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  • After months in which Kiev has been faithfully paying for gas and Moscow reliably supplying it under a deal brokered by the European Union, this week has seen the quarrel erupt anew. Russia, which has cut off the gas three times in the past decade, including for six months last year, has once again threatened to switch off supplies unless Ukraine sends more money...

  • BERLIN, Feb 26- Germany is considering buying more tanks in the light of the Ukraine crisis and Europe's deteriorating relations with Russia, after years of drastic cuts left the military operating with just 75 percent of the heavy equipment it needs. "NATO has set new goals on flexibility and rapid reaction time. Lawmakers on both sides of Germany's right-left...

  • BFFs? Why Russia and Cyprus are getting cozy again Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 7:58 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin and Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades

    Russia is getting close to Cyprus once again, despite their relationship being sorely tested when the island's banking system collapsed in 2013.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 26- Kremlin-controlled Gazprom said on Thursday it would exempt gas supplies to rebel-held regions from its main contract with Ukrainian Naftogaz, days before Kiev uses up gas volumes it has already paid for. The dispute flared up last week when Gazprom said it started direct gas supplies to the regions of eastern Ukraine held by pro- Moscow rebels.

  • Ukraine currency in limbo after central bank u-turn Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 3:56 AM ET

    Ukraine came under greater economic pressure after unexpectedly banning most currency trading and then abruptly reversing course.

  • *Ukraine says it is too early to follow suit. *Ukraine reverses currency trading halt. KIEV/ MAKIYVKA, Ukraine, Feb 25- Ukraine came under greater economic pressure after unexpectedly banning most currency trading and then abruptly reversing course, wreaking havoc on the hryvnia, just as a truce in the east took hold on Wednesday with no combat fatalities reported.

  • LONDON/ MOSCOW, Feb 25- Gas giant Gazprom's oil arm is shifting its trading operations from Austria back to Russia, it said on Wednesday, with industry sources saying the firm wanted to protect huge revenues from potential seizure as Moscow's relations with the West worsen. A decision by Gazprom Neft to relocate trading from Vienna to St Petersburg, Russia's...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 25- The Kremlin was presented with a plan to annex the Crimea peninsula and eastern Ukraine before the overthrow of the country's Moscow- leaning president last year, an independent newspaper reported on Wednesday. Russia has denied it had a plan to annex Crimea before President Viktor Yanukovich fled Kiev on Feb. 21 last year and says it acted in...

  • *Ukraine says it too early to follow suit. KIEV/ MAKIYVKA, Ukraine, Feb 25- Ukraine came under increasing economic pressure from a collapsing currency and a threat to its gas supplies from the Kremlin on Wednesday, just as a long-awaited ceasefire took hold in the east. In rebel-held eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists were withdrawing heavy guns from the...

  • *Ukraine says Gazprom delivers less than already paid. NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, Feb 25- President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday that Russia would halt gas supplies to Ukraine if it did not receive advance payment, raising the possibility of onward deliveries to Europe being disrupted for the fourth time in a decade. Kiev and Moscow have argued over gas...

  • *Ukraine says it too early to follow suit. KIEV/ MAKIYVKA, Ukraine, Feb 25- A long-awaited truce took hold at last in east Ukraine on Wednesday, with the army reporting no combat fatalities for the first time in weeks, but the news did nothing to halt a currency collapse that forced the central bank to ban most trading. In rebel-held eastern Ukraine, rebels were...

  • Ex-Labour spin doctor: Putin's a Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 4:30 AM ET
     Ex-Labour spin doctor: Putin's a

    U.K. political strategist and former press secretary to Tony Blair, Alastair Campbell, says that, whether we like it or not, Vladmir Putin is pursuing long-term plans to regain power for Russia.

  • With Moscow in financial crisis, it is not clear if its latest plan- a route passing through Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia, then into Hungary and perhaps on to Austria- will ever come to fruition. But even if it only exists on paper, it may undermine funding for rival projects and, at a time of heightened tensions over Ukraine, sow division between EU members over...

  • Russia last year aborted South Stream, a $40 billion pipeline that was to have passed under the Black Sea and via Bulgaria, in the face of objections from the European Union. With Moscow in financial crisis, it is not clear if its latest plan- a route passing through Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia, then into Hungary and perhaps on to Austria- will ever come to...

  • Russian lawmakers may take pay cut to weather crisis Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 9:15 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Feb 24- Russia's lawmakers should take a pay cut to help Moscow through a financial crisis, the speaker of parliament said on Tuesday, appealing to their patriotism as Western sanctions over Ukraine drain the economy. Sanctions over Ukraine, where the United States and European Union accuse Russia of fuelling a separatist war, have combined with a...

  • This is Putin's objective in Ukraine: Expert Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 3:22 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

    This is what Putin wants to accomplish in Ukraine, and it's beginning to look like that may happen, a military expert says.

  • Putin's objective; When does he stop? Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 1:09 PM ET
    Putin's objective; When does he stop?

    Col. Jack Jacobs, MSNBC military analyst, discusses Russian President Vladimir Putin's motives.

  • ABU DHABI, Feb 23- Russia's military budget may shrink by around 10 percent in 2015, the chief executive of state-owned defence conglomerate Rostec said on Monday. Russia denies it has troops in eastern Ukraine. However, even favoured "power ministries" are beginning to feel the pressure of Russia's economic crisis and Sergei Chemezov-- a key ally of Putin and...

  • What is Ukraine's economic outlook? Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 4:40 AM ET
    What is Ukraine's economic outlook?

    Is Russia's strongest card the fact that its economy is stronger than Ukraine's? Timothy Ash, head of Emergind Market research at Standard Bank, weighs in with his thoughts.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 20- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday other countries should not have the illusion that they can attain military superiority over Russia, Interfax reported. "No one should have the illusion that they can gain military superiority over Russia, put any kind of pressure on it. We will always have an adequate answer for any such adventures, "...