Lavrov's visit canceled? Russia's MFA: "Our diplomacy has not mastered teleportation"

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's visit to Serbia has been cancelled after countries around Serbia closed their airspace to his aircraft, a senior foreign ministry source told the Interfax news agency on Sunday.
"Those reports are accurate," a high-ranking source in the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs told Interfax today.

Overloaded ventilator fire kills five coronavirus patients in Russia: Media

A fire apparently started by an overloaded ventilator killed five novel coronavirus patients in an intensive care unit in a Russian hospital on May 12, news agencies reported.

Russia's emergency ministry confirmed the death of intensive care patients in a hospital in the city of St. Petersburg but did not say how many people had been killed.

Three trapped in fire at Russia’s Foreign Intelligence building


A fire has broken out in the basement of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence (SVR) building in Moscow, trapping three, according to Russian media.

The building located on Moscow’s Ring Road is closed to outsiders. The staff has been evacuated but a repair crew could be trapped in an underground tunnel, an unnamed source told the Interfax news agency.

St. Petersburg metro attack: ‘Bomb’ found in city raid

An explosive device has been made safe in a flat in St Petersburg by Russian police, three days after a suspected bomber on the city’s metro killed 13 people.

A city official said several suspects were held when police raided the flat early on Thursday, Ria Novosti said.

Neighbours were moved away and witnesses said three men were led out in handcuffs, the news agency added.

Russia summoned Israeli ambassador over Syria strikes

The Russian Foreign Ministry on March 20 said it had summoned Israel's ambassador to the country over air strikes close to Moscow's forces near the historic Syrian city of Palmyra.

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov told Interfax news agency that Ambassador Gary Koren was summoned on March 17 and "asked about" the strikes, AFP reported.

Syria conflict: Turkey and Russia ‘agree ceasefire plan’

Turkey and Russia have agreed on the terms of a proposed ceasefire in Syria, where they back opposing sides in the civil war, Turkish state media report.
The Anadolu news agency cited an unnamed source as saying the two states were working to ensure the ceasefire would start after midnight (22:00 GMT).

Wreckage found as Russian passenger plane crashes in Sinai

A Russian passenger plane carrying 224 people crashed on Oct. 31 in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, Egyptian officials said.

A "Russian civilian plane... crashed in the central Sinai," the office of Prime Minister Sharif Ismail said in a statement.

A cabinet statement said Egyptian military planes have spotted wreckage of the plane.