EU Extends Sanctions On Russia Until 2016

European Union foreign ministers on Monday extended economic sanctions against Russia until January 31, 2016. Permanent envoys from the European Union agreed to extend the sanctions against Russia during a meeting on June 17 and forwarded their decision to EU foreign ministers for their approval. The EU foreign ministers approved the extension in Luxembourg during an EU Council meeting. Since 2014, the European Union, as well as its allies, imposed several rounds of sanctions against Ru...
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Medvedev: Sanctions on Russia Led to Asian Partnership

Western sanctions have encouraged Russia to work more actively with Asian partners, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said prior to this month’s EU summit in Brussels. The EU will then make a decision on anti-Russian sanctions. “In economic terms, of course, all those sanctions, introduced against us, stimulated us to ensure more active cooperation with Asian countries. Thank you very much too all those states that have adopted them,” Medvedev said to reporters at XVII World Congress of ...
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Vladimir Putin Criticizes Ukraine Sanctions

Barely two days after Europe’s most powerful leaders presented a common front on Russian sanctions, President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia swept into Italy on Wednesday, a pointed reminder that European unity against him is fragile and that efforts to isolate him have brought only mixed success. Mr. Putin has always found a comfort zone in Italy, which has important trade and energy ties to Russia. He began his day in Milan, where he toured Russia’s exhibition at Expo Milano 2015, the world’s fa...
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Obama Threatens Russia with more Sanctions at G7

The leaders of the G7 states are ready to impose additional sanctions on Russia, if the situation in Ukraine worsens, according to a joint statement issued by the member states, following a two-day summit in the south of Germany. On Monday, the G7 issued a joint communiqué summing up the results of their meeting. In regard to the Ukrainian crisis, the leaders agreed, “that the duration of sanctions should be clearly linked to Russia’s complete implementation of the Minsk agreements and respec...
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Russia: Lifting Iran Sanctions is in our Interest

The total removal of sanctions against Iran will benefit Russia’s interests and economy, as well as bring stability to the region, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said. He noted there is no UN ban on oil and gas trade with Tehran “The lifting of anti-Iranian sanctions – both those imposed by the United Nations Security Council and all unilateral restrictions – meets our national interests,” Lavrov said in an exclusive interview with Argumenty i Fakty (Arguments & Facts) weekly. “We...
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Putin says Sanctions will Help Russian Economy

In a measure of Russia’s grinding economic difficulties, President Vladimir Putin on Thursday devoted the bulk of an annual call-in program to assuring his nation that life would soon improve after a year of confrontation with the West. The highly choreographed show is a barometer of the message the Kremlin wants to deliver to Russia. Last year’s edition took a triumphant tone as Putin exulted in the annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean Peninsula. But the president this time took a far more con...
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