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  • MOSCOW, April 2- Russia's central bank said on Wednesday economic growth would "most probably" fall below 1 percent in 2014 and it was also concerned about above-target inflation that constrains its ability to cut interest rates.

  • MOSCOW, April 2- Russia's central bank said on Wednesday economic growth would "most probably" fall below 1 percent in 2014 and that net capital outflows would be significantly higher than was previously expected.

  • Oleg Kouzmin, economist at Renaissance Capital, says Russia can grow 1.6 percent in 2014 as a solution to the Ukraine crisis will be found.

  • Bernard Sucher, member of the board at ATON, says the "uncomfortable" position of Russia in the international community will mean corporates have to revisit their commitments to investing in the country.

  • *Relations between Ukraine and Russia in crisis. LIPETSK, Russia, April 2- After three years of court cases involving authorities and competitors, Taisiya Voronina thought she had seen everything in Russia's rough and tumble business environment.

  • Yulia Tseplyeva, chief economist at Sberbank, says she is "not optimistic" about Russian structural reforms after the saga with Ukraine.

  • Russian economy struggling for years: Rusbase CEO     Wednesday, 2 Apr 2014 | 12:55 AM ET

    Alena Popova, CEO of Rusbase, says the Russian economy has been struggling for years and the Ukraine crisis has scared investors.

  • Poor manufacturing data from China and Europe dampened the demand outlook on Tuesday and caused oil prices to tumble, with Brent hitting its lowest in nearly five months. *U.S. crude for May delivery edged down 10 cents to $99.64 a barrel by 0002 GMT after dropping 1.8 percent on Tuesday to its lowest settlement since March 26.

  • UPDATE 1-U.S. House backs Ukraine aid, sanctions Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 7:36 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, April 1- The U.S. House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to provide aid to Ukraine, back a $1 billion loan guarantee for the Kiev government and impose sanctions over Russia's annexation of Crimea.

  • MOSCOW, April 1- Ford Sollers, a joint venture between U.S. automaker Ford Motor Co and Russian carmaker Sollers is cutting 700 staff in its plant near St Petersburg due to Russia's deteriorating economy and weaker rouble, the company said on Tuesday. Ford Sollers employs around 5,500 people around St Petersburg and in Tatarstan.

  • US oil keeps lid on crude     Tuesday, 1 Apr 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    CNBC's Patti Domm discusses how the U.S. oil boom is having a bigger impact on world oil prices.

  • LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 1- Some of the world's biggest oil and grains traders see little risk of any disruption to supplies from Russia, they said on Tuesday, despite the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War. Russia is the world's second-largest oil exporter after Saudi Arabia and is a major grains and metals exporter.

  • HELSINKI, April 1- Finnish retailer Stockmann is freezing plans to open more department stores in Russian cities due to the uncertainty caused by the Crimean crisis, the company's chief executive said on Tuesday. Expansion in Russia had been one of the firm's strengths over the past decade.

  • *Russia, West in standoff over Ukraine. *Rosneft building LNG plant with ExxonMobil. MOSCOW, April 1- Russia's Rosneft, said on Tuesday it was on track to start production at its first liquefied natural gas plant in the country's far east in 2018-2019, despite East-West tension over Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, April 1- Rosneft plans to start production at its Yurubcheno-Tokhomskoye oilfield in eastern Siberia in 2017, the company said on Tuesday, another delay for a field key to Russia's efforts to at least keep oil production at current levels.

  • WARSAW, April 1- Poland opened its first gas link from the West on Tuesday as part of a European Union drive to ensure greater supply security that has taken on new urgency after Russia annexed Crimea and reignited fears about deliveries to Europe.

  • ATHENS, April 1- The European Union will make a swift payment of financial aid to Ukraine, the European Union's economy chief said on Tuesday, dismissing the possibility of economic sanctions against Russia unless it takes more action.

  • HONG KONG, April 1- Macau, the world's casino capital, raked in $4.4 billion in gambling revenues in March, boosted by robust demand from Chinese visitors keen to bet in the country's only legal casino hub. Growth in Macau, a special administrative region like neighbouring Hong Kong, was up 13 percent in March, at the top end of analyst estimates of 10-13 percent.

  • MOSCOW, April 1- Russian natural gas producer Gazprom announced a more than 40 percent increase in the price Ukraine must pay for gas on Tuesday, stepping up economic pressure on Kiev in its political standoff with Moscow.

  • MOSCOW, April 1- The United States has de-facto suspended talks with Russia about exchanging information on taxes under 2010' s Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act, in a sign of a deepening rift over Moscow's actions in Ukraine, Vedomosti daily reported on Tuesday.