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The President held a meeting on economic issues, via videoconference 

President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Colleagues, good afternoon. Today’s agenda includes a review of the current economic situation in Russia and its main trends. We will discuss what additional measures are needed in the current environment to support Russian businesses, manufacturers, industries and, of course, people. It is obvious that the pressure from sanctions, yet more pressure from sanctions imposed by Western countries has been the main negative factor for the economy lately. They expected еру

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The White House confirmed the boycott of the G20 meetings with the participation of the Russian Federation by the head of the US Treasury  

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen will not take part in this week’s G20 meetings, which will be attended by representatives of Russia, the White House said yesterday. “President [US Joe Biden] has made it clear that he does not think it is possible for the US to do business [with Russia] as usual. He made it clear that he was concerned

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Zelensky asks G7 for $50 billion

President Zelensky’s economic adviser also suggests issuing 0% war bonds Ukrainian has requested $50 billion in financial support from the G7 countries to cover a budget deficit largely created by the military conflict with Russia. The call came from government economic adviser Oleg Ustenko in a television address on Sunday. Kiev is also considering issuing 0% coupon bonds to bridge the fiscal

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Russian economy entering difficult period

The country’s businesses will need to adapt to the sanctions reality The Russian economy is entering a period of major adjustments to cope with the impact of the sanctions placed on Moscow by the US and its allies, Elvira Nabiullina, the head of the country’s central bank, says. “Our economy is entering a difficult period of structural changes associated with

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Seriously excessive speeding on Calder Freeway – 251km/h

Police were almost lost for words after a vehicle was detected travelling at 251km/h at Woodend on Sunday, 17 April. Officers detected the white Volkswagen sedan travelling at more than 140km/h over the 110km/h speed limit on the Calder Freeway about 12.30am. The vehicle was intercepted in Kyneton a short time later where the driver, a 42-year-old Hallam woman, was

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COVID testing requirements scrapped for international arrivals 

Travelling into Australia has been made a little easier for overseas arrivals from today, as the federal government has scrapped mandatory COVID-19 testing for internationals. The requirement lapsed at 11.59pm on Sunday after the biosecurity emergency determination was not renewed. Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt announced late last month that authorities were doing away with the determination. International travellers coming in and

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First cruise ship docks in Aust since 2020 

Luxury cruise ship Pacific Explorer has pulled into Sydney Harbour, making it the first to return to Australian shores since a ban triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020. The $400 million luxury liner, which has capacity for almost 2000 passengers, arrived in Sydney on Monday morning following a 28-day voyage from Europe, where it has been anchored for

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Russia will withstand the confrontation with the West,  

Presidential Press Secretary Dmitry Peskov expressed confidence on April 17 on the air of the Rossiya 1 TV channel in an interview with the Moscow. Kremlin. Putin.” Journalist Pavel Zarubin asked Peskov whether the Russian Federation would be able to “succeed” in the confrontation with the West, unlike the USSR, to which he replied: “We can.” On April 14, the Foreign Ministry assured that Russia

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Russian Foreign Ministry: Moscow is concerned about the growth of NATO military activity in the Arctic 

Moscow is concerned about NATO’s increased military activity in the Arctic. This was announced on April 17 by Ambassador-at-Large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Committee of Senior Officials of the Arctic Council Nikolai Korchunov. Recently, another large-scale military exercise of the alliance took place in the north of Norway, which, in our opinion,

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