Apr 18 2015 - 11:31
The creation of a free trade zone between Germany and Russia is possible in the future, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said, speaking at an economic forum in the German town of Stralsund. "In the future, we see the creation of a large free trade area, including Russia," the DPA agency quotes her as saying. "Step by step, we are doing everything to get closer to a Common Economic Space – as Vladimir Putin once said - from Vladivostok to Lisbon," RIA Novosti quoted the German Chancellor as saying.
Apr 17 2015 - 21:22
French and Russian Presidents Francois Hollande and Vladimir Putin may meet in Yerevan on April 24 to discuss the situation in Ukraine and other problems, TASS reports. Putin's Spokesman Dmitry Peskov had said earlier that such a meeting was possible within the framework of the events dedicated to the 100th anniversary of the Armenian genocide. Romain Nadal, spokesman of the French Foreign Ministry, announced Hollande's visit to Armenia two days ago.
Apr 17 2015 - 21:12
US President Barack Obama said that Russian President Vladimir Putin's lifting of the ban on shipments of S-300 anti-missile systems to Iran was predictable. He admitted that it was indeed surprising that the ban was lifted with such a delay, RIA Novosti reports.Obama reminded at a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi at the White House that the deal had initially been planned for realization in 2009. The US leader noted that he had met Prime Minister Putin for the first time back then.
Apr 17 2015 - 18:47
Nino Burjanadze, the leader of the Democratic Movement Party of Georgia, said that Crimea was part of Russia and will never return to Ukraine, RIA Novosti reports.She added that not a single state was talking about Crimea.
Apr 17 2015 - 17:24
Ingush Leader Yunus-Bek Yevkurov has launched the 'Relay of Good' charity campaign organized by the Tesham Charity foundation to help low-income families, Interfax-South reports.Yevkurov has become the first participant of the campaign. Everyone willing to partake in the campaign takes a family under patronage by symbolically passing the relay baton to the next participant. 154 families will gain support within the framework of the relay.
Apr 17 2015 - 17:02
Russian Minister of Agriculture Nikolai Fedorov said that Russia will stop importing meat at the end of 2015. The doctrine, in his words, requires production of 85% of meat consumed. Fedorov noted that a level of 83% had been reached in 2014 and will exceed 85% in 2016, Gazeta.ru reports.
Apr 17 2015 - 16:43
Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said that his ministry was in touch with Greece in the construction of the Turkish Stream gas pipeline, RIA Novosti reports.Russia and Greece are working on a memorandum on the construction of the gas pipeline from the Greek-Turkish border to other European countries. The Greek Energy Ministry reported on April 15 that Athens and Moscow will sign the document next week.The Greek section of the pipeline will cost about 2 billion euros, running until the Macedonian border. Private companies will build the pipeline.
Apr 17 2015 - 16:42
Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said that this year the dollar's fundamental value will be a little over 50 rubles in current conditions.He noted that the Russian currency won't collapse to 70 rubles per dollar any longer. According to the minister, the fluctuations will be moderate, RIA Novosti reports.