MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia’s three largest banks sought to assure clients and investors on Thursday they had the resources necessary to fulfil obligations despite their inclusion on the EU’s latest round of sanctions for Russia’s role in the Ukraine crisis.
Russia’s largest lender Sberbank as well as the country’s second and third largest banks, VTB and Gazprombank, criticised the EU sanctions but largely dismissed the measures that cut them off from raising funding on the bloc’s capital markets.
MOSCOW, July 30 (Reuters) – Russia criticised new sanctions
as “destructive and short-sighted” on Wednesday, saying they
would aggravate Moscow’s ties with the West already at their
lowest point since the end of the Cold War over the Ukraine
Russia warned that sanctions, the most robust yet against
Russia’s state-owned banks and energy firms, could lead to
higher energy prices in Europe and hit Moscow’s cooperation with
Washington on global issues where it wields considerable clout.
DONETSK Ukraine (Reuters) – On the last day of May, a surface-to-air rocket was signed out of a military base near Moscow where it had been stored for more than 20 years.
According to the ornate Cyrillic handwriting in the weapon’s Russian Defence Ministry logbook, seen by Reuters, the portable rocket, for use with an Igla rocket launcher, was destined for a base in Rostov, some 50 km (31 miles) from the Ukrainian border. In that area, say U.S. officials, lies a camp for training Ukrainian separatist fighters.
DONETSK, Ukraine, July 29 (Reuters) – On the last day of
May, a surface-to-air rocket was signed out of a military base
near Moscow where it had been stored for more than 20 years.
According to the ornate Cyrillic handwriting in the weapon’s
Russian Defence Ministry logbook, seen by Reuters, the portable
rocket, for use with an Igla rocket launcher, was destined for a
base in Rostov, some 50 km (31 miles) from the Ukrainian border.
In that area, say U.S. officials, lies a camp for training
Ukrainian separatist fighters.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia will not impose tit-for-tat measures or “fall into hysterics” over Western economic sanctions, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Monday, trying to stake out the high ground amid growing tensions with the West.
Speaking at a news conference, Lavrov said he hoped for an objective investigation into the crash in eastern Ukraine of a Malaysian airliner on July 18. Western leaders say flight MH17 was almost certainly shot down by mistake by Russian-backed separatists using a Russian-supplied surface-to-air missile, killing all 298 people on board.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russian authorities accused Ukraine of trying to kill investigators who were checking reports of cross-border shooting by firing a volley of mortar rounds over the frontier into Russia on Friday.
A Russian security official said up to 40 mortar bombs fired by Ukrainian forces fell in the Russian province of Rostov near the border where Ukrainian government forces are fighting pro-Russian separatists.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – Some said Ukrainian jet fighters tailed the doomed Malaysia Airlines flight MH-17; others speculated that Kiev’s forces mistook it for Vladimir Putin’s Russian presidential jet.
But while Russia’s pro-Kremlin media offered varying accounts of how the Boeing 777 may have been brought down, they agreed on who was responsible: the Ukrainian government.
MOSCOW (Reuters) – U.S. sanctions on Russia’s defense firms took aim at the most iconic names of Soviet and Russian weaponry, hitting their exports and punishing the makers of arms used by pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine.
Kalashnikov, which makes the machine guns used in conflicts from Afghanistan to Africa, and Almaz-Antey, one of Russia’s highest profile firms that produced arms for Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad, were among eight weapons makers named by the U.S. Treasury.
KIEV (Reuters) – A separatist leader in eastern Ukraine warned Kiev that pro-Russian rebels would take the offensive again after regrouping forces in the region’s biggest industrial hub of Donetsk.
“We’re not preparing ourselves for a siege, we’re preparing ourselves for action,” Alexander Borodai said in an interview in Moscow with Russian Internet outlet Gazeta.ru in Moscow.
KIEV (Reuters) – In a country torn between Russia and western Europe, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s decision to resume an offensive against pro-Moscow rebels has carefully ignored both neighbours to show an ear acutely tuned to Ukrainian domestic politics.
Telephone diplomacy involving the leaders of Germany, France and Russia, as well as Ukraine, has dwelt on extending a truce that could help ease tensions between Moscow and the West.