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17.02.19 Lavrov Dubs UK's Williamson 'minister Of War'
A day after British Defence Minister Gavin Williamson accused Moscow of “trying to goad the West” in a bellicose speech, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called him Britain’s minister of war. Williamson, addressing the Munich Security Conference on Friday, accused Russia of “illegal activity” on land and at sea, and called on Moscow to reset its relationship with Western countries through dialogue. Lavrov addressed the meeting on Saturday and seized the opportunity to jibe back at Williamson when asked about the security situation of the Arctic. Read more 
17.02.19 Russia Dubs Gavin Williamson 'minister For War'
The Independent
Russia has dubbed Gavin Williamson the “minister for war” in the latest controversy surrounding the gaffe-prone defence secretary. Sergei Lavrov, Moscow’s foreign minister, hit out at Mr Williamson after he accused the Kremlin of using mercenaries to “get away with murder while denying the blood on their hands” and of “trying to goad the west into a new arms race”. The defence secretary is also under fire after the chancellor aborted a trade trip to China, amid the fury sparked by his plan to send a British aircraft carrier to Beijing’s backyard. Read more 
17.02.19 Erdogan Says No Going Back From S-400 Deal With Russia
Turkey will not turn back from its deal to buy S-400 missile systems from Russia, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying on Saturday, a day after an informal deadline Washington set for Ankara to respond to a rival offer passed. NATO member Turkey has repeatedly said it is committed to buying the Russian missile defense system, despite warnings from the U.S.-led alliance that the S-400s cannot be integrated into the NATO air defense system. Read more 
17.02.19 Arrest Of Iconic U.S. Investor Calvey Brings Back Browder Memories
The Moscow Times
The arrest of iconic U.S. investor Michael Calvey in Moscow has sent shockwaves through the Russian business community in a dubious case that echoes the famous persecution of Bill Browder and his Hermitage Capital firm. Calvey, and several of his colleagues at Baring Vostok, the largest independent private equity firm in Russia, were arrested on Friday in Moscow “for large-scale fraud.” His firm, which was set up in 1994, has been the most successful private equity shop in Moscow with almost $4 billion in capital. Read more 
17.02.19 Russian Court Extends Custody Of Baring Vostok's Calvey Until April
A Russian court on Saturday ordered Michael Calvey, the U.S. founder of one of Russia’s biggest private equity firms accused of fraud, to be kept in custody until April 13. Calvey, a senior partner at Baring Vostok and among Russia’s most prominent investors, was detained on Thursday along with other executives after investigators accused them of embezzling 2.5 billion roubles ($37.73 million). Calvey denies the accusations. On Friday, Moscow’s Basmanny court ordered Calvey to be detained for 72 hours, but said the court would consider on Saturday if he should continue to be kept in custody. Read more 
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