IOC president does not understand why Russian athletes were sanctioned at 2016 Olympics
Sep27

IOC president does not understand why Russian athletes were sanctioned at 2016 Olympics

President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Thomas Bach has said he “still does not understand” why Russian athletes were sanctioned at the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Talking to the Japanese Yomiuri newspaper, Bach said: “Concerning suspicions of possible deviations in the Russian anti-doping system, I still cannot understand why Russian athletes had to be subjected to sanctions at the...

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Diplomat: EU understands absurdity of sanctions’ dependence on implementation of Minsk-2
Sep24

Diplomat: EU understands absurdity of sanctions’ dependence on implementation of Minsk-2

Many countries of the European Union understand the absurdity of making the anti-Russian sanctions dependent on the implementation of the Minsk agreements and want these sanctions to be dropped, a Russian high-ranking diplomat said on Friday. “Out of public view, many European Union countries sincerely admit that the sanctions are hurting their economies and that it is absurd to make the extension of the anti-Russian sanctions...

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Moscow says Russia will not bargain with EU over sanctions at UN General Assembly
Sep23

Moscow says Russia will not bargain with EU over sanctions at UN General Assembly

Russia will not bargain with the European Union over sanctions at the United Nations General Assembly, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Alexey Meshkov said on Thursday. “We have never put that question that way. It was not we who imposed those sanctions and it is not we who should lift them. There will be no bargaining,” Meshkov stressed. Source:...

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Russian diplomat says US unilateral sanctions against Iran ‘big hindrance’
Sep01

Russian diplomat says US unilateral sanctions against Iran ‘big hindrance’

The US administration has implemented ‘from start to finish’ everything envisaged in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran’s nuclear program “but it hasn’t moved any further,” Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov told Tass on Wednesday. “All the so-called unilateral sanctions that existed before an agreement was reached with Iran, have stayed in place,” said the diplomat, who is on a visit...

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Putin steps up drive to kill sanctions amid signs of EU disunity
Jul29

Putin steps up drive to kill sanctions amid signs of EU disunity

Vladimir Putin will step up Russia’s campaign to end European Union sanctions with a visit to Slovenia on Saturday, encouraged by signs his tactic of lobbying what he views as more pliant southern and eastern European states is starting to pay off. The sanctions, imposed over the Ukraine crisis, are designed to block access to Western credit and technology for people and businesses linked to President Putin. Combined with...

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