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Politics Dmitry Medvedev

  • MOSCOW— Russia's prime minister has ordered preparation of retaliatory measures against several non-EU European nations that have joined the European Union's sanctions against Russia. Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Montenegro, Albania, Moldova and Ukraine joined the EU sanctions last week. On Tuesday, Russia tightened controls on imports of cut flowers...

  • MOSCOW, July 10- Moscow is just an observer on Greece's debt crisis but wants the euro to trade normally because part of Russia's foreign exchange reserves is denominated in euros, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday. He again signalled that Moscow had not offered to help bail Greece out, according to Russian news agency reports. As of the end of last week,...

  • MOSCOW, June 25- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday a list of banned products from Western countries could be changed according to the state of relations with the European Union and other countries. Medvedev told a government meeting he had approved an order by President Vladimir Putin to extend a ban on food imports from the West by one...

  • MOSCOW, June 22- Russia plans to extend a ban on Western food imports for six months starting from early August and may add new products to the list, in retaliation to extended European sanctions against Moscow, officials said on Monday. European Union foreign ministers extended economic sanctions against Russia until Jan. 31 on Monday, keeping up pressure on...

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 18- A former finance minister proposed on Thursday bringing forward the next presidential election to give his ally, Vladimir Putin, a stronger mandate to reform the economy and guide Russia through a financial "storm." Russia is sliding into recession, with economic sanctions imposed by the West over Moscow's role in the Ukraine...

  • BURABAI, Kazakhstan, May 29- The Eurasian Economic Union signed a free trade agreement with Vietnam on Friday, the first such deal struck by the Moscow- led body with a third party as it seeks to boost its presence on Asian markets. The EEU, which includes Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan, was launched in January to promote trade and economic...

  • MOSCOW, May 23- Russia would adopt a tough position if Ukraine decided not to pay off debts owed to Moscow by its previous government, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview broadcast by Russian TV on Saturday. Russia has spoken out against a new Ukrainian law allowing a moratorium on foreign debt repayments, threatening to take Ukraine to...

  • MOSCOW, May 23- Russia would adopt a tough position if Ukraine decided not to pay off debts owed by its previous government, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview broadcast by Russian TV on Saturday. "If it is actually formulated in this way this would undoubtedly be a default of Ukraine... We would adopt as tough a position as possible in this...

  • *Putin says new law paves way for Ukraine default. MOSCOW, May 20- Russia on Wednesday demanded the timely repayment of all debts owed to it by Ukraine and accused Kiev of effectively preparing the way for default with a new law. Moscow, whose relations with Kiev have been wrecked by a year-long conflict in eastern Ukraine, has declined to join the debt restructuring...

  • The reading was broadly in line with estimates given by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and officials from the Economy Ministry over the past month, although some analysts said the figure was better than expected. Russia's economy has slowed sharply since early last year because of Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis and a sharp slide in global prices...

  • Russian GDP falls 1.9 pct y/y in Q1 - stats service Friday, 15 May 2015 | 9:00 AM ET

    MOSCOW, May 15- The Russian economy contracted by 1.9 percent in the first quarter in year-on-year terms, the statistics service said on Friday, citing preliminary data. The reading was broadly in line with estimates given by Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and officials from the Economy Ministry over the past month. Russia's economy has slowed sharply since...

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, April 27- President Vladimir Putin accused some of Russia's "quasi-partners" on Monday of counting on the country's collapse by cutting its banks off from the global financial system at a time when oil prices had plunged. Speaking in Russia's second city of St Petersburg, Putin said they had been proved wrong and the economy had easily...

  • Russia wants predictable rouble rate - PM Medvedev Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 6:37 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 21- Russia wants a predictable rouble exchange rate without excess weakening or strengthening of the currency, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told parliament on Tuesday. "Our currency is strengthening now, which is not bad for a number of sectors of the economy. But that also lowers our exporting capabilities to some extent, so we are interested in...

  • MOSCOW, April 21- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday Russia was suffering significant economic problems because of international sanctions, but the situation could have been much worse and Russia was adapting. Referring to Western sanctions imposed last year because of Russia's actions in Ukraine, Medvedev told parliament: "Losses from the...

  • Russian defence industry grows despite sanctions - PM Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 6:17 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 21- Russian state defence orders topped 1.9 trillion roubles in 2014, helping the defence industry grow despite Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday. Medvedev told the lower house of parliament that Russia had sold $15 billion worth of military equipment abroad last year- some 3.2 percent of...

  • Russian PM Medvedev says GDP fell by 2 percent in Q1 Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 5:27 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 21- Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Tuesday Russia's economy contracted by around 2 percent in the first quarter, but that the economic situation was stabilising. "In the current year negative trends are continuing in the economy. In January-March of this year GDP fell by 2 percent approximately, the volume of industrial output by 0.4...

  • Putin earns less than many in the Kremlin, documents show Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 10:06 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 15- Russian President Vladimir Putin earned about $151,000 in 2014, less than many others in the presidential administration, according to details of his income declaration published by the Kremlin on Wednesday. His earnings of 7.65 million roubles compared to about 3.6 million roubles in 2013, which was around $100,000 at the exchange rate a...

  • MOSCOW, March 31- Russia will extend gas price discounts for Ukraine into the second quarter, TASS news agency reported President Vladimir Putin as saying on Tuesday, but any further decisions would be taken in three months and depend on the price of oil. Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom on Monday asked the government to extend a price discount for gas supplies to...

  • Russia says to restructure loans to Belarus Thursday, 26 Mar 2015 | 6:39 AM ET

    MOSCOW, March 26- Russia said on Thursday it would restructure some of its loans to Belarus, whose economy has been hurt by a weaker Russian rouble. The former Soviet republic has a record $4 billion in debt payments this year, mostly to Russia and the International Monetary Fund. Belarus has also asked the International Monetary Fund for a financial package, in...

  • MOSCOW, March 26- Russia will give sanctions-hit Rosselkhozbank 10 billion roubles of additional capital as part of the country's anti-crisis plan, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday. "Our banks' access to overseas markets of liquidity is essentially closed and our task is to minimise the influence of these problems on the banking system,"...