum level,' he added.

During his second visit to Russia at the end of October, the Cuban president invited his Russian peer to visit Cuba. President Putin assured he would absolutely take advantage of this invitation.

Moscow and Havana have a political-economic relation described by their top leaders as strategic, which has deepened in recent years, with strong Russian investments in several vital sectors of the Cuban economy, deemed the news media.

Russia is Cuba's second largest trading partner in Europe, and the fifth in Havana's trade with the world, Sputnik added.

Ambassador Guskov commented on the cooperation programs between the two countries, which he considered beneficial for both sides.

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Russia Ready to Study Havana's Offers on Strengthening Cuba's Defence Capacity - Ambassador

 Moscow is ready to study Havana's possible offers on further strengthening the Cuban defence potential, Russian Ambassador to Cuba Andrey Guskov said.

"As it is known, the Cuban Revolutionary Armed Forces are largely fitted with weapons and military equipment made in the Soviet Union and Russia, including air defence facilities and coastal gun-missile integrated weapon systems. Relevant service and repairs, delivery of spare parts and components, as well as solution of other related tasks are needed to maintain combat readiness. We take into consideration these needs in our cooperation. We are ready to study our partners' possible offers on further strengthening the Republic of Cuba's defence potential," Guskov said.

Defence cooperation is a key area of the bilateral partnership, the ambassador recalled.

The amount of loans that Russia plans to disburse to Cuba for implementing the joint projects, including on railroad infrastructure, metal industry and energy, can exceed 1 billion euros ($1.09 billion), Russian Ambassador to Cuba Andrey Guskov said.

"The total amount of the planned loans for these and other deals, which will be provided in the coming years, can exceed 1 billion euros. I want to stress again that the funds poured into the Cuban economy will be reimbursed as settled loans," Guskov said.

Under existing and pending agreements, Russia will accommodate Cuba with new loans. According to Guskov, an important contract has been signed on restoring and modernizing the Cuban railroad infrastructure, and Russian banks will provide almost 900 million euros for implementing it.

The countries will also cooperate on modernizing the Antillana de Acero metallurgical plant and on conducting general repairs at 10 energy units of Cuban combined heat and power plants, the diplomat said.

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Trump Wants US To Be World's Most Powerful Nuclear Force

"We have the super-fast missiles — tremendous number of the super-fast. We call them 'super-fast,' where they’re four, five, six, and even seven times faster than an ordinary missile", Trump noted.

U.S. President Donald Trump stated at a White House Business Session with governors on Monday that he is seeking to make the U.S. the world's most powerful nuclear force. Trump's comments come just a few months after he abandoned the arms control treaties with Russia and China, something that was widely criticized across the world.

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"Now, at the same time, Russia and China both want to negotiate with us to stop this craziness of spending billions and billions of dollars on nuclear weapons", Trump said. 

However, Trump was not sold, stating that he was intending to "create, by far, the strongest nuclear force anywhere in the world".

The U.S. President boasted that his country's armed forces currently possess "super-fast missiles", a reference to the new supersonic projectiles that have been recently developed. 

"We have the super-fast missiles — tremendous number of the super-fast. We call them 'super-fast,' where they’re four, five, six, and even seven times faster than an ordinary missile", Trump noted.

"We need that because, again, Russia has some. I won't tell you how they got it. They got it, supposedly, from plans from the Obama administration when we weren't doing it. And that’s too bad. That’s not good. But that's how it happened. And China, as you know, is doing it".

The statement by the president comes a year after Washington decided to withdraw from the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia and started testing new missiles operating at previously banned ranges. The US claimed that Moscow had been violating the accord by developing its 9M729 missile, which allegedly breaks the conditions of the treaty.

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