Thursday 23 March 2017
"I am certain we won't be denied the World Cup.”Source: State-run TASS news agency, March 3, 2017Russia's state-sponsored doping scandal plus questions about how the country was awarded the 2018 World Cup have prompted questions about whether the premier soccer event could be switched to another country. But with stadiums in place and tickets being sold that is highly unlikely at this point.
“Despite the fact that Coursera is an American company, they’ve persuaded the U.S. government to lift the prohibition for teaching in Crimea.”Likely TrueU.S. provides for some exemptions for sanctions imposed on Russia after annexing Crimea.While U.S. Treasury Department officials declined comment, American virtual learning company Coursera confirmed it does have U.S. permission for online lessons on their platform to be accessible in Crimea.
"The Russian Federation has destroyed 95 percent of its chemical warfare agents. This amounts to more than 37,950 (metric) tons in real terms."The Soviet Union had the world's largest chemical warfare infrastructure, according to experts, and Russia inherited most of it. The statement by Colonel-General Valery Kapashin, who oversees the storage and destruction of Russia's chemical weapons, was "essentially true," according to a senior researcher at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute.
“There is no reason to suspect Russia of violating UN Security Council resolution 2231…. Neither supply nor transfer or sale of military aircraft to Iran took place.Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Russia’s use of an air base in Iran to launch bombing raids in Syria doesn’t violate a UN Security Council resolution that bars the supply, sale, or transfer of combat aircraft “for the use in or benefit of Iran.” Independent experts say Lavrov is right – as long as Russia only uses the base, and doesn’t transfer any military capability or skill.