LIPETSK, Russia, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Now that their boss,
Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko, has finally shaken hands
with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, the staff running the lone Russian
factory in Poroshenko’s chocolate empire can finally see better
Since March, when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula
and pro-Russian rebels rose up in eastern Ukraine, the Lipetsk
Confectionary Factory has been raided by armed police, boycotted
and accused by Russian politicians of supporting extremism.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian businessmen are backing Vladimir Putin over Ukraine but fear the country is being forced down a path toward less democracy, more central control of the economy and isolation that recalls the Soviet “evil empire”.
Like many other business leaders, Vladimir Potanin, one of Russia’s richest men, says Western sanctions and attempts to force the president to change policy risk opening a rift between Moscow and the West that will be difficult to repair.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – It’s a tune straight from Vladimir Putin’s old songbook: a Russian billionaire under house arrest over vague accusations about a murky past deal, causing a meltdown in the shares of his empire of privatized assets.
Vladimir Yevtushenkov’s Sistema conglomerate lost a third of its value on Wednesday after he was accused of money laundering in a multi-billion dollar deal to acquire a regional oil company five years ago.
MOSCOW, Sept 10 (Reuters) – Facing a ban on Italian parmesan
cheese, chefs in Moscow have discovered a new source for fine
No sooner had Moscow banned dairy, meat, vegetables and
fruit from most Western countries in response to sanctions over
Ukraine, than Belarus, a former Soviet republic better known for
black bread and potato pancakes, became a “producer” of
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia signalled on Monday it might ban Western airlines from flying over its territory as part of an “asymmetrical” response to new European Union sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.
Blaming the West for damaging the Russian economy by triggering “stupid” sanctions, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Moscow would press on with measures to reduce reliance on imports, starting with increasing output of domestic aircraft.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Moscow will respond “asymmetrically” to new sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, possibly targeting flights over Russia, if its Western partners press on with “the temptation to use force in international relations”, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
Blaming the West for damaging the Russian economy by triggering several rounds of “stupid” sanctions, Medvedev underlined Moscow’s belief it is occupying the higher ground in the worst confrontation with the West since the Cold War.
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s prime minister tendered his resignation on Thursday, berating parliament for failing to pass legislation to take control over an increasingly precarious energy situation and to increase army financing.
Earlier on Thursday, two parties quit the government coalition, forcing new elections to a parliament whose make-up has not changed since before the toppling of pro-Russian President Viktor Yanukovich in February.
KIEV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s prime minister tendered his resignation on Thursday, berating parliament for failing to pass legislation to take control over the country’s increasingly precarious energy situation and to increase army financing.
Earlier on Thursday two parties quit a parliamentary coalition, a move that opened the way for a new election to clear what a politician called “Moscow agents” from the chamber, a decision welcomed by President Petro Poroshenko.
KIEV (Reuters) – Over a table piled high with food and wine, a newly married husband and wife watched warily as the toasts began.
Despite asking everyone to steer clear of politics, bringing together relatives from Russia and Ukraine a day after Kiev accused Moscow of arming rebels to bring down an airliner was never going to be easy.
WASHINGTON/MOSCOW (Reuters) – President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on some of Russia’s biggest firms for the first time, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin’s powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over Moscow’s failure to curb violence in Ukraine.
In the latest escalation of the conflict on the Ukrainian-Russian frontier, Kiev said a Russian jet had shot down one of its warplanes, its strongest accusation yet of direct Russian military involvement in the war. A Ukrainian military spokesman said the pilot of the SU-25 fighter ejected to safety.