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Putin officially confirms new defense minister

Russian President Vladimir Putin has officially appointed Andrey Belousov as the new minister of defense. Belousov, an economist by trade, is a former first deputy prime minister and Putin’s long-time adviser on economic matters. Earlier this week, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov explained his appointment by the fact that the “battlefield …

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Kremlin explains decision to change defense minister

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has voiced support for the Russian president’s pick for a new defense minister, amid a cabinet reshuffle.  The Federation Council announced on Sunday evening that Sergey Shoigu would be removed as defense minister, a post he had held since 2012, and that Vladimir Putin had proposed replacing …

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Putin removes Shoigu as Russian Defense Minister

President Vladimir Putin has proposed that Sergei Shoigu be replaced as Minister of Defense of Russia by acting First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov, the Federation Council said on Sunday evening. Shoigu has been appointed Secretary of the Russian Security Council. Senators are scheduled to engage in consultations regarding the …

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Russian deputy defense minister arrested over suspected bribery

Russian Deputy Defense Minister Timur Ivanov has been arrested for bribery, the country’s Investigative Committee announced on Tuesday. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu have been briefed on the arrest, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told the media. Earlier on Tuesday, Ivanov took part in an extended ministerial …

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Russia has seized initiative in Ukraine conflict – defense minister

Russian troops are firmly in control of the battlefield situation and are steadily pushing back Ukrainian forces, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has said. Speaking at the meeting with top Russian commanders on Monday, the minister announced that Moscow had liberated the villages of Pervomayskoe and Novomikhailovka, west and southwest of …

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‘War can come to Sweden’ – defense minister

Sweden’s top officials have urged their people to prepare for a possible war, amid the rising tensions with Russia. The ministers made their statement at the multi-day Folk och Forsvar National Conference in Salen. In his speech on Sunday, Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom hailed his country’s expected membership in the …

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Israeli minister makes case for depopulation of Gaza

The majority of the Palestinian Arabs living in Gaza should be encouraged to emigrate to other countries, Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich has said. He argued that drastic measures are needed to ensure Israel’s security and avoid further incursions by Hamas.  “What needs to be done in the Gaza Strip is …

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‘Ukraine is losing’ – Russian defense minister

Kiev’s attempts to advance on the front line remain fruitless and are resulting in high battlefield losses and decreasing morale among Ukrainian troops, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has said. “Despite the supply of new kinds of NATO weapons, the Kiev regime is losing. The Russian forces keep conducting active …

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