Sunday, January 20, 2019

Crimean Tatars gather in Ankara to discuss Ukrainian crisis

Nearly 200 Crimean Tatar nongovernmental organizations and civil society groups gathered in Ankara as part of the Second World Crimean Tatar Congress to discuss the ongoing crisis in Ukraine and the situation of their brethren in Crimea, which was annexed by Russia in February of last year. The meeting took...

Western sanctions are hitting Russia harder than people realized

Sanctions linked to the Ukraine crisis could end up costing Russia 9% of its gross domestic product, the International Monetary Fund has said. Russia's economy is showing signs of stabilisation after slumping under pressure from Western financial sanctions and Russian counter-measures. Low international prices for its oil exports have added to...

IMF Says Sanctions Take Toll On Russia

Economy faces loss of as much as 9% of its inflation-adjusted value of goods and services. MOSCOW - Russia's economy faces the loss of as much as 9% of the inflation-adjusted value of the goods and services it produces if Western sanctions and Moscow’s retaliatory measures remain in place in...

Ties between China and Russia warm even as trade cools

Bitter economic winds blow cross the border as Russia's recession hits businesses. The warmth of the friendship between President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin - who met yesterday for the eighth time in two years - does little to counter the bitter economic winds blowing through their...

Why Russia’s turn to China is a mirage

On July 8 and 9, Russia hosts Chinese, Indian, Brazilian and South African leaders at the annual BRICS summit in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan. The conference takes place at a time when Russia's rift with the West over Ukraine has sparked some concerns that Moscow might turn its...

Russians Live Without Parmesan as Italy Pays Sanctions Price

The Italian economy is flailing without one of its most important customers. Russians are living with less Ferragamo and no parmesan cheese as Italy has lost over $1.5 billion due to European Union sanctions aimed at punishing President Vladimir Putin. "We are worried and we are afraid,'" Italian Industry Minister Federica...

Prepare for serious turbulence in Russia

Last year, thanks to its aggression in Ukraine, Russia changed in many important ways. But one crucial transformation has gone largely unnoticed: Long-term thinking has completely disappeared, and the Russian regime no longer talks about the future. Russian leaders’ discourse centers on the standoff with Ukraine and the West...

Kerry holds ‘frank’ talks with Putin in bid to improve ties

Sochi (Russia) (AFP) - Russian President Vladimir Putin and US Secretary of State John Kerry held four hours of rare face-to-face talks on Tuesday as the two nations sought ways to cooperate after a sharp deterioration in relations. The highest level US visit to Russia since the Ukraine crisis erupted...

As Russia’s Stock Market Soars, Ukraine Stuck In ‘Frozen Conflict’

I can hear it now: nice going FORBES, valuing money over people’s lives. A disclaimer: this is the investment channel. And that means crisis is looked at through the lens of economic pain and gain, not who is a better president: Poroshenko or Putin, nor the history of Crimea...

Ukraine Fight Flares Again: U.S. Should Keep Arms And Troops At Home

The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is under strain as Kiev presses the West for more financial and military aid. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko warns that full-scale war could explode “at any moment.” Yet many of his country’s young men are avoiding conscription into the no-win conflict. Americans’ sympathies should...

China-Russia sign raft of agreements after Xi-Putin talks

China and Russia have agreed in Moscow to integrate the Beijing’s Silk Road Economic Belt initiative with Moscow-led Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU). Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin held talks in Moscow. “The talks concluded with the adoption of a joint declaration on deepening comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation and promoting mutually advantageous ties,...

In Talks With Merkel, Putin Calls for Improving Relations With Europe

MOSCOW — President Vladimir V. Putin used a visit on Sunday by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, to call for a return to normal relations with Europe, brushing aside the widespread boycott by Western leaders of the huge Victory Day parade on Red Square a day earlier. “We do face...

Russia and China deepen ties with new economic deals

MOSCOW, Russia and China signed a $25 billion deal to boost Chinese lending to Russian firms and a host of other accords deepening economic cooperation on Friday as Moscow's ties with the West fray over the Ukraine crisis. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Chinese leader Xi Jinping hailed their countries'...

Russia’s Stumbling Pivot to Asia

Moscow and Beijing are trying to cement closer ties, but delays in high-profile energy deals highlight lingering tensions between the two American rivals. On May 21, 2014, after a marathon negotiating session in Shanghai, Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, finally put pen to paper on...

Putin and Raul Castro Discuss Political and Economic Cooperation

In addition to trade and economic talks, Raul Castro's visit responds to Putin's invitation to commemorate the end of WWII in Russia. Cuban President Raul Castro met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Thursday to discuss political, economic, and trade cooperation, as well as pressing international issues. Talks...

Did a Chinese-Russian-Iranian coalition opposing NATO debut in Moscow?

The Moscow Conference on International Security in April was used as a venue to give notice to the US and NATO that other world powers will not let it do as it pleases. Talk about joint efforts between China, India, Russia and Iran against NATO expansion were augmented with plans...

Ruble’s Rise Gives Russia Room to Cut Rates, Central Banker Says

The strengthening ruble gives Russia room to cut interest rates if there are no other shocks to the economy, central bank Governor Elvira Nabiullina said. The ruble’s strength is contributing to a slowdown in inflation, and “that’s why with other things being equal and no new significant negative factors, the...

Russia’s Bond: It’s Official! (… and Private … and Anything Else It Wants to...

Ukraine's bond restructuring talks are in high gear, and, as ever, Russia is trouble du jour. Not only is it threatening to hold out in the bond deal and take Ukraine to arbitration, Russia also seems poised to block IMF disbursements to Ukraine using an arcane Fund policy on...
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Direct line with Vladimir Putin: Annual Q&A session 2015

Video and Transcript During the live broadcast that lasted 3 hours and 57 minutes, the President answered 74 questions out of the almost 3 million that were received. Direct Line with Vladimir Putin was broadcast live on Channel One, Rossiya-1 and Rossiya-24 TV channels, and Mayak, Vesti FM and Radio Rossii...

Convoy Brings U.S. Paratroopers To Ukraine For Training

VICENZA, Italy: Paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Support Battalion arrived in Yavoriv, Ukraine April 10 via a ground convoy from here to deliver the brigade’s training equipment for Operation Fearless Guardian. Fearless Guardian is the name for the training of Ukraine’s newly-formed National Guard under the Congress-approved Global Contingency...

Russia-Ukraine gas talks in Berlin postponed

EU-brokered talks on gas security in Berlin have been rescheduled because too many issues remain open, the EU officials say. Ukraine is a crucial transit country for supplying western Europe with gas. A ministerial meeting on gas deliveries between Russia and Ukraine, planned for next week in the German capital,...

Ukraine Debt Rating Now Super-Duper Junk

When Arseniy “Yats” Yatsenyuk took over the Prime Minister role in Ukraine, he said that his country was going to go through some austere, difficult times. He wasn’t kidding. With the economy expected to contract by 8% this year, and Western bailouts becoming its only salvation, the Ukrainian debt bomb ticks closer to a...

Coups and Color Revolutions: US Wages Geopolitical Warfare against Russia in Central Asia and...

The US is waging geopolitical warfare against the Russian Federation in Eurasia through preparing colour revolutions, coups, destabilisation operations and strategically-motivated alliances in an attempt to weaken Moscow’s position and isolate the nation. This complex strategy involves destabilising countries in Russia’s sphere of influence which creates numerous security problems for...

Legendary Investor Jim Rogers: Buy Stocks from Russia Fast

Rock bottom oil prices, a resurgent ruble and a rebounding stock market make it a good time to invest in Russia, according to American investor Jim Rogers. "I'm very optimistic about the future of Russia," Rogers told the audience at a Moscow investment conference put on by investment firm BCS. "Certainly one of the most...

Russia to ratify BRICS currency pool deal soon – envoy

MOSCOW, April 3. /TASS/. Russia intends to become the first country among the BRICS group of the world’s five leading emerging economies to ratify an agreement on the group’s foreign currency reserve pool, Russian Foreign Ministry Ambassador-at-Large Vadim Lukov said on Friday. "An agreement will be ratified soon on establishing...

Dispute Between Poroshenko and Billionaire Governor Threaten Ukraine Alliance

MOSCOW — A dispute between President Petro O. Poroshenko of Ukraine and the billionaire governor of one of the country’s regions over control of two state-owned energy companies widened Monday, confronting the new Ukrainian government with its most serious internal crisis since coming to power last year. Until the dispute...

Russia to join China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank

Moscow (AFP) - Russia is to sign up to the Chinese-led development bank AIIB, first deputy prime minister Igor Shuvalov said Saturday at an international forum in China, cited by Russian news agencies. "I'd like to inform you that Russian President Vladimir Putin has taken the decision that Russia will...

Central Asia: The Drop in Remittances from Russia is Bad. But How Bad?

Russia's Central Bank has released new data showing drops as steep as 15 percent in the amount of money transferred by individuals to Central Asia in 2014 versus the year before. Much of that cash – no one can say exactly how much – comprises remittances from labor migrants....

Russia unveils plans for high speed railway and superhighway to connect Europe and America

Plans for a new high-speed transport corridor that could potentially link London and New York by rail and superhighway have been unveiled. The idea, dubbed the Trans-Eurasian Belt Development (TERP), would see a high speed railway and motorway built from Eastern Europe, across Siberia and over the Bering Strait to...

Jordan agrees deal for Russia to build nuclear plant

The $10bn power plant in energy-poor Jordan is scheduled to be completed in 2023. Jordan said Tuesday it has signed a framework agreement with Russia for the construction of the first nuclear power plant in the kingdom at a cost of $10bn. The deal was signed by Khaled Tukan, head of the Jordan Atomic Enegry Commission,...

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