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  • *Kiev in dire need of cash to pay gas bills. KIEV, Oct 28- Ukraine is unlikely to receive a second tranche of a $17- billion loan programme from the International Monetary Fund this year as expected, Finance Minister Oleksander Shlapak said on Tuesday, in the latest economic blow to the debt-ridden country. Ukraine, which has been fighting pro-Russian separatists...

  • BRUSSELS, Oct 26- Outside the European Commission's hulking headquarters, a poster on a street lamp proclaims "Titanic: final weeks". It is advertising an exhibition in Brussels on the cruise liner sunk by an iceberg off Newfoundland a century ago. But as Jose Manuel Barroso spends his last few days at the helm of the European Union's often maligned executive arm,...

  • KIEV, Oct 27- Pro-Western parties will dominate Ukraine's parliament after an election handed President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end a separatist conflict and to steer the country further away from Russia's orbit towards mainstream Europe. President Barack Obama hailed Sunday's election as "an important milestone in Ukraine's democratic...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 27- The rouble fell sharply on Monday, extending its decline and prompting renewed central bank support, despite getting a slight boost from Standard& Poor's decision to keep Russia's sovereign debt rating unchanged. "The Russian central bank is not yet able to stop the national currency's slide, neither with currency interventions, which are...

  • *Russia sees high number of "nationalists" emerging. KIEV, Oct 27- Pro-Western parties will dominate Ukraine's parliament after an election handed President Petro Poroshenko a mandate to end a separatist conflict and steer the country further out of Russia's orbit into Europe's mainstream. He still faces huge problems: Russia is resisting moves by Kiev to one...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 27- The rouble weakened on Monday after a slight rebound at the opening prompted by a decision of Standard& Poor's to keep Russia's sovereign rating unchanged. Standard& Poor's ratings agency affirmed Russia's sovereign rating on Friday at a notch above junk status, but said a downgrade may follow if the West imposes more sanctions on Moscow over its...

  • LONDON, Oct 26- Oil trading house Gunvor is seeking to cut exposure to Russia by selling assets in the country which had long been one the main generators of its growth and profit before the United States imposed sanctions on its co-founder. Now the company, led by the veteran Swedish oil trader, is looking to rebalance its asset portfolio and divest a significant...

  • LONDON, Oct 26- Oil trading house Gunvor is seeking to cut exposure to Russia by selling assets in the country which had long been one the main generators of its growth and profit before the United States imposed sanctions on its co-founder. Swiss-based Gunvor, one of the world's top five oil trading houses, was hit by short-lived turmoil in March when the United...

  • *Pro-Europe, nationalist-leaning assembly will irk Russia. KIEV, Oct 26- War-weary Ukrainians voted on Sunday in an election that is likely to install a pro-Western parliament and strengthen President Petro Poroshenko's mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but could fuel tension with Russia. People wrapped up warmly on a cold, clear day to vote in the...

  • *Pro-Europe, nationalist-leaning assembly will irk Russia. KIEV, Oct 26- Ukrainians voted on Sunday in an election that is likely to install a pro-Western parliament and strengthen President Petro Poroshenko's mandate to end separatist conflict in the east, but may fuel tension with Russia. The emergence of a strong force committed to a united Ukraine could...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 24- Standard& Poor's ratings agency affirmed Russia's sovereign rating on Friday at a notch above junk status, warning a downgrade may follow if more sanctions are imposed on Moscow for its role in the Ukrainian conflict. S&P also said another cut might come if Russia's monetary policy or exchange-rate flexibility weakens. Russian Finance Minister...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 24- Standard& Poor's ratings agency affirmed Russia's sovereign rating on Friday at a notch above junk status, warning that a downgrade may follow if more sanctions are imposed on Moscow for its role in the Ukrainian conflict. S&P also said another cut might come if Russia's monetary policy or exchange-rate flexibility weakens.

  • LAURA, Russia, Oct 24- Russian President Vladimir Putin issued a plea to the European Union and United States on Friday, asking them to help cash-strapped Ukraine raise funds to pay for Russian gas purchases and warning about escalation of the gas crisis. He also said he hoped a deal would be reached next week with Ukraine to end a long-running dispute in which...

  • Russian sigh of relief: Ratings held steady by S&P Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 12:09 PM ET
    A man walks past a money exchange office as it is reported that the Russian rouble has weakened, on October 22, 2014 in Moscow, Russia.

    Standard & Poor's affirmed its ratings on Russia Friday, providing relief to markets that had feared a downgrade.

  • *President denies Russia to blame in Ukraine crisis. LAURA, Russia, Oct 24- Russian President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of endangering global security by imposing a "unilateral diktat" on the rest of the world and shifted blame for the Ukraine crisis onto the West. "We did not start this," Putin told an informal group of experts on Russia that...

  • LAURA, Russia, Oct 24- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday he did not expect European countries to stop buying natural gas from Russia as there is no real alternative. "Can you imagine that this will happen at the desire of our partners in Europe? The European Union, which has imposed sanctions on Russia over the crisis in Ukraine, has expressed concern...

  • Putin says Russia will not "burn" its forex reserves Friday, 24 Oct 2014 | 10:42 AM ET

    LAURA, Russia, Oct 24- Russia intends to continue moves to a floating exchange rate and will not "burn" through its foreign exchange reserves, President Vladimir Putin said on Friday. We will use them for a certain balancing, "Putin told a meeting with Russian and foreign experts on Russia. Putin also said that Russia will put the main emphasis on attracting private...

  • LAURA, Russia, Oct 24- President Vladimir Putin accused the United States on Friday of making the world a more dangerous place by imposing a "unilateral diktat" in international diplomacy and denied Russia wanted to build a new empire. "Statements that Russia is trying to reinstate some sort of empire, that it is encroaching on the sovereignty of its neighbors, are...

  • LAURA, Russia, Oct 24- Russian President Vladimir Putin blamed the West on Friday for the conflict in Ukraine and denied accusations of empire building or trying to undermine the sovereignty of neighboring countries. In a speech to a group of political scholars called the Valdai Club in which he was fiercely critical of the United States, Putin said the risk of...

  • LAURA, Russia, Oct 24- Russian President Vladimir Putin criticized on Friday what he called the United States' "unilateral diktat" in global affairs and said the "so-called" winners of the Cold War wanted a new world order that suited only them. In a speech fiercely critical of the United States, Putin told an informal group of political scholars known as the Valdai...