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  • MOSCOW, July 1- Rosneft, Russia's biggest oil firm, said on Tuesday it would take gas producer Gazprom to court if it refused to offer the state-controlled company access to a gas pipeline due to be built to China.

  • Erik Nielsen, global chief economist at UniCredit, says Russian President Vladimir Putin's actions in Ukraine are "brutal leadership" and not done out of commercial motivation.

  • Russia's market bottom     Friday, 27 Jun 2014 | 1:47 PM ET

    Pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine have freed 4 international observers they were holding, reports CNBC's Simon Hobbs; and Michelle Caruso-Cabrera points out the bottom in Russia's market.

  • FRANKFURT, June 27- The European Central Bank will supervise and run health checks on the Austrian arms of Russia's two largest banks, giving officials in Frankfurt unprecedented control over their activities in Europe.

  • *Russia wants to end reliance on Kazakh launch pad. MOSCOW, June 27- Russia was forced to abandon Friday's debut launch of its first new space rocket since the Soviet era when the Angara booster cut out during a final countdown watched by President Vladimir Putin via video link from the Kremlin.

  • KHABAROVSK/ MOSCOW, Russia, June 27- Rosneft signed on Friday its second major agreement with BP since sanctions were imposed on the Russian oil company's chief executive, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, over Russia's involvement in the Ukraine crisis.

  • KHABAROVSK, Russia, June 27- Rosneft signed its second major agreement with BP on Friday since sanctions were imposed on the Russian oil company's chief executive, a close ally of President Vladimir Putin, over the Ukraine crisis. The signing followed an agreement in by BP and Rosneft in May to jointly explore for tight oil in Russia.

  • MOSCOW, June 27- Russia will debut its first new design of space rocket since the Soviet era on Friday in a launch from its own territory, aiming to break a reliance on the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and foreign suppliers.

  • Merkel calls Putin again on Ukraine Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 7:47 AM ET

    MOSCOW/ KIEV, June 26- German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin for the second time in two days on Thursday to discuss how to help resolve the crisis in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

  • Ukrainian move against Putin easier said than done Thursday, 26 Jun 2014 | 7:00 AM ET
    A section of the Bratstvo gas pipeline emerges from underground near Ivano-Frankivsk, Ukraine.

    Ukraine may want to sell energy assets to Western firms. But Russia may have something to say about it.

  • WASHINGTON, June 25- The United States said on Wednesday it has fresh sanctions ready to impose on Russia if Moscow does not take steps to de-escalate tensions with Ukraine, including halting the flow of fighters and arms to Ukrainian separatists.

  • MOSCOW, Jun 25- Russia is unlikely to ban major companies from holding accounts at foreign banks as part of a new law as some media reports have suggested, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said.

  • Putin 'in difficult position': Ex-ambassador     Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Andrew Wood, former British ambassador to Russia and associate fellow for Russia and Eurasia Programme at Chatham House, comments on Russia and the impact of the Ukraine crisis.

  • *Threat of Iraq supply disruptions receding- analyst. SINGAPORE, June 25- Brent crude dropped under $114 a barrel on Wednesday after sharp gains in the past two weeks, although lingering worries that continued violence in Iraq would dent supplies from OPEC's second-largest producer kept a floor under prices.

  • YEKATERINBURG, Russia, June 25- Viktor Livshits will never forget May 9, 1945, the day he first laid eyes on Uralmash, a giant factory making tanks and other heavy machinery that has for decades symbolised Russia's industrial might. Livshits was 4 years old on that day when the Soviet Union celebrated victory over Nazi Germany.

  • *Threat of Iraq supply disruptions receding- analyst. SINGAPORE, June 25- Brent crude fell towards $114 a barrel on Wednesday after sharp gains in the past two weeks, although lingering worries that continued violence in Iraq would dent supplies from OPEC's second-largest producer kept a floor under prices.

  • Brent crude holds above $114 on Iraq conflict Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 12:09 AM ET

    *Threat of Iraq supply disruptions receding- analyst. SINGAPORE June 25- Brent crude inched lower on Wednesday, but held close to a nine-month high above $114 a barrel as Sunni insurgents battled government forces for control of Iraq's biggest refinery.

  • MOSCOW, June 24- Russia's MICEX index hit a high for the year on Tuesday, extending gains after President Vladimir Putin asked the upper house of Russia's parliament to revoke the right it had granted him to order a military intervention in Ukraine. The rouble-based MICEX rose 2.2 percent to 1,519 points, its highest since November, before closing at 1,518..

  • MOSCOW, June 24- Russia is considering banning state companies and other strategically important firms from holding accounts at foreign-owned banks, a governmental source familiar with the proposals told Reuters on Tuesday.

  • Russian shares hit 5-month high on Putin comments Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 8:55 AM ET
    Vladimir Putin, Russia's president, pauses during a global business leaders summit at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF)

    Russian shares leapt to a five-month high after President Vladimir Putin asked parliament to revoke Russia's right to send troops to Ukraine.