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  • MOSCOW, April 16- The Russian rouble and share indexes declined on Thursday during an annual televised call-in by President Vladimir Putin, who offered few new ideas on Russia's crisis-ridden economy. Putin said he expected Russia's economy to return to growth within two years. Putin also defended Russia's decision to provide modern anti-aircraft missiles...

  • President Vladimir Putin says Russia expects France to return the advance payment if it fails to deliver a warship built for the Russian navy. He said France's failure to deliver the warship wouldn't damage the Russian navy capability, adding that Russia had placed the order in a bid to strengthen relations with France. President Vladimir Putin says the West...

  • Putin sees return to growth in Russia in under 2 years Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 5:57 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy could return to growth in less than two years, even though he considers it unlikely that the West will lift economic sanctions over the Ukraine crisis soon. Sitting at a desk in a television studio in front of rows of telephone operators taking calls from viewers, Putin said the...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy could return to growth in less than two years. In a televised call-in with the nation, Putin was reminded that he had said the economy could return to growth in two years. He said: "It may be quicker.

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Energy trader Gunvor has sold its 30 percent stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar, the Swiss-based trader said on Thursday. Gunvor, one of the world's top five oil trading houses, has been looking to cut exposure to Russia by selling assets. The company's former co-owner, Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, sold his stake in Gunvor last year...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Energy trader Gunvor has sold its 30 percent stake in Russian coal producer Kolmar, the Swiss-based trader said on Thursday. The stake has been sold to Mokara Enterprises Limited, owned by Russian businessman Andrei Bokarev, Gunvor said in a statement. The company's former co-owner, Russian billionaire Gennady Timchenko, sold his stake in...

  • Putin earns less than many in the Kremlin, documents show Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 10:06 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 15- Russian President Vladimir Putin earned about $151,000 in 2014, less than many others in the presidential administration, according to details of his income declaration published by the Kremlin on Wednesday. His earnings of 7.65 million roubles compared to about 3.6 million roubles in 2013, which was around $100,000 at the exchange rate a...

  • Russian officials said on Monday Russia was sending grain, equipment and construction materials to Iran in an oil-for-goods exchange, the first step in securing a foothold in a new market since the West imposed sanctions on Russia over Ukraine. Politically sensitive talks are now in their final stages on a deal to end a decades-old dispute on the nuclear...

  • MOSCOW, April 15- Russia must review its participation in international funds and financial organisations to conserve resources which are being used up by fees, Finance Minister Anton Siluanov said on Wednesday. Russia has been forced to cut expenditure after the oil price plunged, shrinking revenues needed to fund President Vladimir Putin's social...

  • MOSCOW— Russia said Tuesday that it would be at least six months before it could deliver the S-300 air defense missile system to Iran, but the Kremlin confirmed that a barter deal to supply Russian goods in exchange for Iranian oil was already being implemented. On Tuesday, Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, confirmed statements by a Russian diplomat that Russia...

  • BRUSSELS, April 12- Even if it survives the next three months teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, Greece may have blown its best chance of a long-term debt deal by alienating its euro zone partners when it most needed their support. "This step would save Greece's budget billions of euros, while reforming the Troika arrangement, eliminating the IMF's and the ECB's...

  • MOSCOW, April 13- Russia paved the way on Monday for missile system deliveries to Iran and started an oil-for-goods swap, signalling that Moscow may have a head-start in the race to benefit from an eventual lifting of sanctions on Tehran. The moves come after world powers, including Russia, reached an interim deal with Iran this month on curbing its nuclear...

  • *Russia eyes energy deals with Iran after sanctions lifted. MOSCOW, April 13- Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday paved the way for long-overdue missile system deliveries to Iran and Moscow started an oil-for-goods swap with Tehran, showing the Kremlin's determination to boost economic ties with the Islamic Republic. The moves come after world powers,...

  • SABETTA, Russia, April 13- Russian gas producer Novatek hopes to secure $5 billion from global export credit agencies for its Arctic liquefied natural gas project Yamal LNG by mid-year, chief executive Leonid Mikhelson said. Speaking in a northern port where the facilities for Yamal LNG are being built, Mikhelson and the head of French partner Total were upbeat...

  • MOSCOW, April 10- It was when her nine-year-old son said he wanted to be ill to keep her home that Ekaterina Chatskaya knew the cuts at her Moscow clinic had gone too far and she was working too many hours. But despite feeling the squeeze more than most, Russia's nascent middle class is reluctant to blame President Vladimir Putin and his policies, scared of what they...

  • Putin to back nationalist McDonald's replacement? Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 10:23 AM ET
    Russian film directors Andron Konchalovskiy (R) and his brother Nikita Mikhalkov attend the opening ceremony of a memorial board to their mother Natalya Konchalovskaya, January 18, 2015 in Moscow.

    Two Russian directors have requested $18.5 million from president Vladimir Putin to roll out "an alternative to McDonald's."

  • MOSCOW, April 8- Russia is considering soon giving Greece funds based on future profits it could earn from shipping Russian gas to Europe as part of a pipeline extension, two Greek government sources said on Wednesday. The extension to the Turkish Stream pipeline, which would take Russian gas from Turkey to Europe via Greece but has yet to be finalised, might also...

  • MOSCOW, April 8- Russia is considering soon giving Greece funds based on future profits Athens could earn from shipping Russian gas to Europe as part of an extension of the Turkish Stream pipeline, a Greek government official said on Wednesday. The extension to Turkish Stream, which has yet to be finalised and would take Russian gas from Turkey to Europe via...

  • WRAPUP 1-Greek PM gets support, not money from Putin Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 1:21 PM ET

    *Greece could run out of money within weeks. *Putin says Greece did not ask for aid. Tsipras added: " Greece is not a beggar going around to countries asking them to solve its economic problem, an economic crisis that doesn't only concern Greece but is a European crisis.

  • MOSCOW, April 8- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won pledges of closer cooperation from Russia at talks in the Kremlin on Wednesday but President Vladimir Putin said Athens had not asked for money to ease its debt crisis. The visit, as Athens seeks funds to make debt repayments, caused concern in some European Union states that Greece could break ranks over...