KIEV, Dec 13- Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich made few concessions on Friday in crisis talks with the opposition, his first direct attempt to defuse weeks of unrest over a policy swerve to Russia away from Europe.
*Russia needs $300 billion in 2017-2020 to keep budget balanced. *Source says Reserve Fund could disappear within three years. MOSCOW, Dec 4- Russia will face huge fiscal shortfalls in the next two decades unless it cuts spending, and it could wipe out its oil savings in as little as three years, according to sources and a strategy document obtained by Reuters.
KIEV, Dec 4- Ukraine's prime minister warned protesters trying to blockade government buildings on Wednesday they would be punished for any "illegal acts", as officials went to Moscow seeking aid to avoid a financial meltdown.
MOSCOW/ KIEV, Dec 4- Russia called on Wednesday for "stability and order" in neighbouring Ukraine as the two countries held their first high-level talks since Kiev pulled out of a trade alliance with the European Union.
*Rio Tinto weighing fate of Gove alumina refinery in Australia. *Shfe aluminium sinks to two-month low of 14,070 yuan a tonne. "Aluminium, of all the base metals, is facing some of the bigger headwinds given all the supplies tied up in warehouses, and the new proposed changes in LME rules," said James Glenn, economist at National Australia Bank in Melbourne.
SINGAPORE, Nov 26- London aluminium hung close to its lowest in four months on Tuesday as historical overhang of inventory built up in the aftermath of the 2008 credit crisis continues to blunt prices. Copper prices on Monday hit the highest since November 11 at $7,140 a tonne.
*Russia has 4.5 pct of global LNG market. MOSCOW, Nov 15- Russia's lower house of parliament took a first step on Friday towards allowing rivals of state-controlled Gazprom to export liquefied natural gas, as the world's top energy producing nation stakes a claim to growing Asian markets.
*Russia to grow 2.5 pct annually by 2030. MOSCOW, Nov 7- Russia on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that its economy would lag global growth over the next two decades, setting the stage for an era of stagnation that could threaten President Vladimir Putin's grip on power.
MOSCOW, Nov 7- Russia on Thursday acknowledged for the first time that its economy would lag global growth in the next 20 years, setting the stage for an era of stagnation that could threaten President Vladimir Putin's grip on power.
*Ukraine seeks energy independence from Russia. KIEV, Nov 5- Ukraine signed a $10 billion shale gas production-sharing agreement with U.S. Chevron on Tuesday, another step in a drive for more energy independence from Russia.
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MOSCOW, Nov 1- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he saw no reason for Moscow to cut gas supplies to Ukraine over an unpaid bill for now, playing down talk of an imminent "gas war" that might disrupt flows to Europe.
Senior officials from the European Union told Reuters the EU was in advanced discussions with the International Monetary Fund on providing standby financing to Ukraine should the country come under economic pressure from Russia later this year.
MOSCOW, Nov 1- Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he saw no reason for Moscow to cut gas supplies to Ukraine over an unpaid bill for now, playing down talk of an imminent "gas war" that might disrupt gas flows to Europe.
MOSCOW, Oct 30- Russia will open up liquefied natural gas exports for companies other than Gazprom under a law passed by the government on Wednesday as part of plans to more than double its global market share by 2020..
MOSCOW, Oct 29- Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom demanded Ukraine pay an overdue gas bill urgently on Tuesday, raising fears of a new "gas war" and increasing pressure on Kiev as it tries to build ties with Europe.
MOSCOW, Oct 29- Russian gas export monopoly Gazprom demanded Ukraine pay an overdue gas bill "urgently" on Tuesday, saying it was extremely concerned about the debt, reviving fears of a new "gas war" between the neighbours.
MOSCOW, Oct 28- Russia sold a 16 percent stake in state diamond miner Alrosa at the bottom of a planned price range on Monday, highlighting the lack of progress in a state privatisation drive that was supposed to net $13 billion this year.
MOSCOW, Oct 23- The longtime head of Russia's consumer protection agency, who oversaw bans on foreign products that Kremlin critics saw as politically motivated, has been dismissed after his contract extension expired, Russian news agencies reported on Wednesday.
BEIJING, Oct 22- Russian energy companies signed a slew of deals with China on Tuesday, seeking to lock in sales to fund costly production and pipeline projects that will direct exports away from Europe to Asia.