Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, right, and Tajik Defence Minister Sherali Mirzo sign documents during a bilateral meeting as a part of the Council of Defense Ministries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. The defense ministers of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) member states (Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India and Pakistan) have gathered in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe for an annual meeting. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
In this handout photo released by Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, the Proton-M carrier rocket with the Nauka (Science) multifunctional laboratory module for the International Space Station (ISS) Russian Segment blasts off from the launchpad at Baikonur Cosmodrome on July 21, Kazakhstan. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
In this handout photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), shake hands during their meeting, in Moscow, Russia. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
In this handout photo released by Russian Space Agency Roscosmos, the Proton-M carrier rocket with the Nauka (Science) multifunctional laboratory module for the International Space Station (ISS) Russian Segment is transported from an assembling hangar to a launch pad ahead of its upcoming launch scheduled for July 21 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
In this handout photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry, delegation heads pose for a photo during a high-level international conference "Central and South Asia: Regional Connectivity, Challenges and Opportunities", in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. Uzbekistan hosts a two-day high-level meeting in the capital city of Tashkent on July 15 and 16 to discuss the 'challenges and opportunities in Uzbekistan'. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
In this handout video grab released by the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB), officers of the security forces detain a Russian citizen, who planned to organize a terrorist act in July by detonating an improvised explosive device (IED) in a crowded place, in Moscow, Russia. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
In this handout photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry, from left, SCO Secretary-General Vladimir Norov, Indian Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, Uzbek Foreign Minister Abdulaziz Kamilov, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Tajik Foreign Minister Sirojiddin Muhriddin, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, Kazakhstan's Foreign Minister Mukhtar Tileuberdi, Foreign Minister of Pakistan Shah Mahmood Qureshi, Kyrgyz Deputy Foreign Minister Nuran Niyazaliev and SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) Executive Committee Director Jumakhon Giyosov pose for a family photo before a meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) foreign ministers, in Dushanbe, Tajikistan. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
The head of the Moldovan Party of Socialists, former Moldovan president Igor Dodon speaks during a protest rally at the building of the Supreme Court of Moldova, in Chisinau, Moldova. The Party announced that since July 9, it has been holding mass non-stop protests in front of the buildings of the institutions that demanded the reduction of polling stations in Transnistria. Early parliamentary elections will be held in Moldova on July 11, 2021.
In this handout photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Laotian counterpart Saleumxay Kommasith, right, exchange documents during a signing ceremony following their meeting in Vientiane, Laos. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
Leader of the Russian Communist Party Gennady Zyuganov, centre, and his deputies Yuri Afonin, left, and Dmitry Novikov, right, attend the official procedure for submitting documents of the Communist Party for registration for the upcoming elections of Members of the Russian parliament's lower house, the State Duma, at the Russian Central Election Commission in Moscow, Russia.
Boxes with the Russian Liberal Democratic Party (LDPR) logo are pictured during the official procedure for submitting documents for registration for the upcoming parliamentary elections at the Central Election Commission of the Russian Federation in Moscow, Russia.
The flag on a car of Ambassador of the Britain to Russia Deborah Bronnert is seen outside the Russian Foreign Ministry, in Moscow, Russia. Bronnert was summoned summoned to the Russian Defence Ministry over the recent incident with a British navy destroyer in the Black Sea. The Russian Defense Ministry announced on Wednesday that the Black Sea Fleet and the border security forces expelled the British Navy's Defender destroyer that entered Russia's territorial waters.
In this handout photo released by the Russian Foreign Ministry, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) President Peter Maurer pose for a photo during their meeting in Moscow, Russia. Editorial use only, no archive, no commercial use.
Acting Prime Minister of Armenia Nikol Pashinyan prepares to cast his ballot into a ballot box at a polling station during a snap Parliamentary elections in Yerevan, Armenia. Armenians are heading to the polls in snap parliamentary elections that were called as a result of an internal political crisis triggered by significant territorial concessions to Azerbaijan in the armed hostilities in Nagorno-Karabakh last fall.
A police officer guards the site, where the twin-engine L-410 plane crashed near the Tanay aerodrome, which provides parachuting services, leaving four people dead, in Kemerovo region, Russia. Five survivors of the plane crash are in intensive care units with critical injuries, while the condition of eight others is assessed as stable. It was a training flight with 17 skydivers and two experienced crew members.
Children show thumbs-up as they pose for a photo with a placard depicting acting Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian during a pre-election campaign rally of Pashinian's Civil Contract party, at Republic Square, in central Yerevan, Armenia. On June 20, 2021, Armenia will hold its third parliamentary elections in four years and it will be the second consecutive snap election.
Jailed Belarus journalist Roman Protasevich, right, arrives at a news conference about the emergency landing in Minsk of the Ryanair passenger plane on which he was travelling, in Minsk, Belarus. In May, an Irish airline Ryanair traveling from Greece to Lithuania made an emergency landing in Minsk over a bomb threat, which turned out to be fake. Two of its passengers, Roman Protasevich, the founder of a Telegram channel that Belarus has designated as extremist, and his girlfriend, Russian national Sofia Sapega, were detained during the stopover at the airport.