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  • Putin: Russia must be 'protected'   Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:50 AM ET
    Putin: Russia must be 'protected'

    Russia's Vladimir Putin responds to Ukraine Crisis and Russia's stature compared to the rest of the world. CNBC's Geoff Cutmore reports the President's remarks.

  • Is Russia's bear just a 'stuffed animal'?   Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:50 AM ET
    Is Russia'a bear just want a 'stuffed animal'?

    Russian President Vladimir Putin says that other countries perceive Russia as a country which should just "sit quietly", rather than try and maintain its sovereignty and independence.

  • Putin says Russia must diversify its economy Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:45 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 18- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia needed to take the opportunity to diversify its economy to protect it from external shocks. He told his annual end-of-year news conference: "Current external conditions are spurring us on, will make us more effective, switch us to the innovative development path." "We must guarantee private...

  • Vladimir Putin: What you need to know   Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:42 AM ET
    Vladimir Putin

    Here's everything you need to know about Russia's president, Vladimir Putin.

  • Putin on Ukraine: Game-changing move?   Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:40 AM ET
    Putin on Ukraine: Game-changing move?

    Vladimir Putin spoke about the Ukraine Crisis in his press conference, saying Russia was ready to mediate. Is that a game-changer? Alexander Branis, director at Prosperity Capital, weighs in.

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc tumbled on Thursday as its central bank slapped a charge on deposits, wary of a flood of money exiting Russia and the likely pressure from the euro zone if the ECB starts full-scale money printing early next year. The jitters of recent days also calmed a touch as Russia managed to stabilise its rouble ahead of an end-of-year address...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the government had to take additional measures to forge economic stability.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday that Russia's current economic difficulties could last for the next two years but the situation could improve faster.

  • Russia to act as mediator?   Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:30 AM ET
    Russia to act as mediator?

    Russian President Vladimir Putin discusses the Ukraine Crisis and ongoing military situation, saying that Russia is ready to act as a mediator.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday the central bank and government were taking adequate measures to support the rouble and that Russia's current economic situation was casued by external factors. He told his annual end-of-year news conference: "I believe that the central bank and the government are taking adequate measures."

  • Russian central bank has acted 'adequately'   Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:25 AM ET
    Russian central bank has acted 'adequately'

    Russian President Vladimir Putin discusses the turbulence in the country's economy and says the central bank is doing the right thing, but could act a little faster.

  • Putin's speech seemed 'relatively calm'   Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:20 AM ET
    Putin's speech seemed 'relatively calm'

    Commenting on the Putin's recent speech, Simon Quijano-Evans, head of EM research at Commerzbank, says the press conference started off "relatively calm" and that Putin appears to be trying to act on negotiating terms.

  • Russia's income is higher than spending: Putin   Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET
    Russia's income is higher than spending: Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin says that, despite "turbulence" in financial markets, Russia's economy is doing well and its income will be higher than spending.

  • Russia will grow again within 2 years   Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET
    Russia will grow again within 2 years

    Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the fall in oil prices marks a good opportunity for Russia to diversify its economy.

  • Russia positive on the economic year   Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET
    Russia positive on the economic year

    Russian President Vladimir Putin talks about the current state of the Russian economy and how he's still positive. CNBC's Geoff Cutmore analyses the remarks.

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russia's rouble lost more ground against the dollar on Thursday before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference, expected to be dominated by what a government minister called a "perfect storm" hitting the economy. Putin has been silent as the currency collapsed this week before recovering some ground and is under pressure to show...

  • LONDON, Dec 18- The Swiss franc hit its lowest against the dollar in more than two years, and touched a two-month trough against the euro, on Thursday after the Swiss National Bank said it would introduce negative interest rates. The Swiss franc weakened to as much as 1.2098 francs per euro on trading platform EBS, pulling away from the SNB's three-year old cap of...

  • Rouble weakens in volatile trade before Putin speech Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 3:25 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 18- Russia's rouble weakened against the dollar and euro in volatile trade on Thursday, reversing gains made at market opening, before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference. At 0822 GMT, the rouble was around 3 percent weaker against the dollar at 61.92 after opening more than 1 percent higher. Putin will hold his press conference at...

  • MOSCOW, Dec 18- The rouble and Moscow shares rose on Thursday, buoyed by state action and indications Russia's top oil producer can meet a debt repayment, before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference. "We are expecting verbal interventions today during Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin's speech," Gleb Zadoya, head analyst at Profit Group in Moscow,...

  • Russian rouble firms before Putin news conference Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 2:14 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Dec 18- The Russian rouble firmed at opening on Thursday before President Vladimir Putin's end-of-year news conference, expected to be dominated by the currency's dramatic decline this year. At 0705 GMT, the rouble was 2.8 percent firmer against the dollar at 58.00 after opening more than 1 percent higher. Market participants have been encouraged by a...