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  • DONETSK, Ukraine Feb 11- The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine were due to attend a peace summit on Wednesday, but Ukraine's pro- Moscow separatists diminished the chance of a deal by launching some of the war's worst fighting in an assault on a government garrison. Kiev said 19 of its soldiers were killed in a day of pro-Russian separatist assaults at a...

  • *Igor Sechin says " OPEC has lost its teeth". LONDON, Feb 10- The head of Kremlin-controlled energy giant Rosneft targeted OPEC and the United States on Tuesday as he launched a broadside at the forces behind the oil price crash that has hit Russia's economy hard. Igor Sechin, one of President Vladimir Putin's closest allies, said during a rare visit to London that OPEC...

  • YEREVAN, Feb 10- Armenia's central bank raised its key refinancing rate on Tuesday to 10.5 percent from 9.5 percent, becoming the latest country to try to protect itself from Russia's financial crisis. Armenia, a former Soviet republic of 3.2 million people, is closely tied to Russia through trade and remittances. It also belongs to Russian President Vladimir...

  • Geopolitics: Russia makes its case Tuesday, 10 Feb 2015 | 4:40 AM ET
    Geopolitics:  Russia makes its case

    As Russian president Vladimir Putin heads to Egypt, Chris Weafer, senior partner at Macro-Advisory says Putin's aim is to show everyone else that Russia is still relevant and a player in geopolitics.

  • *Media reports say HSBC helped wealthy dodge taxes. LONDON/ ZURICH/ WASHINGTON, Feb 10- HSBC Holdings Plc faces investigation by U.S. authorities and an inquiry by British lawmakers after admitting failings by its Swiss private bank that may have allowed some customers to dodge taxes. U.S. prosecutors have stepped up efforts to establish whether HSBC, the world's...

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- U.S. President Barack Obama made clear he was some way from a decision on whether to arm Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels, saying on Monday he still hoped for a diplomatic solution. Russia had violated a September peace deal by sending more tanks and artillery into eastern Ukraine, Obama said, adding that he...

  • Obama: Not ready to send arms to Ukraine...yet Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 1:47 PM ET
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel meets with President Obama in the Oval Office, Feb. 9, 2015.

    President Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel reaffirm sanctions until Moscow complies with international law.

  • Lew: Russian economy not good Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 1:03 PM ET
    Lew: Russian economy not good

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew discussed whether the current level of sanctions on Russia are working, and Greece's future.

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to argue in Washington on Monday against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels, while in Brussels EU ministers held off tightening sanctions to give peace talks a chance. But critics of Obama's cautious foreign policy approach are already demanding decisive...

  • Lew: Tamp down rhetoric on Greece Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 7:02 AM ET
    Lew: Tamp down rhetoric on Greece

    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew discusses what concerns him about Greece's possible exit from the euro zone and whether sanctions are impacting Russia.

  • WASHINGTON/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Feb 9- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to argue against arming Ukraine in its conflict against Russian-backed rebels in Washington on Monday in the face of intense U.S. But critics of Obama's cautious foreign policy approach are already demanding decisive U.S. action to help Kiev fight the separatists in eastern Ukraine,...

  • Sluggish economy hits Russian fuel demand Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 6:13 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Feb 9- An economic downturn exacerbated by a falling rouble and Western sanctions over Ukraine has hit fuel demand in Russia, forcing energy companies to cut retail prices and adding to the pressure many of them are feeling from lower oil prices. The rouble has plunged around 50 percent against the dollar and oil, Russia's chief export, has declined about...

  • Lew: What economy needs to fire on all cylinders Monday, 9 Feb 2015 | 6:01 AM ET
    Treasury Secretary Jack Lew testifies before the Senate Finance Committee on Capitol Hill, February 5, 2015 in Washington.

    The U.S. economy has achieved sustainable growth, but wages remain a problem, the Treasury secretary told CNBC in an exclusive interview.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 9- Russians with foreign-currency mortgages have written an open letter to President Vladimir Putin seeking help with repayments that have soared because of the rouble's plunge, saying they were misled by banks. The letter, published by the Vedomosti and Kommersant business newspapers on Monday, reflects discontent over the rouble's slide and...

  • *Europeans spar with U.S. senators over arming Ukraine. MUNICH, Feb 8- The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France agreed to meet in Belarus on Wednesday to try to broker a peace deal for Ukraine amid escalating violence there and signs of cracks in the transatlantic consensus on confronting Vladimir Putin. After the call, Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko...

  • MUNICH, Feb 7- Germany's Angela Merkel said on Saturday that sending arms to help Ukraine fight pro-Russian separatists would not solve the crisis there, drawing sharp rebukes from U.S. politicians who accused Berlin of turning its back on an ally in distress. The heated exchanges at a security conference in Munich pointed to cracks in the transatlantic...

  • Russia talks: Will we see a ceasefire? Friday, 6 Feb 2015 | 11:20 AM ET
    Russia talks: Will we see a ceasefire?

    Angela Merkel and Fran├žois Hollande are in Russia to discuss a ceasefire. Joseph Dayan, head of markets at BCS Financial Group, weighs in on whether it will successful.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 6- German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande arrived in Moscow on Friday for talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the Ukraine crisis. The trip by Merkel and Hollande follows five hours of late-night talks with Ukrainian leader Petro Poroshenko in Kiev on Thursday. Their initiative follows fierce fighting...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 6- The rouble and Russian shares continued to rally on Friday as markets awaited the outcome of high-level peace talks to end the war in eastern Ukraine and the oil price firmed. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will meet Russian President Vladimir Putin later on Friday to discuss details of a new plan to end the...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 6- The Russian rouble opened broadly stronger on Friday and shares rose, supported by higher oil prices and possible progress on the Ukraine crisis. Market players were waiting for the results of a meeting on resolving the Ukraine crisis between Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois...