The scheduled four-party talks in Geneva are very important and the Kiev authorities need to speak with the common people in eastern Ukraine and not their appointees, Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a live Q&A session with the public Thursday.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called the statement by the West and Kiev that there were apparently Russian troops and instructors in eastern Ukraine “nonsense” during a live Q&A session with the public on Thursday.
Western sanctions against Moscow could drive integration between the Asia-Pacific region and the proposed economic union of post-Soviet states, widely seen as Russia’s counterweight to the EU, Russian State Duma Speaker Sergei Naryshkin said Thursday.
Russia might reach a compromise with the US on Ukraine, but will never make concessions, Leonid Reshetnikov, head of the Russian Institute of Strategic Research, said in an interview with RIA Novosti Wednesday.
Russian banks will set up special interconnections by June to ensure the uninterrupted use of bank cards within Russia, even in the case of further sanctions, the head of Russia’s VTB24 Bank told RIA Novosti Wednesday.
Russia plans to finalize its official claim for a large swath of the continental shelf of the Sea of Okhotsk and hand it over to the United Nations by the end of the year, Russian Natural Resources Minister Sergei Donskoi said Wednesday.
The Russian Foreign Ministry criticized France Wednesday for attempting to blame Moscow for the crisis in eastern Ukraine, while urging Paris to fulfill its commitment under an earlier reconciliation deal.