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  • Vice President Joe Biden on topics including the situation in Ukraine and trade negotiations, an Obama administration official said.

  • Obama skeptical about progress in Ukraine Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 4:00 PM ET
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov before a bilateral meeting to discuss the ongoing situation in Ukraine, in Geneva Thursday, April 17, 2014.

    Foreign ministers meeting in Geneva agreed "initial concrete steps" to de-escalate the situation in Ukraine, they said in a joint statement.

  • President Obama answers questions about the state of Ukraine and Russia's diplomatic handling of the crisis.

  • Russia's 'foreign policy adventure' hits its bonds Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 3:40 PM ET
    A pro-Russian soldier stands guard outside an administrative building in Slavyansk, Ukraine, on April 16, 2014.

    As tension persists between Russia and Ukraine, markets' view on Russian bonds has turned increasingly icy.

  • *Four-way talks end with call for end to Ukraine violence. GENEVA/ MOSCOW, April 17- The United States, Russia, Ukraine and European Union together called on Thursday for an immediate halt to violence in Ukraine, where Western powers believe Russia is fomenting a pro-Russian separatist movement.

  • Kudlow: Raise dollar, will knock oil down     Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:18 PM ET

    American oil companies are telling our U.S. state department they don't want a full-scale financial sanctions war, explains CNBC's Larry Kudlow. He makes the case for raising the value of the U.S. Dollar by 15 percent which he says will kill the price of oil.

  • BRUSSELS, April 17- NATO is sending part of its naval rapid reaction force to the Baltic Sea as part of a drive to step up the defence of eastern European allies in response to the crisis in Ukraine, the military alliance said on Thursday.

  • Real progress in Geneva     Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 2:14 PM ET

    CNBC's Steve Sedgwick provides an update from Geneva, where Ukraine talks are taking place.

  • Russia to Western business: Everything's just fine Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 1:06 PM ET
    A pro-Russian gunman clears the way for a combat vehicle with gunmen on top in Slovyansk, Ukraine, on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

    Russia has dug itself a deep economic hole in exchange for its geopolitical ambitions, and the problem's getting worse.

  • Secretary of State John Kerry comments after a meeting in Geneva with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and representatives of the EU and Ukraine.

  • WASHINGTON, April 17- The United States said on Thursday it would send Ukraine's armed forces medical supplies, sleeping mats and other non-lethal aid, seeking to signal support for Kiev while stopping far short of adding any U.S. weaponry to a deepening standoff with Russia.

  • Russian retailer Lenta undeterred by Ukraine crisis Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:53 AM ET
    A customer counts ruble banknotes to pay for goods at a Lenta supermarket in Moscow, Russia.

    The head of a leading Russian hypermarket chain has shrugged off the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, and signaled willingness to open a store in Crimea.

  • Ukraine has no impact on Lenta: CEO     Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:45 AM ET

    Jan Dunning, CEO of St Petersburg-headquartered hypermarket chain Lenta, says the situation in Ukraine has had no impact on the group, as consumer confidence remains unaffected in Russia.

  • Ukraine is prepared to take action: Pro     Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    Alan Mendoza, executive director at the Henry Jackson Society, and Simon Ballard, head of credit strategy at National Australia Bank, discuss the crisis in Ukraine and the impact on markets.

  • *Putin denounces Kiev's use of military in east Ukraine. The former KGB spy's rhetoric on the United States was, as is customary for him, firm and uncompromising, but he also gave off clear signals that he did not want to get into a spiralling war of words with Washington.

  • KIEV, April 17- Ukraine's prime minister on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of building a terrorist network in Ukraine to destabilise it and wreck its presidential election next month.

  • LONDON, April 17- Gold steadied around $1,300 an ounce on Thursday as a lower dollar and accommodative U.S. The metal had fallen nearly 2 percent on Tuesday and has remained broadly range-bound since then around $1,300 on fears over slowing demand in top consumer China.

  • Ukraine PM says Putin trying to wreck election Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 8:26 AM ET

    KIEV, April 17- Ukraine's prime minister on Thursday accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of trying to sabotage the country's upcoming presidential election and said Moscow was responsible for deaths in recent clashes in eastern Ukraine.

  • Snowden sighting     Thursday, 17 Apr 2014 | 7:25 AM ET

    NSA leaker Edward Snowden asks a question during Russian President Putin's annual Q&E session, reports CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera.

  • Putin also said that the transit via Ukraine is the most dangerous element in Europe's gas supply system, and that he was. Russia meets around 30 percent of Europe's natural gas needs.