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Russia threatens Belarus with import “sanctions”


Russia has threatened to ban the import of fruit and vegetables coming from Belarus through Minsk, but originating from other countries, says the website of phytosanitary control body Rosselkhoznadzor. The service is considering the transition in connection with numerous cases of import sanctions on ‘Belarus’ products. It is noted that fruits and vegetables were exported with a certificate issued by ... Read More »

Putin says Russia will lift counter-restrictions if EU cancels sanctions


SIMFEROPOL, March 18. /TASS/. Russia will lift counter-restrictions if the European Union abolishes its sanctions, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday at a meeting with Thierry Mariani, head of a delegation of French politicians and the President of the French-Russian Dialog Association. “My answer will not make our Russian agricultural producers happy but I have to tell you that ... Read More »

Russia Is Winning the Sanctions Game

US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKI

Moscow : The current conversation about Russia sanctions centers around targeting and scope. Are we punishing the people whose behavior we most want to change? Is there pain, well inflicted, on those individuals responsible for creating chaos in Ukraine and Crimea, for reckless attacks on Sergei Skripal and others, and for wanton interference in Western elections? Can we hurt Russian ... Read More »

Russian LNG Exports Double In January Year-on-Year – Customs Agency


MOSCOW : Russia increased its exports of liquefied natural gas (LNG) twofold in January to 5.4 million cubic meters (190.7 million cubic feet) year-on-year, the Federal Customs Service (FCS) said on Thursday. Russian exports of natural gas fell by 10 percent to 18. 3 billion cubic meters over the same period, the FCS added. Russia’s revenues from LNG exports also ... Read More »

Russia-EU trade turnover up 20 pct in 2018 despite sanctions


MOSCOW: The trade turnover between Russia and the European Union (EU) grew by 20 percent year on year in 2018 despite sanctions, Russian Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov said Monday. The volume of accumulated investments from the EU countries in Russia amounted to 300 billion euros (337 billion U.S. dollars) last year, Manturov said at a meeting with European ... Read More »

Ford to revise Russia business plans by year-end: ministry


MOSCOW : Russia’s industry ministry expects Ford Motor Co to make decisions this year stemming from a review of its business in Russia, the ministry told Reuters on Wednesday. Earlier Reuters reported Ford is considering closing two plants in Russia as part of its global plan to restructure operations in unprofitable regions. The ministry said in a statement supplied to ... Read More »

Defense sector’s cronies reportedly earn $300,000 in budget funds on An-26 altimeters from Russia


Investigative journalists have established that net profit in a scheme to buy An-26 altimeters originating from Russia was at least US$300,000, which was paid from Ukraine’s national budget. Involved in the scheme were the then First Deputy Secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC) of Ukraine Oleh Hladkovsky, his son Ihor Hladkovsky, Pavlo Bukin, who is now Director ... Read More »

Russia Ships Over 2000 Tonnes Of Wheat To North Korea


PYONGYANG: Russian authorities said they have sent over 2,000 tonnes of wheat to North Korea as humanitarian aid to help the nation amid a food crisis.Russian Embassy in North Korean capital Pyongyang reported that the aid arrived in Chongjin on Monday. Last month, a United Nations report revealed that around 43 per cent of the North Korean population is food insecure ... Read More »

Russian customs seize 129.1 kg of perfume and cosmetics bound for North Korea


Authorities in Khasan on the Russian-DPRK border last week seized a shipment of 129.1 kilos of “perfumery and cosmetics” before it could be brought into North Korea, the press service of Ussuriysk Customs said in a statement. A routine inspection onboard the passenger car of a train, the statement said, saw authorities find “boxes on a shelf in two compartments with cosmetics and ... Read More »

Russia and Belarus Integration Talks Reach Deadlock


The ever more frequent meetings between Vladimir Putin and Alexander Lukashenko over the course of 2018 did not erase ongoing and underlying bilateral disparities between Minsk and Moscow. And their February meeting in Sochi this year didn’t achieve that either. However, the Russia-Belarus Sochi talks did at least offer fresh hints at where relations are heading. The key signal made ... Read More »

Dutch Customs Seize 90,000 Bottles Of Russian Vodka Allegedly Bound For North Korea


Dutch customs officials have intercepted thousands of bottles of Russian vodka they say were destined for North Korea’s ruling elite, including Kim Jong Un and top military leaders, according to a Dutch investigation. The prohibited-booze bust in Rotterdam comes on the eve of Kim Jong Un’s two-day meeting with President Trump in the Vietnamese capital of Hanoi. The shipping container ... Read More »

China Jan crude oil imports from Russia rise 25 pct -customs


Russia remained China’s largest crude oil supplier in January, with imports rising 25 percent year on year to hold off rival Saudi Arabia, Chinese customs data showed. Imports from Russia – China’s top supplier for the past three years – stood at 6.97 million tonnes, or 1.64 million barrels per day (bpd) last month, compared with 1.31 million bpd in ... Read More »

China’s Jan imports of Russian aluminium surge tenfold : customs


BEIJING: China’s imports of primary aluminium from Russia rose tenfold year on year in January, data released by the General Administration of Customs showed on Monday. China imported 11,185 tonnes of aluminium from Russia last month, the data showed, versus just 1,109 tonnes in the same month a year earlier. The unusually high volume followed over 56,000 tonnes of Russian ... Read More »

In Russia, a battle to free nearly 100 captured whales

Greenpeace activists and supporters rally in Moscow on February 16, 2019, demanding the release of orcas and white whales held at a holding facility in the town of Nakhodka. - Dozens of orcas and beluga whales captured for sale to oceanariums have brought Russia's murky trade into the spotlight, but efforts to free them are blocked by government infighting. (Photo by Alexander NEMENOV / AFP)

MOSCOW: Dozens of orcas and beluga whales captured for sale to oceanariums have brought Russia’s murky trade into the spotlight, but efforts to free them are blocked by government infighting. Russia is the only country where orcas, or killer whales, and belugas can be caught in the ocean for the purpose of “education.” The legal loophole has been used to ... Read More »

Russia’s pivot to the east: Where does it leave the EU?

US President Donald Trump and Russia's President Vladimir Putin attend a joint press conference after a meeting at the Presidential Palace in Helsinki, on July 16, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan SMIALOWSKI

This week marks the five-year anniversary of the Maidan Revolution, which set in motion the events that would lead to the Russian annexation of Crimea, Ukraine’s descent into civil war, and a seemingly endless spiral of rivalry and confrontation between Russia and the West. Moscow has responded to these developments by accelerating its declared “pivot to the east”, as part ... Read More »

Federal Customs Service inquiry department head accused of bribery


The Moscow Interregional Investigation Department for Transport of the ICR initiated a criminal case on taking a bribe of $140.000 (part 6 of Article 290 of the Criminal Code of the Russian Federation) against head of the inquiry department of the Office of Customs Investigation Sergey Galenkov based on materials from the Economic Security Service of the Federal Security Service ... Read More »

Russia-Azerbaijan railway border crossings planned to be simplified


Moscow : Yarag-Kazmalyar railway border crossing point in Russia’s Republic of Dagestan can be simplified, and funds are currently allocated for improving this checkpoint, Olga Rukhullayeva, Deputy Minister of the Russian Federation for the North Caucasus, said during the Russian Investment Forum in Sochi, Trend reports via TASS. According to her, funds were allocated this year for funding the construction ... Read More »

Ruble Firms after Sanctions Threat, Supported by Oil Prices


A day after the threat of new US sanctions unnerved Russian financial markets, the country’s currency, supported by rising oil prices, steadied against the dollar. The ruble was unchanged against the dollar at 66.66 and traded at 75.20 versus the euro at 0730 GMT. The Russian currency touched 67 against the dollar on Thursday, its weakest since Jan. 15. This ... Read More »

Italy Arrests 2 Russians for Smuggling Kurdish Migrants

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Two Russian citizens have reportedly been detained in southern Italy on suspicion of smuggling Kurdish migrants. Italian media reported that 51 migrants were aboard a sailboat that ran aground in the province of Crotone. The ANSA news outlet reported that one of the migrants is missing at sea. Two suspected smugglers believed to be Russian citizens were arrested in a ... Read More »

Kremlin: no talks are underway to create new Russia-OPEC alliance


MOSCOW: The Kremlin said on Tuesday there were no substantial talks currently taking place to establish an alliance between Russia and OPEC. Energy Minister Alexander Novak said in December it was highly unlikely OPEC and other oil producers would set up a joint structure due to the additional red tape it would create, as well as the risk of U.S. ... Read More »