The United States imposed new sanctions on Russia Wednesday targeting individual Russian politicians and a number of Russian defense and energy companies. The European Union has made several requests to expand the criteria for future sanctions. Washington and Brussels are ready to extend the sanctions list, if necessary.
Negotiations on a free trade deal between the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) and the Moscow-led Russia-Belarus-Kazakhstan Customs Union (RuBeKa) may possibly resume given a favorable political situation, Norwegian Minister of Trade and Industry Monica Maland told Sputnik on Thursday.
Italian lawmakers, going to the Yalta Economic Forum (YIEF) in Crimea, are calling for an end to sanctions on Russia that hamper bilateral trade, Stefano Valdegamberi, a parliamentarian from Italy’s Veneto province told Sputnik.
Should others strengthen sanctions on Russia, Canada will follow suit, Prime Minister Trudeau said.
Energy agreements between EU member states and Russia could undermine the sanctions regime, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) said in a report published on Thursday.
US companies that focus on services have been more affected by sanctions imposed on Russia than their Russian counterparts, Russia's Trade Representative to the United States Alexander Stadnik told Sputnik on Friday.
Russia should not expect any mercy, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said.
Spanish Foreign Minister Alfonso Dastis said that it was difficult to establish a time period for the EU sanctions against Russia lifting.
An overwhelming majority of German entrepreneurs in Russia hope the EU sanctions on Russia would be eased this year, although many are pessimistic about this outcome, a fresh poll has found.
A reported plan outlining a way for US President Donald Trump to lift anti-Russia sanctions and normalize Russian-Ukrainian relations is a dead-end, a senior Russian lawmaker told Sputnik on Monday.
The Kremlin is not aware of a recently-reported plan for US President Donald Trump to lift anti-Russia sanctions and normalize Russian-Ukrainian relations, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Sputnik on Monday.
A reported plan outlining a way for US President Donald Trump to lift anti-Russia sanctions and normalize Russian-Ukrainian relations is absurd and not coordinated with Moscow, a senior Russian senator told Sputnik on Monday.
Cyprus considers the anti-Russia sanctions to be counterproductive for all sides, Cyprus Ambassador to Russia George Kasoulides told Sputnik.
A group of Democrats and Republicans introduced a bill that would prevent the Trump administration from scrapping anti-Russia sanctions.
Almost a half of Russian people (46 percent) believe they are not economically affected by the consequences of sanctions imposed by Western countries on Russia, a survey by the Moscow-based Public Opinion Foundation (FOM) revealed on Tuesday.
The Kremlin spokesman said Moscow and Washington had not broached the issue of lifting anti-Russia sanctions.
A group of US senators intend to introduce on Wednesday legislation allowing a congressional review of a White House request to lift anti-Russian sanctions and giving Congress the veto power, in case US President Donald Trump unilaterally takes such decision, media reported.
As soon as the United States will lift the sanctions against Russia, the European Union is likely to do the same, Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico said.
Washington has not made a final decision on the issue of sanctions against Moscow, and the topic was not broached during phone talks between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin, the US president's spokesman said.
Senator John McCain has seemingly got hysterical amid reports about the possible lifting of US sanctions against Russia.
The idea of removing US sanctions against Russia is "under consideration", White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway said.
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