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  • MOSCOW/ BERLIN, April 18- Russia denied on Saturday a German media report suggesting that it could sign a gas pipeline deal with Greece as early as Tuesday which could bring up to five billion euros into Athens' depleted state coffers. During his visit to Moscow, Tsipras had expressed interest in participating in a pipeline that would bring Russian gas to Europe...

  • SINGAPORE, April 17- U.S. crude futures slipped towards $56 a barrel on Friday as soaring oil production from OPEC members stoked concerns over a global glut, but Middle East tensions kept a floor under prices. It climbed 32 cents to settle at $56.71 the day before, after hitting a 2015- high of $57.42. *Russian President Vladimir Putin said Iran's flexibility over...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin tried to reassure Russians over the ailing economy and said Washington wanted "vassals" rather than allies in his annual phone-in on Thursday, but offered no new financial remedies and gave no ground over Ukraine. For nearly four hours, the Russian leader fielded mostly tame questions from across the country on...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy could return to growth in less than two years, despite Western sanctions which he said were intended to "contain" his country. In a confident performance during a televised call-in show, Putin sounded defiant and patriotic, assuring viewers that Russia will survive an economic crisis...

  • Pro-Russian journalist gunned down in Ukraine's capital Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 7:50 AM ET

    MOSCOW— A Ukrainian journalist known for his pro-Russian views was gunned down Thursday in broad daylight in Kiev, local police said, a day after a pro-Russian lawmaker was found dead. Russian President Vladimir Putin, during his annual televised call-in show, was informed by the moderator of reports of Buzyna's death and immediately said "this is not the first...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- The Russian rouble and share indexes declined on Thursday during an annual televised call-in by President Vladimir Putin, who offered few new ideas on Russia's crisis-ridden economy. Putin said he expected Russia's economy to return to growth within two years. Putin also defended Russia's decision to provide modern anti-aircraft missiles...

  • President Vladimir Putin says Russia expects France to return the advance payment if it fails to deliver a warship built for the Russian navy. He said France's failure to deliver the warship wouldn't damage the Russian navy capability, adding that Russia had placed the order in a bid to strengthen relations with France. President Vladimir Putin says the West...

  • Putin sees return to growth in Russia in under 2 years Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 5:57 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy could return to growth in less than two years, even though he considers it unlikely that the West will lift economic sanctions over the Ukraine crisis soon. Sitting at a desk in a television studio in front of rows of telephone operators taking calls from viewers, Putin said the...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy could return to growth in less than two years. In a televised call-in with the nation, Putin was reminded that he had said the economy could return to growth in two years. He said: "It may be quicker.

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Energy trader Gunvor has sold its 30 percent stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar, the Swiss-based trader said on Thursday. Gunvor, one of the world's top five oil trading houses, has been looking to cut exposure to Russia by selling assets. The company's former co-owner, Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, sold his stake in Gunvor last year...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Energy trader Gunvor has sold its 30 percent stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar, the Swiss-based trader said on Thursday. The stake has been sold to Mokara Enterprises Limited, owned by Russian businessman Andrei Bokarev, Gunvor said in a statement. The company's former co-owner, Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, sold his stake in...

  • Putin earns less than many in the Kremlin, documents show Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 10:06 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 15- Russian President Vladimir Putin earned about $151,000 in 2014, less than many others in the presidential administration, according to details of his income declaration published by the Kremlin on Wednesday. His earnings of 7.65 million roubles compared to about 3.6 million roubles in 2013, which was around $100,000 at the exchange rate a...

  • Russian officials said on Monday Russia was sending grain, equipment and construction materials to Iran in an oil-for-goods exchange, the first step in securing a foothold in a new market since the West imposed sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. Politically sensitive talks are now in their final stages on a deal to end a decades-old dispute on the nuclear...

  • MOSCOW, April 15- Russia must review its participation in international funds and financial organisations to conserve resources which are being used up by fees, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Wednesday. Russia has been forced to cut expenditure after the oil price plunged, shrinking revenues needed to fund President Vladimir Putin's social...

  • MOSCOW— Russia said Tuesday that it would be at least six months before it could deliver the S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, but the Kremlin confirmed that a barter deal to supply Russian goods in exchange for Iranian oil was already being implemented. On Tuesday, Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, confirmed statements by a Russian diplomat that Russia...

  • BRUSSELS, April 12- Even if it survives the next three months teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, Greece may have blown its best chance of a long-term debt deal by alienating its euro zone partners when it most needed their support. "This step would save Greece's budget billions of euros, while reforming the Troika arrangement, eliminating the IMF's and the ECB's...

  • MOSCOW, April 13- Russia paved the way on Monday for missile system deliveries to Iran and started an oil-for-goods swap, signalling that Moscow may have a head-start in the race to benefit from an eventual lifting of sanctions on Tehran. The moves come after world powers, including Russia, reached an interim deal with Iran this month on curbing its nuclear...

  • *Russia eyes energy deals with Iran after sanctions lifted. MOSCOW, April 13- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday paved the way for long-overdue missile system deliveries to Iran and Moscow started an oil-for-goods swap with Tehran, showing the Kremlin's determination to boost economic ties with the Islamic Republic. The moves come after world powers,...

  • SABETTA, Russia, April 13- Russian gas producer Novatek hopes to secure $5 billion from global export credit agencies for its Arctic liquefied natural gas project Yamal LNG by mid-year, chief executive Leonid Mikhelson said. Speaking in a northern port where the facilities for Yamal LNG are being built, Mikhelson and the head of French partner Total were upbeat...

  • Movie men propose Russian fast-food alternative chain Saturday, 11 Apr 2015 | 6:30 AM ET

    The move by Nikita Mikhalkov and Andrei Konchalovsky, who are brothers, comes amid growing animosity toward the West, especially the United States, over the conflict in Ukraine. Konchalovsky spent years in the United States and his Hollywood films include "Tango and Cash." As tensions with the United States grew in the Ukraine crisis, several McDonald's outlets...