Contents tagged with UK

  • Russian arrested on Pacific island at US request

    The Russian citizen Dmitry Makarenko was arrested on the Pacific island of Saipan at the FBI’s request. He arrived there on December 29 with his children and parents, and was arrested in the airport immediately after landing, the Russian Foreign Ministry reported on Saturday, January 5.

    Saipan is the largest island and capital of the Northern Mariana Islands, a US commonwealth in the Pacific Ocean. From there, Makarenko has been transferred to Florida.

    The Russian Embassy to the US is …

  • Britain denies that expelled Russian diplomats would be allowed to return

    British representatives refuted the statement made by the Russian Ambassador in London, Alexander Yakovenko, that allegedly the two countries agreed to gradually restore dozens of diplomats to their positions, expelled by both sides after the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skripal in Salisbury. 

    “No new agreements have been made. Our position regarding Russian diplomatic presence in the UK has not changed after measures were taken after Salisbury. Work of our respective missions occurs in the …

  • Latvia detects Russian reconnaissance ship in its territorial waters

    The Latvian National Armed Forces reported on Twitter that a Russian reconnaissance ship was spotted in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia. “On December 25, we found the Russian reconnaissance ship named Yuri Ivanov in the exclusive economic zone of Latvia at six nautical miles from the border.”

    Russian warships and aircraft have been increasingly seen and recorded close to the air and sea borders of the Baltic States since the start of the conflict in Ukraine and the aggravation of …

  • Lithuania considers freezing assets of individuals from Magnitsky list

    Russian officials will soon not be able to conduct their financial and economic activities in Lithuania. According to Delfi, the Lithuanian government is preparing a bill that will not only limit the cash flow of people who are on the Magnitsky list, but also, they will not be able to enter Lithuania.

    Opposition conservatives and liberals launched this initiative. They have already submitted their vision of the project, but the government has not yet approved the document. According to the …

  • UK suspending ‘golden visa’ program for wealthy Russians over corruption and money laundering concerns

    After December 7, the British government will suspend granting of privileged visas to foreign investors, which allowed rich people to reside in the United Kingdom.

    The Voice of America writes that, initially, the condition for obtaining a Level 1 visa was an investment of at least two million pounds sterling ($ 2.5 million) in the UK. This also gave such persons the right to bring family members to the country for an initial term of more than three years with the possibility of renewal, and …

  • Russia increases its investments in U.S. government bonds

    Moscow has again increased its investments in the United States government bonds after the several months’ break, according to the U.S. Treasury data, published on Friday, November 16.

    "In September, Russia's investments in the U.S. national debt amounted to $ 14.419 billion, in August - $ 14.097 billion," said the report.

    At the same time, Russia is more intensively investing in U.S short-term government bonds and less - in Treasury securities with a maturity of more than one year. Short- …

  • Russia vows to respond to UK cyber attacks

     Russia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Oleg Syromolotov stated that Moscow is ready to give a tough response in the event of the UK cyber-attack on Russian infrastructure facilities, RIA Novosti reports.

    “Great Britain has been Russia’s enemy since Ivan the Terrible, acting to the detriment of the country. If they are making such declarations, then they will probably try it out, but we’ll defend ourselves and the response will be quite severe,” said the deputy foreign minister.

    Last …

  • Gazprom loses appeal in court case with Ukraine's Naftogaz

    The Svea Court of Appeal has re-authorized the seizure of Gazprom’s assets in order to collect $2.6 billion in favor of Naftogaz Ukraine.

    On Thursday, the Swedish court removed the temporary suspension of the fine enforcement measures, which had been introduced in June at Gazprom’s request, Reuters reports.

    The Russian gas company asked to have the original ruling of the Stockholm Arbitration Institute revoked on the basis of external interference in the process. Citing a “world renowned …

  • UK seizes assets of Russia's gas conglomerate Gazprom

    The UK has followed Switzerland and the Netherlands in the seizure of Gazprom assets.

    Despite the appeal filed at the Swedish Arbitration Institute and the suspension of the enforcement of the $2.6 billion fine in favor of Naftogaz Ukraine, the London Commercial Court has authorized the freezing of Gazprom’s assets in the UK, TASS reported, citing the Ukrainian company’s press service.

    The order to take interim measures was issued on Monday: in the next 48 hours, Gazprom must provide Naftogaz …

  • Kremlin does not believe UK will place sanctions on Russian sovereign debt

    On the sidelines of the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF-2018),Russia’s Deputy Finance Minister Sergey Storchak said that he does not consider it likely that the British government will place sanctions on Russian sovereign debt.

    “It is not London’s official position. I don’t see any threat, and I don’t think they will do it,” RIA Novosti cites Storchak as responding when asked whether the threat of London placing sanctions on Russian state debt was real. On May 21, the …