US Tracing Vladimir Putin’s Secret Bank Accounts and Sanctions on John Mc Cain ‘

#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – April 20 – The report in The Times on potential sanctions targeting President Vladimir Putin’s alleged secret personal wealth, is “apparently a hoax” presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov told Ekho Moskvy radio.

In the article it claimed the president had $ 40 billion in the accounts in Swiss banks. Presidential spokesman denied the presence of Vladimir Putin that kind of money.

In an interview with “Echo of Moscow” Dmitry Peskov said that the president should not fear sanctions. Earlier, the U.S. imposed sanctions against several dozen Russians, including the environment of Vladimir Putin.

“Why would anyone be scared of sanctions, especially as absurd as these?” Peskov commented.
“This can only be joked about.”

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ) today released the following statement on being sanctioned by Russian President Vladimir Putin:

“I guess this means my spring break in Siberia is off, my Gazprom stock is lost, and my secret bank account in Moscow is frozen. Nonetheless, I will never cease my efforts on behalf of the freedom, independence, and territorial integrity of Ukraine, including Crimea.”

The British newspaper reported that American financial investigators, who previously traced Al-Qaeda funding, would find the secret $40 billion of Putin’s money in numbered Swiss bank accounts, so that it can fall under US sanctions.

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#AceFinanceNews MOSCOW March 25 Russia has not been…

#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – March 25 Russia has not been cooperating with the International Monetary Fund in searching for ways of providing financial assistance to Ukraine so far.

The Ukrainian side and the International Monetary Fund continue such a search, and we (Russia and IMF) do not, as far as I know,” Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday, adding that a Russian representative worked at the IMF, thus “Russia indirectly participates in the process.” “However, it is difficult to speak of disbursing financial aid until Ukraine chooses new legitimate authorities,” Peskov said.

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Standard and Poor's Ratings Agency: ` Downgrade of `Russia's Rating Outlook ' was Directive rather than Objective '

#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – March 22. – Russian President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov has said the downgrade of Russia’s rating outlook by the Standard & Poor’s ratings agency was due to a directive rather than objective circumstances.

The downgrade decision “was clearly directive, not objective,” Peskov told journalists Friday, adding that such forecasts reduce the degree of credibility of such agencies.

On March 20, S&P said it revised its outlook on the Russian Federation to negative from stable. The organization also affirmed its ‘BBB/A-2’ foreign currency and ‘BBB+/A-2’ local currency long- and short-term sovereign credit ratings on the country.

“The outlook revision reflects our view of the material and unanticipated economic and financial consequences that EU and US sanctions could have on Russia’s creditworthiness following Russia’s incorporation of Crimea, which the international community currently considers legally to be a part of Ukraine,” S&P said Thursday.

Fitch Ratings on Thursday revised the outlook on Russia’s long-term foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDR) to negative from stable and affirmed the IDRs at ‘BBB’.

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`In Terms of Billions of Dollars, Trade is Higher between Russia and the EU, but the US remains Europe’s Biggest Export Market’

#AceFinanceNews – Russia will switch to other trade partners if economic sanctions are imposed by the US and the European Union, the Russian President‘s Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov has said.

“If one economic partner on the one side of the globe impose sanctions, we will pay attention to new partners from the globe’s other side. The world is not monopolar, we will concentrate on other economic partners,” RIA news quotes Peskov.

Trade

In terms of billions of dollars, trade is higher between Russia and the EU, but the US remains Europe’s biggest export market.

Net trade between Russia and the US was $38.1 billion in 2013, according to US Chamber of Commerce data. The US exported $11.26 billion to Russia, and imported $26.96 billion worth of goods.

Russia exports more than $19 billion of oil and petroleum products to the United States, as well as $1 billion in fertilizer products, according to Chamber of Commerce data.

“Is Russia going to be cut off from the world? That is very unlikely given what Russia provides to the world, which are oil, gas, raw materials,” Alexis Rodzianko, president of the American Chamber of Commerce in Russia told Reuters.

Russia is very dependent on trade with the EU, as member states account for about 50 percent of total Russian imports and exports. In 2012, trade between the two neighbors reached €123 billion.

One of Russia’s most valuable exports to Europe is something factories and households run on every day: natural gas. Europe imports one-third of its natural gas from Russia, with Germany being the biggest client importing nearly 30 billion euro annually. In 2012, 75 percent of all European imports from Russia were energy.

Many countries in Europe have strategic partnerships with Russia’s state-owned gas giants, Rosneft and Gazprom.

According to Eurostat data, Russia accounts for 7 percent of total imports and 12 percent of total exports in the 28 European Union bloc, making it the regions third most important trading partner, behind the USA and China.

US companies with big Russia presence

Several of America’ biggest companies- Boeing, Cargill, Ford, General Motors, ExxonMobil, to name a few- all have a huge presence in the Russian market.

Boeing’s investment in Russia is deep, as the aerospace carrier sources a considerable amount of steel, titanium, and aircraft parts from Russian companies. Boeing receives about 35 percent of its titanium from state-owned, Rostec. In 2013, Boeing’s deliveries to Russian carriers were valued at $2.1 billion, and the company plans to spend $27 billion in Russia, Bloomberg reports.

“We are watching developments closely to determine what impact, if any, there may be to our ongoing business and partnerships in the region,” Doug Alder, a spokesman for Chicago-based Boeing, told Bloomberg by email.

Last year, Russia was a $11.2 billion market for the US, with heavy trade in automobiles and aircrafts, according to Commerce Department data.

US automakers have a high exposure to Russian markets, so are closely watching US economic actions against Russia. Ford has sold over 1 million automobiles in Russia, and in 2013, sold 105,000 cars. GM, which has a 9 percent market share, sold 258,000. Both companies have shifted production plants from Europe to Russia, which is set to become Europe’s biggest carmarket by 2016.

ExxonMobil has partnered with Rosneft in exploring the Bazhenov oil field in Western Siberia, a deal that could be worth up to $500 billion. ExxonMobil is planning to build a $15 billion LNG terminal project in the Bazhenov field, and also has joint venture projects set up to explore Black Sea reserves.

Senator Chris Murphy, chairman of the Senate’s subcommittee on Europe, said the sanctions could be extended to Russia’s banks. Russia’s two largest state banks are Sberbank, Europe’s third largest, and VTB. Both banks have a strong industry presence in London, which has indicated it isn’t moving towards the sanctions. A leaked document from Downing Street shows that the UK government doesn’t plan to follow America-led asset freezes or trade restrictions, but are mulling over visa restrictions and travel bans on key Russian politicians.

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