• Kremlin calls new US sanctions unlawful

    The US sanctions against Russia that will come into force on August 22 are unlawful. They negatively affect international trade, Russian President’s press secretary Dmitry Peskov told Kommersant FM radio. He also stressed that “such restrictions will certainly affect the entire international trade.”

    “We are aware that the bill has been prepared. We are familiar with the content of the bill. It has been published on their internet resources. We have carefully studied it and we consider that it …

  • Russian government bonds depreciate to a 5-year record low

    Neither the stabilization of developing markets nor the attempts to strengthen the ruble have been able to halt the collapse of Russian government debt on the market, finanz.ru reports.

    At the end of trading last Thursday, the Russian Government Bond Index (RGBI) fell another 0.3 points, reaching a low since February 2017 – 134.59 points.

    Federal Loan Bonds (OFZs) depreciated on the Moscow Exchange for 12 consecutive days, something which the market has not seen in more than 5 years. Only in …

  • Berlin: Ukraine should modernize its gas transportation system to remain a transit country

    Ukraine must ensure long-term transit of gas through its territory by modernizing its gas transportation system (GTS), said the official government representative Steffen Seibert at a briefing in Berlin, reports Ukrinform.

    “Ukraine should reform its gas transit system in order to create conditions for the long-term transit of gas,” said Seibert.

    He did not disclose the details of the conversation between German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir …

  • US State Department demands that Russia withdraw troops from Ukraine

    Russia continues to violate the Minsk agreements on the conflict in the southeast of Ukraine, the US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said on Wednesday.

    “The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) conflict monitors spotted four new Russian electronic warfare systems in eastern Ukraine. More evidence Russia’s military is orchestrating the conflict in the Donbas,” Nauert wrote in Twitter.

    Russia must fully implement the Minsk agreements that require it to transfer control over the  …

  • Media: Merkel and Putin spoke about Syria and peacekeeping mission in Donbas

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel proposed to Russian President Vladimir Putin to create an international administration and introduce 40,000 peacekeepers in the territories of the Donbas which are not under Ukraine’s control, reported the editor-in-chief of the Russian radio station Echo of Moscow, Alexei Venediktov, on his radio channel.

    According to him, Putin received a detailed plan for the introduction of the peacekeeping units in the Donbas. Venediktov did not report any other details or …