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*China- Russia gas deal signed during Putin's visit. SHANGHAI, May 21- China and Russia signed a long-awaited, $400- billion gas supply deal on Wednesday, securing the world's top energy user a major new source of cleaner fuel and opening a new market for Moscow as Europeans look elsewhere for their energy.
MOSCOW, May 21- A grand estate on the Black Sea, allegedly built for Russian President Vladimir Putin, was partly funded by taxpayer money from a $1 billion hospital project, a Reuters investigation indicates.
MOSCOW, May 21- In 2010, a St. Petersburg businessman called Sergei Kolesnikov published an open letter to Dmitry Medvedev, who was then president of Russia while Vladimir Putin held the post of prime minister. Among other things, Kolesnikov claimed that a luxurious estate was being built near the Black Sea for the benefit of Putin.
MOSCOW, May 21- In 2005, President Vladimir Putin personally ordered up a vast programme to improve Russia's poor healthcare facilities. Medvedev instructed Russia's top law enforcement agencies to make sure that "everyone who participated in this is seriously and sternly punished.
SHANGHAI, May 21- China and Russia signed a long-awaited natural gas supply deal on Wednesday, securing the world's top energy user a major new source of the clean-burning fuel and opening a market to Moscow as Europeans look elsewhere for their energy.
Embattled Ukraine should be open to working with Russia as well as Europe and the U.S., according to a Ukrainian presidential candidate.
AVAZA, Turkmenistan, May 21- Russian Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich said on Wednesday he hoped a long-awaited gas supply deal with China would be prepared in the "next few hours", ready for signing.
MOSCOW, May 21- Russia's Gazprom told doubters on Wednesday not to jump to any conclusions over President Vladimir Putin's failure so far to sign a long-awaited gas deal with China, saying all would become clear in due course.
SEOUL, May 21- U.S. crude futures rose in early Asian trade on Wednesday, supported by a disruption in Libya's oil output and an unexpected draw in U.S. crude oil inventory according to industry data. *U.S. crude for July delivery rose 57 cents at $102.90 a barrel as of 0006 GMT after it settled 22 cents up at $102.33 a barrel in the previous session.
*Putin on visit to Shanghai, wins support on Ukraine. SHANGHAI, May 20- China and Russia failed to sign a $400 billion gas supply agreement on Tuesday, despite growing urgency for the Kremlin to seal a deal as it faces economic and political isolation in the West over the crisis in Ukraine.
SHANGHAI, May 20- China and Russia have not yet clinched a price agreement on a long-awaited multi-billion dollar gas supply contract, a Russian government official said on Tuesday, amid growing urgency for the Kremlin to seal a deal as it comes under pressure from Western nations over the crisis in Ukraine.
SHANGHAI, May 20- China and Russia have not yet reached a price agreement on a long-awaited gas supply contract and talks are still continuing between both parties, the Kremlin's spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Tuesday.
*Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. SINGAPORE, May 20- Brent crude held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday, as unrest and low output in OPEC- producer Libya offset downwards pressure on prices from expectations of a build in weekly U.S. crude stocks to a record high.
*Total moves staff from Tripoli; Sonatrach withdraws staff from Libya. SINGAPORE, May 20- Brent crude held steady above $109 a barrel on Tuesday, as unrest and low output in OPEC- producer Libya offset expectations of a build in weekly U.S. crude stocks to a record high.
*China new home prices fall to one-year low in April. Asian and European equities fell after data released late on Sunday showed growth in average new home prices in China slowed to a near one-year low in April.
*Form of payment by China to Russia also sticking point. SHANGHAI, May 20- Russian President Vladimir Putin hopes to sign a multi-billion dollar gas agreement with China during a two-day visit that kicks off on Tuesday, ending more than a decade of false starts and wrangling over a deal seen as vital to both sides.
*China new home prices falls to 1- year low in April. NEW YORK, May 19- U.S. oil prices rose on Monday as a weak U.S. dollar prompted buying, while Brent prices fell as concerns about China's slowing economy dragged global equities down and outweighed low Libyan output.
LONDON, May 19- " China is our reliable friend," Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday in an interview ahead of a conference in Shanghai. "To expand cooperation with China is undoubtedly Russia's diplomatic priority."
*Abolition of language law handed Moscow ammunition. *Moscow long tried to get strong foothold in Ukraine. While Putin has presented separatist violence in eastern Ukraine as spontaneous, interviews with Ukrainian politicians and security sources with knowledge of Russian thinking suggest months of detailed planning by Moscow.
MOSCOW, May 17- Russian state-run Gazprom said it was still "one digit" away from finalising a 30- year gas supply deal with Beijing which is expected to crown Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to China next week.