Russia to ground international flights from Friday due to coronavirus

KONFRONTASI-Russia will suspend all regular and charter flights to and from the country from Friday due to the coronavirus crisis and close all shops in Moscow apart from food stores and pharmacies from this weekend, the government and city authorities said.

Authorities announced the measures after Russia reported its biggest one day rise in coronavirus cases on Thursday, bringing the official tally to 840. Russia has reported two coronavirus deaths, and another woman, who was diagnosed with the virus has died.

Russia banned from Olympic Games for altering doping data

KONFRONTASI- Russia was banned from the Olympics and other major world championships on Monday after sporting officials decided to punish it for tampering with doping-related laboratory data in another blow to Russia’s already tarnished sporting reputation.

The decision by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), imposed a four-year ban on Russia participating in a range of top-flight sporting tournaments, a period covering the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics and the 2022 soccer World Cup.

New Russian submarine test-fires ballistic missile for first time

KONFRONTASI-Russia's most advanced new nuclear-powered submarine has successfully test-launched a Bulava intercontinental ballistic missile, according to its defence ministry.

Wednesday's launch from the White Sea off Russia's northwestern coast came amid arms control tensions between Moscow and the West following the demise of a landmark Cold War-era nuclear pact that has sparked fears of a burgeoning arms race.

Trump Thanks Russia for Role in Operation to Kill Islamic State Leader Baghdadi

KONFRONTASI -  U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday thanked countries including Russia for their roles in an overnight raid led by U.S. military forces in Syria that killed Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

“I want to thank the nations of Russia, Turkey, Syria and Iraq and I also want to thank the Syrian Kurds for certain support they were able to give us,” Trump said in a televised address to the nation from the White House.

Russia’s Defense Ministry said it had no reliable information on the operation.

Legalizing Polygamy Will ‘Guarantee’ Women’s Rights in Russia, Moscow’s Muslim Leader Says

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KONFRONTASI -  Russia can overcome its gender-related issues by legalizing polygamy, the leader of Moscow’s Muslims has said. 

Polygamy, the practice of taking more than one spouse, is frowned upon by an overwhelming majority of Russians. While polygamy is not permitted under Russian law, it remains commonplace in the country’s predominantly Muslim republics of the North Caucasus.

Russia won't be ‘normal’ as America defines it

KONFRONTASI - Russia says the United States does not consider Moscow acting like a “normal” country because, unlike America, the Russian government does not bomb other countries or support coups in foreign lands.

Earlier this week, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper had said during an official visit to France that it would be “great” if the West “could get Russia to behave like a more normal country.”

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov hit back on Monday.