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  • *Hollande to discuss Ukraine separately with US, Russian leaders. PARIS, June 5- Criticised at home for a lack of initiative on Ukraine, French President Francois Hollande will hold separate dinners on Thursday with the U.S. and Russian leaders in an attempt to unlock Europe's worst security crisis since the Cold War.

  • *Ukraine president-elect works on peace plan with Western leaders. LONDON, June 5- Oil fell to a three-week low below $108 a barrel on Thursday as worries about risks to supply caused by violence in Ukraine eased on hopes that talks could resolve the situation.

  • *Ukraine president-elect works on peace plan with Western leaders. LONDON, June 5- Oil fell to a three-week low below $108 a barrel on Thursday as worries about risks to supply caused by violence in Ukraine eased on hopes that talks could resolve the situation.

  • SINGAPORE, June 5- U.S. crude slipped toward $102 a barrel on Thursday as geopolitical tensions eased, with Ukraine's President-elect and western leaders working on a peace plan to end violence in eastern Ukraine. *U.S. crude for July delivery touched a low of $102.19 a barrel and was at $102.22 by 0035 GMT, down 42 cents.

  • NEW YORK, June 4- Brent and U.S. crude ended lower on Wednesday as hopes that a peace plan from Ukraine's president-elect might help ease the crisis with Russian separatists cooled oil's earlier rally.

  • PARIS, June 4- Russia expects France to honor a contract to sell it two Mistral helicopter carriers, President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday in an interview with French media, also raising the prospect of other deals.

  • NEW YORK, June 4- Brent crude turned lower, and U.S. crude pared gains on Wednesday on news that Ukraine's president-elect was working on a peace plan and that a meeting with Russia's leader this week in France was not being ruled out. Brent crude for July delivery was down 21 cents at $108.61 a barrel at 1:24 p.m. EDT.

  • *Days of heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine. President Barack Obama endorsed Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday, offering Kiev financial and security help and saying he was the right choice to lead the country through its stand-off with Moscow.

  • ASTRAKHAN, Russia, June 4- President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday that Russia should consider recapitalising state gas company Gazprom after a $400 billion deal with China which will require multi-billion-dollar investments in pipelines and new fields.

  • Moscow investment bankers begin to feel the pinch Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 8:56 AM ET

    "Some people primarily or solely focused on Russia are now not on Russia any more. Some people have moved back to London and don't do Russia any more or do Russia as part of a broad scope, "he said.

  • BUSINESS-NEWS-SCHEDULE AT 1230 GMT / 8.30 AM ET Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 8:50 AM ET

    WARSAW/ PARIS- French President Francois Hollande plans to raise concerns about a possible $10 billion- plus U.S. fine on BNP Paribas that he considers disproportionate with U.S. counterpart Barack Obama.

  • Lloyds Bank withdraws from Rosneft-BP loan - bankers Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 1:13 PM ET

    Lloyds, along with Deutsche Bank, HSBC and Bank of China was a mandated lead arranger on the loan to finance BP's purchase of crude oil and refined products from Rosneft.

  • *Could help to shield Yandex if Western sanctions tighten. MOSCOW, June 3- Shares in Russian internet search engine Yandex will begin trading in Moscow on Wednesday in a move that will please the Kremlin and could shield the Nasdaq-listed company from any tightening of Ukraine- related sanctions against Russia.

  • UPDATE 2-Russia, Ukraine hope for gas deal this week Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 7:53 AM ET

    *Gazprom delayed switching Kiev to prepayment. MOSCOW, June 3- Russia and Ukraine signalled on Tuesday they hope to resolve a dispute by the end of this week over billions of dollars in unpaid gas bills that threatens supplies to Europe and is stoking their political conflict.

  • MOSCOW, June 3- Russia and China have reached an agreement to create a joint credit rating agency and are working on a series of measures to make trade easier, Russia's finance minister said on Tuesday, a sign of growing ties between the neighbours.

  • BRUSSELS, June 2- Russia and Ukraine agreed on Monday to examine a payment plan to settle Kiev's multi-billion gas debts and fix a price for supplies until June 2015, offering the promise of averting an energy crisis over the crucial winter period.

  • *Moscow complains situation worse since Ukraine election. DONETSK, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, June 2- Russia accused Ukrainian authorities on Monday of escalating violence against civilians in the rebel-held east of the country, even as it offered Kiev a brief respite in a dispute over billions of dollars' worth of unpaid gas bills.

  • *Looking at up to 5 telecoms deals in Europe worth over $1 bln. MOSCOW, June 2- Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman's Alfa-Group wants to invest billions of dollars of proceeds from the sale of oil firm TNK-BP into telecoms assets in Europe, looking to capitalise as the industry consolidates.

  • MOSCOW, June 2- Russia's Gazprom gave Ukraine on Monday an extension into next week to resolve a gas price dispute at the heart of the two countries' confrontation, a day before Moscow was due to switch off the gas unless Kiev paid in advance.

  • *Battalion Vostok fighters say ranks include men from Russia, Ossetia, Chechnya. DONETSK, Ukraine, June 1- In flak jackets and mismatched camouflage fatigues, men from eastern Ukraine, Russia and Ossetia cleaned their weapons side by side in a former Ukrainian army base, now the headquarters of a separatist militia in the city of Donetsk.