Colin Chapman, President of the New South Wales chapter of the Australian Institute of International Affairs, outlines the motives behind Russia's military buildup in eastern Ukraine.» Read More
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.
MOSCOW/ KIEV March 3- Ukraine has increased Russian natural gas imports over the last few days, a spokesman for Ukraine's gas transit monopoly Ukrtransgas said on Monday, after Moscow said it may end lower prices to its neighbour.
*Ukraine border guards say build-up of Russian armoured vehicles near Crimea. KIEV/ BALACLAVA, Ukraine, March 3- Ukraine said Russia was building up armoured vehicles on its side of a narrow stretch of water near the Ukrainian region of Crimea after President Vladimir Putin said he had the right to invade his neighbour, prompting a sell-off in Russian assets.
KIEV, March 3- An international Monetary Fund mission will arrive in Kiev on Monday and start consultations on Tuesday, an official at the Ukrainian central bank said. The official, who declined to be named, gave no further details. Ukraine's new leaders say the country needs about $35 billion in financial assistance over the next two years to avoid bankruptcy.
LONDON, March 3- The Japanese yen was at its strongest in a month against the dollar on Monday and looked set for more gains as investors sought safe havens from the risk of conflict in Ukraine and an economic slowdown in China.
*Slide follows Putin's declaration of right to invade Ukraine. MOSCOW, March 3- Russia's central bank hiked its key lending rate by 1.5 percentage points on Monday after the rouble hit an all-time low on President Vladimir Putin's declaration at the weekend of his right to invade Ukraine.
*Slide follows Putin's declaration of right to invade Ukraine. MOSCOW, March 3- Russian asset prices plummeted on Monday, with the rouble hitting an all-time low against the euro and the dollar, and stocks losing 7 percent after President Vladimir Putin declared the right to invade Ukraine at the weekend.
TOKYO, March 3- Japan's Nikkei average slid to a 1-1/ 2- week low on Monday as escalating tensions in Ukraine sparked risk aversion and a stronger yen hurt the mood, but the oil sector bucked the trend after crude prices rallied to multi-month highs.
TOKYO, March 3- Stocks slid while oil prices shot up on Monday, after Russia bloodlessly seized a part of Ukraine, escalating tensions between Russia and the West to a level not seen since the end of the Cold War.
MOSCOW, March 3- Russian assets were set to plummet on Monday, with analysts seeing the rouble down 2 percent at opening and the MICEX share index dropping below 1,400 points after President Vladimir Putin declared the right to invade Ukraine at the weekend.
Commerzbank's Simon Quijano-Evans says the instability in Ukraine stems from competing needs to secure future energy supplies.
Ukraine's presidency claims to have reached a deal following overnight talks to end the crisis which has seen dozens killed.
Charles Hecker of Control Risks says the political turmoil in Ukraine is "incredibly unpredictable", and that the country's president has lost control of the situation.
Saker Nusseibeh, CEO of Hermes Fund Managers, warns of contagion from Ukraine's turmoil to the rest of eastern Europe and beyond.
David Dalton, an analyst at the Economist Intelligence Unit, says the chaos in Ukraine will deteriorate, particularly in the west of the country.
Russian authorities have issued warnings against using bitcoin, saying the virtual currency could be used for money laundering or financing terrorism.
The euro zone's new chief banking regulator has warned that some of the region's lenders have no future and should be allowed to die, the FT reports.
The YPO Global Pulse Index is at a two-year high showing CEOs more confident than they've been in several years.