Alisa Lockwood, head of Europe at IHS Economics and Country Risk, says the Ukrainian president was "playing" both Russia and the EU and clearly "miscalculated" the amount of support for the EU.» Read More
KIEV, Dec 6- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich met Russia's Vladimir Putin on Friday to lay the grounds for a new "strategic partnership" to shore up Ukraine's creaking economy in defiance of protesters back home enraged by his U-turn away from Europe.
KIEV, Dec 6- Ukrainian pro- Europe demonstrators vowed to stay on the streets and continue their blockade of government buildings, despite a police threat to crack down "harshly" to enforce a court order that they disperse.
KIEV, Dec 5- Ukrainian police on Thursday warned pro- Europe protesters they faced a "harsh" crackdown if they did not end their occupation of public offices in Kiev, while President Viktor Yanukovich's prime minister denounced them as "Nazis and criminals".
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov defended his government's handling of the crisis since Kiev walked away from a trade deal with the European Union, and clashed with Germany's foreign minister over charges that police had used excessive force against the protesters.
KIEV, Dec 5- With 350,000 anti-government protesters packed into the capital Kiev on Sunday, the anchor on Ukraine's top television channel, firmly aligned with President Viktor Yanukovich, appeared to go off script.
MOSCOW, Dec 5- Ukraine's choice of closer ties with Moscow, spurning a trade pact with the EU, could rub its struggling steelmakers up against Russia's own beleaguered metals firms, who will resist Kiev's attempts to export its way out of trouble.
*Russia cracking down on tobacco consumption. MOSCOW/ LONDON, Dec 4- Philip Morris International Inc and Japan Tobacco Inc are buying 20 percent stakes in their Russian distributor Megapolis for $750 million each, strengthening their grip on the world's No.2 cigarette market by volume after China.
*Philip Morris, Japan Tobacco buy stakes for $750 mln each. MOSCOW, Dec 4- Philip Morris International Inc and Japan Tobacco Inc are buying 20 percent stakes for $750 million each in Russian distributor Megapolis, strengthening their grip on the world's No. 2 cigarette market after China.
KIEV, Dec 4- Ukraine's prime minister warned protesters trying to blockade government buildings on Wednesday they would be punished for any "illegal acts", as officials went to Moscow seeking aid to avoid a financial meltdown.
MOSCOW/ KIEV, Dec 4- Russia called on Wednesday for "stability and order" in neighbouring Ukraine as the two countries held their first high-level talks since Kiev pulled out of a trade alliance with the European Union.
KIEV, Dec 4- Ukraine's government faced a tightening blockade of key buildings by protesters in the capital Kiev on Wednesday amid a crisis over its rejection of closer ties with the European Union that has piled pressure on the creaking economy.
KIEV, Dec 3- Ukraine's embattled government held onto power in parliament on Tuesday but President Viktor Yanukovich left on a trip to China with much of the centre of the capital in the hands of furious protesters who say they will not leave until he quits.
VIENNA/ MOSCOW, Dec 3- The political crisis in Ukraine, sparked by an East-West power struggle in which Moscow has gained the upper hand, is increasing the risk to the country's financial system and creating a particularly acute headache for Russian banks.
*Gazprom pipeline gas export monopoly to stay in place. MOSCOW, Dec 3- Russia's three new liquefied natural gas projects will find plenty of demand in a growing Asian market, without conflicting with Gazprom's monopoly on pipeline gas exports, Energy Minister Alexander Novak told Reuters.
MOSCOW, Dec 3- Russia, the world's top oil producer, plans to boost output to meet its export commitments to Asia and Europe and sees no scope for coordinating with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.
MOSCOW, Dec 3- Russia said on Tuesday that its oil- and gas-dependent economy will stagnate over the next two years, increasing the pressure on President Vladimir Putin to fulfil pledges to expand and diversify Russian industry.
KIEV, Dec 2- Ukrainian protesters blockaded the main government building on Monday, seeking to force President Viktor Yanukovich from office with a general strike after hundreds of thousands demonstrated against his decision to abandon an EU integration pact.
MOSCOW, Dec 2- Massive protests against Viktor Yanukovich hammered Ukraine's financial markets on Monday, increasing the risk of a currency crisis as the president tries to hold on until an election in early 2015..
LONDON, Dec 2- As a decade's worth of easy foreign money starts to ebb away from emerging economies, their governments are renewing efforts to deepen domestic savings pools- even if change is painfully slow.
MOSCOW, Dec 2- Massive protests against President Viktor Yanukovich have done yet more damage to Ukraine's already-poor investment case, increasing the risk of a currency crisis before an election in early 2015..