Lavrov's talks with Pompeo and Trump were pragmatic and constructive — diplomat

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/: Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov's talks with US President Donald Trump and US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo were pragmatic and constructive, Russian Foreign Ministry's official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told Rossiya-1 TV channel.

Deputy PM hopes Russia will host 2023 IIHF World Championship despite WADA ban

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/: Russian Deputy Prime Minister Olga Golodets hopes that Russia will be allowed to host the 2023 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship despite the sanctions by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against Russian sports.

"We expect that we will keep the world championship in Russia," Golodets, who oversees sports and culture, told reporters at the World Hockey Forum in Moscow.

Kremlin hopes diplomats’ expulsion won’t affect ties with Germany

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/: The Kremlin hopes that the expulsion of two German diplomats in retaliation for Berlin’s decision won’t become a negative factor for Russia’s relations with Germany.

"We expect and we hope that this [the expulsion of two staff members of the German Embassy from Russia] won’t become a negative factor for further cultivating and expanding our rather constructive dialogue with the Federal Republic of Germany," Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on Thursday.

Anonymous bomb threats continue as 13 Moscow district courts evacuated

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/: Unidentified individuals reported that bombs had been planted in 13 district courts of Moscow on Thursday, the press service of the Moscow City Court told TASS.

"Unknown people reported that explosive devices had been planted in 13 Moscow courts by e-mail on Thursday morning. Evacuations have begun in these courts, and emergency services are going there to check the bomb threat information," the press service said.

Flight data recorders from Mi-28 military helicopter found

KRASNODAR, December 12. /TASS/: Flight data recorders from the Mi-28 military helicopter that crashed in Russia’s Kranodar Region have been found, a military source informed TASS on Thursday.

"The flight data recorders have been found, they are intact. The commission is considering all versions, including technical malfunction and human error. It will be possible to get a complete picture of the aviation accident only after obtaining data from the flight data recorders," the source said.

Three injured in fire onboard Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/: Three people were injured in a fire that broke out onboard Russian aircraft carrier Admiral Kuznetsov at a dock in Murmansk, northwest Russia, a source in the Emergencies Ministry told TASS on Thursday.

"Three people have been injured. All of them are receiving medical assistance," the source said.

Eight people have been rescued by the emergencies services and firefighters and one person has gone missing.

Two German diplomats given seven days to leave Russia, says Russian Foreign Ministry

MOSCOW, December 12. /TASS/: Two employees of the German Embassy in Moscow must leave Russia within the next seven days and a note to this effect has been handed to German Ambassador Geza Andreas von Geyr, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Thursday.

"A strong protest has been lodged with the head of the German diplomatic mission over the German government’s ungrounded decision of December 4, 2019, to declare two staff members of the Russian Embassy in Berlin personae non gratae," the ministry said.

Kremlin believes mistake in MH17 disaster story does not undermine trust towards Channel 1

MOSCOW, December 11. /TASS/: A mistake made in a story about the MH-17 disaster over eastern Ukraine aired by Russia’s Channel 1 several years ago does not undermine trust in this government-run television broadcaster, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday.

"It does not undermine [trust in the TV broadcaster]," he said, when asked if the Kremlin believed the mistake was harmful to Channel 1.

Russia, India kick off joint multi-service force drills Indra-2019

MOSCOW, December 11. /TASS/: The Russian-Indian multi-service force drills Indra-2019 kicked off in India, the press office of Russia’s Pacific Fleet reported on Wednesday.

"Today, an official ceremony was held at the Babina training range in the state of Uttar Pradesh (India) to open the Russian-Indian multi-service force exercise Indra-2019. The servicemen of the two countries also lined up at the port of Marmagao and at the Pune Air Force station to mark the beginning of the drills," the press office said in a statement.

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