RUSSIA - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/RUSSIA News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Ukraine lawmakers ratify landmark deal with Europe http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58421764-68/ukraine-european-ukrainian-europe.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58421764-68/ukraine-european-ukrainian-europe.html.csp">Ukraine lawmakers ratify landmark deal with Europe</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LAURA MILLS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T18:48:02.866-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 06:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kiev, Ukraine • Ukraine moved to resolve months of crisis Tuesday by strengthening ties to Europe and loosening some controls over the country’s rebellious eastern regions where it has been fighting Russian-backed separatists. The actions by lawmakers began to flesh out the emerging picture of a new Ukraine, where a determined pivot toward Europe has come at great cost: concessions to Russia and a war with rebels that killed more than 3,000 people and pushed the West’s relations with Moscow to ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584217642014-09-16T18:48:02.866-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-16T18:48:02.866-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58421764@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:48:02 MDT Russian ruble drops to historic low amid sanctions http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58419953-79/russian-sanctions-ruble-russia.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58419953-79/russian-sanctions-ruble-russia.html.csp">Russian ruble drops to historic low amid sanctions</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By NATALIYA VASILYEVA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T10:31:53.586-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 10:31AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Moscow • Russia’s currency dropped to an all-time low against the dollar on Tuesday as investors fret about long-term economic damage from Western sanctions. The United States and the European Union last week imposed a new round of sanctions against Russia for its actions in Ukraine that consisted in, among other things, blocking off Western financial markets to key Russian companies. The Russian currency fell more than 1 percent to 38.80 rubles against the U.S. dollar by noon Moscow time Tuesda...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584199532014-09-16T10:31:53.586-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-16T10:31:53.586-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58419953@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 10:31:53 MDT Oligarch buys Russia’s most popular social media http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58419858-79/vkontakte-mail-russia-media.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58419858-79/vkontakte-mail-russia-media.html.csp">Oligarch buys Russia’s most popular social media</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By NATALIYA VASILYEVA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-16T09:02:02.188-06:00">Updated Sep 16, 2014 09:02AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Moscow • A media company owned by Kremlin-friendly oligarch Alisher Usmanov has splashed out $1.5 billion to gain full control of Russia’s most popular social network, VKontakte, bringing an end to a months-long dispute that saw the original investors sue each other in court. London-listed Mail.Ru Group said in a statement Tuesday that it now owns the whole of VKontakte following its purchase of a 48 percent stake from investment fund United Capital Partners. Mail.Ru first invested in VKontakte ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584198582014-09-16T09:02:02.188-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-16T09:02:02.188-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58419858@www.sltrib.com Tue, 16 Sep 2014 09:02:02 MDT U.S., E.U. levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58410656-68/russia-sanctions-oil-exxon.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58410656-68/russia-sanctions-oil-exxon.html.csp">U.S., E.U. levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-13T20:42:01.896-06:00">Updated Sep 13, 2014 08:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing Russia’s ability to develop oil and gas projects. But the restrictions on Russia’s energy sector were carefully crafted to avoid impacting the country’s current production of oil and gas, a move that would raise global energy prices at time of weak economic growth. Russia is...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-584106562014-09-13T20:42:01.896-06:00" id="#license-2014-09-13T20:42:01.896-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58410656@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:42:01 MDT US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58409600-68/russia-sanctions-oil-exxon.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58409600-68/russia-sanctions-oil-exxon.html.csp">US, EU levy sanctions on Russia despite cease-fire</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By JULIE PACE and JONATHAN FAHEY</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-13T20:40:27.363-06:00">Updated Sep 13, 2014 08:40PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Unsatisfied with a fragile cease-fire in Ukraine, the United States and the European Union levied new sanctions Friday against major Russian banks and defense companies, as well as penalties aimed at curtailing Russia’s ability to develop oil and gas projects. But the restrictions on Russia’s energy sector were carefully crafted to avoid impacting the country’s current production of oil and gas, a move that would raise global energy prices at time of weak economic growth. Russia is ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58409600@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:40:27 MDT Russian aid convoy streams into Ukrainian city http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58409607-68/ukraine-ukrainian-aid-border.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58409607-68/ukraine-ukrainian-aid-border.html.csp">Russian aid convoy streams into Ukrainian city</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By PETER LEONARD</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">and LAURA MILLS</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-09-13T20:42:25.726-06:00">Updated Sep 13, 2014 08:42PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Luhansk, Ukraine • A convoy of more than 200 white trucks crossed the Russian border to deliver humanitarian aid to a battered Ukrainian city on Saturday, a move made without Kiev’s consent yet met with silence by Ukraine’s top leaders. “Early in the morning, we entered Ukraine to bring aid to Luhansk,” said Yury Stepanov, a Russian who was overseeing the convoy. “We came in around 215 vehicles,” he added, as workers unloaded boxes into a local warehouse. The much-needed aid arrived as fighting...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58409607@www.sltrib.com Sat, 13 Sep 2014 20:42:25 MDT Bloomberg View: For once, the EU surprises Putin http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58406439-82/putin-russia-ukraine-sanctions.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58406439-82/putin-russia-ukraine-sanctions.html.csp">Bloomberg View: For once, the EU surprises Putin</a></h4>