Russia will undertake measures to protect its economy if the European Commission (EC) does not take its opinion on amendments to the EU-Ukraine Association Agreement into account, Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told journalists.
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On August 28, 1949 the Soviet Union exploded its first atomic bomb in Semipalatinsk, Kazakhstan. It was code-named “First Lightning” by Soviet scientists and “Joe 1” (after Joseph Stalin) by the Americans. To test the bomb’s destructive capacity, engineers built houses, bridges and even a metro line. The explosion proved to be 50% more destructive than initially planned.
"Our stand is crystal clear – we want peace in Ukraine which can only be attained through broad national dialogue in which all regions and all political forces of the country must participate," Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said in an interview.