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NEW YORK, March 14- Growing tension between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea pushed down stocks on major world markets on Friday and drove up buying of safe-haven gold and the yen.
After hours of "candid and frank" discussions, Russia made it clear that it would not take any decisions on Crimea until after Sunday's referendum, while the U.S. reiterated it viewed this event as illegitimate, says U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
Secretary of State John Kerry had an in-depth conversation with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on how to best resolve the Ukraine crisis. Kerry said, "We believe the referendum is contrary to the constitution of Ukraine and a violation of international law."
BRUSSELS, March 14- The European Union has yet to convince Washington to commit to exporting U.S. gas under a transatlantic trade deal despite two days of talks on the issue, highlighting the challenges Europe faces to reduce its reliance on Russian energy.
The international reaction to the outcome of the Crimean referendum will be very important on Monday, says Pavlo Sheremata, Ukrainian economy minister.
Ben Willis, Albert Fried & Co., discusses the importance of China to the world economy and the fear geopolitical events are putting in the marketplace. The FMHR traders discuss if this is a time to invest.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera discusses Crimea's referendum vote to join Russia. The FMHR traders discuss how to play the global markets.
Wolfango Piccoli, managing director at Teneo Intelligence, describes the upcoming referendum in Crimea as "a joke" as, he says, the question only allows for voters to choose unification with Russia.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera discusses the looming Crimean referendum and reports on increasing violence in the eastern part of Ukraine.
NEW YORK, March 14- Growing tension between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea pushed stocks on major world markets down on Friday and ramped up the flight into safe-haven gold and the yen.
MOSCOW, March 14- The Moscow- led South Stream pipeline project to take Russian gas directly to Europe, bypassing Ukraine, signed construction and pipe supply deals as Russia's Gazprom pushed ahead despite an EU decision to delay talks on the scheme.
Secretary of State John Kerry will seek assurances from Russia on Friday that it will not seek to annex Crimea and will address concerns over Ukraine through negotiation, a senior State Department official said before talks in London.
*Vimpelcom, Uralkali, Sibur among companies affected. Russian companies, including mobile phone operator VimpelCom and Uralkali, the world's top potash producer, are now facing potentially higher borrowing costs when lending resumes.
SEVASTOPOL/DONETSK, Ukraine, March 14- The CEOs of Russia's two largest firms are on a list of those who may be hit next week with European and U.S. sanctions over the Crimea crisis, a German newspaper said on Friday, suggesting tougher than expected measures against Russia's elite.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports on the Russian ruble and bonds as the Crimea vote looms.
*Wall Street set for subdued start. LONDON, March 14- Heightened tensions between the West and Russia ahead of Ukraine's weekend referendum in Crimea pushed world stocks to their lowest in more than a month on Friday and left investors scurrying into safe-haven gold and bonds.
MOSCOW, March 14- Russia's central bank on Friday kept lending rates on hold after raising them two weeks ago and said it would fight for financial stability after the standoff with the West over Crimea, which has sent the rouble and stocks tumbling.
*Equities tumbled on Thursday on rising concerns over Ukraine and Russia and new signs of an economic slowdown in China. Secretary of State John Kerry will seek assurances from Russia on Friday that it will not seek to annex Crimea and will address concerns over Ukraine through negotiation, a senior State Department official said before talks in London.
The "Squawk on the Street" news team discuss how the slowdown in China and tensions in Ukraine are impacting the U.S stock market.
VEB needs to be recapitalized to fund housebuilding projects, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said, according to a news agency.