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  • MOSCOW, June 20- Russia has filed a complaint with the World Trade Organisation against the United States for imposing sanctions over the Ukraine crisis, Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Friday.

  • MOSCOW, June 20- Russia's recent decision to spend more of its fiscal reserves on infrastructure to keep the sanctions-hit economy turning marks an about-turn for President Vladimir Putin that leaves a question mark over the future funding of pensions.

  • MOSCOW, June 18- President Vladimir Putin gave his blessing on Friday to a draft law that would allow Russian law enforcement agencies to bypass the tax authorities and prosecute suspected tax crimes.

  • WASHINGTON, June 19- Ukraine is holding talks with creditors on restructuring its foreign currency debts, an official from an international finance association said on Thursday following recent meetings with Ukrainian officials.

  • WASHINGTON, June 19- Ukraine is holding talks with creditors on restructuring its foreign currency debts, an official from an international finance association said on Thursday following recent meetings with Ukrainian officials.

  • No grounds for US sanctions: Rosneft chief Sechin Thursday, 19 Jun 2014 | 4:17 AM ET

    Igor Sechin, the CEO of Rosneft, Russia's top oil producer, has slammed the U.S.'s decision to hit him with sanctions as making no sense.

  • SOFIA, June 18- Bulgaria must push ahead with the Russian-backed South Stream gas pipeline project only if it complies with all European Union laws, opposition leader Boiko Borisov, the front-runner to be the next prime minister, told Reuters on Wednesday. The proposed pipeline to bring Russian gas under the Black Sea to Europe will make landfall in Bulgaria.

  • MOSCOW, June 18- Russia moved to prevent the U.S. payment card firms Mastercard and Visa quitting Russia by pledging to reduce the size of the deposit required for them to operate in the country.

  • Russia to reduce deposit payments for Mastercard, Visa Wednesday, 18 Jun 2014 | 9:08 AM ET

    MOSCOW, June 18- Russia will reduce the size of deposit payments required for Mastercard and Visa to operate in the country, First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov said on Wednesday.

  • MasterCard seeks Russian partner as regulations tighten Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 10:24 AM ET

    *Russia a small mkt for MasterCard, Visa but offers growth. Mastercard said on Tuesday it had launched a tender to find a partner to perform clearing, authorisation and settlement services for its Russian operations and that the partner should have a processing centre within Russia- another of the new requirements.

  • INTERVIEW-Carlsberg to stay the course in Russia Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 10:18 AM ET

    ST PETERSBURG, Russia, June 17- Denmark's Carlsberg will keep its breweries in Russia running even though most are operating at reduced capacity, despite other brewers closing plants as Western sanctions over Ukraine hamper an already faltering economy.

  • *Russia and Ukraine fail to agree on gas price. KIEV/ GORKI, Russia, June 16- Russia cut off gas to Ukraine on Monday in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace between the former Soviet neighbours.

  • *Russia and Ukraine fail to agree on gas price. KIEV/ GORKI, Russia, June 16- Russia cut off gas to Ukraine on Monday in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace in the former Soviet republic.

  • KIEV/ GORKI, Russia, June 16- Russia cut off gas to Ukraine on Monday in a dispute over unpaid bills that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe and set back hopes for peace in the former Soviet republic.

  • MOSCOW, June 16- Russian natural gas exporter Gazprom reduced supplies to Ukraine on Monday after Kiev failed to meet a deadline to pay off its gas debts in a dispute that could disrupt supplies to the rest of Europe.

  • MOSCOW, June 16- Russian gas exporter Gazprom said on Monday Ukraine had failed to pay at least part of its gas debts by a 0600 GMT deadline and would now have to pay up front for deliveries, suggesting that supplies could be cut.

  • KIEV/ MOSCOW, June 15- Ukraine faces the threat of Russia cutting off gas supplies when a 0600 GMT deadline passes on Monday after talks on a long-running gas pricing dispute failed.

  • KIEV/ MOSCOW, June 13- Ukraine began preparing on Friday for Russia to cut off its gas after talks on long-running price dispute broke down, raising the prospect of supplies to the European Union also being disrupted from Monday.

  • Ukraine braces for Russian gas cuts from Monday Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 11:28 AM ET
    n employee walks on gas metering station 'Uzhgorod' near the Chaslivci village, not far from western Ukrainian city of Uzhgorod, Transcarpathian region on May 21, 2014.

    The Ukrainian prime minister ordered the energy sector to prepare for Russian gas cuts after Moscow and Kiev failed to resolve a gas price conflict.

  • *Separatist rebels control territory in east Ukraine. "At 10:34 a.m. the Ukrainian flag was raised over City Hall in Mariupol," Interior Minister Arsen Avakov wrote on Facebook, less than six hours after the attack began on the city of 500,000, Ukraine's biggest Azov Sea port.