As the Greek economy is in crisis and the country is trying to attract money from any source to survive, prolongation of the sanctions against Russia would only worsen the situation, former Greek diplomat Leonidas Chrysanthopoulos told RT.
Upon completing his visit to Tokyo, Duma speaker Sergey Naryshkin told reporters that Japanese politicians acknowledge that their country has joined the anti-Russian campaign under US pressure and understand the importance of future dialogue with Russia.
Greece has revealed it’s been asked by the US to prolong anti-Russia sanctions. However, Athens stressed Russia is a strategic ally and the ‘sanction war’ is causing it an estimated loss of €4 billion a year.
Prime Minister David Cameron has unveiled new laws to prosecute migrants working illegally in the UK as immigration figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) reveal that net immigration reached 318,000 in 2014.
Victoria Nuland arrived in Moscow last weekend and declared that Ukraine’s government doesn’t intend to resume the civil war. Either Nuland was being mendacious or President Poroshenko is on a dangerous solo-run.
The effect of sanctions is waning and its high time investors returned to Russia, said Vladimir Potanin the CEO and a principal owner of Norilsk Nickel. He adds that Russia and the US had great potential for rapprochement.
Financial news agency Thomson Reuters has launched a Russian Sanctions Tracking Service to monitor the impact of sanctions on Russian businesses. The service will be updated daily from open sources and databases.
Iran hopes its crude oil exports will be back to the pre-sanctions level of 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) and the oil price to rise to around $80 a barrel by end of 2016, according to Iran’s Deputy Oil Minister Rokneddin Javadi.
The US, initially strongly behind Kiev, is now telling it to wind down the armed conflict, while the EU also wants the Ukrainian problem to be solved and the sanctions to be gradually lifted, said Martin McCauley, Author and current affairs commentator.
The US is accusing Iran of being a “sponsor of terrorism” while ignoring their Saudi allies are slaughtering Yemeni civilians, funding Al-Qaeda, and have occupied Bahrain, said political analyst at Tehran University Seyed Mohammad Marandi.