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  • 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...

  • FACTBOX-Russia's 'anti-crisis' fund has little to spare Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 11:59 AM ET

    Last week, Russia announced a $35 billion "anti-crisis" spending plan to help the economy. Almost half of the Fund is already committed to domestic projects and companies- close to a 60 percent cap that limits investments within Russia. The NWF was set up in 2008 when Russia split up its Stabilisation Fund, a rainy-day fund financed from oil taxes, into two...

  • *Ukraine's economy hit by conflict in the east. *IMF mission has extended visit as Kiev seeks loans. KIEV, Feb 5- Ukraine's hryvnia currency plunged about 30 percent against the dollar on Thursday, traders said, after the central bank abandoned the foreign currency auctions that had effectively pegged the exchange rate.

  • *Ukraine's economy hit by conflict in the east. *IMF mission has extended visit as Kiev seeks loans. KIEV, Feb 5- Ukraine's central bank announced on Thursday a big increase in its main interest rate to 19.5 percent to try to avert financial collapse, brought ever closer by fighting in the country's east and a lack of foreign funding.

  • Buffett: Buying in Western Europe, eyeing Russia Wednesday, 4 Feb 2015 | 6:06 PM ET
    Warren Buffett Berkshire Hathaway

    Business magnate Warren Buffett said Wednesday he is planting his flag in Western Europe.

  • LONDON, Feb 4- Sanctions on Russia over its actions in Ukraine have compounded the impact of oil's plunge but Moscow may have the financial buffers to hold out for two years without a change in policy. European governments meet next week to review the sanctions, imposed after Russia annexed Crimea last March and threw its support behind pro- Moscow separatists in...

  • *Rosneft faces $7 billion debt repayment to banks on Feb. 13. LONDON, Feb 3- Rosneft is raising money from Swiss trader Trafigura days before it must repay a $7 billion debt and squeezed by sanctions, industry sources said, seeking new options after a foray into the bond market fuelled a devaluation of the rouble. Now the Feb. 13 deadline for the repayment of another $7...

  • NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, Feb 3- Russia's economy minister said on Tuesday the government planned to spend 525 billion roubles from the state's National Wealth Fund to support infrastructure projects including one to produce liquefied natural gas, Yamal LNG.

  • Putin on track to nationalize companies: Critic Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 7:56 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin

    Investors shouldn't expect to find value in Russia because earnings will be lost to capital controls and expropriation, Putin critic William Browder says.

  • Nobody put Putin in a corner: William Browder Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 7:34 AM ET
    Nobody put Putin in a corner: William Browder

    William Browder, Hermitage Capital Management CEO, discusses Russia's tattered economy, as crude prices slump, sanctions continue and Putin remains defiant over Ukraine.

  • BP and its future with Russia Tuesday, 3 Feb 2015 | 4:10 AM ET
    BP and its future with Russia

    After 25 years with Russia, Bob Dudley, CEO of BP says his company is "deeply committed" to its relationship with Rosneft, and sees it as a long-term investment.

  • OSLO, Feb 2- The West must be ready for a long standoff with Russia over Ukraine and not quickly resume normal ties as it did after the 2008 Georgian war, a top NATO official said on Monday. The war severely damaged relations between Moscow and the West, but drew no direct sanctions, and the European Union and NATO quickly went back to business as usual with Moscow.

  • WASHINGTON, Jan 30- An unexpected move by Russia's central bank to cut its main interest rate shows continued chaos in the country's economy, some of it due to Western sanctions related to the Ukraine crisis, a White House spokesman said Friday. "There are specific and clear economic costs associated with President Putin's expedition into eastern Ukraine,"...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 30- Russia's government will employ a company belonging to an ally of President Vladimir Putin to build a bridge connecting mainland Russia to the Crimean peninsula, which Moscow annexed from Ukraine last year. It said SGM, owned by Putin's childhood judo partner Arkady Rotenberg, was "one of Russia's leading holding companies engaged in the...

  • LONDON, Jan 29- Belarus sovereign bonds fell up to 27 cents in the dollar on Thursday on fears of debt restructuring, while broader emerging markets also weakened following a U.S. Belarus yield spreads over Treasuries widened 900 basis points to 1463 bps and its 2015 and 2018 bonds were sold off after President Alexander Lukashenko said the country may have to...

  • Germans in shock as new Greek leader starts with a bang Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 11:15 AM ET

    *Fiery Tsipras start challenges policy assumptions in Berlin. *Russia overtures deepen concerns over EU consensus on Ukraine. The move did not go unnoticed in Berlin.

  • UPDATE 1-OMV, Gazprom amend gas supply deal terms Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 8:15 AM ET

    VIENNA, Jan 28- Austrian energy group OMV and Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom have agreed to amend a long-term contract for gas supplies, OMV said on Wednesday without disclosing details. Alexander Medvedev, deputy head of Gazprom's management committee, and OMV Chief Executive Gerhard Roiss signed the amendment at a meeting in Vienna, OMV said in a...

  • MOSCOW, Jan 28- Russia announced a $35 billion "anti-crisis" spending plan on Wednesday to bail out an economy battered by Western sanctions and falling oil prices, but gave few details of the deep cuts it said would be enacted this year to pay for it. The 2.34 trillion rouble spending plan includes 1.55 billion roubles to support banks, most of which was already...

  • Putin eyes benefits as rebels gain in Ukraine Wednesday, 28 Jan 2015 | 5:09 AM ET

    *Fighting has surged in eastern Ukraine. *Putin blames Kiev but could see gains. MOSCOW, Jan 28- Boxed into a corner by a financial crisis and the West's refusal to drop sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine, Russian President Vladimir Putin has come out fighting.