Vladimir Putin


  • *Most analysts expect central bank to hold lending rate at 8 pct. *Rate hike possible as food import ban boosts inflation. MOSCOW, Sept 11- Russia's central bank is likely to leave its main interest rate unchanged on Friday to support the weak economy, although there is a small chance it could opt for a hike to clamp down on high inflation, economists say.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 11- Russian gas producer Gazprom said on Thursday its first-quarter net profit fell 41 percent to 223 billion roubles, missing forecasts, on cheaper prices to Ukraine and a weak rouble.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 11- Russia's No.2 oil producer Lukoil has launched a bid to buy a diesel pipeline which runs through Ukraine to Hungary, Vedomosti reported on Thursday citing a letter from the company's head to President Vladimir Putin. A Lukoil spokesman declined to comment.

  • *Russia's United Aircraft Corporation on the sanctions list. BRUSSELS/ BERLIN, Sept 10- European Union envoys failed on Wednesday to reach a decision on whether to implement new sanctions against Russia over military involvement in the war in Ukraine and will meet for talks on Thursday, EU diplomats said.

  • Rep. King: ISIS could attack at any time  Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 8:31 AM ET

    I'm not trying to scare people about a particular threat but we do have to be on our guard, says Rep. Peter King, (R-N.Y.), discussing what he hopes to hear from President Obama about combating terrorist threats.

  • Putin, Iran's Rouhani to discuss trade, economic ties Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:13 AM ET

    He did not say whether they would touch on an "oil-for-goods deal" which Tehran and Moscow have been discussing as a way to get round Western sanctions imposed on Russia over the Ukraine crisis and on Tehran over its nuclear programme.

  • 61% say strike ISIS in Iraq and Syria: Poll  Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 6:16 AM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood provides results of an NBC/WSJ poll that reveals how Americans feel about President Obama's strategy on ISIS ahead of the president's Wednesday night address.

  • *Gold steadies off 3- month low at $1,247.15/ oz. LONDON, Sept 10- Gold eased towards the previous day's three-month low on Wednesday as the dollar index held near its highest in more than a year, underpinned by expectations that the Federal Reserve may be set to signal a rise in interest rates.

  • BERLIN, Sept 9- One in three German companies expect business with Russia to decline sharply this year as a result of economic sanctions imposed due to the Ukraine crisis, a German business lobby group said on Tuesday.

  • LONDON/ MOSCOW, Sept 9- The Kremlin's prized oil firm Rosneft is cutting staff and production and selling stakes in Siberian fields in the strongest evidence to date that Western sanctions are hurting what was the world's fastest growing oil firm in recent years.

  • *Russia faces new European Union sanctions. MOSCOW, Sept 8- Russia signaled on Monday it might ban Western airlines from flying over its territory as part of an "asymmetrical" response to new European Union sanctions over the Ukraine crisis.

  • Putin has achieved what he wanted to do: Pro  Monday, 8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    David Hauner, head of cross-asset strategy product for EEMEA at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, says Vladimir Putin has achieved a large part of what he wanted in Ukraineand discusses Russian assets.

  • *U.S. forms coalition of willing to combat IS in Iraq. NEWPORT, Wales, Sept 7- NATO leaders emerged from a summit in Wales with a plan to protect eastern members from a resurgent Russia, a pledge to reverse the decline in their defence spending, and an embryonic Western coalition to combat Islamic militants in Iraq.

  • *Sanctions in response to Russia's support for Ukraine rebels. BRUSSELS/ NEWPORT, Wales, Sept 5- The European Union slapped new economic sanctions on Russia on Friday, but said they could be suspended if Moscow withdraws its troops from Ukraine and observes a ceasefire.

  • New Russian sanctions likely despite cease-fire Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 12:34 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks at the NATO Summit, September 5, 2014.

    Obama also addressed the international community's response to the threat of the Islamic State.

  • President Obama: Sanctions have isolated Russia  Friday, 5 Sep 2014 | 11:56 AM ET

    President Obama discusses if sanction against Russia will be lifted if the cease-fire is honored. Obama says he is hopeful, but skeptical of the agreement between Ukraine and pro-Russian rebels.

  • President Obama announces plans by the U.S. and Europe to "deepen and broaden" sanctions that will impact Russian financial, energy and defense sectors.

  • Speaking from the NATO summit, President Obama discusses plans to counter Russian aggression in Ukraine and to confront the threat of ISIS. Obama outlines a plan to meet these geopolitical challenges.

  • Copy of letter seen by Russia's Grain Union, Reuters. MOSCOW, Sept 5- Russia, one of the world's largest wheat exporters, said on Friday it was not considering grain export curbs as an option to balance domestic demand during the 2014/ 15 marketing season.

  • MOSCOW, Sept 5- Russian tycoon Gennady Timchenko has cut his stake in petrochemical company Sibur, the firm said in a statement on Friday. Timchenko, who is on the U.S. sanctions list, sold his 17 percent stake to a company controlled by Kirill Shamalov, deputy CEO at Sibur.