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  • LONDON, July 17- Russia is stepping up a public relations effort in support of its controversial South Stream gas pipeline project to supply southern Europe, but a rival project to bring gas from Azerbaijan is also upping its game.

  • LONDON, July 17- Targeting major Russian energy firms may come to be seen as the turning point at which U.S. sanctions policy over-reached and spurred a major effort to re-route financial transactions away from the United States.

  • WASHINGTON/ MOSCOW, July 17- President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on some of Russia's biggest firms for the first time, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin's powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over Moscow's failure to curb violence in Ukraine.

  • MOSCOW, July 17- Gazprombank, Russia's third largest bank by assets, said on Thursday new U.S. sanctions were not affecting the stability of its operations and finances, and the central bank promised support if needed.

  • *Russia warns it will hit back. WASHINGTON/ MOSCOW, July 17- President Barack Obama imposed sanctions on some of Russia's biggest firms for the first time, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin's powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over Moscow's failure to curb violence in Ukraine.

  • *Russia assets fall as U.S., EU impose more sanctions. LONDON, July 17- A tightening of Western sanctions on Russia rattled world markets on Thursday, sending Moscow stocks and the rouble tumbling and lifting traditional safe-haven currencies and bonds.

  • *Palladium prices hit highest since February 2001. LONDON, July 17- Gold rose on Thursday, extending the previous day's recovery from four-week lows as investors took advantage of lower prices to buy, though expectations that U.S. monetary policy is set to tighten limited gains.

  • *Russia assets fall as U.S., EU impose more sanctions. LONDON, July 17- The United States imposed its toughest sanctions yet on Moscow on Wednesday, and Russian stocks and the rouble tumbled on Thursday. "Until a few weeks back Russia was in a position of relative strength because there was massive pressure on oil but that is not the case any more."

  • WASHINGTON/ MOSCOW, July 16- President Barack Obama imposed the toughest U.S. sanctions yet on Russia, striking at the heart of Vladimir Putin's powerbase by targeting companies closest to him over what Washington says is Moscow's failure to curb violence in Ukraine.

  • BRASILIA, July 16- Rosneft Oil Co Chief Executive Officer Igor Sechin said on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions on the Russian state-controlled energy company are illegal because it has no role in the crisis in Ukraine.

  • BRASILIA, July 16- Russian President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday that U.S. sanctions will take relations with Russia to a "dead end" and damage U.S. business interests in his country.

  • WASHINGTON, July 16- President Barack Obama imposed the biggest package of U.S. economic sanctions yet on Russia on Wednesday, hitting Russia's largest oil producer Rosneft and other energy, financial and defense firms, with what he called significant but targeted penalties.

  • Russia tries energy diplomacy close to US shores Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 2:55 PM ET
    A gas drilling operation in Cuba.

    Vladimir Putin swung through Latin America arranging energy deals—but that's not the only thing he hoped to achieve.

  • Tumbling car sales in Russia dampen fanfare for new sedan Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 8:18 AM ET

    TOGLIATTI, Russia, July 16- To the pounding beat of house music and a triumphant trip down memory lane, the launch of Datsun's on-Do family sedan at Russia's largest automaker on Monday was hailed as a sure success.

  • COLUMN-The Big One: Russia's Bazhenov shale: Kemp Wednesday, 16 Jul 2014 | 7:02 AM ET

    LONDON, July 16- As U.S. and EU policymakers have imposed targeted sanctions on Russian individuals and firms in response to the crisis in Ukraine, Western companies have sought to insulate their own projects from the political imbroglio and continue developing the country's vast oil and gas resources.

  • FORTALEZA, Brazil, July 15- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Tuesday that the BRICS bloc stood against one-sided economic and political measures by third countries, but that the emerging nations were not seeking confrontation with the West.

  • ASTANA, July 15- Kazakhstan's economic growth eased in the first half of this year, hit by a slowdown in key partner Russia and a drop in oil and non-ferrous metal production, the statistics agency said on Tuesday.

  • *Ukraine denies firing over border, suggests rebels did so. DONETSK, Ukraine/ MOSCOW, July 13- Russia threatened Ukraine on Sunday with "irreversible consequences" after a Russian man was killed by a shell fired across the border, while Kiev said Ukrainian warplanes struck again at separatist positions in the east of the country, inflicting big losses.

  • UPDATE 1-Putin signs nuclear energy deal with Argentina Saturday, 12 Jul 2014 | 3:06 PM ET

    BUENOS AIRES, July 12- Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a nuclear energy cooperation deal with Argentina on Saturday on the second stop of a tour to bolster trade ties and strengthen Russia's influence in Latin America.

  • BUENOS AIRES, July 12- Russian President Vladimir Putin could meet his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko on the sidelines of the World Cup final in Brazil on Sunday, although no talks were being planned at this point, a spokesman for the Kremlin said on Saturday.