CONNECTED ARTICLES

Over 48,000 Ukrainians Apply for Refugee Status in Russia

Over 48,000 Ukrainians Apply for Refugee Status in Russia

30 July 2014 | 08:20 | FOCUS News Agency
Moscow. More than 48,000 Ukrainian citizens have already applied for refugee status in Russia, the Russian Emergencies Ministry press office said, RIA Novosti reported.
“To date … over 48,000 Ukrainian citizens have asked for temporary accommodation and refugee status, over 27,000 [refugees] have applied for Russian citizenship,” the ministry reported.
Earlier on Tuesday, Russia's children's rights ombudsman Pavel Astakhov reported that more than 230,000 Ukrainians have been granted refugee status in Russia.
The refugee inflow to Russia has grown tremendously since June, as the clashes between pro-Kiev forces and independence supporters continue in eastern Ukraine.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

US hits 3 Russian banks with sanctions over Ukraine

US hits 3 Russian banks with sanctions over Ukraine

29 July 2014 | 22:32 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. The US Treasury announced punitive sanctions on three leading Russian banks including the giant VTB on Tuesday to press Moscow over its support for rebels in Ukraine, AFP reported.
The sanctions banned any Americans or people in US jurisdictions from any new medium or long-term financing transactions with VTB Bank, its subsidiary Bank of Moscow and Russian Agricultural Bank.
All three are controlled by the Russian government.
The sanctions aim at choking off anything but short-term financing for the banks, which could inhibit their ability to build or maintain long-term lending business. Under the rules, are prohibited from transacting in or providing financing for any new debt from the banks for over 90 days.

Open in new tab
прочети затвори

IMF, Fitch warn about consequence of sanctions on Russia

IMF, Fitch warn about consequence of sanctions on Russia

29 July 2014 | 20:22 | FOCUS News Agency
Sofia. International Monetary Fund (IMF) and credit rating agency Fitch have warned about the consequences stemming from the sanctions imposed on Russia, RIA Novosti reported.
According to a report of the IMF published today, the situation in Ukraine and the sanctions on the part of the USA and the EU threaten to lead to negative economic consequences for the countries of the Commonwealth of Independent States and the EU but could also influence the whole world economy.
Meanwhile, Charles Seville, director at Fitch Ratings, all the EU member states will pay a price of theirs for the sanctions on Moscow.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

New sanctions on Russia could be unveiled today: US

New sanctions on Russia could be unveiled today: US

29 July 2014 | 19:52 | FOCUS News Agency
Washington. The United States is planning additional sanctions to impose on Russia in response to the crisis in Ukraine and could unveil them later in the day, the White House said Tuesday, AFP reported.
"We have made it clear that additional sanctions and additional costs could be imposed on Russia," a spokesman said. "We do anticipate that we'll have some news on that soon - as soon as today."
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

EU adopts broad economic sanctions against Russia

EU adopts broad economic sanctions against Russia

29 July 2014 | 18:50 | FOCUS News Agency
Brussels. The European Union finally agreed Tuesday to impose broad economic sanctions against Russia, hoping to force Moscow to reverse course in Ukraine, EU officials said, AFP reported.
The new measures impose restrictions on the finance, defence and energy sectors so as to increase the cost to Russia of its continued intervention and support of pro-Moscow rebels in Ukraine.
"A political accord has been reached on the package of economic sanctions," an EU official said, after the 28 member state ambassadors met for most of the day.
Up to now, the European Union has imposed asset freezes and visa bans targeted at people and entities - firms, utilities or local authorities - it believes to have stoked the Ukraine crisis or profited from it.

Open in new tab
прочети затвори

OSCE due to begin monitoring Russian border crossings

OSCE due to begin monitoring Russian border crossings

29 July 2014 | 14:36 | FOCUS News Agency
Moscow. Observers from the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe were set to begin arriving Tuesday in southern Russia on their mission to monitor two border crossings with rebel-held Ukraine, the OSCE said Tuesday, AFP reported.
The first members of the team of 16 civilian monitors were due to arrive in Russia's southern Rostov region where they were expected to hold meetings with officials from the regional administration, border guards and customs service, said OSCE spokeswoman Tatyana Baeva.
They could begin visiting the Russian border posts known as Donetsk and Gukovo which they will be monitoring as soon as Wednesday, she said.
Russia has been keen to refute Western allegations that it has been supplying weapons across the border to pro-Russian rebels.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

EU sanctions to hit Russia where it hurts: AFP

EU sanctions to hit Russia where it hurts: AFP

29 July 2014 | 13:39 | FOCUS News Agency
Brussels. The EU prepared Tuesday to hit Russia where it hurts with tough economic sanctions as Moscow insisted the West can do it little harm and showed no sign of reversing course in Ukraine, AFP reported.
Late Monday the leaders of the United States, Germany, France, Britain and Italy put aside their differences and agreed for the international community to "impose further costs" on Russia.
Ambassadors from the EU's 28 member states are holding final talks aimed at drawing up "a strong package of sectoral sanctions as swiftly as possible."
They intend to limit Russian access to European financial markets, restrict sales of arms and dual-use goods, and prevent the export of sensitive technology, especially in the energy sector.
The alleged shooting down of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 by pro-Moscow rebels with a Russian-made missile has seen EU holdouts against broader sanctions such as Italy and Germany change tack, agreeing to accept real pain in order to change the mind of President Vladimir Putin.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

17 civilians, including children, killed in gunfire in Ukraine's Horlivka in past 24 hours

17 civilians, including children, killed in gunfire in Ukraine's Horlivka in past 24 hours

29 July 2014 | 13:15 | FOCUS News Agency
Kiev. Seven civilians, including three children, have been killed in the Ukrainian city of Horlivka, district of Donetsk, in the past twenty-four hours, Interfax reported.
43 people have been injured.
In connection with the big death toll today the city declared three days of mourning.
According to the district administration of Donteks, some 14 people were killed in Horlivka on July 27.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

BP warns more sanctions on Russia could hit business

BP warns more sanctions on Russia could hit business

29 July 2014 | 11:44 | FOCUS News Agency
London. Oil giant BP warned on Tuesday that more sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis could "adversely impact" its activities, and posted a quarterly profit leap aided by its stake in Rosneft, AFP reported.
BP said that it had been unaffected so far by US sanctions imposed on Russia, reporting a two-thirds boost to second-quarter net profits from the equivalent figure last year.
The British energy major owns almost 20 percent of Rosneft following a 2012 deal in which it sold the Russian state oil firm its 50-percent stake in joint venture TNK-BP.
"If further international sanctions are imposed on Rosneft or new sanctions are imposed on Russia or other Russian individuals or entities, this could have a material adverse impact on our relationship with and investment in Rosneft, our business and strategic objectives in Russia and our financial position and results of operations," BP said.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

EU reaches preliminary deal on new names for Ukraine sanctions

EU reaches preliminary deal on new names for Ukraine sanctions

28 July 2014 | 22:05 | FOCUS News Agency
Brussels. EU diplomats reached a preliminary deal on Monday on a list of people, including associates of Russian President Vladimir Putin, and firms to be subject asset freezes as part of tougher measures over Russia's actions in Ukraine, EU diplomats said, cited by Reuters.
The new list of names is expected to be published on Tuesday or Wednesday and is in addition to 87 people and 20 organisations already subject to EU sanctions.
The three diplomats speaking on condition of anonymity said they could not give full details, but the persons targeted included people and companies, who are supporting or benefit from destabilisation of Crimea and Russia's annexation of Crimea.
"The list includes individuals, cronies and entities," one diplomat said. Another said the list was "subject to some legal refinement" and would be signed off on Tuesday when EU diplomats continue talks.
Open in new tab
прочети затвори

PICTURE OF THE DAY

VIDEO OF THE DAY
Home | Services | Archive | Partners | Banners | Radio Adds | About Us | Disclaimer | Contacts |
© 2014 FOCUS Information Agency The content published by Focus Information Agency and the technologies, used on its website, are protected by the Copyright and Neighbouring Rights Act. All the text, audio and video materials, photos, and graphics, published in the database, are property of Focus Information Agency, unless otherwise provided. The USERS and SUBSCRIBERS are under the obligation to use the materials from the database according to Focus Information Agency’s General Terms and Conditions as well as the applicable law of the Republic of Bulgaria.