Russia reserves the right to retaliate for nuclear attacks, according to a decree on the fundamentals of Russia’s state policy of nuclear deterrence, which was signed by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday.
“The Russian Federation reserves the right to launch a nuclear strike either in response to a similar attack or in the event of a threat to the existence of the state,” the decree reads.
It says Russia‘s policy is defensive in nature and is aimed at maintaining its capabilities at a level sufficient to ensure nuclear deterrence, guarantee the protection of its sovereignty and territorial integrity, and prevent aggression against the country or its allies.
With nuclear deterrence, Russia will take into account the deployment of hypersonic and laser weapons, missile-carrying and strike drones, missile shields, and nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction by potential enemies, it said.
Russia considers the creation and deployment of missile defense systems and strike systems in space as a threat, and its neutralization requires nuclear deterrence, it said.
Russian, WHO discuss cooperation in fight against COVID-19
“There was a meeting with Hans Kluge. The main issues we discussed are related to our cooperation in fighting COVID-19,” Murashko said.
According to Murashko, Russia has carried out a series of events to support health systems in neighbouring countries and opened up access for medical professionals to information materials related to the treatment of patients with COVID-19.
The minister specified that he discussed with Kluge opportunities to promote medications and vaccines developed by Russia to the markets of other countries.
Similarly, Kluge expressed the health body’s appreciation to Russia for the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, Sputnik V.
“The WHO is very appreciative to Russia for the development of the COVID-19 vaccine, particularly Sputnik V. I would like to thank the Russian Federation for great steps to develop a safe and effective vaccine,” Kluge said
Russia became the first country to register a vaccine against the virus that causes COVID-19 in early August. The country has since reached agreements with more than 20 countries to deliver over a billion doses of the vaccine and agreements with five nations to mass produce it.
Kluge went on to meet with Anna Popova, the head of Russia’s consumer watchdog Rospotrebnadzor, which has been in charge of handling the COVID-19 situation in Russia.
The two discussed issues of immunisation, especially of children, from other kinds of diseases, a process that was interrupted in many countries by the pandemic.
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Navalny demands Russia return his clothes from day of poisoning
Russian dissident Alexei Navalny demanded on Monday that authorities return his clothes, which were taken from him as he was hospitalised in the Russian city of Omsk in August.
German, French and Swedish laboratory tests have concluded that Navalny was poisoned with the nerve agent Novichok.
He fell ill on Aug. 20 while on a domestic flight from the Russian city of Tomsk and the plane made an emergency landing in Omsk.
Russian authorities have said that a domestic inquiry into the matter has turned up no hard evidence of such a poisoning. Russia has refused to conduct a full-fledged investigation.
“Exactly a month has passed since they tried to kill me with a chemical weapon,” Navalny said in a statement on his website. “The 30 days allotted by law for the inquiry have expired.”
Accusing Russian authorities of having taken his clothing to cover up the poisoning, Navany said: “I demand that my clothes be carefully packed in a plastic bag and returned to me.”
“The 30 days of the ‘pre-investigation inquiry’ were used to hide this important evidence,” he said.
Two days after Navalny was hospitalised, he was medically evacuated on a German-operated flight to Berlin, where he has been treated at the renowned Charite hospital.
Navalny, who spent three weeks in a coma following the poisoning, posted a photo on his Instagram account on Monday, showing him sitting up in a chair on a balcony at the Charite next to his wife, Yulia.
“Yulia and I had our 20th wedding anniversary on Aug. 26,” he wrote.
“I’m even glad that I missed it as I can write today that I know a little more about love than a month ago.”
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Ali Baba-Inuwa
S/Africa seeks continent’s permanent representation at UN Security Council – Ramaphosa
South Africa advocates for the continent to have permanent representation on the UN Security Council, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Monday.
Ramaphosa said this ahead of his address for the high-level week of the 75th session of the UN General Assembly.
The 75th session of the General Assembly opened on Sept. 15. The high-level week will run from Monday until Sept. 29.
“We … need to strengthen bodies like the UN, ensure they are properly resourced and that they are representative.
“We must use this 75th anniversary to push ahead with the reform of the UN and particularly its Security Council, which does not give equal voice to the different regions of the world.
As South Africa, we will use our virtual presence in New York to continue to advocate for Africa – a continent of more than a billion people – to have permanent representation on the UN Security Council,” the statement read.
Earlier this year, a similar idea was voiced by Cairo.
In particular, the Egyptian Foreign Ministry proposed that two permanent seats be allocated to the African continent in the UN Security Council with full powers, including veto, following its reformation.
So far, there are five permanent members at the UN Security Council that have the right to veto — China, Russia, the United States, France and the UK.
The other 10 members of the UN body are non-permanent and elected for two-year terms by the General Assembly.
South Africa was elected as a non-permanent member for 2019 to 2020.
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Sadiya Hamza
At least 10 civilians killed in armed attacks in DR Congo
At least 10 civilians have been killed in two armed attacks by militants of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DR Congo), media reported on Monday.
According to the Actualite newspaper, on Sunday evening, militants conducted two simultaneous attacks in two districts of Mbo, a settlement located 12 miles north of Beni in the North Kivu province.
The first attack left nine people killed, including five women while at least one person was killed in the second attack.
In addition, the attackers set two houses on fire, took away livestock and took more than ten people hostage, the publication said.
DR Congo has long been fighting the ADF, which was formed in western Uganda to oppose the government and eventually expanded its activities into the neighbouring state.
The group is considered to be a terrorist organisation in Uganda and is believed to be responsible for frequent outbreaks of violence in both Uganda and DR Congo.
In 2017, the ADF pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terrorist group (banned in Russia).
Edited By: Fatima Sule/Wale Ojetimi