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US using Russia to distract Americans from domestic problems

Source : Presstv / 17 Jun 2014

James Fetzer, a philosopher of science, says the sanctions imposed by the United States against Russia are aimed at distracting the American people from their problems at home.


Over 40% of Ukrainians opposed to Ukraine joining NATO - poll

Source : Voice of Russia / 14 May 2014

Ukrainian citizens are mostly opposed to the country joining NATO, the Razumkov Center sociological service said, citing its April poll.

According to the survey, when asked if a referendum on joining NATO was held next Sunday, how one would vote, 36.7 percent of respondents said they would vote for it, 41.6 percent against, 6.4 percent would not vote, and 15.4 percent failed to respond.


Hryvnia to be fully withdrawn from circulation in Crimea

Source : Voice of Russia / 13 May 2014

The hryvnia will be fully withdrawn from circulation in Crimea and Sevastopol as of June 1, 2014, Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin told reporters.

The State Duma will meet on May 14 to debate changes to the federal law on the integration of the Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol as separate federal entities.


Permanent NATO Deployment to Threaten Peace in East Europe

Source : RIA Novosti / 08 May 2014

NATO’s permanent presence in Eastern Europe will not restore stability and security to the continent, rather it will threaten peace in the region, Martin Sieff, an Irish-American veteran journalist and author, told RIA Novosti.


Ukraine travel sanctions against Russian citizens

Source : Itar-Tass / 18 Apr 2014

Ukraine has for the first time ever made an official recognition of the restrictions it has introduced on trips to its territory by the citizens of Russia and the citizens of Ukraine living in Crimea.


Discount over: Gazprom hikes Ukraine gas prices 44%

Source : RT / 02 Apr 2014

Russia’s state-owned gas major Gazprom announced a new price for gas exports to Ukraine of $385.50 per 1,000 cubic meters as of April 1, 2014. The price increased by $117 after Gazprom cancelled its discount agreed in December.

"This follows Ukraine’s default on its obligation to repay its debt for gas supplies in 2013 and the 100 percent lack of payment for current supplies,” Gazprom chief Aleksey Miller said Tuesday. Gazprom had until April 10 to decide on a new price.


Kiev’s plans to introduce visas for Russians

Source : Itar-Tass / 20 Mar 2014

Kiev’s announcement it may introduce visas for Russians demonstrates Ukraine’s authorities are not concerned about people, Speaker of the Russian State Duma Sergei Naryshkin told reporters on Thursday.


Crimea gets first installment of Russian financial aid

Source : Ria / 19 Mar 2014

Crimea has already received the first installment of financial aid from Russia, the republic’s first deputy prime minister said on Tuesday.

Crimean leaders signed a reunification treaty with Russia earlier in the day, incorporating the republic into the territory of Russia.


Crimean Ministry of Finance to consider entering ruble zone

Source : Vestnik Kavkaza / 11 Mar 2014

The Ministry of Finance of Crimea should submit by tomorrow proposals for the transition of the republic from the Ukrainian hryvnia to the Russian ruble if Crimeans vote for entry into the Russian Federation in the March 16 referendum, the Prime Minister of the autonomy Sergey Aksenov said.


EU freezes assets of ousted Ukrainian leader and 17 others

Source : Reuters / 07 Mar 2014

The European Union froze the assets on Thursday of ousted Ukrainian president Viktor Yanukovich, former prime minister Mykola Azarov and 16 other senior Ukrainian officials suspected of misusing state funds and violating human rights.

In a legal filing published in the European Union's Official Journal, the EU said that "all funds and economic resources belonging to, owned, held or controlled" by the people listed was now frozen within the 28-nation union.


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