Ministry reports US spy agencies' latest attempt to recruit Russian worker was on Jan 14Russian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 21:57
Austria’s president-elect says he is ready to maintain good relations with RussiaWorld January 18, 21:50
Putin briefs Merkel, Hollande on steps to implement Syrian ceasefireRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 20:39
Putin, Merkel, Hollande agree to give fresh impetus to Normandy Four activitiesRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 20:26
Russian Eurobonds may be floated in spring 2017 — finance ministerBusiness & Economy January 18, 19:48
Russia, Turkey report 14 ceasefire breaches in Syria per dayWorld January 18, 19:17
Analyst believes removal of sanctions can be political bargaining chip with RussiaRussian Politics & Diplomacy January 18, 18:45
Arctic Forum’s task is to change perception of region as source of raw material — officialBusiness & Economy January 18, 18:28
OPEC revises Russia’s oil production outlook downward by 110,000 bpd in 2017Business & Economy January 18, 18:20
MOSCOW, January 27. / TASS /. S&P's decision to reduce Russia's speculative credit rating is motivated by politics, said Deputy Economic Development Minister Alexey Likhachev on Tuesday in an interview with reporters.
"In my opinion, this is a political decision. Rating is a difficult concept," Likhachev said.
"Look at the countries that we've joined, and compare them to Russia, their level of economic development, economy size and GDP dynamics, the level of export and import," he added.
On January 26, the international rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded Russia's credit rating in foreign currency to a speculative grade from BBB- to BB+.