Following the request of the leadership of the Portuguese Republic, the Russian Government adopted a decision to provide urgent assistance to Portugal to fight wildfires in the north of the country. Russia’s Emergencies Ministry will send two Be-200 firefighting planes, which should arrive in Portugal early in the morning of August 13, where they will join Portuguese forces to combat the natural disaster over the next week.


Russia’s Federal Security Service (FSB) has disrupted a plot to carry out terrorist attacks in the Republic of Crimea. The attacks, planned by the Ukrainian Defence Ministry’s Chief Intelligence Directorate, targeted critical infrastructure and facilities in Crimea. Russia’s intelligence services take the view that these planned acts of sabotage and terrorism were intended to destabilise the socio-political situation in the region in the run-up to federal and regional elections.


On July 26-27, Geneva hosted Russia-US-UN consultations on Syria. Russia was represented by Deputy Foreign Minister Gennady Gatilov.


On July 18, the results of the July 17 presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe were announced in Sao Tome. The candidate of the ruling Independent Democratic Action (ADI) party, former parliament speaker Evaristo Carvalho, won a majority of votes (50.1%). The final results are to be confirmed by the Sao Tomean Constitutional Court on August 30, 2016.

Election observers from the African Union (AU) have reported no major violations that could possibly hinder the expression of the people’s will, and affirmed the transparency of the election process.

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