The Yamal LNG project is expected to have an annual capacity of 16.5 million metric tons of gas, much of which is to be supplied to China. Russia’s Novatek gas company is said to own 60 percent equity stake, with China’s CNPC and France’s Total at 20 percent each. Source: Sputnik
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In January, Russia increased its gold reserves by 37 metric tons, equivalent to more than a million troy ounces, Vesti.ru reported on Tuesday. As a whole, Russia’s foreign reserves grew by four percent last month, and stood at $393.6 billion on February 10. Source: Sputnik
Talks between Turkey and Russia for Ankara to procure S400 missiles for a domestic air defense system have “progressed significantly”, Turkey’s Defence Minister Fikri Isik, said on Wednesday. Isik also said that Turkey’s preference was to originally buy a NATO system but that wasn’t possible. Source: Reuters
Bank of Japan Governor Haruhiko Kuroda said Wednesday that pushing rates further into negative territory was off the table, reflecting both his upbeat inflation outlook and his concerns over the contentious policy measure. The BOJ introduced the measure in January 2016, imposing a 0.1% charge on certain yen deposits. Source: MarketWatch