A warning to Merkel: Russia recognises documents issued by Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics

Russia’s recognition of documents issued to their citizens by the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics stops well short of diplomatic recognition, but as well as having humanitarian considerations it appears intended as a warning to Merkel and the Europeans to take the settlement process of the Ukrainian conflict more seriously.

Francois Fillon to race Marine Le Pen for the French presidency, both are friends of Russia

Francois Fillon – the likely candidate for the French Presidency of France’s centre right – is a harsh critic of France’s regime change policy in Syria, a supporter of engagement with Russia, and an opponent of the EU’s sanctions policy. He is also believed to be Russian President Putin’s personal friend.

Why Kiev is to blame for MH-17 tragedy

Though the preliminary report of the Joint Investigation Team is flawed because it ignored the Russian evidence, the ultimate reason why MH17 was shot down was because Kiev recklessly allowed civilian air traffic over a war zone.