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NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures pointed to a higher open on Tuesday, indicating the previous day's rally would continue after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns that tensions over Ukraine might escalate.
*Putin says Russia does not want further Ukraine split. LONDON, March 18- European shares rose on Tuesday and the safe-haven yen pared gains after President Vladimir Putin, while approving plans to make Crimea part of Russia, said his country did not want Ukraine to split further.
*Ukraine PM offers Russia reassurance on NATO, militias. MOSCOW, March 18- Russian President Vladimir Putin, defying Ukrainian protests and Western sanctions, on Tuesday signed a treaty making Crimea part Russia but said he did not plan to seize any other regions of Ukraine.
NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures rose on Tuesday, rebounding off earlier weakness and indicating Monday's rally would continue after comments from Russian President Vladimir Putin eased concerns that tensions over Ukraine might escalate.
Jack De Gan at Harbor Advisory says Russian President Putin should be judged on his actions, not words. Meanwhile, Louis Navellier of Navellier & Associates is not concerned about overseas developments.
CNBC's Steve Sedgwick has the latest details from Kiev on Russian President Vladimir Putin's address to parliament.
PARIS, March 18- European shares turned positive, the yen dipped and Bunds hit an intraday low on Tuesday after Russian President Vladimir Putin said it does not want to seize more of Ukraine after approving plans to make Crimea part of Russia.
There is no doubt parliament will support the annexation of Crimea, says Russian President Putin. CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera has the latest details on Putin's address on Crimea.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera provides highlights from Russian President Vladimir Putin's address on Crimea's secession. Putin says he believes the EU, especially the Germans will trust him, reports Caruso-Cabrera.
*Europe shares slip after Asia, Wall Street gains. LONDON, March 18- Gold prices edged lower on Tuesday, hovering below a six-month high hit in the previous session as the dollar inched up after anxiety over the Ukraine crisis ebbed for now and ahead of a U.S.
NEW YORK, March 18- U.S. stock index futures were flat on Tuesday, with investors reluctant to make big bets following a sharp rise in the previous session, amid continued uncertainty over Ukraine.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera provides highlights from Russian President Vladimir Putin's address on Crimea's secession.
CNBC's Steve Sedgwick has the latest details on Russian President Putin's address to parliament in which he recognizes Crimea as part of the Russian Federation.
LONDON, March 18- Brent crude steadied close to $106 a barrel on Tuesday, consolidating after losing more than $2 in the previous session as investors bet the Ukraine crisis would not interrupt Russian oil supplies.
LONDON, March 18- Russia's rouble fell on Tuesday from the previous session's two-week highs on fears of fresh economic sanctions and a further military standoff, though Moscow equities firmed in line with other emerging markets. President Vladimir Putin is expected to back absorbing the territory into Russia when he addresses parliament later in the day.
*Capital fight expected at $50- $70 billion in first quarter. MOSCOW, March 18- Russia will not impose capital controls, the central bank said on Tuesday, easing concerns that restrictions could be introduced to stem capital flight that has accelerated since the Ukrainian region of Crimea was seized by Russian forces.
Putin has dashed the West's diplomatic hopes by issuing a decree on Tuesday in which he made it clear a treaty with Crimea will be expedited, NBC's Jim Maceda reports from Moscow.
*Europe shares slip after Asia, Wall St gains. The FTSEurofirst 300 slipped at the open, after stocks gained in Asia and on Wall Street on Monday. Russian President Vladimir Putin signed an order approving a draft treaty on "adopting the Republic of Crimea into the Russian Federation".
*Alisher Usmanov's Mail.Ru buys 12 pct stake in VKontakte. His Internet holding group Mail.Ru said it had increased its stake in VKontakte, Russia's answer to Facebook, to around 52 percent by buying 12 percent of VKontakte shares from Megafon Chief Executive Officer Ivan Tavrin.
PARIS, March 18- European stocks fell in early trade on Tuesday, trimming the previous session's gains as tensions in Ukraine following Sunday's referendum in Crimea kept investors on edge. Russian President Vladimir Putin announced on Tuesday that Russia would move forward with procedures to annex Ukraine's Crimean region, defying Western sanctions.