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  • The palace on the Black Sea Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 7:06 AM ET

    MOSCOW, May 21- In 2010, a St. Petersburg businessman called Sergei Kolesnikov published an open letter to Dmitry Medvedev, who was then president of Russia while Vladimir Putin held the post of prime minister. Among other things, Kolesnikov claimed that a luxurious estate was being built near the Black Sea for the benefit of Putin.

  • MOSCOW, May 21- In 2005, President Vladimir Putin personally ordered up a vast programme to improve Russia's poor healthcare facilities. Medvedev instructed Russia's top law enforcement agencies to make sure that "everyone who participated in this is seriously and sternly punished.

  • *Abolition of language law handed Moscow ammunition. *Moscow long tried to get strong foothold in Ukraine. While Putin has presented separatist violence in eastern Ukraine as spontaneous, interviews with Ukrainian politicians and security sources with knowledge of Russian thinking suggest months of detailed planning by Moscow.

  • MOSCOW, May 15- Middle East crude producers played down the threat of a competitive battle with Russia over Asian markets at a Moscow energy conference on Thursday, even while Russian comments emphasized its push to the east.

  • *Moscow offers gas talks if Kiev pays part of debt. MOSCOW/ KIEV, May 15- Moscow and Kiev took tentative steps on Thursday towards ending their standoff over the price of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine that has threatened to disrupt onward deliveries to western Europe.

  • MOSCOW, May 15- All consumers of Russian gas, including Ukraine, should abide by the simple rule that supplies should be paid for, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Thursday, calling for energy and politics to be kept separate.

  • NYMEX-US crude holds above $102 on inventory data Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 9:48 PM ET

    SINGAPORE May 15- U.S. crude futures eased in early Asian trade on Thursday, but held above $102 a barrel after hitting three-week highs on the back of a draw on crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma conract delivery point.

  • MOSCOW, May 14- Russia will restart gas talks with Ukraine if its new leaders pay off at least part of its gas debt, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday, softening Moscow's stance in a dispute that has raised fears of a new "gas war".

  • MOSCOW, May 14- Russia is ready to discuss price and conditions for gas supplies to Ukraine if Kiev pays at least part of its gas debt, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday. "Nobody ever said: hand over $4 billion straight away, rather show that you are ready to act... If they pay part of it, that's the minimum requirement for resuming talks, "he told reporters.

  • Russia may change budget rule if economy in recession - PM Wednesday, 14 May 2014 | 10:30 AM ET

    MOSCOW, May 14- Russia may change its budget rule that limits government spending of oil revenues if the economy finds itself in a serious recession or if crude prices fall, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday. "For now we have agreed... not to change the rule in a fundamental way," Medvedev told journalists at a briefing.

  • MOSCOW, May 12- Russia on Monday reiterated its threat to stop supplying Ukraine with natural gas if Kiev does not pay in advance for June deliveries, and said further talks on the issue were also contingent on payment.

  • *Biden says in Kiev that Russia must act to defuse crisis. KIEV/ MOSCOW, April 22- Ukraine's acting president Oleksander Turchinov called on Tuesday for government forces to relaunch an offensive against pro-Russian rebels after a local politician from his own party was found dead with signs of torture.

  • *Biden says in Kiev that Russia must act to defuse crisis. Vice President Joe Biden told Russia on Tuesday that "time is short" for action on defusing the crisis in eastern Ukraine, but Moscow refused to be rushed, saying it could handle any tougher economic sanctions the West might impose.

  • KRAMATORSK/SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- U krainian forces launched a "special operation" on Tuesday against separatist militia in the Russian-speaking east, authorities said, although aside from a landing by airborne troops the action was limited.

  • Shooting reported in Ukraine's east. By Richard Balmforth and Gabriela Baczynska. KIEV/ KRAMATORSK, Ukraine, April 15- Ukrainian armed forces on Tuesday launched a "special operation" against militiamen in the country's Russian speaking east, authorities said, recapturing a military airfield from pro- Moscow separatists.

  • *German firm starts sending gas to Ukraine. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro- Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armoured personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town.

  • WRAPUP 3-Russia says Ukraine on brink of civil war Tuesday, 15 Apr 2014 | 8:59 AM ET

    *German firm starts sending gas to Ukraine. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro- Moscow separatists was under way, with troops and armoured personnel carriers seen near a flashpoint eastern town.

  • *Ukraine on brink of civil war- Medvedev. *Kiev makes step in right direction- Lavrov. KIEV/ SLAVIANSK, Ukraine, April 15- Russia declared Ukraine on the brink of civil war on Tuesday as Kiev said an "anti-terrorist operation" against pro- Moscow separatists was underway, though the crackdown appeared to get off to a slow start, if at all.

  • NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, April 9- Russian President Vladimir Putin told state-controlled natural gas producer Gazprom on Wednesday to hold off on making Ukraine pay up front for gas from Russia.

  • NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, April 9- Russian President Vladimir Putin told state-controlled natural gas producer Gazprom on Wednesday to hold off on demanding Ukraine pay up front for natural gas supplies from Russia.