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  • *U.S. crude dips below $100 after stocks extend falls. NEW YORK, April 7- U.S. oil futures dipped below $100 on Monday, falling more than a dollar a barrel after stock markets tumbled, with Brent crude oil prices losing even more on the prospect of additional supplies from Libya.

  • *Ukraine says Russia playing out "Crimean scenario" in east. NEW YORK, April 7 (Reuters)- Brent crude oil dropped by $1 on Monday, snapping a two-day rise and taking U.S. crude with it after Libyan rebels occupying four eastern oil ports agreed to end an eight-month blockade, raising the prospect of increased supply to world markets.

  • At midnight a deadline expires for Ukraine to reduce the $2.2 billion debt it owes Moscow for natural gas deliveries. So far Ukraine has offered no payments, Moscow says, raising the risk of supply disruption, with possible knock-on effects for the European Union.

  • MOSCOW, April 7- Ukraine has made no payments to Gazprom despite a midnight deadline to reduce its $2.2 billion debt for natural gas supplies, the Russian gas producer said on Monday. Ukraine has missed deadlines in the past without punishment but Gazprom has suggested it might ask Kiev to pay in advance for gas if it does not meet the monthly deadline.

  • Why Russia wants turmoil in Ukraine     Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    David Hauner, head of emerging EMEA economics at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research, explains why despite not being very interested in the Donetsk region in Ukraine, it is in Russia's interest to stir up turmoil.

  • MOSCOW, April 7- The management of Russia's top gas producer Gazprom has recommended the board approve a 20 percent increase in dividend payouts on 2013 results, the company said on Monday. Gazprom had expected to offer between 6 and 8 roubles per share, and 7.2 roubles exceeds some analysts' expectations.

  • KIEV, April 7- Ukraine's ecology and natural resources minister estimated on Monday that Kiev had lost natural resources and related assets worth 127 billion hryvnias when Russia annexed the Crimea region.

  • FACTBOX-Technical requirements to reverse gas flows Monday, 7 Apr 2014 | 10:04 AM ET

    LONDON, April 7- Ukraine is in emergency talks with the European Union on importing natural gas from the West following a leap in the price it pays for Russian supplies and a crisis in relations between Kiev and Moscow. Most of Europe's gas pipelines were designed to only send gas in one direction, for instance from Russia westward through Ukraine and into the EU.

  • The Russian firm, part owned by Chief Executive Vladimir Potanin and aluminium giant Rusal, had to trim spending last year and focus on its lucrative Soviet-era operations in Russia's far north to cope with weak prices for its key metals.

  • ASTANA, April 7- Output at Kazakhstan's huge Kashagan oilfield may fail to restart this year if test results expected in May show cracks in the offshore part of its pipeline network, Kazakh Oil and Gas Minister Uzakbai Karabalin said on Monday.

  • *Gazprom Neft CEO says company not affected by sanctions. ST PETERSBURG, Russia, April 7- Gazprom Neft, the oil arm of Russia's Gazprom, has not been hurt by Western sanctions over Russia's annexation of Crimea but will move away from dollars in its contracts, and redirect oil flows to Asia, if needed.

  • SEOUL, April 7- U.S. crude oil slipped on Monday to trade around $101 a barrel after Libyan rebels and the government agreed to end an eight-month oil port standoff, which has cost the OPEC producer billions in lost revenues. *U.S. crude for May lost 12 cents at $101.02 a barrel as of 0005 GMT, after it settled 85 cents higher at $101.14 a barrel in the previous session.

  • Gazprom could look east if sanctions hit: CEO Sunday, 6 Apr 2014 | 5:38 PM ET

    Gazprom Neft has not been affected by Western sanctions over Russia's annexation of Crimea

  • Gazprom could look east if sanctions hit: CEO Sunday, 6 Apr 2014 | 4:01 PM ET

    Gazprom Neft has not been affected by Western sanctions over Russia's annexation of Crimea

  • Raiffeisen Bank subsidiary to close Crimea branches Saturday, 5 Apr 2014 | 10:08 AM ET

    SIMFEROPOL, Crimea/ MOSCOW, April 5- A subsidiary of Raiffeisen Bank International will close all its branches in Crimea by mid-month, the bank said on Saturday, following Russia's annexation of the Black Sea peninsula.

  • *Ukraine in emergency talks with Europe to boost supplies. KIEV, April 5- Ukraine will take Russia to an arbitration court if talks fail to bring about a cut in natural gas prices, Energy Minister Yuri Prodan said on Saturday.

  • Moscow raised its gas tariff for Kiev twice this week, almost doubling it in three days in moves Kiev said were political.

  • MOSCOW, April 5- Ukraine's talks with the European Union on the possibility of importing gas from the West to substitute for Russian supplies raises questions about the legality of such a move, the head of Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom told Rossiya 24 television.

  • *Slovakia could provide more gas to Ukraine but would take months. KIEV/ LONDON, April 4- Ukraine is in emergency talks with European Union neighbours on the possibility of importing natural gas from the West, following a leap in the price it pays for Russian supplies, Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk said on Friday.

  • *Company sells 55 pct of its product to Europe. LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 4- Any worsening of tension between Moscow and the West that leads to stiffer sanctions would do systemic damage to Russian companies by deterring investors and making borrowing more difficult, a Norilsk Nickel executive said.