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  • *Ukraine PM offers Russia reassurance on NATO, militias. MOSCOW, March 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, signed a treaty on Tuesday making Crimea part Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine.

  • CNBC's Steve Sedgwick reports Russian President Vladimir Putin slammed the U.S. today in a joint session of parliament criticizing "Western exceptionalism."

  • *IPOs, debt issues, conferences already postponed due to Ukraine. MOSCOW, March 18- Russia said its long-delayed privatisation programme could be postponed again, the latest victim of a deepening economic crisis over Ukraine that has put off IPOs, debt issues and conferences.

  • *Putin says Crimea to unite with Russia, but no need for further division of Ukraine. MOSCOW, March 18- Russian shares extended gains on Tuesday and the rouble rallied after President Vladimir Putin said Russia had no need for any further division of Ukraine and investors doubted the likelihood of tough western sanctions.

  • LONDON, March 18- Russian stocks jumped 2 percent and the rouble firmed up after President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he did not want to see Ukraine divided any further, in comments that also boosted other emerging assets.

  • No intention of splitting Ukraine: Putin     Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 9:15 AM ET

    CNBC's Steve Sedgwick reports Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia respects the "rest" of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Also, Ukraine PM Arseniy Yatsenyuk will be speaking to Ukrainian armed forces in Crimea.

  • NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday, indicating the previous day's rally would continue after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns that tensions over Ukraine might escalate.

  • Cramer: US stronger than we thought     Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 9:01 AM ET

    CNBC's Jim Cramer gives his market outlook after futures rise amid comments by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

  • Hedge funds eye cheap Russian markets     Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 8:43 AM ET

    CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera talks with Boris Jordan, Sputnik Group president & CEO, about whether Russia is ready for an influx of international investments, amid the devaluation of the ruble.

  • *Ukraine PM offers Russia reassurance on NATO, militias. MOSCOW, March 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, on Tuesday signed a treaty making Crimea part Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine.

  • NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday, rebounding off earlier weakness and indicating Monday's rally would continue after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns that tensions over Ukraine might escalate.

  • Analyst: Don't trust Putin     Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 8:02 AM ET

    Jack De Gan at Harbor Advisory says Russian President Putin should be judged on his actions, not words. Meanwhile, Louis Navellier of Navellier & Associates is not concerned about overseas developments.

  • Putin signs Crimea annexation treaty     Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 8:01 AM ET

    CNBC's Steve Sedgwick has the latest details from Kiev on Russian President Vladimir Putin's address to parliament.

  • US STOCKS-Futures dip amid uncertainty over Ukraine Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 7:27 AM ET

    NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Tuesday, with investors reluctant to make big bets following a sharp rise in the previous session, amid continued uncertainty over Ukraine.

  • Russia wants all of Ukraine: Expert     Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 7:04 AM ET

    CNBC's Steve Sedgwick has the latest details on Russian President Putin's address to parliament in which he recognizes Crimea as part of the Russian Federation.

  • LONDON, March 18- Russia's rouble fell on Tuesday from the previous session's two-week highs on fears of fresh economic sanctions and a further military standoff, though Moscow equities firmed in line with other emerging markets. President Vladimir Putin is expected to back absorbing the territory into Russia when he addresses parliament later in the day.

  • *Capital fight expected at $50- $70 billion in first quarter. MOSCOW, March 18- Russia will not impose capital controls, the central bank said on Tuesday, easing concerns that restrictions could be introduced to stem capital flight that has accelerated since the Ukrainian region of Crimea was seized by Russian forces.

  • Simon Derrick, chief currency strategist at BNY Mellon points out that events between Russia and Ukraine have had little impact on either local or major markets and that only the ruble has shown signs of weakness.

  • 'By April, Crimea will be Russian'?     Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014 | 6:30 AM ET

    Putin has dashed the West's diplomatic hopes by issuing a decree on Tuesday in which he made it clear a treaty with Crimea will be expedited, NBC's Jim Maceda reports from Moscow.

  • MOSCOW, March 18- Russia could postpone major privatisation deals to the second half of the year, an official was quoted as saying on Tuesday, underlining the damage Moscow's stand over Ukraine is wreaking on its markets and economic health.