The Russian Prosecutor General's office in Moscow is now reviewing whether the Soviet Union’s decision to grant independence to the Baltic nations of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia was legal. The State Council of the Soviet Union granted this independence under former Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991. This review was reported by the Russian news agency, Interfax. In a previous ruling, the Prosecutor General found that the Soviet gift of Crimea to Ukraine was illegal. The appeal is being brought by two lawmakers of United Russia, Russian President Vladimir Putin’s party.
The Russian prosecutor general's office is to review the legality of the recognition of the Baltic republics by the State Council of the USSR in 1991, according to the state news agency Interfax.
Turkey and Russia's Gazprom are likely to finalise a deal on natural gas prices by mid-July, Turkish officials told Reuters, after Ankara warned last week it could seek international arbitration if they failed to agree.
The crisis in Greece will have a limited effect on Russia, which hasn't borrowed on international capital markets since 2013, according to Finance Minister Anton Siluanov. Greece's debt troubles including a missed $1.7 billion payment to the International Monetary Fund "won't have a serious impact on the global situation, but of course it undermines the stability of financial markets," Siluanov told reporters in Moscow on July 1. As Russia hasn’t been borrowing on foreign markets recently, there’ll be only an "indirect" effect on its domestic market from Greece, he said.
Russia has committed to building its own helicopter landing ships to replace the two Mistral vessels that France built but then declined to deliver to the Kremlin because of Russian actions in Crimea and East Ukraine, reported TASS, a Kremlin-owned Russian news site, Wednesday. Admiral Viktor Chirkov, who broke the news at the international maritime Defense show in St Petersburg, said that the new ships would be better than the Mistrals and expects them to be delivered in 2020.
MOSCOW - Russian state lender Sberbank intends to begin bankruptcy proceedings against three subsidiaries of indebted miner Mechel, a bank official said on July 1.
MOSCOW/VILNIUS - A move in Russia to review the legality of a 1991 decision formally granting Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia independence from the Soviet Union has alarmed the Baltic States and stoked tensions in ties with Moscow.
Russian gas giant Gazprom announced on July 1 it was halting all natural gas supplies to Ukraine after Kyiv announced the immediate suspension of Russian gas purchases a day earlier.
NOVOSIBIRSK, Russia - Alexei Navalny, the opposition leader who organized massive street protests in Moscow against Vladimir Putin four years ago, had a much harder time drawing a big crowd in Siberia's largest city last month.
MOSCOW - Russia's highest court has given the green light to holding next year's parliamentary vote several months earlier.
The Soviet Union was known for its doublespeak, but when Moscow bureaucrats called the 7,000-km area of the Russian Arctic the "zone of absolute discomfort," they were speaking the truth. Temperatures in the settlements of the far north, which spans from Alaska to Finland, can dip below –45°C in the winter.
MOSCOW - The conflicts in Syria and Ukraine and the situation around the Iranian nuclear problem were main items on the agenda of a meeting held between Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in Vienna on June 30 evening, the Russian Foreign Ministry has said.
Russia is ready to receive new French proposals on resolving the issue of the delivery of two Mistral-class helicopter carriers, Rosoboronexport Deputy General Director Igor Sevastyanov told Interfax-AVN on June 30.
Russia has slammed a draft United Nations resolution on the Srebrenica genocide as divisive and said it would present its own measure to mark 20 years since the massacre.
MOSCOW - Hungary and Slovakia could be left without gas if Russia stops shipping it through Ukraine in 2019, the Hungarian ambassador to Russia, Janos Balla said.
Somewhere around the 98th minute of his weekly news roundup and commentary for Russia's Rossiya television channel this week, Dmitry Kiselyov got around to saying something truly unexpected.
MOSCOW - Anti-Americanism is on the rise in Russia, and the consequences are sometimes lethal. Late last week, a 45-year-old Russian beat an acquaintance to death with his fists after a drinking session in Yaroslavl, a city some 160 miles from Moscow. The motive? The victim revealed he often traveled abroad, and his vodka-frazzled assailant told police that he thought he was neutralizing "an American spy."
VIENNA - Russia-U.S. relations are at a post-Cold War low just about everywhere, except at the Iran nuclear talks.
Russia's prosecutor-general is reviewing the legality of a decision in 1991 granting three Baltic countries independence from the Soviet Union, a spokesman said on June 30.
A Russian man angry with last year's sharp ruble devaluation is taking the Central Bank to court over its decision to cease intervening to prop up the Russian currency, news agency RIA Novosti reported Tuesday, citing the press secretary of a Moscow court.