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  • Russia still mulling food import ban -agency Thursday, 7 Aug 2014 | 1:39 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Aug 7- Russia's food safety watchdog on Thursday said its spokesman's comments on threatened retaliatory bans of food imports from the United States and European Union reflected his personal views, as a list of targeted items had yet to be approved.

  • *Russia ban is in retaliation for Western sanctions. MOSCOW, Aug 6- Russia has escalated an economic battle set off by the crisis in Ukraine with a ban on all food imports from the United States and on fruit and vegetables from the European Union, dropping any pretence these might be for food safety reasons.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 6- Major U.S. stock indexes ended little changed on Wednesday, as tensions in Ukraine and Russia and a failed merger between Sprint and T-Mobile offset gains in consumer staples shares.

  • *Western bank still expects robust Russia profits. MOSCOW, Aug 6- Russia will ban all imports of U.S. food products as well as fruit and vegetables from the European Union after President Vladimir Putin ordered retaliation for Western sanctions against Moscow, a state news agency reported on Wednesday.

  • *NATO says Moscow could use "humanitarian" pretext to invade. MOSCOW/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 6- Russia will ban all imports of food from the United States and all fruit and vegetables from Europe, the state news agency reported on Wednesday, a sweeping response to Western sanctions imposed over its support for rebels in Ukraine.

  • US STOCKS-Wall St flat in choppy trading; telecoms fall Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 3:11 PM ET

    NEW YORK, Aug 6- U.S. stocks hovered near the unchanged mark on Wednesday in choppy trading as the potential for tension to escalate between Russia and Ukraine kept risk seekers in check.

  • *European shares down as Russia gathers forces near Ukraine. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 6- Gold rose 1.6 percent on Wednesday on safe-haven buying, triggered by worries there could be an escalation of the military conflict in Ukraine and by a weak undertone in global equities.

  • MOSCOW, Aug 6- Russia will impose "quite substantial" bans on the U.S. and EU food imports and has already decided to suspend U.S. poultry imports as part of President Vladimir Putin's order to prepare a list of food import bans, its veterinary service said.

  • Russia banning US poultry imports on Putin's order Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 2:13 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Aug. 5, 2014.

    Putin earlier signed an order banning or limiting imports of agricultural products from countries which have imposed sanctions on Russia.

  • Russia's next move     Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 2:06 PM ET
    Demonstrators hold placards during a rally in front of the White House in Washington, DC.

    Col. Jack Jacobs, MSNBC military analyst and Medal of Honor recipient, discusses the possibility of Vladimir Putin sending official Russian forces into Ukraine.

  • Aug 6- Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement on Wednesday that he plans to slap a one-year import ban on agricultural products from countries that have imposed sanctions on Russia is unwelcome news to U.S.-based makers of farm equipment.

  • MOSCOW/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 6- Russia has massed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine's border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian mission to invade, NATO said on Wednesday, its starkest warning yet that Moscow could soon mount a ground assault against its neighbor.

  • *Western bank still expects robust Russia profits. ESPOO, Finland/ MOSCOW, Aug 6- Finland warned on Wednesday that Russian retaliation against EU sanctions could push its economy into crisis, while President Vladimir Putin ordered curbs on food imports from countries that join the Western action over Ukraine.

  • *European shares down as Russia gathers forces near Ukraine. NEW YORK/ LONDON, Aug 6- Gold rose nearly 1.5 percent on Wednesday on safe-haven buying triggered by worries that there could be an escalation of the military conflict in Ukraine and by a weak undertone in global equities.

  • Europe closes lower; Ukraine tensions weigh Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    European shares closed lower on Wednesday, with investors reacting to disappointing data and escalating tensions between Russia and Ukraine.

  • Should markets fear 'Putin effect'?     Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    Cristian Maggio, emerging market strategist at TD Securities, and Holger Schmieding, chief economist at Berenberg Bank, discuss whether both the euro zone and emerging markets could be hit by a "Putin effect".

  • Putin retaliates for sanctions     Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 11:24 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin on Aug. 5, 2014.

    Vladimir Putin has signed a decree to put limits on imports from countries which have imposed sanctions on Russia. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports the details.

  • Canada tightens sanctions on Russia banks and individuals Wednesday, 6 Aug 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    OTTAWA, Aug 6- Canada followed the U.S. and European Union on Wednesday by announcing more sanctions on Russian individuals and entities, including VTB Bank OAO, Russia's second-largest bank by assets. In addition to VTB, Canada targeted Bank of Moscow and the Russian Agricultural Bank.

  • LONDON, Aug 6- Russia's President Vladimir Putin signed a decree banning or limiting imports of agricultural products from countries which have imposed sanctions on Russia, the Kremlin's press service said on Wednesday.

  • BRUSSELS/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Aug 6- Russia has massed around 20,000 combat-ready troops on Ukraine's border and could use the pretext of a humanitarian mission to invade, NATO said on Wednesday, its starkest warning yet that Moscow could soon mount a ground assault against its neighbour.