MOSCOW, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Russia has not prepared any additional sanctions on the West, a government minister said Thursday.
"We ... were not preparing any proposals on any additional measures," Industry and Trade Minister Denis Manturov told reporters.
Russia expects that the joint projects with the West which are being implemented could be continued, he added.
Meanwhile, Economic Development Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said Russia did not rule out filing complaints to the World Trade Organization (WTO) if Western countries step up their sanctions.
"The situation is dynamic, it depends on the partners' behavior. If they show some de-escalation, then we will restrain from the measures. If not, we will speed them up," Itar-Tass news agency quoted him as saying.
Russian Navy launches new diesel-electric submarine
ST. PETERSBURG, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- The third Varshavyanka class diesel-electric submarine of Russian Navy was officially launched at the Admiralty Shipyards in St. Petersburg on Thursday.
The new vessel, known as the Stary Oskol and built under the Navy's Project 636.3, will serve in Russia's Black Sea Fleet after testing. Full story
Russia hails ties with Iran
MOSCOW, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Russia said Thursday that its relations with Iran have been growing, citing shared approaches on several major international and regional affairs.
"The intensity of political contacts is growing and there is obviously positive dynamics in the areas of practical interaction," the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a commentary ahead of Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's visit to Moscow. Full story
Ukraine, West accuse Russia of new incursion, Moscow denies
KIEV, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Ukraine and the West have accused Russia of launching a new incursion into Ukraine's eastern region after a meeting between Russian and Ukrainian leaders Tuesday made no breakthrough in the months-long crisis.
Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said Wednesday that a group of Russian soldiers had crossed the border in armored infantry carriers and a truck and entered the town of Amvrosiyivka, not far from where Ukraine detained 10 Russian soldiers on Monday. Full story