ZHUKOVSKY, Russia, Aug 17 (Reuters) – Prime Minister
Vladimir Putin promised more support for Russia’s aviation
industry on Wednesday after overseeing more than $1 billion
worth of deals at the country’s biggest airshow.
Putin watched the first public flight of the
fifth-generation T-50 fighter at the MAKS airshow outside
Moscow, as well as flights of mid-size regional plane Sukhoi
MOSCOW (Reuters) – New U.S. sanctions against state-owned enterprises in Belarus are “an act of aggression” and a blow to companies with ties to Russia, the former Soviet republic’s prime minister said on Monday.
The United States imposed sanctions last Thursday against four firms owned or controlled by a company linked to President Alexander Lukashenko in response to his government’s crackdown on the political opposition.
SOCHI, Russia, Aug 9 (Reuters) – Russia’s VTB ,
which received around $13 billion in state aid during the
2008-09 financial crisis, can sail through renewed market
turbulence with no extra support, its CEO said on Tuesday.
“We are ready to withstand it (volatility on markets) much
better than two years ago. I don’t see any problems either for
VTB, nor for the overall banking sector, even if the situation
turns worse than we expect,” Andrei Kostin said.
KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin flew to the Volga River on Thursday where he blamed “irresponsibility and greed” for a riverboat accident that has killed at least 113 people, including many children.
Sixteen people still missing from Russia’s worst river disaster in three decades were presumed dead as divers neared the end of their search of the boat that sank on Sunday, Transport Minister Igor Levitin said.
KAZAN, Russia (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin flew into Kazan Thursday as divers recovered more bodies from the wreck of a tourist boat that sank to the bottom of the Volga River, bringing the official death toll to 112.
Twenty people were still missing from Russia’s worst river disaster in three decades and were presumed dead as divers neared the end of their search of the boat that sank Sunday, regional Emergencies Ministry official Igor Panshin said.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will vote for French Finance Minister Christine Lagarde’s candidacy as head of the International Monetary Fund, Russian Finance Minister Alexei Kudrin told reporters on Tuesday.
Russia’s official announcement of support for Lagarde comes on the day when the 24-strong IMF board of member countries meet to try to reach a consensus on the issue of leadership without driving the matter to a formal vote.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian President Dmitry Medvedev proposed a bill on Friday that would make it easier for smaller parties to win parliamentary seats in 2016 elections, and signalled plans to create his own political movement.
The two initiatives could help Medvedev if, as many expect, he stepped aside to enable Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to return to the Kremlin in next year’s presidential election but sought another term for himself in 2018.
MOSCOW/BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Russia and the European Union signed a deal agreeing conditions for the resumption of EU fresh vegetable imports to Russia, which banned them because of a deadly E.coli outbreak, both sides said on Wednesday.
The deal followed bitter recriminations over a halt on trade that earned EU producers some 600 million euros ($860 million) last year, with Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin warning of “poison” and the EU saying the blanket ban was unjustified.
PARIS, June 21 (Reuters) – Prime Minister Vladimir Putin
dismissed speculation of a rift with President Dmitry Medvedev
on Tuesday, saying he and his protege shared a “joint programme”
for Russia’s development.
When asked about Medvedev’s pledge to reduce the role of the
state, reform the justice system and fight corruption, Putin
said it was a “joint programme with President Medvedev”.
MOSCOW, June 7 (Reuters) – Russian Prime Minister Vladimir
Putin said on Tuesday the West was largely responsible for high
energy prices, citing unrest in North Africa and the U.S.-led
invasion of Iraq in 2003.
“It is not we who are creating conditions that lead to price
growth in global markets,” said Putin, who has repeatedly
accused the United States and its allies of undermining global
stability over the past decade.