Moscow summons Belgian envoy over seizure of state assets, threatens retaliation
18 June, 2015
Moscow has summoned the Belgian ambassador to lodge a protest over the freeze of its state assets. It said that Moscow may consider retaliatory measures against Belgium if the assets are seized, including against Belgium diplomatic property in Russia.
Mikhail Khodorkovsky (RIA Novosti / Ramil Sitdikov)
French law enforcement has frozen the accounts of Russian companies operated by the French subsidiary of VTB, Russia’s second-largest bank, officials told RBC TV channel. Diplomatic accounts were briefly frozen as well, but have since been unlocked.
“As of this morning [diplomatic accounts] were unfrozen… The sums are small, some dozens of thousands of euros, [but] Russian companies' accounts are still frozen,” VTB CEO Andrey Kostin said. “We are working on the problem with our lawyers now.”
The information was also confirmed by the president of VTB 24, Mikhail Zadornov, who said that the case is connected to Yukos Universal Limited, a subsidiary of the Russian energy giant, which existed from 1993 to 2007.
The news comes amid developments from Belgium, where Russian state assets are facing seizure to secure payment of a contested Russian debt to the former owners of Yukos. The company went bankrupt after the Russian government demanded that it paid due taxes that it had been evading for years.
A study by the Austrian Institute of Economic Research reveals that EU could lose up to €100 billion due to the anti-Russian sanctions if things remain unchanged.
NATO is implementing “the biggest reinforcement” of defense since Cold War times, said NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg, adding that the alliance is facing challenges from “the behavior of a more assertive” Russia
In a significant move to deter possible Russian aggression in Europe, the Pentagon is poised to store battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and other heavy weapons for as many as 5,000 American troops in several Baltic and Eastern European countries, American and allied officials say.
The proposal, if approved, would represent the first time since the end of the Cold War that the United States has stationed heavy military equipment in the newer NATO member nations in Eastern Europe that had once been part of the Soviet sphere of influence. Russia’s annexation of Crimea and the war in eastern Ukraine have caused alarm and prompted new military planning in NATO capitals.
Members of Poland's influential political establishment have called for the establishment of a greater military presence at the country's border with Belarus, which already faces extensive NATO activity at its borders
Speaking to Sputnik, German journalist and public relations consultant Christoph Horstel noted that despite attempts by Washington and Berlin to pressure German business not to interact with Russia, they have done so anyway. In his view, this was most recently demonstrated by companies' attendance of the St. Petersburg Economic Forum.
Despite the Western efforts to discourage investors from participating in the St. Petersburg Economic Forum, the affair is in full swing. Jim Rogers, legendary investor and chairman of Beeland Interests, is in attendance, and he told Radio Sputnik that the Russian economy may be the most promising market for fellow investors.
«Журналистская правда»: этой ночью Украину ждет неонацистский путч
Curated by the ex-head of SBU, Nalivaychenko, the neo-Nazis — battalions "Tornado", "Aidar", "Donbass", "Kiev" and "Azov" regiment hastily moved towards Kiev in connection with the resignation of their patron.
Today's resignation of Nalyvaychenko from the post of the head of SBU caught him off guard, because "the chief CIA spy in Ukraine did not believe that Poroshenko will go to the end". Nalivaychenko, did not like this change of scenery, so his people on the ground — "Tornado" (apparently that part that is not blocked in the Lugansk region), battalions "Aidar", "Donbass", "Kiev" and "Azov" regiment, hastily began moving towards Kiev. This was reported by the online edition "Journalistic Truth" with reference to a source in Kiev.
According to the publication, Nalivaychenko can rely on the SBU structures across the country, which is filled with last year's appointees from the banned in Russia extremist organization "Right Sector", the neo-Nazis from Svoboda and other radical Ukrainian organizations.
"All these people have absolutely nothing to lose — because yesterday and today they were shown what awaits them. After the U.S. Congress expressed dissatisfaction with the fact of the existence in Ukraine of a large number of armed Nazis ("the abominable Azov regiment"), Poroshenko and Avakov began to make PR moves, in particular - the arrest of the leadership of "Tornado" battalion (the heroes turned out to be sadists, what a discovery), the publication of details of the murder of Oles Buzina — it also turned out that he was killed by the Nazis, and now - the resignation of the chief curator of all the Nazis in Ukraine, Nalivaychenko," - says the author of "Journalistic truth".
According to the newspaper, a neo-Nazi coup may begin in Ukraine tonight.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) report on the ceasefire in Donbass noted that Russian monitors prevented two attacks at the Donetsk airport, which the Ukrainian side confirmed.
More than 500 civilians were killed in Donbass since February 15, 2015, when, in accordance with the "Complex of measures on implementation of the Minsk agreements" a ceasefire was imposed in the region.
This was reported by the People's Militia of LPR.
Earlier the Office of the UN High Commissioner for human rights cited data from May 3rd of this year, that during the war in the Ukraine 10 243 people were killed, another 15 615 were injured.
According to the representative of the People's militia, during this same time, the Ukrainian security forces violated the ceasefire regime more than 9 thousand times. Including 1,200 strikes of settlements