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  • BERLIN, Feb 26- Germany is considering buying more tanks in the light of the Ukraine crisis and Europe's deteriorating relations with Russia, after years of drastic cuts left the military operating with just 75 percent of the heavy equipment it needs. "NATO has set new goals on flexibility and rapid reaction time. Lawmakers on both sides of Germany's right-left...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 26- Kremlin-controlled Gazprom said on Thursday it would exempt gas supplies to rebel-held regions from its main contract with Ukrainian Naftogaz, days before Kiev uses up gas volumes it has already paid for. The dispute flared up last week when Gazprom said it started direct gas supplies to the regions of eastern Ukraine held by pro- Moscow rebels.

  • Russia could cut off gas to Ukraine by 'end of week' Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 6:15 AM ET

    MOSCOW— Russia could cut off supplies to neighboring Ukraine by the end of the week if it does not get further payments from the country, state-owned gas company Gazprom said Thursday. Spokesman Sergei Kupriyanov said in televised remarks that "if no new funds are received from Kiev, then naturally we cannot continue delivering gas to Ukraine."

  • *Ukraine says it is too early to follow suit. *Ukraine reverses currency trading halt. KIEV/ MAKIYVKA, Ukraine, Feb 25- Ukraine came under greater economic pressure after unexpectedly banning most currency trading and then abruptly reversing course, wreaking havoc on the hryvnia, just as a truce in the east took hold on Wednesday with no combat fatalities reported.

  • LONDON/ MOSCOW, Feb 25- Gas giant Gazprom's oil arm is shifting its trading operations from Austria back to Russia, it said on Wednesday, with industry sources saying the firm wanted to protect huge revenues from potential seizure as Moscow's relations with the West worsen. A decision by Gazprom Neft to relocate trading from Vienna to St Petersburg, Russia's...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 25- The Kremlin was presented with a plan to annex the Crimea peninsula and eastern Ukraine before the overthrow of the country's Moscow- leaning president last year, an independent newspaper reported on Wednesday. Russia has denied it had a plan to annex Crimea before President Viktor Yanukovich fled Kiev on Feb. 21 last year and says it acted in...

  • *Ukraine says it too early to follow suit. KIEV/ MAKIYVKA, Ukraine, Feb 25- Ukraine came under increasing economic pressure from a collapsing currency and a threat to its gas supplies from the Kremlin on Wednesday, just as a long-awaited ceasefire took hold in the east. In rebel-held eastern Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists were withdrawing heavy guns from the...

  • Putin threatens Ukraine with gas cutoff Wednesday, 25 Feb 2015 | 11:14 AM ET

    MOSCOW— President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that Russia will cut gas supplies to Ukraine if it fails to pay in advance for future deliveries. Putin said that Ukraine's latest payment would be good only for another three to four days, warning that Russia will have to turn off the tap if Ukraine doesn't remit payment quickly. Last week, Russia accused Ukraine...

  • *Ukraine says Gazprom delivers less than already paid. NOVO-OGARYOVO, Russia, Feb 25- President Vladimir Putin warned on Wednesday that Russia would halt gas supplies to Ukraine if it did not receive advance payment, raising the possibility of onward deliveries to Europe being disrupted for the fourth time in a decade. Kiev and Moscow have argued over gas...

  • *Ukraine says it too early to follow suit. KIEV/ MAKIYVKA, Ukraine, Feb 25- A long-awaited truce took hold at last in east Ukraine on Wednesday, with the army reporting no combat fatalities for the first time in weeks, but the news did nothing to halt a currency collapse that forced the central bank to ban most trading. In rebel-held eastern Ukraine, rebels were...

  • MOSCOW— The chairman of the Russian Security Council says Western sanctions are threatening the country's oil and gas industry. The United States, the European Union and other countries last year imposed sanctions against Russia for its role in the Ukrainian conflict. Nikolai Patrushev, who is believed to be one of President Vladimir Putin's most...

  • With Moscow in financial crisis, it is not clear if its latest plan- a route passing through Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia, then into Hungary and perhaps on to Austria- will ever come to fruition. But even if it only exists on paper, it may undermine funding for rival projects and, at a time of heightened tensions over Ukraine, sow division between EU members over...

  • Russia last year aborted South Stream, a $40 billion pipeline that was to have passed under the Black Sea and via Bulgaria, in the face of objections from the European Union. With Moscow in financial crisis, it is not clear if its latest plan- a route passing through Turkey, Greece, Macedonia and Serbia, then into Hungary and perhaps on to Austria- will ever come to...

  • Russian lawmakers may take pay cut to weather crisis Tuesday, 24 Feb 2015 | 9:15 AM ET

    MOSCOW, Feb 24- Russia's lawmakers should take a pay cut to help Moscow through a financial crisis, the speaker of parliament said on Tuesday, appealing to their patriotism as Western sanctions over Ukraine drain the economy. Sanctions over Ukraine, where the United States and European Union accuse Russia of fuelling a separatist war, have combined with a...

  • This is Putin's objective in Ukraine: Expert Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 3:22 PM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin.

    This is what Putin wants to accomplish in Ukraine, and it's beginning to look like that may happen, a military expert says.

  • Putin's objective; When does he stop?  Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 1:09 PM ET

    Col. Jack Jacobs, MSNBC military analyst, discusses Russian President Vladimir Putin's motives.

  • ABU DHABI, Feb 23- Russia's military budget may shrink by around 10 percent in 2015, the chief executive of state-owned defence conglomerate Rostec said on Monday. Russia denies it has troops in eastern Ukraine. However, even favoured "power ministries" are beginning to feel the pressure of Russia's economic crisis and Sergei Chemezov-- a key ally of Putin and...

  • What is Ukraine's economic outlook?  Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 4:40 AM ET

    Is Russia's strongest card the fact that its economy is stronger than Ukraine's? Timothy Ash, head of Emergind Market research at Standard Bank, weighs in with his thoughts.

  • Moody's downgrades credit rating on Russia Friday, 20 Feb 2015 | 7:17 PM ET

    NEW YORK— Moody's Investors Service says it has cut Russia's credit rating to junk grade, citing the crisis in Ukraine and a slide in oil prices and the ruble. Moody's downgraded Russia's rating from Baa3 to Ba1, or one notch below investment grade. Russia's economy has been hit by the double impact of weaker energy prices as well as Western sanctions over its role...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 20- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday other countries should not have the illusion that they can attain military superiority over Russia, Interfax reported. "No one should have the illusion that they can gain military superiority over Russia, put any kind of pressure on it. We will always have an adequate answer for any such adventures, "...