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Russia PM says certain can minimize sanctions impact

By Darya Korsunskaya and Nigel Stephenson MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia, under threat of further sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, said on Tuesday it could minimize their impact and would support industries dependent on supplies from abroad. Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev told parliament sanctions were a chance for Russia to reduce its dependence on imports and that its economic priorities were unchanged.

Russia ready for new sanctions over Ukraine

Russia is ready to face a new round of Western sanctions over Ukraine, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said Tuesday. "I am sure we will be able to minimise their consequences," he said in a televised speech to parliament. "The government is ready to act in conditions when the priority of our work becomes protecting the economy and citizens from such unfriendly acts that could follow due to the escalating foreign policy situation." However, he acknowledged Russia's economy was facing an "unprecedented challenge".

Russia wants good economic ties with U.S., EU despite Ukraine crisis

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday economic relations with Europe and the United States should not be made to suffer because of "political ambitions and prejudices" over the Ukraine crisis. "Economic interests should not be a victim of political prejudices," Medvedev told an investment conference. (Reporting by Darya Korsunskaya, Writing by Katya Golubkova, Editing by Timothy Heritage)

PM visits Crimea in first trip by Russian leader

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday became the first Russian leader to visit Crimea since Moscow seized the Black Sea region from Ukraine, promising to shower economic benefits on the area to make it flourish. Medvedev toured Crimea's main city Simferopol at the head of a major delegation of cabinet ministers and deputy prime ministers, and was set to later visit Russia's Black Sea fleet base in Sevastopol.

Russian PM Medvedev visits Crimea

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Monday visited Crimea, the first Russian leader to travel to the Black Sea region after Moscow seized it from Ukraine, news agency reports said. Medvedev arrived in Crimea's main city Simferopol at the head of a major Russian delegation of ministers and deputy prime ministers and was set to chair a meeting over the social and economic development of Crimea after its incorporation into Russia, the reports said. sjw/am/yad

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.

Russian PM says international talks needed to secure Crimea's energy supply

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Monday international negotiations would be needed to secure supplies of energy and water to the region of Crimea. "This issue needs to be decided through international negotiations," Medvedev told a ministerial meeting, suggesting Russia may engage with Ukraine over the issue. "We need to choose the best way to supply the peninsula."

Russia's Medvedev, U.S. Vice President Biden discuss Ukraine

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev and U.S. Vice President Joe Biden discussed the situation in Ukraine by telephone, the Interfax news agency cited Medvedev's spokeswoman as saying on Monday. Medvedev "declared that it is necessary to protect the interests of all Ukrainian citizens, including residents of Crimea, and citizens of Russia who are located in Ukraine," Interfax quoted his spokeswoman, Natalya Timakova, as saying. (Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Lidia Kelly)

Russia says it won't intervene in Ukraine

Moscow pledged Tuesday it would not intervene in the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine but said the country should not be forced to choose between Russia and the West. "We confirmed our principled position of non-intervention in Ukraine's internal affairs and expect that everyone follows similar logic," Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said. "We are interested in Ukraine being part of the European family, in all senses of the word," he said after talks with Luxembourg counterpart Jean Asselborn.
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