Moscow wants a court in the Hague to overturn a decision making Russia pay $50 million in damages to former shareholders of one-time oil giant Yukos. Russia argues that legal decisions to impound its assets are not binding under Russian law.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague has said it has jurisdiction to hear the case of a Ukrainian company seeking to recover damages for property lost when Russia annexed Crimea.
A friend of the Russian president, former German Chancellor Schröder has been working for the Russian energy industry since he lost to Chancellor Merkel in 2005. Rosneft has been hit by Western sanctions.
An international tribunal has ruled that Russia must pay millions in damages to the Netherlands for seizing a Greenpeace icebreaker in 2013. Russian officials had also detained activists aboard the Dutch-flagged ship.
With its latest decisions, the US Senate has given new impetus to the sanctions game between Russia and the West. But economics expert Daniel Gros tells DW how Russia's sanctions on the EU have failed to make an impact.
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