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Russia: Prosecutors say avalanche killed Dyatlov group in Urals in 1959

YEKATERINBURG, July 11. /TASS/: The Russian Prosecutor General’s Office has come to a conclusion that an avalanche killed the Dyatlov group in the Ural Mountains in 1959, Andrei Kuryakov, a deputy chief of the directorate of the Russian Prosecutor General’s Office for the Ural Federal District, told reporters on Saturday.

"[The dead tourists’] injuries are characteristic for the injuries of rock climbers caught in an avalanche," Kuryakov said.

WHO reports single-day increase in coronavirus cases by over 219,000

MOSCOW, July 11. /TASS/: More than 219,000 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus infection were registered worldwide in the past day, surpassing 12.3 million, while the coronavirus-related fatalities increased by over 5,200 to over 556,000, the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its daily bulletin on Saturday.

Russia overcomes toughest phase of pandemic with minimum losses - Kremlin

MOSCOW, July 12. /TASS/: Russia passed the most challenging stage of COVID-19 crisis with minimum losses, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Sunday.

"I will probably express my personal viewpoint that all agencies, all ministries and all government structures and the country’s leadership in general worked as a well-coordinated mechanism during this crisis," Peskov told Moscow. Kremlin. Putin program on Rossiya-1 TV channel.

Russian-US relations hit rock bottom, Kremlin says

MOSCOW, July 12. /TASS/: Russian-US relations are at their lowest point, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Moscow. Kremlin. Putin program on Rossiya-1 TV channel on Sunday.

"Our relations are still nearly at the lowest point," Peskov said commenting on the dynamics of Russian-US relations.

"The situation is very bad - both in terms of bilateral relations and our two countries’ responsibility for multilateral affairs, first of all the issue of control over arms and strategic stability," Peskov said.

Russian university says clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine completed

MOSCOW, July 12. /TASS/: Clinical trials of vaccine against the novel coronavirus were completed on volunteers at Sechenov University, and the results of research proved the medication’s effectiveness, chief researcher Elena Smolyarchuk told TASS on Sunday.

"The research has been completed and it proved that the vaccine is safe. The volunteers will be discharged on July 15 and July 20," said Smolyarchuk, who heads the Center for Clinical Research on Medications at Sechenov University.

Russia: Putin says worsened ties with Ukraine not linked to Crimea’s reunification

MOSCOW, July 12. /TASS/: The deterioration of relations between Moscow and Kiev is not linked to Crimea’s reunification with Russia, President Vladimir Putin told Moscow. Kremlin. Putin program on Rossiya-1 TV channel.

"Our spoiled relations with Ukraine are not linked to Crimea in principle," Putin said.

Putin expressed confidence that this negative trend in relations between the two countries would be sooner or later over.

Deputy PM: Russian government to discuss resumption of international flights after July 15

MOSCOW, July 10. /TASS/: The Russian government will consider resuming international flights after July 15, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Tatyana Golikova said at a briefing on Friday.

"As for the date when we could restart international air travel, we suggest July 15, 2020 and we suppose that, based on the air authorities’ negotiating position, the Transport Ministry and the Federal Air Transport Agency will be informing the government of the Russian Federation about the negotiation," she said.

Russia: Five people injured in gas explosion in Nizhny Novgorod

MOSCOW, July 11. /TASS/: Five people were injured in a gas explosion followed by a fire in a residential building in Nizhny Novgorod, press service of the city’s government administration told reporters on Saturday.

"Currently, five people have been injured in a gas explosion, three of them were slightly injured, doctors examined them on the spot, hospitalization was not required. Two more people, a man and a woman, were taken to a hospital. Their condition does not cause any concerns," the press service said.

Open Skies Treaty to collapse if US talks allies into quitting it — Russian diplomat

MOSCOW, July 10. /TASS/: After withdrawing from the Treaty on Open Skies, the United States might persuade their allies to pull out, and then the treaty will collapse, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said in a televised interview on Friday.

"Having withdrawn from the Treaty, the United States is likely, due to their recent conduct, to try to lure some of their allies out. Should this happen, the treaty will certainly be doomed and will collapse," he said.

Putin, Russian Security Council discuss Libyan crisis

11 July 2020; MEMO: Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Libyan conflict in a video conference with the country’s Security Council on Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.

“The situation in Libya was discussed with an emphasis on the absence of alternative to a peaceful settlement in this country,” the Kremlin said in a statement on its official website following the meeting.

Libya has been torn by civil war since the ouster of late ruler Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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