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ATHENS, May 15- Europe's energy commissioner said on Thursday he saw progress in resolving the row over gas prices between Kiev and Moscow and expected one, perhaps two more rounds of ministerial talks on the issue before the end of May.
"Bonds are effectively acting as the parking place for capital until we see more consistency and a more compelling reason to put money to work in the market," said Peter Kenny, CEO of Clearpool Group in New York.
*Moscow offers gas talks if Kiev pays part of debt. MOSCOW/ KIEV, May 15- Moscow and Kiev took tentative steps on Thursday towards ending their standoff over the price of Russian gas supplies to Ukraine that has threatened to disrupt onward deliveries to western Europe.
Pfizer's effort to bolt to the U.K. points to "tremendous problems" with the U.S. corporate tax structure, Sen. Bob Corker tells CNBC.
BOSTON, May 14- Voya Russia Fund manager Nathan Griffiths works from The Hague, but worries he could be trapped in Moscow. Based in the Netherlands, Griffiths' mission is to invest at least 80 percent of his $128 million fund in Russian stocks.
MOSCOW, May 14- Russia will restart gas talks with Ukraine if its new leaders pay off at least part of its gas debt, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday, softening Moscow's stance in a dispute that has raised fears of a new "gas war".
*Citi believes deal is imminent, to be priced well for Gazprom. MOSCOW, May 14- China and Russia's Gazprom are making a final push to clinch a long-delayed natural gas deal but have yet to iron out price differences, a Beijing official said on Wednesday, ahead of next week's state visit by Russian president Vladimir Putin.
PARIS/ MOSCOW, May 14- Renault is looking closely at Western sanctions on Russia even though its carmaking alliance with Nissan appears better positioned than others to ride out the crisis over Ukraine.
MOSCOW, May 14- Gazprom and China's CNPC are pressing ahead with talks to reach agreement on a gas price to secure a long-awaited deal for Russia to supply China with gas, Russia's Interfax news agency reported on Wednesday. "The heads of CNPC and Gazprom reached an agreement to sign a contract during the visit of Russian President Vladimir Putin to China in May.
*Libya says reopening western oilfields, but output unchanged. Stocks of U.S. crude oil at Cushing dropped to their lowest levels since 2008 in the week to May 2, and analysts said they expect supplies were drawn down further last week as the United States nears the start of its summer driving season when fuel demand usually rises.
MOSCOW/ LONDON, May 13- Around a dozen chief executives and chairmen of major U.S. and European corporations have withdrawn from an economic conference in Russia as pressure between Moscow and the West grows over the crisis in Ukraine.
*Libya says reopening western oilfields, but output unchanged. NEW YORK, May 13- U.S. crude oil futures climbed to two-week highs on Tuesday on expectations for another draw on stocks at contract's delivery point at Cushing, Oklahoma, while Brent edged up as traders doubted that Libyan oil exports would soon rebound.
*Norway seeks drilling in Barents Sea that froze in 1980 s. OSLO, May 13- Norway wants to let oil and gas companies drill in Arctic seas that were frozen as recently as the 1980 s even though some climate experts say it is too early to trust global warming to keep the ice away.
Pro- Moscow rebels in east Ukraine call to join Russia. LONDON, May 13- Brent crude reversed early losses and rose towards $109 a barrel on Tuesday, as traders expressed doubt about how quickly supplies will return from Libya, while the threat of further Western sanctions against Russia provided additional support.
*Ukraine owes Gazprom $3.5 bln for gas. MOSCOW, May 13- Russia's Gazprom demanded a $1.66 billion pre-payment from Ukraine for June gas deliveries on Tuesday, saying the neighbouring country had only half its requirements in storage to ensure a trouble-free winter.
Pro- Moscow rebels in east Ukraine call to join Russia. LONDON May 13- Brent crude reversed early losses to rise towards $109 a barrel on Tuesday, as traders expressed doubt about how quickly supplies will return from Libya, while the threat of further Western sanctions against Russia provided further support.
Moscow and Kiev are on the cusp of another gas war after Kiev has refused to pay at higher levels demanded by Gazprom. Ukraine wants to change the conditions of a 2009 contract that locked Kiev into buying a set volume, whether it needs it or not, at $485 per 1,000 cubic metres- the highest price paid by any client in Europe.
*Pro-Moscow rebels in east Ukraine call to join Russia. LONDON May 13- Brent crude slipped towards $108 a barrel on Tuesday, pressured by a possible sharp recovery in Libyan oil production, while the threat of further Western sanctions against Russia over Ukraine stemmed further losses.
MOSCOW, May 13- Russian state gas company Gazprom is not looking at inviting Chinese companies to develop its gas fields, Deputy Chief Executive Vitaly Markelov said on Tuesday.
SINGAPORE May 13- Brent crude held above $108 a barrel on Tuesday, supported by the threat of further European sanctions against Russia over Ukraine but with little impetus to move higher.