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Russia defiant as cost of sanctions mounts

2014-07-30 15:54

European economists say sanctions may cost Russia up to €23bn in 2014, while a Russian bank official reportedly said the economy could even go into a recession.

Moscow-based lobby regrets new EU sanctions

2014-07-30 13:15

The Moscow-based Association of European Businesses says it "deeply regrets" new sanctions imposed by the European Union on Russia.

Russia to ban most Polish fruit, vegetable

2014-07-30 12:02

Russia has announced a ban on most fruit and vegetable imports from Poland and may extend the restrictions to the rest of the European Union.

Bid to save tiger threatened by poor data: WWF

2014-07-30 10:36

Efforts to save the tiger are being undermined by a lack of information about how many of the endangered cats live in the wild, the conservation group WWF says.

US urges Russia to get rid of prohibited arms

2014-07-29 22:35

The US has urged Russia to destroy all weapons banned under a series of pacts, warning that Moscow is in "violation of its obligations" under a 1987 treaty.

Dutch PM asks fighting to cease near crash site

2014-07-29 14:45

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has called Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to ask Ukrainian forces to stop fighting around the MH17 crash site.

Russia hit by Yukos ruling amid sanctions

2014-07-29 09:45

An international court has ordered Russia to pay Yukos shareholders a record $50bn compensation over its seizure of the defunct oil giant.

Russia sanctions may undermine EU's recovery

2014-07-29 08:31

The EU is expected to take the plunge and impose tougher sanctions on Russia over Ukraine, but the measures could hit its own struggling economy - especially should Moscow reply in kind.

Kiev wrests control of part of MH17 site

2014-07-28 18:59

Ukraine's army has seized control of part of the vast site where Malaysian airliner MH17 crashed, as the UN announced the downing of the plane could constitute a war crime.

Ukraine: Black boxes show MH17 downed by rocket

2014-07-28 14:11

Black boxes recovered from downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 show shrapnel from a rocket explosion caused the passenger jet to crash, a Ukrainian security official says.

Hague court could order Russia to pay $50bn

2014-07-28 10:30

The Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague could announce that Russia must pay $50bn to former shareholders of the defunct oil company Yukos.

Russia and the collapse of the G8

2014-07-27 13:45

We don't know how Russia's exclusion from the G8 will impact on international diplomacy, but it does send a clear message, says Dr Siphamandla Zondi.

Russia transfering rocket system to Ukraine rebels

2014-07-25 19:33

The Pentagon says the transfer of heavy calibre multiple launch rocket systems from Russia to Ukrainian separatists appeared to be imminent, with the arms close enough to the border they could be handed over soon.

Obama, Rutte want more Russia sanctions

2014-07-25 12:45

US President Barack Obama and Netherlands Premier Mark Rutte have agreed that more sanctions must be imposed on Russia for its support of pro-Russian separatists.

Experts examine second MH17 black box

2014-07-24 14:27

British investigators have started examining the second black box from Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 which was shot down over Ukraine.

EU mulls ban on buying Russian bank stocks

2014-07-24 11:45

Ambassadors of European Union countries will discuss a European Commission proposal to ban purchases of new shares or bonds issued by Russian banks.

Fighter jets downed near MH17 site

2014-07-23 18:39

Two Ukrainian fighter jets have been shot down in the rebel-held area where Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 crashed.

British journalist missing in east Ukraine

2014-07-23 14:20

A Russian television channel say it has lost contact with a British journalist reporting from conflict-torn eastern Ukraine.

No link to Russian govt in plane downing - US

2014-07-23 07:55

Senior US intelligence officials have offered no evidence of Russian government involvement in the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, after a briefing with reporters.

MH17 body IDs 'could take months'

2014-07-22 17:03

The first bodies from the MH17 crash in Ukraine are set to be flown to the Netherlands, where their identification could take months.

EU to discuss possible new Russia sanctions

2014-07-22 16:00

European Union governments will discuss a specific list of possible new targets for Russia sanctions.

Oil prices rise on geopolitical tensions

2014-07-22 14:30

Oil prices have risen on geopolitical tensions fuelled by a warning of tougher sanctions against Russia and fierce fighting in Gaza, traders say.

Exxon oil rig enters uncharted waters

2014-07-22 08:33

An ordinary, long-scheduled journey of an oil drilling rig into Arctic waters is turning into a major political exercise, creating a dilemma for Exxon Mobil.

Train with plane crash bodies leaves rebel town

2014-07-21 18:50

A refrigerated train bearing the bodies of many of the 298 people killed in the Malaysia Airlines plane disaster has pulled away from a rebel-held town in eastern Ukraine.

Another 21 bodies found at crash site

2014-07-21 11:21

Another 21 bodies have been found in the sprawling fields of east Ukraine where Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was downed, killing all 298 people aboard.

 

Australia rules out new sanctions against Russia

2014-07-30 14:20

Australia's PM says that he is not considering sanctions against Russia while his government focuses on retrieving Australian victims from the wreckage of the Malaysian flight MH17.

Ukraine army retakes town from rebel bastion

2014-07-30 13:14

Ukraine's army says that it had retaken a town on the outskirts of the main rebel stronghold of Donetsk, and intercepted another convoy of vehicles crossing over from Russia.

Russia sanctions threaten to blow eurozone

2014-07-30 10:45

The knock to confidence from harsher European sanctions on Russia could spoil the eurozone's budding economic recovery.

US slaps more sanctions on Russia

2014-07-29 23:03

President Barack Obama has declared that the United States will join the European Union in slapping new sanctions on Russia's energy sector, arms industry and financial institutions.

Civilians killed in Ukraine amid fierce fighting

2014-07-29 19:48

Intense fighting between Ukrainian troops and pro-Russian rebels in eastern Ukraine killed at least 19 civilians, local officials have said.

Russia may restrict EU fruit imports

2014-07-29 10:12

Russian authorities say they are considering restricting all or some European Union fruit imports, mainly from eastern Europe.

Russia violated 1987 nuclear missile treaty - US

2014-07-29 09:42

In an escalation of tensions, the Obama administration has accused Russia of conducting tests in violation of a 1987 nuclear missile treaty, calling the breach "a very serious matter" and going public with allegations.

From Russia, with love

2014-07-29 08:25

It is a shame that Vladimir Putin and co. are using something like sexual orientation for political gain, writes Krevania Pillay.

Russia will dispute Yukos ruling

2014-07-28 15:45

Russia will use every means to defend itself after the arbitration court ordered it to pay $50bn compensation to Yukos shareholders.

Moscow won't respond in kind to sanctions

2014-07-28 12:00

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has said that Moscow would not take tit-for-tat measures or act "hysterically" in response to sanctions imposed by the US and EU.

US: Russia has fired rockets into Ukraine

2014-07-27 21:49

The US has released satellite images it says backs up its claims that rockets have been fired from Russia into eastern Ukraine.

Russia says 40 shells hit Russian territory

2014-07-26 06:15

A Russian security official said up to 40 shells fired by Ukrainian forces have fallen on the Russian province of Rostov.

EU set to up the ante on Russia sanctions

2014-07-25 15:15

European Union ambassadors have reached a preliminary agreement to push ahead with hard-hitting economic sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

EU adds more to Ukraine, Russia sanctions list

2014-07-24 21:17

European Union governments have agreed to add 15 people and 18 companies to the bloc's sanctions list for undermining Ukraine's territorial integrity, diplomats say.

EU targets state-owned Russian banks

2014-07-24 14:15

The EU will target state-owned Russian banks and the ability to finance Moscow's faltering economy in its most serious sanctions so far over the Ukraine crisis.

Investigators downloading MH17 black box data

2014-07-23 20:20

British air accident investigators have begun downloading information from the black boxes recovered from the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

EU gas flows lower on Gazprom opposition

2014-07-23 17:30

Ukrainian Energy Minister Yuri Prodan says reverse gas flows from the European Union to Ukraine have fallen because of opposition from Russia's Gazprom.

Bernie: 'F1 respects Russian contract'

2014-07-23 12:45

"The Russian Formula 1 GP will happen." So says Bernie Ecclestone, the man who recently expressed 'great admiration' for Russian president Vladimir Putin.

More Russian sanctions still an option - US

2014-07-22 19:00

The United States is continuing to review its sanctions on Russia amid the conflict in Ukraine, including the downed Malaysian airliner shot down last week.

Putin vows to use influence on Ukraine rebels

2014-07-22 16:34

President Vladimir Putin has said that Russia would use its influence with separatists in east Ukraine to allow a full investigation into the downing of a Malaysian airliner.

Malaysia quietly worked to secure bodies, black box

2014-07-22 14:51

As Western leaders pointed the finger of blame at pro-Russian separatists over the shooting down of a Malaysia Airlines plane, the government in Kuala Lumpur said little.

Russia's Ukraine dreams shattering

2014-07-22 12:32

Any dream of keeping what remains of Ukraine in Russia's sphere of influence has been shattered.

UN demands access to MH17 crash site

2014-07-21 22:28

With the backing of Russia, the UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the downing of a Malaysian passenger jet and demanded crash site access in Ukraine.

Fighting near railway station in east Ukraine

2014-07-21 15:39

Fighting broke out near the railway station in Donetsk in eastern Ukraine in what separatists said was an attempt by government forces to enter the city they seized.

UN set to vote on crash resolution

2014-07-21 11:21

The UN Security Council is set to vote on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area.

 
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