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  • MOSCOW— A draft Dutch report into last year's crash of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 in eastern Ukraine fails to offer a comprehensive picture, a Russian aviation official said Thursday. The Dutch Safety Board has made the draft available to representatives of Malaysia, Ukraine, the U.S., Russia, Britain, Australia and the Netherlands prior to the release of the...

  • KIEV, July 2- Ukraine expects to store enough natural gas for next winter despite cutting off imports from Russia and Russian flows crossing the country destined for Europe will not be disrupted, Energy Minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn said on Thursday. He said Ukraine had been pumping about 60 million cubic meters of gas a day into storage before it stopped...

  • MOSCOW/ YEREVAN, July 2- In a veiled warning to the West, Russia cautioned on Thursday against any attempt to spark a new "colour revolution" in Armenia by exploiting protests against electricity prices for political ends. Russia has been wary of unrest on its borders since governments fell in Georgia's 2003 Rose Revolution, Ukraine's 2003-04 Orange Revolution...

  • MOSCOW/ YEREVAN, July 2- In a veiled warning to the West, Russia cautioned on Thursday against any attempt to spark a new "color revolution" in Armenia by exploiting protests against electricity prices for political ends. Russia has been wary of unrest on its borders since governments fell in Georgia's 2003 Rose Revolution, Ukraine's 2003-04 Orange Revolution...

  • *Ukraine wants binding protocol until at least March next year. BRUSSELS, July 1- The biggest obstacle to a gas supply deal between Moscow and Kiev is not the price, but Russia's refusal to sign a legally binding agreement, the head of Ukraine's state gas firm Naftogaz said in an interview on Wednesday. Naftogaz Chief Executive Andriy Kobolev was speaking in...

  • HAVANA/ WASHINGTON, July 1- The United States and Cuba on Wednesday formally agreed to restore diplomatic ties that had been severed for 54 years, fulfilling a pledge made six months ago by the former Cold War enemies. "Cuba is encouraged by the reciprocal intention to develop respectful and cooperative relations between our two peoples and governments," Raul...

  • GM stops production at its single plant in Russia Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 11:10 AM ET

    ST.PETERSBURG, Russia— General Motors has halted production at its single assembly plant in Russia as sales have plummeted amid an economic downturn. Sergei Lepnukhov, GM's spokesman in Russia, said Wednesday the plant in St. Petersburg stopped work "in the framework of the company restructuring its business model in Russia." The plant, GM's only fully owned...

  • MOSCOW, July 1- Russian state lender Sberbank intends to begin bankruptcy proceedings against three subsidiaries of indebted miner Mechel, a bank official said on Wednesday. After months of discussions with lenders and government officials to restructure its $6.6 billion net debt, Mechel has reached agreements with all of its creditors except Sberbank,...

  • KIEV/ MOSCOW, July 1- Ukraine halted natural gas imports from Russia on Wednesday after a failure to agree on a price for the third quarter, state transport monopoly Ukrtransgaz said, in talks loaded with the political tension between the two. Russian gas flows to Europe via Ukraine were unaffected,. "From today, Ukraine is not getting gas from Russia.

  • Russia halts gas supply to Ukraine amid pricing dispute Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 5:26 AM ET

    MOSCOW— The Russian gas company Gazprom halted supplies to neighboring Ukraine on Wednesday after the collapse of pricing talks, a company official said— but an EU official said the dispute would not affect the flow of Russian gas to Europe. Gazprom CEO Alexei Miller said Russia stopped deliveries at 10 a.m. because Ukraine didn't make an advance payment for...

  • UPDATE 1-China parliament ratifies BRICS Bank agreement Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 4:25 AM ET

    The New Development Bank, also known as the BRICS Bank, is one of two international development banks that China is promoting as an alternative to western institutions such as the World Bank. The Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, China's legislature, approved the agreement between Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa to create the...

  • Armenia whacked by protests over electricity price hike Wednesday, 1 Jul 2015 | 3:42 AM ET

    YEREVAN, Armenia— Street protests in Armenia against a hike in electricity prices, which have been roiling the capital for nearly two weeks, are the most serious unrest the Caucasus nation has seen in years. The protests are continuing despite the president's decision to suspend the price rise. Armenia is allied closely with Russia, where some fear the protests...

  • KIEV, July 1- Ukraine halted natural gas imports from Russia on Wednesday after energy officials from the two countries failed to agree on quarterly prices, state transport monopoly Ukrtransgaz said. "From today, Ukraine is not getting gas from Russia. Talks in Vienna between Russia and Ukraine on gas supplies fell apart on Tuesday.

  • Russia fails to clinch deal on gas supplies to Ukraine Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 4:44 PM ET

    MOSCOW— Talks on Russian gas supplies to Ukraine have failed to reach an agreement on future supplies. The two countries have fought several gas price wars in past years, and gas disputes exacerbated after Russia's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula in 2014 and a pro-Russian insurgency in eastern Ukraine. He said Ukraine will buy gas from other nations...

  • MOSCOW, June 30- Russia expressed disappointment on Tuesday over new sanctions imposed by Canada over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis and warned that it would respond. "The new sanctions will only add negativity to Russian-Canadian relations which are already not going through their best times because of Ottawa," Foreign Ministry spokesman Alexander...

  • MOSCOW— Russian investigators announced Tuesday they are reopening the case of the 1998 killing of a Siberian mayor and consider former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky a prime suspect. Khodorkovsky has lived in exile in Switzerland since his 2013 release from prison, where he spent 10 years on charges of tax evasion, embezzlement and money laundering that...

  • The Latest: Turkey wants to help Greece recover Tuesday, 30 Jun 2015 | 3:23 AM ET

    Turkish prime minister says his country is ready to help Greece overcome its economic crisis and is offering to expand cooperation in areas such as tourism, energy and trade. Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey wants to live "in peace," and has no interest in seeing Greece "languish." Turkey and Greece have been long-time foes but the two countries have sought to build...

  • YEREVAN, Armenia— Thousands of demonstrators continued flooding a central avenue in the Armenian capital Monday, refusing to end their protest against a hike in electricity prices even after the president suspended the measure. The most serious unrest the impoverished ex-Soviet nation has seen in years casts a tough challenge to the leadership of Armenia, a...

  • Armenia police order protesters to disperse Sunday, 28 Jun 2015 | 9:17 AM ET

    YEREVAN, Armenia— Police in Armenia's capital on Sunday ordered thousands of demonstrators to disperse, moving to end a protest against higher electricity rates that has blocked a main avenue in Yerevan for nearly a week. The unrest is the most serious that the impoverished former Soviet nation has seen in years, posing a challenge to President Serzh Sargsyan...

  • YEREVAN, Armenia— The president of Armenia on Saturday suspended hikes in household electricity rates in an effort to end the protests that have blocked the capital's main avenue for six straight days. President Serzh Sargsyan said the government would bear the burden of the higher electricity costs until an audit of the Russian-owned power company could be...