Putin to communicate with the prime minister of Israel by encrypted communication line

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The Russian government has decided to enter into a memorandum with Israel on the organization of a direct encrypted communication line between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the corresponding document is available on the official website of legal information Tuesday.

Under the Russian law, in our country, there exists a special-purpose communication network, which is intended for public administration, defense, security and law enforcement. The work with the SCS authorities of other states is based on intergovernmental agreements.

Putin stressed the need for an immediate termination of operations in the south- east of Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin in a conversation with the Prime Minister of Italy, Matteo Renzi, stressed the need for an immediate termination of military operations in the south-east of Ukraine.

As the press-service of the Kremlin said, during the telephone conversation the Russian leader and head of the Council of Ministers of Italy “exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine in the context of the results of the presidential elections held on May, 25.”

“They expressed their mutual condolences on the tragic death of an Italian journalist in Ukraine Andrea Rocchelli and a citizen of Russia Andrei Mironov who accompanied him, – the Kremlin said in the statement. – Vladimir Putin stressed the need for an immediate cessation of military reprisal raid in south-eastern areas and establishing peaceful dialogue of Kiev with the representatives of the regions.”

In addition, Putin and Renzi “highly praised the current level and prospects of Russian-Italian collaboration.”

Inspectors from Hungary, Italy and Slovenia to carry out an observation flight over Russia

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A joint mission of inspectors from Hungary, Italy and Slovenia from on May 26-30 will perform an observation flight over the territory of the Russian Federation under the international Treaty on Open Skies, head of the National Center for Nuclear Risk Reduction Sergey Ryzhkov told Itar -Tass.

“The flight will be performed in Hungarian observation aircraft AN-26. Russian specialists on board the aircraft will monitor adherence to the flight parameters and the use of surveillance equipment,” – said Ryzhkov. He stressed that An-26 belongs to a class of aircraft not intended for the use of any weapons. “Aircraft and equipment installed on it passed the international certification,” – said the chief of the Center.

Russia, China to hold first joint inspection of the boundary line

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Russia and China will hold the first joint inspection of the boundary line, said a joint statement of the two leaders issued after the talks between Vladimir Putin and Xi Jingping in Shanghai.

According to the document, the parties intend, “using the possibilities of joint Russian-Chinese commission on the border and other mechanisms, to deepen cooperation on border issues, including the first joint inspection of the border lines, as well as to regulate the situation in the border rivers, to fight against cross-border crime”.

The situation on the Korean Peninsula

Russia and China have expressed concern about the unresolved nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula. “The parties agree that should not be implemented the methods of force in the subregion, all existing problems should be resolved at the negotiating table. There was reached an agreement to coordinate and closely cooperate in the interests of creating effective institutions for peace and security in NEA (Northeast Asia),” – said the joint statement.

There was held a telephone conversation between Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel

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On April 28, there was held a detailed telephone conversation between Russian Defense Minister Army General Sergei Shoigu and U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, the press service of the Ministry of Defense reported.

The sides exchanged concerns regarding the tense situation in Ukraine. They discussed problem situations arising in this connection related to both the actions of the U.S. armed forces near the Russian borders, and general activation of the NATO military operations in Eastern Europe. Ministers also exchanged vision on ways of possible reduction of military tensions in the region.

Commenting on Hagel’s words about the alleged ongoing “massive buildup” of the Russian armed forces on the border with Ukraine and “destabilizing exercises,” the Russian minister denied groundless claims about the presence on the Ukrainian territory of Russian sabotage and reconnaissance groups allegedly destabilizing the situation in the south- eastern regions.

Foreign Ministers of Russia and Germany discussed the situation in Ukraine on the phone

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister and Frank-Walter Steinmeier discussed on the phone the development of the current situation in Ukraine, “including in the context of the detention of OSCE military observers from several European countries in the South- East of the country,” said the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Russian Foreign Ministry made ​​it clear that the conversation had been initiated by the German side.

The German government “strongly condemns” the detention in Ukraine of a group of the OSCE observers, among which are the citizens of Germany, and calls for their “immediate release without any conditions.”

Unarmed military observers from a number of OSCE countries were detained not far from Slavyansk late last week.

CSTO to establish the Centre to combat cyberthreats

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The Organization of Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) decided to establish a Centre for responding cyber-attacks, said CSTO Secretary General Nikolai Bordyuzha during video-conference Moscow- Astana-Kishinev.

According to him, the CSTO has been continuously carrying out activities in information security. “With regard to information attacks, including ones from the territory of Ukraine, we consider them. All such attempts are fixed, and we try to combat them,” – he said.

Russia’s Defense Ministry formed high-tech units and employs cyber-fighters

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Under the leadership of Deputy Defense Minister Pavel Popov there were created three divisions involved in research in the field of high technology, information and communication. Another structure of the Ministry of Defense is recruiting professionals for information security who are able to analyze and decode the hacker software telecommunications protocols.

The Russian Defense Ministry formed military authorities responsible for the information and communications technologies, innovative research and robotics.

“Rosoboronexport” discussed the issues of information security within the MTC

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Scientific and Technical Council of Rosoboronexport discussed the main directions and methods to counter modern threats to information security in the sphere of military- technical cooperation (MTC) of the Russian Federation with foreign states.

Today, many countries are expanding the range of arms models and military equipment to be exported. Information technologies are no exception, on their basis there has been created a new type of weapons – cyber weapons. In order to use it effectively many developed countries have already set up and are operating bodies of military cybercontrol.

It is planned to publish an information-analytical collection of articles on existing cyber threats and proposals to deal with them.

Putin urged Obama not to let bloodshed in Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin during a telephone conversation urged his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama to use the possibilities available to the United States to avoid bloodshed in Ukraine, reported the press service of the Kremlin.

Earlier, the press secretary of the Russian president, Dmitry Peskov, told RIA Novosti that Russian President Vladimir Putin would on Monday evening have a conversation with his U.S. counterpart Barack Obama.

In Ukraine, on February 22 there took place a change of government, which has all signs of a coup. Verkhovna Rada ousted President Viktor Yanukovych from power, changed the constitution and appointed presidential elections on May 25. Moscow doubts the legitimacy of the decisions of the Rada.