Mar 6 2015 - 16:32
The head of European diplomacy Federica Mogherini said that the EU has not changed its stance on sanctions against Russia. "We always stayed united. We always continued to stay united. So this is not always easy, but always necessary. All member countries know that unity is our strength," TASS cited her. Earlier, the President of Ukraine Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed new sanctions against Russia during a telephone conversation.
Mar 6 2015 - 14:39
British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond said during a joint press conference with his Polish counterpart Grzegorz Schetyna that Russia's disconnecting from the SWIFT system would be a very serious measure. "Cutting off Russia from the SWIFT system would be an extreme measure," Interfax cited him as saying.
Mar 6 2015 - 10:21
EU countries should create an energy alliance and ensure independence from energy suppliers, the First Vice-President ofthe European Commission, Franz Timmermans, said today.
Mar 5 2015 - 18:46
Tariffs for housing and utilities services in Dagestan will rise by 8.3% this summer. The tariffs of December will stay throughout the first half of 2015, Interfax reports.The tariffs for electricity will increase from 2.06 to 2.23 rubles per KW/h. The average tariff for heating will increase by 7.36% on July 1, water supply by 9%.
Mar 5 2015 - 16:32
The Caspian Sea states have agreed on six points of the draft convention on the legal status of the Caspian Sea after two days of talks in Baku at the level of the working group, the Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran, Ibrahim Ragimpur, said.The Caspian Sea states have reached an agreement on some controversial points in the draft convention.
Mar 5 2015 - 14:39
The slowdown in Russia’s economy is a significant shock for the economies of other CIS countries, a press release of the international ratings agency Fitch says. "The sharp slowdown in Russia’s economy is a significant shock for the economies of other countries in the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) region, but the impact on these countries’ credit profiles varies considerably," Fitch Ratings says.
Mar 5 2015 - 12:21
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has spoken against long-term isolation of Russia because of the Ukrainian conflict. "I wouldn't bet on Europe’s long-term isolation of Russia. Even if the search for a political solution takes many years or maybe even decades, we must do everything that we can to solve the conflict," he said in an interview with the German newspaper Handelsblatt.