Nicholas Spiro, managing director at Spiro Sovereign Strategy, says there's been a "notable shift" in the Russia-Ukraine crisis as Kiev is now under increasing pressure to negotiate with separatists.» Read More
MOSCOW, Aug 27- A Russian court on Wednesday ordered the closure of a McDonald's restaurant branch in Moscow for 90 days over breaches of sanitary rules, Russia's RIA news agency reported.
*FTSEurofirst 300 up 0.02 pct, Euro STOXX 50 down 0.1 pct. *Marine Harvest results hit by Russian sanctions. Marine Harvest, the world's largest salmon farmer, said it expected Russian sanctions to pose short-term challenges.
PARIS, Aug 27- European shares were steady in early trade on Wednesday, pausing after their brisk 2-1/ 2 week rally, with data showing German consumer morale falling for the first time in more than 1-1/ 2 years denting investors' appetite for stocks. At 0705 GMT, the FTSEurofirst 300 index of top European shares was 0.02 percent higher at 1,376.99 points.
Kurt Volker, Executive Director at McCain Institute, explains why it's important for Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to insist on taking Crimea back during talks with Russia.
*Ukraine tensions keep safety bid for U.S. debt. NEW YORK, Aug 26- Most U.S. "There has been recent flattening of the curve to the narrowest levels since January 2009, and some people are unwinding that trade," said Justin Lederer, an interest rate strategist at Cantor Fitzgerald in New York.
Liza Ermolenko, emerging markets economist at Capital Economics, discusses the Russia-Ukraine talks and says that Putin's anti-Western stance has been very good for his domestic approval rating.
The state agency previously closed four other McDonald's restaurants and unveiled sweeping checks across the country.
*Ukraine tensions keep safety bid for U.S. debt. NEW YORK, Aug 26- U.S. "It's tough for Treasuries to sell off here given what's going on in Europe," said Gennadiy Goldberg, interest rate strategist at TD Securities in New York.
MINSK, Aug 26- Russia may provide some state support for sanctions-hit oil producer Rosneft, but significantly less than it has asked for, Economy Minister Alexei Ulyukayev said on Tuesday.
LONDON, Aug 26- WPP, the world's largest advertising company, said tensions between Russia and the West were likely to dampen merger and acquisition activity, prompting its clients to spend more on their brand image instead.
*Ukraine says soldiers on "special mission". MINSK/ KIEV, Aug 26- Ukraine released a video of captured Russian soldiers on Tuesday, sharply escalating a dispute over Moscow's alleged backing for separatist rebels in the east of the former Soviet republic.
GENEVA— Governments should have tougher rules for electronic cigarettes— banning their use indoors and putting them off limits for minors— until more evidence can be gathered about their risks, the U.N. health agency said Tuesday.
Donald Jensen, Johns Hopkins University, says there is slim hope Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko will make progress when they meet in Minsk, Belarus on Tuesday to talk about the deteriorating situation in Eastern Ukraine.
MINSK/ KIEV, Aug 26- Ukraine released video footage on Tuesday of what it said were Russian soldiers captured on its territory, only hours before the presidents of the two countries were due to meet for the first time in months.
Mattias Westman, founding partner at Prosperity Capital Management, says a breakthrough is unlikely to happen at the talks between Putin and Poroshenko and discusses Germany's position.
Otilia Dhand, vice president at Teneo Intelligence,discusses the upcoming talks between Russia and Ukraine's leaders and what the dissolution of the Ukrainian parliament means in the short-term.
MOSCOW, Aug 26- TMK, Russia's largest maker of steel pipes for the oil and gas industry, said on Tuesday it expected stronger results in the second half of 2014 as it posted a return to profit after a net loss in the first quarter.
Mujtaba Rahman, senior European analyst at Eurasia, says Russia's move to the Ukrainian border with aid trucks is not a military incursion but way to stop any further Ukrainian military movement.
Stefan Auer, Associate Professor at The University of Hong Kong, says opposing interests and disparities in negotiating positions will weigh on talks between Russia and Ukraine.
Christian Whiton, Principal at DC International Advisory, says the controversy over Russia's aid convoy has made a reconciliation between Russia and Ukraine less likely.