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Russia criticizes U.S. policy on Syria ahead of Kerry Moscow go to

MOSCOW Russia stepped up its criticism of U.S. policy on Syria on the eve of a check out to Moscow by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, saying the United States had not shown it was prepared to cooperate fully in the struggle against Islamic State militants.

Russia would continue to urge Washington to rethink its policy of “dividing terrorists into excellent and bad ones”, Russia’s Foreign Ministry stated in a statement on Monday, ahead of Kerry’s visit to Moscow, which is scheduled for Dec. 15.

(Reporting by Lidia Kelly Writing by Dmitry Solovyov Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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Three individuals injured by tiny blast in central Moscow: agencies

MOSCOW An explosion at a bus cease in central Moscow injured three individuals on Monday night, Russian news agencies reported.

The blast occurred on Pokrovka street in the Chistiye Prudy component of Moscow, an region that has several bars and cafes, Tass news agency reported.

“Two ladies received shrapnel wounds and were taken to hospital, a single other person suffered minor injuries and was treated at the scene,” Tass quoted a supply in the Russian security solutions as saying.

Interior Minister spokesman Andrei Galiakberov told Interfax news agency that police were functioning to establish the trigger of the explosion. The RT news web site stated police so far regarded the incident as an act of hooliganism, but gave no supply.

(Reporting by Jack Stubbs Editing by Kevin Liffey)

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Turkish bank operations in Russia to be excluded from Moscow sanctions -sources

ISTANBUL Dec 7 Turkish banks will be excluded from Russian sanctions, market sources told Reuters on Monday, escaping a crackdown by Moscow that could cost Turkey up to $ 9 billion in retaliation for the shooting down of a Russian jet final month.

The Turkish Banking Association has told banks that their Russian operations will not face sanctions from Moscow, citing information provided by Denizbank, the Turkish unit of Russia’s Sberbank, two banking sources mentioned.

Denizbank declined to comment.

An official for the Turkish Banking Association confirmed it had received such details from Denizbank and forwarded it to other Turkish banks, but declined to give additional information. (Reporting by Ebru Tuncay Writing by Ece Toksabay Editing by David Dolan and David Holmes)

Russia-Ukraine row more than Crimea escalates as Moscow cuts coal to Kiev

KIEV Russia has begun to restrict coal supplies to Ukraine, Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn told parliament on Friday, days right after the Kremlin threatened to punish Kiev for a energy blackout of Russian-annexed Crimea.

Demchyshyn mentioned pro-Russian separatists who handle coal mines in eastern Ukraine had also halted coal supplies. He stated Kiev had one particular month of its personal coal supplies left and was looking for alternative supplies from South Africa.

“Coal supplies have been restricted from uncontrolled territory (Donbass) and from Russia,” said Demchyshyn.

“Appropriate now our energy stations have enough coal reserves in storage to final for at least one month. But in the long-term problematic concerns will arise.”

Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak stated on Tuesday that Russia may possibly reduce coal supplies to punish Ukraine for what he stated was its deliberate refusal to support rebuild energy lines to Crimea, which were blown up by unknown saboteurs.

Russia seized Crimea from Ukraine in March final year, plunging relations amongst the one particular-time allies into crisis.

Minor repair perform has been carried out on the sabotaged pylons and energy lines in southern Ukraine which provide Crimea, but none of the four pylons which were destroyed are operational.

Ukraine depends on coal to fulfil around 44 percent of its power needs. Nuclear power tends to make up about the same proportion, with the rest of its needs being met by renewable sources.

Demchyshyn mentioned two ships carrying coal from South Africa had been en route to Ukraine and would dock in December with around 250,000 tonnes of coal.

Taken collectively with Ukraine’s own coal reserves of about 1 million tonnes, he stated Kiev had sufficient coal to make sure the steady functioning of its power program for 45-50 days.

He stated Ukraine was in talks with South Africa about further coal supplies.

Ukraine earlier this week stated it was halting gas purchases from Russia. Demchyshyn stated Ukraine had 16.5 billion cubic meters of its own gas in reserve, enough for the winter heating season.

(Reporting by Natalya Zinets Editing by Andrew Osborn)

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