#AceFinanceNews – MOSCOW – April 22 – Russia’s aid for Ukraine during the entire post-Soviet period was worth approximately a quarter of a trillion dollars, the Voice of Russia radio quoted Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as saying.
Commenting on the statements of Russian MPs in the State Duma on Tuesday, he said that about $250 billion was a fair figure.
“This is the size of the support that we may have provided to our Ukrainian friends and brothers during the entire post-Soviet period at the expense of all sorts of preferences, including the non-market conditions for gas trade,” Medvedev said.
Tass – RT – VoR
#AceFinanceNews – UNITED STATES – March 26 – (Reuters) – The United States and the European Union agreed on Wednesday to work together to prepare possible tougher economic sanctions in response to Russia’s behaviour in Ukraine, including on the energy sector, and to make Europe less dependent on Russian Gas Society.
U.S. President Barack Obama said after a summit with top EU officials that Russian President Vladimir Putin had miscalculated if he thought he could divide the West or count on its indifference over his annexation of Crimea.
Leaders of the Group of Seven major industrial powers decided this week to hold off on sanctions targeting Moscow’s economy unless Putin took further action to destabilize Ukraine or other former Soviet republics.
#AceFinanceNews – WASHINGTON – March 22 – Afghan President Hamid Karzai appreciates the economic help provided by the former Soviet Union to his country in the past.
“The Soviet money went to the right place.
They were efficient in spending their money and doing it through the Afghan government,” Karzai said in an interview with The Washington Post this month.
The newspaper said that the Russian government had drawn up a list of 140 Soviet-era projects which it would like to renovate.
One is the Kabul House-building Factory constructed in the early 1960’s by Soviet specialists, which received a consignment of new equipment worth 25 million U.S. dollars from Russia last autumn.
The Washington Post quoted the head engineer of the house-building factory as saying that “what the Soviets did here was really fundamental.
They were thinking about the long term.”
It also noted that the number of students studying Russian at the Kabul University had doubled over the past two years, and Russia had doubled the number of grants to Afghan students.
The Washington Post (Exclusive)