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  • LONDON, March 3- Europe will become even more dependent on Gazprom's gas supplies in years to come, the Russian state company said on Monday, despite calls for sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis.

  • Ukraine's gas stocks can meet four months of demand Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 10:14 AM ET

    LONDON, March 3- Ukraine's natural gas stocks can meet four months of demand should Russia cut supplies and most of reserves are in its west and far away from any potential Russian intervention, industry sources said.

  • KIEV, March 3- Ukraine, one of the world's largest grain exporters, will make sure political turmoil does not reduce spring grains sowing, the country's new agriculture minister said, easing concerns over this year's harvest.

  • *Ukraine border guards say build-up of Russian armoured vehicles near Crimea. MOSCOW/ PEREVALNOYE, Ukraine, March 3- Russia paid a financial price on Monday for its military intervention in neighbouring Ukraine, with stocks, bonds and the rouble plunging as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.

  • *Ukraine tensions heighten on Russia's military intervention. "Investors turned to classic safe havens amid heightened tensions in Ukraine," said Joe Manimbo, senior market analyst, at Western Union Business Solutions in Washington.

  • *Gold stocks rise, tracking the metal's price move. NEW YORK, March 3- U.S. stocks were set to open sharply lower on Monday, alongside other risk assets, as Ukraine and Russia prepared for war after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor.

  • *Germany has close economic and energy ties to Russia. BERLIN, March 3- Heavily dependent on Russian gas and closer to Moscow than any other leading western nation, Germany faces a major policy dilemma as the Ukraine crisis descends into a Cold War-style confrontation of tit-for-tat threats and ultimatums.

  • DONETSK, Ukraine, March 3- Pro-Russian demonstrators occupied the first floor of the regional government building in east Ukraine's city of Donetsk on Monday, the latest in days of rallies that Kiev says are organised by Moscow as a pretext to invade.

  • Europe less reliant on Russian gas through Ukraine Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 7:14 AM ET

    LONDON/ PRAGUE March 3- A mild winter and improved infrastructure mean Europe is less reliant on Russian natural gas pumped through Ukraine than in past years, easing worries that the escalating crisis in Ukraine could hurt supplies.

  • MOSCOW/ PEREVALNOYE, Ukraine, March 3- Russia took a financial hit over its military intervention in neighbouring Ukraine, with its markets and currency plunging on Monday as President Vladimir Putin's forces tightened their grip on the Russian-speaking Crimea region.

  • *Germany, France, Finland promoting OSCE negotiation effort. BRUSSELS, March 3- European Union foreign ministers will push on Monday for high-level mediation to resolve the crisis over Russia's invasion of Crimea, while threatening the possibility of sanctions if Russia does not back down.

  • *Cbank's interventions to prop up rouble seen at $10 billion. *Slide follows Putin's declaration of right to invade Ukraine.

  • *United States, Europe differ over trade sanctions. LONDON, March 3- Crude oil prices jumped more than $2 a barrel to multi-month highs on Monday, lifted by rising tension in Ukraine after Russian President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbour.

  • MOSCOW, March 3- Russia's central bank sold up to $10 billion, or 2 percent of its gold and foreign exchange reserves, to stem the rouble's fall on Monday, Moscow foreign exchange dealers estimated. "There have been some $11 billion sold today, some $10 billion came from the central bank," said Mikhail Paley, a dealer at VTB Capital.

  • RUSSIAN CENTRAL BANK SOLD UP TO $10 BLN OF RESERVES ON MONDAY TO SUPPORT ROUBLE- MOSCOW FX DEALERS ESTIMATE.

  • LONDON, March 3- Fears of full-fledged Russia- Ukraine war reverberated across emerging markets on Monday, with the hardest hit taken by Moscow, where stocks fell 10 percent and the rouble's plunge to record lows led to a surprise interest rate hike.

  • BRUSSELS, March 3- The European Union is unlikely to match the United States in threatening sanctions against Russia when its foreign ministers meet to discuss Ukraine on Monday, instead pushing for mediation between Moscow and Kiev, officials say.

  • Gazprom warns Ukraine of gas price hikes Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 4:44 AM ET

    LONDON, March 3- Russia's state gas producer Gazprom warned Ukraine on Monday that it may increase the gas price for Kiev after the first quarter. We are still thinking about whether to extend the pricing contract into the next quarter based on current prices, "said Andrei Kruglov, Gazprom's chief financial officer.

  • *Russia hikes interest rate after rouble slide. *Copper falls to 3- month low on China slowdown concerns. LONDON, March 3- The rising threat of war between Ukraine and Russia spooked markets and sent investors scurrying for relative safety on Monday, pushing stocks down sharply and lifting gold to a four-month high.

  • *Slide follows Putin's declaration of right to invade Ukraine. MOSCOW, March 3- Russian assets tumbled and the central bank hiked interest rates on Monday as markets took fright at the escalating tensions with neighbouring Ukraine.