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  • Ukrainian, Russian leaders sound optimistic note Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 3:49 AM ET

    MILAN— Russian and Ukrainian leaders sounded optimistic after marathon, Europe- brokered talks Friday, signaling progress on both a definitive peace settlement in Ukraine and a gas dispute that threatens to disrupt supplies to Europe this winter. Putin also voiced confidence that the issue of Russians who have joined the insurgency in eastern Ukraine could...

  • MILAN, Oct 16- Europe's priority must be to stimulate economic growth, Italy and France said on Thursday, putting themselves at odds again with Germany, which is demanding deficit rigour. Speaking in Berlin before flying to Italy, Merkel said the rest of Europe must stick to EU rules or the bloc's credibility would be at stake. Hollande blamed the market turmoil on a...

  • BELGRADE, Oct 16- Russia will reduce gas supplies to Europe if Ukraine steals from the transit pipeline to cover its own needs, Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday, adding that he was "hopeful" it would not come to that. Russia cut off supply to Ukraine on June 16 over what gas exporter Gazprom said were billions of euros in unpaid bills.

  • Russia's Kasparov backs case of dissident banker Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 7:17 AM ET

    PARIS— Russian chess master and political activist Garry Kasparov said a Kazakh dissident banker is in danger if a court rules he should be extradited from France. The case of Mukhtar Ablyazov has been tangled up in courts in at least five countries since he fled Kazakhstan amid the nationalization of BTA Bank, which he had led as chairman. Ablyazov was arrested...

  • Putin cheered in Serbia, seeks pipeline backing Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 6:52 AM ET

    BELGRADE, Serbia— Greeted by enthusiastic chants of "Putin! , "Russian President Vladimir Putin attended a military parade Thursday in Slavic ally Serbia, where he held talks on economic issues, including on the South Stream gas pipeline opposed by the European Union. Putin's visit came as Serbia finds itself caught in the middle of Moscow's dispute with the West...

  • *Oil price plunge could cost Russia $65- 75 bln. MOSCOW, Oct 16- A steep plunge in the rouble, caused by sanctions over the Ukraine crisis and falling oil prices, has underlined Russia's heavy dependence on Western finance to balance its dollar-thirsty economy. For all President Vladimir Putin's anti-Western bravado and talk of shifting Russia's economic ties to...

  • Putin keeps Merkel waiting in Milan Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 5:46 AM ET

    MILAN— Russian President Vladimir Putin's diplomatic blitz on Ukraine got off to a rocky start Thursday when he kept German Chancellor Angela Merkel waiting for a meeting then showed up in the middle of a dinner with European and Asian leaders. Putin is looking to get relief from Western economic sanctions imposed since Russia's annexation of the Crimean...

  • Falling oil prices shake up global economies Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 3:02 AM ET

    The global price of oil closed at $84.47 per barrel Thursday, down about $31, or 27 percent, from its high point for the year. "The problem is that countries get accustomed to a certain level of income, and then spend," says Edward Chow, a senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Increased production in the U.S., Canada, Iraq and elsewhere made up...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 15- Russian natural gas transit through Ukraine to Europe is still problematic and alternative supply routes, such as the planned South Stream pipeline, should be used to solve the issue, President Vladimir Putin said in an interview. This has sparked concerns about the possible disruption of Russian gas supplies which transit Ukraine en route to...

  • Their forthcoming meeting in Milan is an encouraging sign for Moscow, Kiev and the West, who are balancing on the brink of a new gas rift following Russia's decision to cut supplies to Ukraine because of mounting debt. Ukraine faces possible energy shortages this winter if no deal is reached, which in turn risks causing disruptions to Europe's gas supplies-- as...

  • Russian natural gas producer Gazprom cut supplies to Ukraine in June after Kiev failed to pay gas debts which Russia says have now reached more than $5 billion. Ukraine faces a possibility of energy shortages this winter if no deal is reached, risking a replay of the disruptions to Europe's gas supplies seen in 2006 and 2009. Europe receives a third of its gas...

  • Button up: Medvedev on Abbott's 'shirtfront' Wednesday, 15 Oct 2014 | 1:09 AM ET
    Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott.

    Russia's prime minister cautions his Australian counterpart to be "careful of what he says" after threatening to "shirtfront" Putin.

  • MOSCOW, Oct 15- The presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko, have discussed possible measures to restore peace to east Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a statement late on Tuesday. Russia's Gazprom cut gas supplies to Ukraine in June after Kiev failed to pay its gas debts. Europe gets a third of its gas needs from Russia, with around a half...

  • Serbia prepares hero's welcome for Putin Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 10:05 AM ET

    BELGRADE, Serbia— Soldiers are marching, battle tanks are rumbling on the streets and fighter jets are flying overhead. It's Serbia preparing to stage a hero's welcome for Russian President Vladimir Putin with the country's first military parade in 30 years. The red carpet reception for Putin, as he arrives in Belgrade on Thursday, comes as Serbia finds itself...

  • McNamee: 4 tech stocks to own long term Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 5:58 PM ET
    Roger McNamee, managing director and co-founder of Elevation Partners. (file photo)

    Roger McNamee is famed for his abilities to invest. And he thinks 4 stocks are buys, right now.

  • Annual Germany-Russia forum canceled as ties cool Monday, 13 Oct 2014 | 11:16 AM ET

    BERLIN— An annual meeting meant to foster dialogue between Germany and Russia has been postponed indefinitely amid tension between the two countries over the conflict in Ukraine. Petersburg Dialogue said Monday that this year's event, due to take place in Sochi, Russia, at the end of October, has been called off. Like many western countries, Germany has...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 13- Russia and China signed energy, finance and trade deals on Monday hailed by Moscow as evidence a policy turn towards Asia will help it weather Western sanctions imposed over the Ukraine crisis. The agreements, signed during a visit to Moscow by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, built on moves by President Vladimir Putin to look east for business and...

  • MOSCOW, Oct 13- Russia is on course to freely float the rouble from next year, the central bank's governor said, but she defended the bank's policy of intervening to support the currency as it skidded to record lows in the past week. Elvira Nabiullina told lawmakers in Russia's lower house of parliament that the central bank had spent around $6 billion defending...

  • *Russia has increased oil product exports to Europe. MOSCOW, Oct 13- Russia is diverting more of its crude oil east with deliveries to China hitting a new record last month at the expense of Europe as geopolitical tensions between Moscow and the West dictate the latest shift in flows. As Russia's relations with the West deteriorated over the Ukraine crisis, the...

  • Khodorkovsky warns against strict Russia sanctions Sunday, 12 Oct 2014 | 3:03 PM ET

    PRAGUE— Former Russian tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky has warned against the use of excessive sanctions against Russia by the West. But he says their use is a "tricky instrument" and that an excessive isolation of Russia "may play into the hands of" President Vladimir Putin's government. Khodorkovsky, who spent 10 years in Russian prison before being released and...