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  • MOSCOW, May 8- Russia will sign a deal to boost Chinese lending to Russian companies by up to $25 billion over the next three years, Kirill Dmitriev, chief executive officer of Russian Direct Investment Fund told Reuters on Friday.

  • MOSCOW, May 8- Russia and China have agreed to launch a $2 billion investment fund targeting agricultural projects in the two countries, a spokeswoman for the Russian Direct Investment Fund said on Friday.

  • *Greek spokesman says Athens won't back down on everything. *Athens seeks statement of progress to unlock ECB help. Despite efforts by European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to coax leftist Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras into moving on two key conditions for releasing EU/IMF bailout funds, the Greek government spokesman said lenders could not...

  • *Gazprom has 12 weeks to respond to EU charges. MOSCOW, May 7- Gazprom is considering offering Europe new concessions, including on pricing, to settle its antitrust case and avoid a long legal battle which could result in billions of dollars in fines for the Russian gas producer. The European Commission has accused Gazprom, which meets a third of EU gas needs and...

  • The start of 2016 is already a year later than planned as Russia seeks to oppose European efforts to integrate Ukraine and move it out of Moscow's sphere of influence. The EU-Ukraine deal is at the heart of a dispute that has grown from a tug-of-war between Brussels and the Kremlin over Kiev to sanctions, the annexation of Crimea by Russia, armed conflict in...

  • Rosneft chief earns up to $4.7M in basic salary Tuesday, 5 May 2015 | 10:21 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin, right, listens to Igor Sechin, CEO of state-controlled Russian oil company Rosneft, during Russian-Armenian talks in Yerevan, Armenia, Dec. 2, 2013.

    The head of Russia's Rosneft earns at least 15-20 million rubles a month, the oil company said on Tuesday, disclosing Igor Sechin's basic salary after President Vladimir Putin encouraged greater wage transparency.

  • MOSCOW, May 5- The head of Russia's Rosneft earns at least 15- 20 million roubles a month, the oil company said on Tuesday, disclosing Igor Sechin's basic salary after President Vladimir Putin encouraged greater wage transparency. Rosneft, which is under Western sanctions due to Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis, bought its peer TNK-BP for $55 billion in 2013,...

  • Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un

    Warming economic and political ties between Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un are in question. The Fiscal Times reports.

  • Yikes! Putin to have superhuman robo-soldiers Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 12:03 PM ET
    Exoskeleton soldier developed by Raytheon

    Russian President Vladimir Putin has an army of robotic soldiers in the works. The Fiscal Times reports.

  • MOSCOW, April 30- Russia's central bank cut its main lending rate by 1-1/ 2 percentage points on Thursday, its third rate cut this year, a sign that it believes the worst of an economic crisis is over. The cut to 12.5 percent follows the rouble's recovery in recent weeks after a dramatic decline last year as global oil prices fell and Western economic sanctions over...

  • Russia looks set to extend import ban on Western food Thursday, 30 Apr 2015 | 7:43 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 30- Russia looks likely to extend a ban on Western food imports beyond an Aug. 7 deadline, with a lack of incentive to lift its embargo due to the prospect of extended European sanctions. The ban on most food imports from the United States, European Union and other countries worth $9 billion is due to run out on Aug. 7, a year after it was imposed in...

  • MOSCOW, April 28- Novatek, Russia's second-biggest gas producer, said on Tuesday it had extended its gas supply contract with Gazprom- owned utility firm Mosenergo to the end of 2019.. Novatek, whose largest shareholders are France's Total and businessman Gennady Timchenko, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, is to sell 9 billion cubic metres of natural gas per...

  • ST PETERSBURG, Russia, April 27- President Vladimir Putin accused some of Russia's "quasi-partners" on Monday of counting on the country's collapse by cutting its banks off from the global financial system at a time when oil prices had plunged. Speaking in Russia's second city of St Petersburg, Putin said they had been proved wrong and the economy had easily...

  • Russia, France close to deal on Mistrals - source Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 10:13 AM ET

    YEREVAN, April 24- Russia and France are close to reaching an agreement for Paris to cancel a frozen contract on the sale of Mistral helicopter carriers and reimburse Moscow, a Russian source close to talks indicated on Friday. France suspended the delivery of the warships last year after the European Union decided to impose sanctions on Russia over the...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 24- Former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander has asked the U.S. intelligence agency to review patent filings by his company to make sure that they do not reveal any secrets or misappropriate any government work. Alexander told Reuters he took the step to head off additional controversy about IronNet Cybersecurity, a...

  • Why is Greece flirting with the Russians? Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 11:46 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attend a joint press conference at the Kremlin on April 8, 2015 in Moscow, Russia.

    Is the midst of a financial meltdown, Greece seeks cash and a pipeline deal from the Russians. But any agreement will need EU approval.

  • UPDATE 2-Russia deepens energy cooperation with Argentina Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 23- Russia and Argentina signed documents deepening energy cooperation on Thursday, underlining Moscow's drive to develop ties with South America since coming under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Russian state-owned gas producer Gazprom signed a memorandum on cooperation with Argentinian state oil company YPF, while Russia's...

  • MOSCOW, April 23- Russia and Argentina signed several cooperation documents in the energy sector on Thursday, underlining Moscow's drive to deepen ties with countries in South America since coming under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Russian state-owned gas producer Gazprom signed a memorandum on cooperation with state oil company YPF, while...

  • MOSCOW, April 23- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russian gas producer Gazprom was looking into the possibility of jointly developing hydrocarbon deposits in Argentina.

  • *Gazprom calls charges "unfounded", seeks political agreement. BRUSSELS, April 22- The European Union launched a legal attack on Gazprom on Wednesday, stoking tension with Moscow as it accused the Russian gas giant of overcharging buyers in Eastern Europe and hindering competition. The EU's new antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, who a week ago announced a...