‘ Moscow Does Not Exclude Sovereign Downgrade But Total Public Debt Could Be Repaid in One Year ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – October 14. /TASS/. Russia’s Minister of Economic Development Alexey Ulyukayev said on Tuesday he did not exclude downgrading of Russia’s sovereign ratings by international agencies.

“Today, there are expectation, there are rumours that international rating agencies might downgrade Russia’s sovereign ratings,” he told journalists.

Such actions, according to Ulyukayev, would only give away incompetence or partiality.

“What is a rating agency’s rating?

It is a rating of long-term solvency, creditability. In simple terms, it implies confidence that we are able to repay our foreign debt,” he noted, adding that Russia’s current foreign debt is less than 3% of the GDP, while its entire public debt is 11% of the GDP.

“It means that if need be this debt can be repaid within one year.” 


#moscow, #russias, #sovereign

‘ Ukraine Introduces Border Controls With Crimea ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE (Kiev) – September 30 – Ukraine has introduced rules that oblige people crossing the border with Russia’s Crimea to declare goods, RIA Novosti said.

' Ukraine Introduces Customs Regime on Crimea Border '

‘ Ukraine Introduces Customs Regime on Crimea Border ‘

Starting on September 27, crossing the border with Crimea became similar to any other country’s border, the head of Ukrainian customs service, Anatoly Makarenko, said on Tuesday.

That means that people have to declare goods, transport means and valuables, he said.

Ukrainian customs authorities started to work on the border between Ukraine’s Kherson Region and Crimea.


#crimea, #russias, #ukraine, #ukrainian

' Russia's Fleet Conduct Missile Firing Drills in Arctic Ocean '

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – September 23 – A tactical group of Russia’s Northern Fleet together with the crew of the Admiral Levchenko destroyer conducted firing drills in the area of the Novosibirsk Islands in the Arctic Ocean.

The press-service if the Western Military Districs reported a Styx missile fired from a Rubezh missile system on the island of Kotelny was destroyed be a Pantsir-S1 air defence system.

The crew of the Admiral Levchenko destroyer fired missiles at a maneuver enemy.


#arctic-ocean, #moscow, #northern-fleet, #russias

UN: ‘ Global Food Prices Fall to Lowest Level Helped by Russia’s Prohibition on Imports’

#AceWorldNews – UNITED NATIONS – September 11 – Global food prices continued to dip for the fifth month straight reaching their lowest level since September 2010, the United Nations agriculture agency reported today.

The Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) price index – which measures monthly changes in the global price of a basket of meat, dairy, cereals, oils and fats, and sugar – averaged 196.6 points in August 2014 which is a 7.3 point (3.6 per cent) decrease compared to July.

With the exception of meats, prices for all of the commodities measured by the index dipped markedly.

According to a statement to the press, FAO’s sub-index for dairy products averaged 200.8 points in August, down 25.3 points (11.2 per cent) versus July and 46.8 points (18.9 per cent) compared to a year ago- the result of abundant supplies for export coupled with reduced import demand.

Russia’s prohibition at the beginning of  the month on imports of dairy products from several countries helped depress prices, while slackening imports of whole milk powder by China (the world’s largest importer) also contributed to market uncertainty.


#dairy, #food, #meats, #price-index, #products, #russias, #the-food-and-agricultural-organisationsfao, #united-nations

‘ Russia’s Defence Industry to Reduce Participation in Arms Exhibitions Following Denial of Visa’s’

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – July 14 – Russia’s defence industry will minimize its participation in arms exhibitions and aerospace shows in the UK, a high-placed source in the Russian defence and industrial sector told ITAR-TASS on Monday.

The decision comes after the UK denied visas to most managers of Russian defence companies that intended to participate in the UK’s Farnborough international Air Show opening on Monday.

“The unprecedented restrictions imposed this year by the British side on the participation of Russian specialists and journalists in the Farnborough 2014 international aerospace show, which has opened today in the London suburb, will get an adequate response from us,” the source said.


#ans2014, #moscow, #russias, #russian, #uk

` Siberia Floods Devastate and Submerge Large Areas Including Towns and Homes ‘

#AceNewsServices – SIBERIA – June 01 – As a result of the flooding that devastated parts of Siberia, some 10,000 people have had to be evacuated, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry reports. “40 temporary displacement shelters have been set up.

More than 10,000 people have been moved out of their homes, of which 1,500 have been settled, including 530 children,” they told Itar-Tass.

Large areas of the Altay region, as well as of Khakasiya and Tuva remain submerged, with 4,000 houses in 50 different towns underwater. Their population comes to about 11,500 people.

There is substantial damage to roads, and six bridges have been damaged as well. The impact of the flooding is so severe that relief efforts now include over 17,000 rescue workers.

Hundreds of people have been evacuated and tens of thousands left without power after heavy floods struck southern Siberia. A state of emergency has been introduced in three regions.

Those areas are the Altai region, Khakassia Republic, and Altai Republic, said Russian Emergencies Minister Vladimir Puchkov, who added that a “high alert” has been issued for two other regions – Tuva Republic and Buryatia Republic.

Meanwhile, Puchkov also noted that other regions are at risk from the flooding – such as Sakha (Yakutia) Republic and the Amur region – due to the fact that rivers in southern Siberia have responded quickly to the heavy rains.

In the Altai Republic alone, the flooding has already destroyed 230 kilometres of roads and 1.5 kilometres of a federal highway which links Russia with Mongolia.

Fifteen bridges were washed away.

Heavy floods swallowed up nearly 1,000 houses in Altai Republic, where up to 3,500 people – including 927 children – live.

Hundreds are now homeless and have been forced to seek shelter in temporary accommodation centres.

Emergency services have confirmed that one person has died and three are missing.

Several areas in the republic have been left without electricity after heavy rain brought down 48 utility poles.

Humanitarian aid has already been delivered to the affected regions, including 12 tons of food.

RT – RIA Novosti – Itar-Tass – Moscow Times


#altai, #mongolia, #russias, #russian, #siberia

` Passenger Car Explodes Near Hospital In Russia’s City of Simferopol ‘

#AceWorldNews – SIMFEROPOL – May 21 – A passenger car exploded near the hospital on Wednesday night in Russia’s city of Simferopol, the capital of the Republic of Crimea.

The car burnt down and the driver was taken to hospital.

No other reports of injured immediately followed.

Witnesses told krymr.org website that the owner of the car was driving it towards an area where Crimean Tatars live.

The region’s Investigative Committee is working at the scene.

Ukrainian and Crimean News


#republic-of-crimea, #russias, #simferopol

` Russian Troops Seen Packing up to Leave their Camps Near Border of Ukraine in Rostov Region ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – May 19 – Russian troops were seen packing up and leaving their camps near the border with Ukraine in Russia’s Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk regions Monday.

Columns of BMP-2 second-generation amphibious infantry fighting vehicles were seen on countryside roads in the Rostov region, following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s order to send troops back to their permanent bases after drills they were holding in south-western regions of Russia concluded.


#russia, #belgorod, #bryansk, #rostov, #russias, #russian, #russian-president-vladimir-putin, #ukraine, #ukrainian

` Police in Kaliningrad Region Uncover German WWll Hide-Out Containing Amber Worth 87 Million Euro’s ‘

#AceWorldNews – KALININGRAD – May 19 – Police in Russia’s westernmost Kaliningrad Region uncovered a hideout that contained a large batch of amber worth €87 million, the regional interior department reported on Monday.

The hideout with 1,300 bags of amber weighing over 29 tons was found at a German World War II warehouse in the town of Baltiysk.

“All the proceeds from the planned sale of amber were intended for financial support of an organized criminal group engaged in the shadow trade of amber both in Russia and abroad,” the interior department said.


#amber, #german, #kainingrad, #russias, #world-war-ii

#AceWorldNews MOSCOW May 19 #ANS2014Six warships from Russia’s…

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 19


Six warships from Russia’s Pacific Fleet, led by a missile cruiser, the Varyag, entered on Monday Shanghai’s port of Wusong ahead of the joint naval drills with China, code-named Joint Sea 2014 and running on May 20-26 in the northern waters of the East China Sea, a spokesperson for the Russian Defence Ministry said.

#china, #east-china-sea, #moscow, #russias, #shanghai

` Russian Military Engineers have Laid Freshwater Pipeline to Fend off Drought in Crimea '

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – May 19 – Military engineers have laid 125 klilometre’s of freshwater pipeline to fend off drought among communities in Russia’s Crimea, Deputy Defence Minister General Dmitry Bulgakov said on Monday (Itar-tass)

Artesian springs will freshen the cities of Feodosia, Stary Krym and other settlements in the peninsula’s south-east following the line’s completion by logistics troops from the army’s western and southern military districts. Bulgakov said.

The links have been laid in a project launched at the beginning of this month when Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu tasked army personnel to keep the land and its people watered.

“Pipeline mains have been laid stretching for more than 125 kilometres with daily throughput capacity of more than 9,000 cubic metres,” the minister said.


#crimea, #moscow, #russias

` NATO Considering Permanently Stationing Troops in Parts of Eastern Europe ‘

#AceWorldNews – NATO – May 07 – NATO’s top military commander says the alliance must consider permanently stationing troops in parts of Eastern Europe as a result of tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

U.S. Air Force General Philip Breedlove said on May 6 that the issue will be discussed by NATO commanders, defense ministers, and foreign ministers in the run-up to a summit in Wales in early September.

NATO’s short-term agreements to rotate land, sea, and air forces in places like the Baltics, Romania, and Poland are expiring at the end of 2014.

The alliance has deployed additional forces in the Baltics and Poland in response to Russia’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula and the deployment of tens of thousands of Russian troops on Russia’s border with Ukraine.

NATO officials have said recently that Russia can no longer be viewed as a potential partner but rather must be seen as an adversary.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP and Radio Free Europe


#russia, #baltic, #crimea, #eastern-europe, #nato, #poland, #romania, #russias, #russian, #ukraine, #wales

` Iraq Ambassador States Interest in Expanding Cooperation with Russia in Oil Production and Refining ‘

#AceWorldNews – IRAQ – May 06 – Iraqi Ambassador to Russia Shafiq Muhsin, who is staying in Nizhny Novgorod, has said his country is interested in expanding cooperation with Russia in the sphere of oil production and refining. “Russia’s key companies Gazprom and Lukoil successfully work in Iraq – building strategic relations between our countries,” he said.

According to the ambassador, Lukoil will soon achieve the oil production level in Iraq of 1.2 million barrels.

“This is a very good occasion to invite to Iraq other Russian companies as well,” the diplomat stressed.

Russian News and Media Oil Sources.


#gazprom, #iraq, #lukoil, #russias, #russian

` Sniper Shoots at Car at Checkpoint with Journalists from the Komsomlskaya Pravda Daily Inside’

#AceWorldNews – SLOVIANSK – May 02 – A sniper was shooting at a car with journalists from Russia’s Komsomolskaya Pravda daily in the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk on Friday.

Journalist “KP” Alexander Kotz told on air “Russia 24” that it happened at a time when the checkpoint militia skirmished with the Ukrainian military. When the car tried to drive off with a reporter from the post, heard two single shots.

According to Kotz, bullets whistled nearby.

Due to the fact that we had to take sharply backwards, the car was damaged. As a result, they were able to go on a country road in the Slavonic and militia opened fire on the sniper.

None of them were wounded, daily’s correspondent Alexander Kots said live on TV news channel Rossiya-24.


#russias, #sloviansk

` Danish Fighter Jets Arrive in Estonia With War-Planes Being Stationed for First-Time in Baltic Nation ‘

#AceWorldNews – UKRAINE – Four Danish fighter jets have arrived in Estonia, the first time NATO warplanes will be stationed in the Baltic nation. (rfrl)

The deployment comes at a time when NATO is boosting its presence in eastern members of the alliance to allay concerns over what Western officials describe as Russia’s interference in Ukraine.

At a ceremony, Estonian Prime Minister Taavi Roivas praised NATO’s decision to deploy planes to the country, saying it will boost regional security.

Until now, NATO’s sole Baltic air base was in Siauliai, in northern Lithuania, from where alliance planes have carried out Baltic air patrols since 2004.

On April 28, some 150 U.S. troops also arrived in Estonia, part of a 600-strong force that Washington sent to Poland and the Baltics. (AFP/AP)



#baltic, #danish, #estonia, #estonian, #lithuania, #nato, #poland, #russias, #ukraine

` Russia’s Software Companies on Sanctions List Could Lose their Licences from American Developers ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 30 – Russia’s companies from the US sanction list “at worst” may be stripped of the licences on software of American developers, deputy head of the main department for security and information protection of the Russian Central Bank Artyom Sychyov told ITAR-TASS.

“There is the risk that the companies on which sanctions are imposed may lose technical support and at worst – the right to use software licences of foreign, as a rule, American, developers,” Sychyov said.

He explained that the possibility of revocation of the software licence depends on the terms of a concrete contract. “As for the technical support, despite the fact that the support in Russia is provided, as a rule, by Russian system integrators, there may be problems with updating software, including updates that are critical from the viewpoint of information security,” Sychyov said.

Gazety.ru reported on Wednesday that Microsoft, Oracle, Symantec and Hewlett-Packard have joined the American sanctions and are preparing for switching off the software for the companies that are put on the sanctions list.


#moscow, #russias, #russias-central-bank, #us

` Federation Council of Russia’s Parliament Does Not Rule out Tit-For-Tat Measures on US and EU ‘

#AceWorldNews – MOSCOW – April 29 – Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the Federation Council, the upper house of Russia’s parliament, does not rule out that Russia may draft tit-for-tat measures in response to Western sanctions.

“This is the case when we should respond tit-for-tat, draft response measures so that no one can talk to Russia in this language,” Matviyenko told journalists while commenting on expansion of Western sanctions against Russia.

She said that such measures should be worked out, the Federation Council would support them.

According to Matviyenko, sanctions against Russia “will not have any serious influence on our economy.”

“What the West can be thanked for is that they consolidate Russian society more and more by such actions. Russia has a great margin of safety to react to possible losses from such sanctions,” the speaker said, adding that it will make it possible to diversify Russia’s economy, including through increasing the output of high-tech products.

Russian News – Tass – World Media News


#russia, #moscow, #russias

` Primorsky Territorial Court has Sentenced Crime Lord of Kirovka Gang Alexander Kovtun to Life in Prison ‘

#AceWorldNews – VLADIVOSTOK – April 28 – The Primorsky territorial court has sentenced crime lord of a local far eastern “Kirovka gang” Alexander Kovtun to life in prison at a high-security penitentiary on Monday.

Six defendants in the so-called Primorye guerillas case, accused of robberies and murders, made their final statements at the regional court in Russia’s Far East on April 3.

Earlier, the defendants — Alexander Kovtun, Vadim Kovtun, Roman Savchenko, Maxim Kirillov, Vladimir Ilyutikov and Alexei Nikitin — made statements before the jurors who had found them guilty.

Ilyutikov and Nikitin were also sentenced to life in prison.

Russian News and Media Sources


#russias, #vladivostock

US Ramps up Support to ` NATO ‘ Forces in the ` Black Sea and the Baltic Regions ‘ with Warship and Troops ‘

#AceWorldNews – NATO – April 23 – The US has sent warship USS Taylor to the Black Sea, a source from the Russian Navy told ITAR-TASS. “The frigate USS Taylor has passed through the straits and entered the Black Sea yesterday evening,” the source said.

NATO’s navy presence in the Black Sea has increased to three units.

Apart from warship Taylor, USS Donald Cook with Aegis missile defence system aboard and French intelligence ship Dupuy de Lome.

The US Navy has earlier said in a statement, “Taylor’s mission is to reassure NATO allies of the US Navy’s commitment to strengthen and improve interoperability while working toward mutual goals in the region.”

(USNews) – This is following roughly 600 infantry troops from the storied 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team that are heading to Poland and the three Baltic states, in the first major movement of U.S. ground troops to Europe since Russia’s incursion into Ukraine earlier this year.


#black-sea, #europe, #nato, #poland, #russias, #ukraine, #us, #uss-donald-cook, #uss-taylor

` Vladimir Putin Convinced Russian Experts Strong Arguments Testifying to Rights to Arctic Shelf ‘

#AceNewsServices – MOSCOW – April 22 – Russian President Vladimir Putin said he is convinced Russian experts have found strong arguments testifying to Russia’s indisputable right to a section of 52,000 square kilometres, whose bottom is the continuation of Russia’s continental shelf.

“That is, to the section of 52,000 square kilometres whose bottom is a continuation of Russia’s continental shelf,” he said.

Putin said he was convinced Russian experts, who were guided by scientific data, found solid arguments to claim the section.

“So the commission’s plenum agreed with our arguments and made relevant recommendations,” he said.

Russian Natural Resources and Environment Minister Sergei Donskoy said March 15 that the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf recognized an enclave of 52,000 square kilometres (20,080 square miles) in the Sea of Okhotsk as part of Russia’s continental shelf.

Ria Novosti – Tass – Russian Media and News


#moscow, #russias, #russian, #russian-president-vladimir-putin, #sea-of-okhotsk