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Russia tests new ballistic missile

Russia test-fired a new intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as tensions over Ukraine escalated, the Pentagon confirmed on Tuesday. Russia informed US authorities of the test prior to the launch on Monday, in keeping with an existing weapons treaty, Pentagon spokesman colonel Steven Warren said. "I can confirm that the Russians test-fired an ICBM yesterday," Warren said. "The launch was a previously notified and routine test launch of an ICBM. Notifications were conducted as required under the new START treaty," Warren added.

Russia in new ballistic missile test

Russia carried out a new test-launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) as tensions over Ukraine escalated, the Pentagon confirmed on Tuesday. Russia informed US authorities of the test prior to the launch on Monday, in keeping with an existing weapons treaty, Pentagon spokesman colonel Steven Warren said. "I can confirm that the Russians test-fired an ICBM yesterday," Warren said. "The launch was a previously notified and routine test launch of an ICBM. Notifications were conducted as required under the new START treaty," Warren added.

Russia bans Ukrainian dairy imports from six companies

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's consumer protection agency said on Monday it had suspended imports from six Ukrainian dairy producers, the latest sign of worsening trade relations between the two countries since Russia annexed Crimea. Rospotrebnadzor said in a statement it had found that the products violated dairy regulations after conducting laboratory tests. "To ensure consumer rights Rospotrebnadzor has suspended imports into the Russian Federation of (six) Ukrainian dairy producers," the agency said.

US blocking sensitive exports to Russia

The United States is quietly blocking exports of sensitive dual-use materials and technologies to Russia, an apparent response to its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. The Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, which oversees sensitive exports, especially to US rivals, revealed earlier this week that it is refusing to issue licenses for sales of goods. A terse statement on its website reads:

US blocking sensitive 'dual-use' exports to Russia

The United States is quietly blocking exports of sensitive dual-use materials and technologies to Russia, an apparent response to its annexation of Ukraine's Crimea region. Earlier this week the Commerce Department's Bureau of Industry and Security, which oversees sensitive exports especially to US rivals, revealed on its website that it is refusing to issue licenses for sales of goods to Russia. A terse statement on the website reads:

Factbox: How EU's eastern members depend economically on Russia

WARSAW (Reuters) - Many of the European Union's eastern member states will resist moves to impose wide-ranging sanctions on Russia over its intervention in Crimea, mainly because their own economies could suffer. Below are details of how some of the ex-Communist EU states are economically exposed to Russia: BULGARIA Imports from Russia accounted for 18.5 percent of Bulgaria's total imports last year, worth about $6.6 billion. Russia is Bulgaria's biggest source of imports.

NDP calls on Canada to suspend military sales to Russia over Ukraine crisis

WINNIPEG - The federal New Democrats want Canada to suspend sales of military equipment to Russia in the wake of the crisis in Ukraine. NDP foreign affairs critic Paul Dewar acknowledged the move would be largely symbolic given that Canada doesn't sell a lot of weaponry to Russia. But he said it would send an important message, particularly to fellow G7 countries who are move heavily involved in trading arms with Russia.

Russia sanctions put Canadian aircraft sales in doubt

Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier faces $3.4 billion in lost potential sales to Russia as Canada and its allies impose sanctions over the former Soviet state's move to annex Crimea, reports said Friday. A senior executive told an investor conference in New York this week that the clash between the West and Russia has created a snag in its negotiations to sell as many as 100 Q400 Turboprop aircraft to Russia's state-owned Rostec, according to several Canadian newspapers. The planes are valued at $3.4 billion.

Germany says not approving any defense exports to Russia

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany has decided to suspend approval of all defense-related exports to Russia in light of the West's diplomatic showdown with Moscow over Ukraine, a spokesman for the economy ministry said on Friday. Earlier this week, the government ordered defense contractor Rheinmetall to halt delivery of combat simulation gear to Russia. The ministry spokesman said this was a "one-off" case, but that future deals would also be blocked.

Russia bans 4 websites critical of government in latest crackdown on independent media

MOSCOW - Russia's communications agency has banned four websites notable for their criticism of the government, including one run by opposition figure and former chess champion Garry Kasparov. A communications watchdog said Thursday that Grani.ru, Kasparov.ru and Yezhednevny Zhurnal (Daily Journal) have carried incitements to unlawful behaviour and participation in unauthorized mass gatherings. The ban was requested by the Prosecutor General's Office and Internet providers are now under instructions to implement the block.
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