Foreign interest in Russian sovereign debt down by over 80%

The influx of foreign investors into Russian government securities has sharply declined: by the end of June, their share in the Russian government debt market had effectively ceased to grow, said Elizaveta Danilova, head of the Bank of Russia’s financial stability department.

According to her, on 29 June, non-residents owned 30.1% of the federal loan bond market, as opposed to 30% at the start of the month.

The data comes from the National Settlement Depository, and may not take into account …


Japan-Russia peace treaty talks fall through yet again

A new round of Russian-Japanese peace treaty negotiations has come to nothing. Since the end of World War II, a peace treaty between Japan and Russia, as the legal successor to the Soviet Union, has still not been signed. A declaration that the state of war between the counties has ended was signed in 1956.

Until now, Japan has demanded that Russia return the southern islands of the Kuril chain – Iturup, Kunashir, Shikotan and Habomai. In negotiations on 14 July, Russia refused to even discuss …


Ukrainian Prime Minister: Kyiv cannot stop rail traffic with Russia

Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said that Ukraine can not severe the railway communication with Russia. Speaking on the program “Opposition” on Nash TV channel, Groysman explained that Ukraine has obligations to the European Union on the transit of goods. "We simply cannot stop the railway traffic, because we have obligations under the European Union Association Agreement," said Ukrainian Prime Minister.

At the same time, Groysman noted that Ukraine does not intend to restore air …


Hezbollah partially withdraws from Syria

In an interview on an Al-Manar TV channel, the leader of the Hezbollah terrorist organization Hassan Nasrallah said that Hezbollah reduced its presence in Syria.

"Our troops are still in all the locations in Syria where they were before. But we have reduced the forces to the number that is necessary now," he said, and added that "despite the tough sanctions, they will return if it is be needed."

He also warned Israel and the Gulf countries that the war with the US and Iran would lead to a …


Russian media: Western security services are preparing 'misinformation attack' against Putin

Russian news agency RIA Novosti, reported, with reference to a "military-diplomatic source," that the US and British special services  reportedly "prepare misinformation attack against the Russian President Vladimir Putin and his entourage in the leadership of the Ministry of Defense." It is alleged that this information will be used to justify new sanctions against Russia.

According to the source of the agency, experts of the American and British intelligence services "prepare fake …