Russia's state food safety watchdog said Monday that it was considering restricting all or some European Union fruit imports, mainly from Eastern Europe, as the number of imports Russia has banned amid political tensions continues to rise.
The reconstruction of Moscow's Luzhniki Stadium, the venue for the 2018 FIFA World Cup's opening ceremony and football final, will cost more than 19 billion rubles ($540 million), the head of Moscow's city construction department told RIA Novosti.
Instead of the bridge that was expected, Chinese investors have proposed building a high-tech underwater tunnel under the Kerch Strait to Crimea, the region's Deputy Prime Minister Yevgeniya Bavykina told news agency Kryminform.
With a statement drafted by Russia, the UN Security Council strongly condemned any sale of oil from Syria or Iraq by terrorist groups and reminded all countries that buying this illegally obtained oil violates U.N. sanctions.
Amid international tension over the conflict in Ukraine, voices in the West are clamoring for Russia to lose the right to host the 2018 World Cup. While this is realistically highly unlikely, a boycott of the tournament by European nations would certainly be welcome news for some of the other teams, who might have a better chance of bringing home the elusive trophy.