International rating agency Standard & Poor's downgraded credit ratings of Kazakhstan, Bahrain and Oman on Monday amid a sharp drop in oil prices, a press release from the agency said.
Kazakhstan's rating was lowered to "BBB" with a negative outlook from "BBB +". The agency downgraded Bahrain's rating to "BBB-" with a negative outlook from "BBB". Oman's rating was downgraded from "A" to "A-" with a negative outlook.
According to the agency, the average price of North Sea Brent crude oil will make up $55 per barrel in 2015. The price of Brent oil will average $70 per barrel during the next three years, bigness.ru said.
In addition, the agency also downgraded the credit rating of Saudi Arabia to negative and affirmed it at "AA-", Prime said.
The Russian Central Bank is going to wait out years with oil price at the level of 40 dollars per barrel, while the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries plans to carry out negotiations on agreement to reduce oil output. The Bloomberg analysts are at a loss whether Russia knows something the rest of the world is not aware of.
The Russian Defence company Rosoboronexport will sign a contract with India on delivery of 48 Mi-17V-5 helicopters and four frigates of the Project 11356P/M. While the deal on frigates, two of which will be built in Russia and two in India, will be concluded this year.
Over the past two months, the number of dollar billionaires in Russia has increased from 99 to 101 people, while their combined wealth has grown from $392 to $54 billion.
Authorities of the Ukrainian National Bank will be checked for possible involvement in embezzlement of means which were allocated for refunding of a number of commercial banks. It was reported Sunday by Head of the Ukrainian National Anti-corruption Bureau Artem Sytnyk.
The prospective Russian unmanned underwater vehicle Poseidon will be launched for the first time this fall, a source in the military-industrial complex of Russia said.
According to the source, the Poseidon will be launched from the Belgorod nuclear submarine.
The vehicle has not been assembled yet - scientists only test separate components and units of the system.
Alexander Zhilin, the head of the Center for the Study of Public Applied Issues of National Security, believes that the underwater drone can be on alert and take part in military operations at any time without any restrictions. According to the expert, the drone provides enormous protection against external interventions.
In February 2019, the Ministry of Defense unveiled the first video of Poseidon's range operations. Putin later said that the drone carrier would be launched in spring.