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Tina Fordham, senior political analyst at Citi, says that from a political perspective, the China-Russia gas deal shows that Vladimir Putin does not need the West.
Eckhard Cordes, president of the Committee on Eastern European Economic Relations, says there has been little evidence that the crisis in Ukraine is de-escalating.
Oligarch Petro Poroshenko is likely to win Ukraine's presidential election on Sunday, but has told CNBC that Russia might not accept the results.
Russian Finance Minister, Anton Siluanov, says Russia and Ukraine have "very close" trade relations and the country is more orientated to the East.
Kurt Volker, Executive Director, McCain Institute for International Leadership and former U.S. Ambassador to NATO, says regardless of election outcomes in Ukraine, Russia will still call the results illegitimate.
CNBC's Julia Chatterley visits independent online broadcaster Espreso TV in Kiev to see how the channel is combating Russian propaganda on television.
The gas deal signals changes for several key global issues, and it will give Putin bragging rights in the face of recent Western sanctions.
Russian Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Thursday he was confident a "reasonable solution" would be found for Visa and Mastercard.
Alexei Kudrin, Russia's former finance minister, says the country should remain in major international bodies such as the World Bank, despite being suspended from the G-8 in March.
Charles Robertson, global chief economist at Renaissance Capital, says Russia is ready to "move on" from the Ukraine crisis and focus on bringing investment to the country.
A key ally of President Vladimir Putin said Russia should remain in international institutions like the WTO, despite the recent furor over Ukraine.
The "Squawk on the Street" news team discusses China PMI data and the need for stabilization in the country. Cramer also explains the "breakthrough" $400 billion natural gas deal between Russia and China.
Intel was present at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Russia's top business summit, despite pressure from the U.S. to veto the event.
CNBC's Geoff Cutmore has an update from the Russian Economic Forum, as many notable business leaders decide to stay home amid unrest in Ukraine.
Embattled Ukraine lacks “the power or the possibility” to stand up to Russia at present, Ukraine’s former prime minister told CNBC.
Alexey Mordashov, CEO of Severstal, discusses the structural issues in the metal sector and says the group has no plan to pull out of the U.S..
Kirill Dmitriev, CEO of RDIF, discusses the Sino-Russian deals signed recently and how Russia is increasingly looking east for investments and says many investments can be made around the Gazprom deal.
Bob Parker, senior advisor for investment, strategy and research at Credit Suisse, says that the Russian market recovery from its crisis-induced low indicates investors believe a de-escalation is underway.
Mustafa Abdel-Wadood, partner at The Abraaj Group, says opportunities in Russia include natural resources and infrastructure but mainly mid-market businesses as the middle class continues to grow.
Bernard Sucher, board member at Aton, says Russia has a lot to be proud of but that its current path to carve its way out of further global integration is bad for business.