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Russia's Medvedev says sanctions will not hurt

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev shrugged off sanctions over Moscow's annexation of Crimea, saying even if the West imposes more punitive measures, companies that want to work in Russia will not be deterred, Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday. "Everything will be fine," Medvedev was quoted as saying when asked how cooperation with foreign oil and gas companies would be affected if Western nations broaden sanctions against Russia.

Russia's Medvedev says sanctions will not hurt

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev shrugged off sanctions over Moscow's annexation of Crimea, saying even if the West imposes more punitive measures, companies that want to work in Russia will not be deterred, Interfax news agency reported on Tuesday. "Everything will be fine," Medvedev was quoted as saying when asked how cooperation with foreign oil and gas companies would be affected if Western nations broaden sanctions against Russia.

Russia military holds aviation exercises in western regions: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's military started large-scale aviation exercises in western regions on Wednesday, Interfax news agency quoted a defense official as saying on Wednesday. The report indicated the exercises involving jet fighters and bombers were taking place mostly in northwestern regions that do not border Ukraine, but the drills could add to tension between Russia and NATO over Moscow's drive to annex Crimea. (Writing by Steve Gutterman, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

Russian lawmakers defiant on US sanctions over Crimea.

Russian lawmakers named by the White House as falling under sanctions from the United States after the Crimea vote reacted defiantly on Monday. "There hasn't been anything like this even in the Cold War years," said Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the upper house of parliament, the Federation Council, quoted by Interfax news agency. "This is political blackmail," said Matviyenko, formally Russia's third most important politician, denying she had any assets, accounts or property abroad. "No one will manage to scare us with any threats," she said.

Russia's parliament to back Crimea vote result on Tuesday: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's lower house of parliament will issue a statement in support of Crimea's referendum results on Tuesday, the news agency Interfax cited a deputy speaker of the house as saying on Monday. "Tomorrow morning there will be a statement on Crimea," Interfax cited Deputy Speaker Ivan Melnikov as saying. A Moscow-backed referendum in the southern Ukrainian region of Crimea on Sunday showed overwhelming support for joining the Russian Federation.

Ukraine PM says will address U.N. Security Council on Crimea: Interfax

KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk will address the United Nations Security Council about the situation in Crimea on Thursday, Interfax Ukraine news agency quoted him as saying on Monday. Interfax also quoted him as telling reporters that he believed Russia, whose forces are in control of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula, sought to "undermine the foundations of global security and revise the outcome of World War Two." (Reporting By Timothy Heritage, Editing by Ron Popeski)

Ukraine PM Yatsenyuk says to visit US for crisis talks

Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk said on Sunday he would travel to the United States this week for crisis talks with senior officials. "I am going to the United States for meetings at the highest level aimed at settling the situation in Ukraine," Interfax quoted Yatsenyuk as telling a government meeting, without providing further details. zak/dt/mfp

Plane crash in Siberia kills six crew: Interfax

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A plane crashed in eastern Russia on Thursday, killing all six crew members, Interfax news agency reported, citing a local emergency services official. The Soviet-built Antonov An-12 plane was carrying no passengers and crashed during a flight from Novosibirsk to Irkutsk in Siberia, the official said.

Snowden to work for mystery Russian website

US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden will on Friday start working for a major Russian website, his lawyer said, sparking speculation his new employer could be Russia's largest social network. Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena declined to give the name of the company but attention centred on VKontakte which is seen as the Russian equivalent of Facebook. "Edward Snowden will start working at a big Russian company on Friday, November 1. His job will be to support and develop a major Russian website," Kucherena told the Interfax news agency.

Snowden to work for mystery Russian website

US security leaker Edward Snowden is set to start a job providing technical support at a major Russian website, his lawyer said Thursday, creating speculation the new employer of the fugitive could be Russia's largest social network VKontakte. Snowden's lawyer Anatoly Kucherena tantalisingly declined to give the name of the company, citing security concerns, but attention centred on VKontakte which is seen as the Russian language equivalent of Facebook.
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