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  • *Ukraine denies firing over border, suggests rebels did so. DONETSK, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, July 13- Russia threatened Ukraine on Sunday with "irreversible consequences" after a Russian man was killed by a shell fired across the border, while Kiev said Ukrainian warplanes struck again at separatist positions in the east of the country, inflicting big losses.

  • UPDATE 1-Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 3:06 PM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, July 12- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a nuclear energy cooperation deal with Argentina on Saturday on the second stop of a tour to bolster trade ties and strengthen Russia's influence in Latin America.

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 12- Russian President Vladimir Putin could meet his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko on the sidelines of the World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday, although no talks were being planned at this point, a spokesman for the Kremlin said on Saturday.

  • HAVANA, July 11- Russian President Vladimir Putin pledged to help revive Cuba's struggling offshore oil exploration on Friday at the start of a six-day tour of Latin America as Russia aims to reassert its influence on the communist-ruled island.

  • HAVANA, July 11- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he was hopeful Russian oil company Rosneft and Cuban state oil company Cupet could begin jointly exploring Cuba's potential offshore oil reserves "in the very near future."

  • MOSCOW, July 10- Russian state oil companies Rosneft and Zarubezhneft plan to sign an agreement with Cuban state oil company Cubanpetroleo to develop an offshore block 37, a senior Russian official said.

  • *Russia faces threat of more sanctions. MOSCOW, July 9- Russia's economy is stagnating as data showed on Wednesday that capital worth $75 billion has left the country so far this year following sanctions on Moscow over its involvement in Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW/ LONDON, July 9- With President Vladimir Putin watching from afar, the head of Rosneft, Igor Sechin, launched the world's biggest oil drilling platform in the Okhotsk Sea to warm handshakes with his colleagues from ExxonMobil.

  • After Borat: Kazakhstan sets its sights on America Tuesday, 8 Jul 2014 | 1:00 PM ET
    Mangistau region of Kazakhstan. Oil and gas industry.

    For those interested in putting money into the oil-rich nation, a new directive has made it more appealing.

  • MOSCOW, July 7- Three weeks before Ukraine's army forced rebel fighters out of the strategic eastern city of Slaviansk, their commander made a desperate plea for military help from Russia.

  • RPT-Crimea euphoria fades for some Russians Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 2:00 AM ET

    MOSCOW, July 6- When she was asked to give up a day's pay to help Crimea, Russian hospital therapist Tatyana could not hide her anger- why should she subsidise others when struggling to make ends meet herself?

  • Gas shortage ‘key risk’ for eastern Europe Monday, 7 Jul 2014 | 1:07 AM ET
    Construction workers weld together two giant pipes near the village of Sajkas, 80 kilometers from Belgrade

    Overreliance on Russian gas leaves Europe vulnerable if the Ukraine conflict escalates, analysts warned.

  • Crimea euphoria fades for some Russians Sunday, 6 Jul 2014 | 6:34 AM ET

    MOSCOW, July 6- When she was asked to give up a day's pay to help Crimea, Russian hospital therapist Tatyana could not hide her anger- why should she subsidise others when struggling to make ends meet herself?

  • MOSCOW, July 2- Gazprom has appointed a new head of its export division, effectively the world's most powerful gas trader: Elena Burmistrova, who was swiftly ushered in to talks with President Vladimir Putin.

  • Iraq is latest battle in US-Russia proxy Cold War Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 9:07 AM ET
    Soldiers from the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division go over last minute details before going out on the U.S. military's last combat patrol in the country, at Camp Adder on December 16, 2011 near Nasiriyah, Iraq.

    The Russian military stepped in to bolster the Iraqi government, again outmaneuvering the United States. The Fiscal Times reports.

  • UPDATE 1-Russia's Gazprom replaces head of export unit Wednesday, 2 Jul 2014 | 5:06 AM ET

    MOSCOW, July 2- Russian gas producer Gazprom has replaced Alexander Medvedev as head of its exporting arm, Gazprom Export, with one of his deputies, Elena Burmistrova, in a surprise move.

  • MOSCOW, July 2- Russian oil producer Gazprom has replaced Alexander Medvedev as head of its exporting arm, Gazprom Export, with one of his deputies, Elena Burmistrova, as part of steps to increase its share in new and established markets.

  • *Uncertainty over Iraq and Ukraine supplies underpin prices in short term. NEW YORK, July 1- Crude oil prices dipped slightly on Tuesday on easing concerns of supply disruptions due to the conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine, whilst gaining some support from upbeat manufacturing data in China, the world's second-biggest oil consumer.

  • *Putin says he and Europe could not sway Poroshenko on ceasefire. KIEV, July 1- Ukrainian forces struck at pro-Russian separatist bases in eastern regions with air and artillery strikes on Tuesday after President Petro Poroshenko announced he would not renew a ceasefire but go on the offensive to rid Ukraine of "parasites".

  • *Concerns over Iraq and Ukraine underpin prices. NEW YORK, July 1- Brent and U.S. oil prices declined on Tuesday on easing concerns of supply disruptions due to the conflicts in Iraq and Ukraine, though markets gained some support from upbeat manufacturing data in China, the world's second-biggest oil consumer.