November 09, 2016 18:35
Austria, Italy critical of maintaining sanctions against Russia - Ulyukayev
VIENNA. Nov 9 (Interfax) - Members of government and business circles in Austria and Italy are critical of maintaining sanctions against Russia, but decisions in the European Union (EU) are taken at a supranational level, Russian Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev told journalists following two-day discussions with businesses and ministers of Italy and Austria.
"I would say that our Austrian partners are extremely critical in relation to the sanctions regime and expressed their intention and willingness to withdraw from it," he said following his meeting with Austrian Vice Chancellor and Minister of Science, Research and Economy Reinhold Mitterlehner.
Commenting on a follow-up question on whether this means that Austria was against the possible expansion of sanctions, the minister said that "not only is it against expanding them, but as far as I understand, it is against the existing level of sanctions."
"The conclusion [on the results of the two-day meetings with Austria and Italy] is that both business and the government of those two countries are critical of the sanctions regime and are looking for ways out of it. But they are not completely independent in taking decisions, because the mechanism has been set up at a supranational level," Ulyukayev said. On Tuesday Ulyukayev held a working meeting with Italy's economic development minister Carlo Calenda in Rome.
(Our editorial staff can be reached at email@example.com)
December 12, 2019
Idea to punish for participation in activities of 'undesirable' NGOs abroad looks like spy-phobia - Human Rights Council's Svanidze
Rosobrnadzor bans acceptance of students to seminary of Evangelical-Lutheran church
German business criticizes U.S. sanctions as interference in EU energy policy
Moscow City Court upholds decision awarding 3.4 mln rubles to road services in compensation from July 27 protest organizers
Citizens' right to go directly to Constitutional Court is plus for Russia - Zorkin
Kyrgyz parliament finds Atambayev responsible for August riots in Koi-Tash village
Medvedchuk accuses Zelensky of lack of political will for settling Donbas conflict
Volunteer Yulia Kuzmenko planted explosive device under Sheremet's car - investigators
Almost 30 inmates convicted for staging prison riot in Tajikistan - media
Ryazan court fines, expels 5 U.S. teachers
Duma passes bill permitting smoking rooms at airport transport zones
Russian Pacific Fleet's decommissioned submarine partially sinks en route to disposal
Kazakh authorities to continue return of Kazakh citizens from Syria - National Security
Cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC countries, foremost Russia, has lasted for three years already and in this time the oil market has seen shakeups that have threatened to cause a split within OPEC and jeopardized the fate of the OPEC+ agreement to curb oil production in order to balance the market. OPEC Secretary General Mohammed Barkindo spoke with Interfax on the sidelines of the 16th annual meeting of the Valdai Club in Sochi about how decisions are made and OPECСs position regarding geopolitical events that have hit oil markets.
U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Huntsman, who will leave his post in early October, has given an interview to Interfax in which he speaks about exchanges at the highest level between Moscow and Washington, a possibility of RussiaСs return to G8, as well as his vision of the future of U.S.-Russian relations.
Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov has given an interview to Interfax in which he speaks about the U.S. withdrawal from the Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces Treaty on that is expected on August 2, about Russia‘s response to the U.S. and NATO possible deployment of missiles banned by the treaty, and about whether the Cuban Missile Crisis may repeat itself.