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Newsline: Twitter Suspends Fake Account of Russian Deputy Ambassador to UN

The fake twitter account of the Russian Deputy Ambassador to the UN Vladimir Safronkov was suspended at the request of the Russian Mission, according to the representative. “We pointed out the account is fake and took measures. The account was closed,” the representative said. @SafronkovRu was set up on Twitter alleging to belong to the Deputy Ambassador, but was denounced by the Russian mission as a fake. Twitter said in a report that it suspended more than 630,000 user accounts from August 1, 2015 through December 31, 2016. The tech giant also has a longstanding policy of prohibiting the promotion of terrorism and violent extremism.

https://sputniknews.com/art_living/201704251052956727-twitter-safronkov-fake-account-suspended/

Newsline: North Korean Embassy in Russia Says the Country is Ready for ‘All-Out War’ if US Starts it

North Korea is ready for an all-out war if the United States starts it, the country’s Embassy in Russia said. “If they [the US] commit a reckless provocation, the Korean Revolutionary Forces will deal a devastating blow and respond with an all-out war to an all-out war, respond to a nuclear war with a nuclear strike,” an attache of the North Korean Embassy Moscow said. North Korea reportedly carried out the most recent missile test early on Sunday. However, the launch was unsuccessful, according to South Korean defense officials. The North Korean Foreign Ministry said that the alleged missile launch had not been announced officially, though it’s Pyongyang’s “sovereign right” to conduct such tests. Earlier, North Korea warned it is ready to launch a “preemptive strike” in case of any US’ “provocation.” Pyongyang said it may target US military bases in Japan, South Korea and the US itself if feels threatened.

https://sputniknews.com/politics/201704211052864077-north-korea-ready-war/

Newsline: Facebook unblocks account of Russian embassy in Slovakia

Facebook has unblocked the official account of the Russian embassy in Slovakia, the embassy’s spokesperson Nikolai Levshunov told TASS. “The page is available again,” he said. “Unlike the fake account, this page contains truthful information.” According to Levshunov, Facebook unblocked the embassy’s account after sorting the situation out. After the official account of the Russian embassy was blocked, the fake Slovak-language account was renamed to “The Soviet embassy in Czechoslovakia.” “They post bare faced lies about events in Russia and Slovakia,” Levshunov said.

http://tass.com/society/942261

Newsline: Russian Embassy in South Africa denies underworld ties to Cape Town

The Russian Embassy in South Africa has denied that 25 men have been brought into Cape Town to bolster a faction of the underworld, intent on taking over club security. News24 earlier this month reported that several sources had said that a change in visa regulations between Russia and South Africa may have spurred a massive underworld coup, and that Eastern European men had been brought into the country as part of this. The nightclub security takeover was carried out in the early hours of March 31, the day after visa-free travel was introduced between Russia and South Africa. It is understood this is under investigation by the authorities. Well-placed sources said Russian men had been brought into the country. However, in a statement issued via Twitter, the Russian Embassy in South Africa denied this. “Even in terms of geography, unnamed citizens of Eastern Europe and Ukraine, either real or imaginary, come from Eastern Europe and Ukraine, and visa regulations between the Russian Federation and the Republic of South Africa cannot be applied to them. The embassy labelled the News24 article as “fake news”. Several well-placed sources told News24 that those recently brought into the country were guided by a Ukrainian businessman based in Cape Town, allegedly with close ties to the underworld. Previously Yuri “the Russian” Ulianitski, who was referred to as “the Russian”, but who was Ukrainian, and who was killed in Milnerton in 2007, had run a bouncer racket in Cape Town.

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/russia-denies-underworld-ties-to-cape-town-20170418

Newsline: Georgia decries Russian Foreign Minister’s visit to Abkhazia to open embassy

Georgian Prime Minister’s special envoy for relations with Russia, Zurab Abashidze has described the forthcoming visit by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Abkhazia to open embassy as an “encroachment on Georgia’s sovereignty.” Deputy Foreign Minister David Jalaganiya told reporters on his part Lavrov’s trip meant disregard for international principles and law. In August 2008, Russia recognized independence of Abkhazia and Sourth Ossetia, formerly two regions of Georgia that had been seeking independence for themselves since the early 1990’s.

http://tass.com/world/941824

Newsline: Russian ambassador warns relations with UK are at an all-time low

Britain’s relationship with Russia is the worst it has ever been, Moscow’s top diplomat in the UK has warned. Ambassador Alexander Yakovenko last night attacked No 10 for ‘raising tensions in Europe’ by deploying 800 troops to Estonia – part of Nato’s eastern flank. The Kremlin’s man in London said ministers were guilty of hostility, and that ties between the two countries had plummeted to an all-time low. In an escalation of Moscow’s rhetoric, he said there was no longer any ‘bilateral relationship of substance’. He added that the UK’s actions recently had been ‘provocative’ and even ‘outright ridiculous’. Mr Yakovenko’s remarks, which strike a more pessimistic tone than he has before, will deeply concern British officials.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4417086/UK-relations-Russia-time-low.html

Newsline: Russian ambassador to North Korea warns of new missile launches, nuclear tests

North Korea could either carry out new ballistic missile launches or conduct nuclear tests shortly in commemoration of its public holiday, Russian Ambassador to North Korea Alexander Matsegora told Sputnik. “If you carefully read the North Korean press, then there is no need to even guess. They themselves openly say that ‘we will mark the upcoming glorious anniversary with significant events,’ in the plural at that,” Matsegora said. North Korea celebrates the 105th anniversary of its founder Kim Il Sung’s birth on April 15, Saturday. “We can well imagine what events these will be. Some believe that the choice is only in two possible events: either new tests or a missile launch,” Matsegora said. The ambassador added that, the US aircraft carrier group dispatched toward North Korea is a provocation that did not contribute to de-escalation on the Korean Peninsula. “Of course, annual US exercises this year are particularly provocative,” Matsegora said. “Taking into account the fact that the US is bringing up an airborne strike group here, this does not work toward calming the situation.” The Russian envoy stressed that the US drills “are really working out a plan to seize Pyongyang, destroy the leadership of the country, approach the Russian and Chinese border, establish administrative control over the provinces of North Korea.”

https://sputniknews.com/asia/201704141052635278-nkorea-missile-launch-ambassador/