Russia sanctions - updates

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Russia slams 'hypocrisy' of new Western sanctions

Mar 16, 2019 - 8:02 PM

Russia also accuses United States and Canada of 'Russophobia'

HYPOCRITE? The United States, Canada, and the European Union slammed Russia with new sanctions, which the Russian government calls a 'hypocrisy.' AFP file photo

Sanctions force Russia to cut defense spending – study

May 02, 2018 - 1:24 PM

Russia's military expense last year came in at $66.3 billion, 20% lower than in 2016, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute says

DEFENSE SPENDING. Russian military cadets march on Dvortsovaya Square during a rehearsal for the Victory Day military parade in Saint Petersburg on April 24, 2018. File photo by Olga Maltseva/AFP

EU leaders agree to roll over Russia sanctions – Tusk

Dec 15, 2017 - 4:07 PM

EU President Donald Tusk calls the agreement, inaugurated by EU leaders flanked by soldiers in combat uniforms, 'bad news for our enemies'

EUROPEAN UNION. European flags are reflected at the entrance of the Berlaymont building EU Commission in Brussels on May 21,2014. Photo by Georges Gobet/AFP

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Aug 03, 2017 - 12:59 PM

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Trump grudgingly signs Russia sanctions into law

Aug 02, 2017 - 10:56 PM

UPDATED Trump bows to domestic pressure and puts efforts to improve ties with the Kremlin in peril

ICONIC DOMES. A policeman walks on the Red Square near the St Basil 's Cathedral on May 6, 2016 in Moscow. Joel Saget/AFP

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Jul 31, 2017 - 2:00 PM

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U.S. to cut 755 diplomatic staff in Russia, says Putin

Jul 31, 2017 - 7:13 AM

Putin warns of a prolonged gridlock in its ties after the US Congress backed new sanctions against the Kremlin

OUTPOST. This file photo taken on December 30, 2016 shows Russian policemen standing guard in front of the US Embassy in Moscow. Alexander Nemenov/AFP

Germany's Merkel says G7 has no plans to lift Russia sanctions

May 26, 2016 - 10:27 PM

Her comments come on the sidelines of G7 summit talks in Japan ahead of a formal communique from the club of rich nations due Friday

G7 SUMMIT. Members of the G7 pose for a family photo on the first day of the G7 Ise-Shima Summit at the Shima Kanko Hotel in Shima, Mie prefecture, Japan, May 26, 2016. Photo by Asahi Shimbun/EPA

Italy gives Putin stage to make case against sanctions

Jun 11, 2015 - 9:16 AM

Russian President Vladimir Putin uses a trip to Italy to press his case against international sanctions and is urged by Pope Francis to make a sincere effort for peace in Ukraine

PUTIN IN THE VATICAN. Pope Francis (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) meet at the Vatican, 10 June 2015. Alexey Nikolsky/RIA Novosti/Kremlin pool/EPA

Ukraine says pulling back arms as US, Russia trade barbs

Feb 26, 2015 - 10:43 PM

The announcement of the pull back comes after a shaky truce that was meant to come into force February 15 finally took hold across the conflict zone in recent days

A Ukrainian military commander known under the nom de guerre 'Sobol' stands in position in Shyrokino village, near Mariupol, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 25 February 2015. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Fears for truce as attacking rebels mass near Ukraine port city

Feb 24, 2015 - 11:16 AM

Continued hostilities meant a pull back of heavy weapons could not go ahead as agreed Ukrainian officials say

READY. A Ukrainian serviceman stands in a truck pulling a twin-barreled anti-aircraft gun as his unit on withdrawal has a rest in the village of Artemivsk, near Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 23 February 2015. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

As ruble weakens, Central Asian migrants head back home

Feb 22, 2015 - 3:00 PM

Migrants from the ex Soviet states in Central Asia used to flock to Russia to work but many are returning to their countries as the Russian economy is choked by crippling Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis and plunging oil prices

A man enters a currency exchange office while an electronic information panel flashes the latest exchange rates, in Moscow, Russia, 30 January 2015. Yuri Kochetkov/EPA

Major prisoner swap bolsters shaky Ukraine truce

Feb 22, 2015 - 11:35 AM

The rare glint of optimism comes on the heels of a pro Russian rebel offensive in the east capturing a major town from loyalists and drawing threats of new sanctions against Moscow

A pro-Russian rebel walk by a twin-barrelkled anti-aircraft gun in the streets of Debaltseve, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 21 February 2015.  Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukraine calls for peacekeepers after rebels take key town

Feb 19, 2015 - 11:01 AM

The loss is a bitter blow to the Ukrainian army and leaves a last ditch peace plan hammered out by the leaders of Ukraine Russia Germany and France hanging by a thread

RETREAT. Ukrainian servicemen on an armored military vehicle as they leave territory around Debaltseve, near Artyomovsk, Donetsk area, Ukraine, 18 February 2015. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

Canada imposes sanctions on Russian oil firm Rosneft, Rostec CEO

Feb 18, 2015 - 5:32 PM

In all Canada imposes sanctions against 37 Russian and Ukrainian individuals as well as 17 Russian and Ukrainian entities

HIT. The Rosneft company logo is seen at a petrol station in Moscow, Russia, 24 October 2012. Sergey Ilnitsky/EPA

Ukraine urges West to get 'tough' on Russia after rebels storm town

Feb 18, 2015 - 7:50 AM

As EU and UN officials express concern at the violence in the town of Debaltseve Russian President Vladimir Putin urges Kiev to permit its beleaguered soldiers to surrender

A view of an explosion is seen from the shelled gas pipe near the power station, not far from Debaltseve of Donetsk area, Ukraine, 17 February 2015. Anastacia Vlasova/EPA

'Stop shooting,' EU pleads as Ukraine ceasefire teeters

Feb 17, 2015 - 7:47 AM

Fighting rages around a strategic railway hub and both sides say conditions are not met to start withdrawing heavy weapons from the frontline

EMERGENCY. Separatist rebels help an injured comrade near a hospital in Donetsk, Ukraine, 16 February 2015. Alexander Ermochenko/EPA

Ukraine, pro-Russian rebels resume peace talks

Dec 24, 2014 - 7:21 PM

A successful round of preliminary negotiations in the Belarussian capital Minsk could pave the way for a second meeting

ON THE ROAD. Military vehicles drive on a road in Kramatorsk town, near Slaviansk, Ukraine, 11 September 2014. File photo/Roman Pilipey/EPA

Ukraine takes historic step toward NATO

Dec 23, 2014 - 6:45 PM

Ukraine s parliament overwhelmingly vote to revoke the nation s neutral status which it adopted under Russian pressure in 2010

In this file photo, deputies of the new Ukrainian parliament take the oath of office during the opening of a session in Kiev on November 27, 2014. Sergei Supinsky/AFP

Belarus strongman looks to revive Ukraine peace talks

Dec 22, 2014 - 9:06 AM

But a high ranking Ukrainian official says Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko is just as keen to use the trip to build bridges to Europe that ease his dependence on an increasingly isolated Russia

WELCOME TO KIEV. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) welcomes Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko (L), during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, 21 December 2014. Mykola Lazarenko/Pool/EPA

EU approves new Crimea sanctions

Dec 18, 2014 - 9:45 PM

Under the new restrictions European Union companies will not be allowed to buy real estate in Crimea finance local companies or supply related services

A local boy waves a Russian flag during the annual Russian Navy Day parade in Sevastopol, Crimea, 27 July 2014. The Russian Black sea fleet is based in the city of Sevastopol, annexed by Russia, in the Ukrainian peninsula of Crimea. Anton Pedko/EPA

Putin holds late-night talks on Ukraine with European leaders

Dec 17, 2014 - 4:05 PM

The telephone conversation comes after the White House confirms that US President Barack Obama will sign into law fresh sanctions against Russia

Russian President Vladimir Putin in St. Petersburg on December 8, 2014. Alexey Druzhinin/Pool/RIA Novosti/AFP

EU 'united' on Ukraine despite split over Russia sanctions

Dec 17, 2014 - 9:02 AM

Federica Mogherini comes to Kiev ahead of a tough decision in Brussels on whether to re engage Russia or step up sanctions against it

WELCOME TO UKRAINE. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko (R) shakes hands with Federica Mogherini (L), the High Representative of the EU for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, in Kiev, Ukraine, 16 December 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Kerry, Lavrov to meet in Paris with Ukraine, Syria on agenda

Oct 09, 2014 - 8:42 AM

The meeting will come amid efforts by Western countries to maintain a September 5 ceasefire deal in Ukraine which has been systematically breached in the country s east

In this file photo, US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) gestures as he stands with his Russian counterpart, Sergei Lavrov (L) prior to their meeting in Paris, France, 05 June 2014. Laurent Cipriani/Pool/EPA

EU keeps Russia sanctions as clashes resume in Ukraine

Sep 30, 2014 - 11:29 PM

UPDATED Meanwhile a promise by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to grant temporary self rule for territories under rebel control as long as they give up separatist ambitions has dominated political debate in the run up to the parliamentary polls

UKRAINE. Soldiers of the Ukrainian National Guard get winter uniforms and flak jackets before being send send to east Ukraine, at their base in the village Novi Petrivtsi, near Kiev, Ukraine, 30 September 2014. Roman Pilipey/EPA

Tough East-West dilemma for next Bulgarian government

Sep 25, 2014 - 2:07 PM

Whoever wins the general elections on October 5 has to walk a tightrope trying to keep happy both their gas rich Slavic cousins in Moscow and Bulgaria s bankrollers in Brussels

RUSSIA? BULGARIA, ACTUALLY. People take part in the annual 'Russophiles meet' at Koprinka dam near the central Bulgarian town of Kazanlak on September 23, 2014. Nikolay Doychinov/AFP

Suppliers scramble for alternatives as Russia bans Western food

Sep 24, 2014 - 12:28 PM

The contents of Russians shopping baskets have changed markedly since the beginning of a ban on food imports from Western countries

BEFORE THE BAN. An employee sorts dairy products of a fridge in a supermarket in St. Petersburg Russia, 07 August 2014. Anatoly Maltsev/EPA

Kremlin wants to 'protect' Russian web from 'unpredictable West'

Sep 19, 2014 - 5:51 PM

UPDATED President Vladimir Putin will convene September 22 a meeting of the country s Security Council to discuss possible cyber restrictions the respected Vedomosti business daily reports

Russia's President Vladimir Putin gives a press conference after a summit in Minsk early on August 27, 2014. Kirill Kudryavtsev/AFP

EU decision on Russia sanctions by Friday

Sep 02, 2014 - 9:22 PM

Leaders of the 28 member EU decided at a summit on Saturday to impose new sanctions against Russia after alleging that Moscow had deployed troops and weapons to back a rebel counter offensive in southeast Ukraine

WOUNDS. A wounded Ukrainian soldier is farewelled at a military hospital in Kiev, Ukraine, 02 September 2014, before being transported to Germany. Tatyana Zenkovich/EPA

McDonald's in Russia shut for maximum term on health grounds

Aug 27, 2014 - 9:58 PM

The decision is set against retribution by Russia for sanctions by the West over Russia s support for separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine

CLOSED. A woman sits a table of a closed McDonald's restaurant, the first to be opened in the Soviet Union in 1990, in Moscow on August 21, 2014. Photo by AFP/ Alexander Nemenov

'Sanctions' for Russia over #MH17 crash site access

Jul 20, 2014 - 10:10 PM

The EU wants Russia to ensure safe and unfettered access to the crash site

CRASH SITE. A picture taken on July 17, 2014 shows wreckages of the Malaysian Airliner carrying 295 people from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur after it crashed, near the town of Shaktarsk, in rebel-held east Ukraine. File photo by Dominique Faget/AFP

British PM raises prospect of more Russia sanctions

Jul 20, 2014 - 2:58 PM

Cameron op ed: Russia can use this moment to find a path out of this festering dangerous crisis I hope it will do so But if that does not happen then we must respond robustly

FIELDS AND DEBRIS. People carry a stretcher with a body bag past a debris of Boeing 777 Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 airplane, which crashed during flying over the eastern Ukraine region, at the crash site near Donetsk, Ukraine, 19 July 2014. Anastasia Vlasova/EPA

US, EU stiffen sanctions against Russia over Ukraine

Jul 17, 2014 - 7:35 AM

The American package of sanctions packs the most punch and draws an angry threat of serious retaliation from Moscow

HIT. The Rosneft company logo is seen at a petrol station in Moscow, Russia, 24 October 2012. Sergey Ilnitsky/EPA

Merkel, Obama talk Ukraine in White House

May 02, 2014 - 11:04 PM

Obama seeks to secure Europe s united support for harsher sanctions on Russia as the Ukraine crisis escalates

epa04189020 US President Barack Obama (R) speaks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) in the Oval Office before the two held a bilateral meeting at the White House. Ukraine and the spy affair that rankled relations between the two countries are expected to be high on the agenda. Photo by Kay Nietfeld/EPA

New sanctions to target Russians in energy, banking: US official

Apr 26, 2014 - 3:02 PM

The sanctions could be imposed next week a US security official tells reporters

ARMED. An armed pro-Russian protestor stands guard at a checkpoint near Krasnyi Liman, in the Donetsk area, Ukraine, April 24, 2014. Evgeniy Maloletka/EPA

Euro keeps Wall St gains, analysts warn on Russia

Mar 25, 2014 - 3:09 PM

Analysts say fresh sanctions on Russia may weigh on the euro