After artillery shelling of private houses by the Ukrainian Army in the city of Lugansk, its eastern districts were cut off power supplies Friday night, the press service of the Lugansk Town Hall said. It cited the information provided by the city's services for urgent repairs and rescues. According to the data provided by the service, "as a result of damage done to a high-voltage transmission line, the residents of Zhovtnevy district were disconnected from power supplies."
Bulgaria’s acquiescence to the US hegemony in stopping work on the South Stream gas pipeline is another sign that the United States is effectively attempting to become the master of Europe if it is not already such. With no political or other socio-economic strings attached Russia was attempting to simply supply European consumers and states with a needed commodity to keep themselves warm and cook their meals. Russia provides Europe with very attractive prices, with no conditions attached, and was attempting to merely do business. This of course is something the US does not want.
Russia continues supplying nuclear fuel to Ukraine's nuclear power plants.
President Vladimir Putin together with the RF government will discuss Wednesday the situation taking shape, specifically, in the energy sector, presidential press secretary Dmitry Peskov has announced, according to the Russian news agency TASS. "A meeting with the leadership of the government has been planned out to discuss the extraordinary situation developing in economic cooperation with Ukraine, including that in the energy dialogue," Peskov said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin believes that utility products, as a source for economic growth, are exhausted. At a meeting with members of the government, Putin demanded that the Minister of Economic Development Alexei Ulyukayev submit a report about "the progress in the matter of preparation of long-term macroeconomic forecast, including the estimation of reserves for economic development."
As of today, 437 nuclear power plant units are currently operational in 31 countries of the world. They account for every tenth kilowatt-hour (kwh) of electricity generated world-wide. However, this proportion may change soon, some experts say. And the Fukushima Nuclear Power disaster, which occurred nearly three years ago, has served as a reason for that.
Turkey wants trilateral cooperation with Iraq and Kurdistan on oil export deal, negotiations underway
Russia has shown the best business improvement over this year, jumping 19 points in the World Bank’s Doing Business rating. Now it is ranked 92nd, up from the 112th place. In 2012, Russia climbed from 120th to the 112th spot and is steadily moving forward. The Voice of Russia talked to Andrei Sharonov, an ex-Deputy Mayor of Moscow and rector of the Skolkovo Business School, who said the country needs to introduce more changes in its legislation to see further progress.
Japan may increase energy imports from Russia, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.
Russian President Vladimir Putin has dubbed incorrect and uncivilized the EU decision to apply new rules, including the Third Energy Package, to contracts currently in force.
Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has said Moscow is mapping out new guidelines on transparency and predictability of resource markets ahead of the G20 summit in St. Petersburg.
A proposal has been made to Russia to enter into an association with the International Energy Agency (IEA) representing the interests of the industrially developed oil importing countries. Experts believe that in this case Moscow will not have a particular commercial benefit but will be able to increase its geopolitical weight.
Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said the surge in Russia’s energy exports to the Asia-Pacific region won’t undermine European interests.
Downpours and gale-force winds have caused power outages in Chechnya, a Russian republic in the North Caucasus, leaving more than 65,000 people in the dark as repair crews struggle to fix the damaged transmission lines.
Russia’s town of Aleksin located in the Tula region is experiencing power cuts caused by strong winds, heavy rain and hail. According to local authorities, 3 people have been injured in a storm when hit by falling trees while driving. Two of them have been taken to hospital. Recovery efforts are underway. Interfax
Russian experts believe that the UK could join the Nord Stream oil project. Soon, the UK may run out of energy resources and it needs to diversify its imports to lower the prices. The UK also wants nuclear energy to ease the deficit and plans to construct 8 nuclear power plants by 2025.
Washington and Brussels have decided to court Moscow. In a statement earlier this week, the US-EU Energy Council recognized Russia as an essential part of Europe and the world energy, also touting it as the global leader in producing hydrocarbons. It seems, analysts say, that the West is currently trying to mend fences with Russia in order to develop full-fledged energy cooperation.
Russia has drafted an agreement on transboundary projects with the European Union. The draft has been submitted to the European Commission, Russian Deputy Energy Minister Anatoly Yanovsky said at an international gas forum in Moscow. He urged European partners to comply with the earlier signed contracts and move away from double standards.
The Caspian Sea, the largest land-locked enclosed body of water on Earth, has been an exclusive economic zone of Russia and Iran for nearly 300 years. Originally, the status of the Caspian Sea was enshrined in the Treaty of Rasht signed by the Russian Empire and Persia in 1729.