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  • Putin's objective; When does he stop?  Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 1:09 PM ET

    Col. Jack Jacobs, MSNBC military analyst, discusses Russian President Vladimir Putin's motives.

  • ABU DHABI, Feb 23- Russia's military budget may shrink by around 10 percent in 2015, the chief executive of state-owned defence conglomerate Rostec said on Monday. Russia denies it has troops in eastern Ukraine. However, even favoured "power ministries" are beginning to feel the pressure of Russia's economic crisis and Sergei Chemezov-- a key ally of Putin and...

  • What is Ukraine's economic outlook?  Monday, 23 Feb 2015 | 4:40 AM ET

    Is Russia's strongest card the fact that its economy is stronger than Ukraine's? Timothy Ash, head of Emergind Market research at Standard Bank, weighs in with his thoughts.

  • MOSCOW, Feb 20- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday other countries should not have the illusion that they can attain military superiority over Russia, Interfax reported. "No one should have the illusion that they can gain military superiority over Russia, put any kind of pressure on it. We will always have an adequate answer for any such adventures, "...

  • But firefighters, police officers and, according to some media reports, spies are now being squeezed by Russia's economic crisis, losing jobs and perks as the Finance Ministry cuts spending to build up resources for what could be years of Western sanctions. For workers who specialised early to take up what were seen as jobs for life, the cuts at the Emergencies...

  • BENGALURU, Feb 19- Russia is confident it can sign a long-delayed final agreement with India this year to jointly produce a new generation stealth fighter jet, the aircraft manufacturer's president said on Thursday. Russia and India have been haggling over the terms of the Fifth Generation Fighter Aircraft program since the two countries first signed an...

  • Russia sanctions 'do not have a deterrent effect' Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 2:32 PM ET
    Ukrainian servicemen leave an area near Debaltseve, Ukraine, Feb. 18, 2015.

    Experts are casting doubt on how much effect new European Union sanctions will have on Russia's economy.

  • Putin calls West's bluff over Ukraine peace deal Wednesday, 18 Feb 2015 | 12:52 PM ET

    MOSCOW, Feb 18- Vladimir Putin has called Europe's bluff over east Ukraine as Russia- backed separatists seize a strategic town in defiance of a ceasefire brokered by France and Germany. But declaring the agreement dead would be likely to force Europe to impose new economic sanctions on Russia and increase pressure on U.S. "There is the notion that the West goes to...

  • The impact of the firming oil price has helped to offset the situation in eastern Ukraine, where heavy fighting is continuing despite last week's peace deal in Minsk. The United Nations Security Council backed the Minsk agreement overnight, calling for an immediate end to fighting, but Russian President Vladimir Putin called on the Ukrainian troops in the...

  • OTTAWA, Feb 17- Canada is imposing sanctions against top Russian oil firm NK Rosneft OAO and the head of conglomerate Rostec, among others, in response to the actions of Russian-backed militants in Ukraine, Ottawa said on Tuesday. In all, Canada- which said it was acting in coordination with the European Union and the United States- imposed sanctions against 37...

  • BUDAPEST, Feb 17- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday pro- Moscow rebels should allow Ukranian government forces safe passage out of the encircled eastern town of Debaltseve but Kiev should not prevent its troops from giving up their weapons. Speaking at a joint news conference in Budapest with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Putin said...

  • BUDAPEST, Feb 17- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday he hoped the Ukranian government would not prevent its forces who are encircled in the eastern town of Debaltseve from giving up their weapons.

  • *Wants to hold mass Moscow protest in March. Navalny and his brother Oleg were convicted last December of stealing nearly 30 million roubles- nearly $500,000 at the current exchange rate- from two firms, including an affiliate of the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher. a prosecutor said at the appeal at Moscow city court, quoted by state news agency RIA.

  • *Kiev and separatists stall on pulling back big guns. NIKISHINE, Ukraine, Feb 17- Pro-Russian rebels bombarded government troops encircled in east Ukraine on Tuesday and a plan for both sides to pull back their heavy guns stalled, pushing a fragile peace deal closer to collapse. The rebels said they had captured parts of Debaltseve, which sits on a strategic...

  • *Wants to hold mass Moscow protest in March. Navalny and his brother Oleg were convicted last year of stealing 30 million roubles- nearly $500,000 at the current exchange rate- from two firms, including an affiliate of the French cosmetics company Yves Rocher. "We demand that Navalny be sentenced to 10 years in jail," state news agency RIA quoted a prosecutor as...

  • MOSCOW, Feb 17- Russian prosecutors demanded Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny be jailed for 10 years, appealing against the suspended sentence he was given in a theft case last year, news agency RIA reported. Navalny, who led Moscow street protests against Vladimir Putin in 2011-12, and his brother Oleg were accused last year of stealing 30 million roubles- nearly...

  • Greece's strategic location and ties to Russia give its new leftist-led government some leverage in its struggle to make European Union creditors ease up on austerity and give Athens more time to repay its mountain of debt, if it ever does. If the weakest link were to fall, EU officials and analysts say markets would immediately focus on which country might be...

  • Cease-fire: Financial assistance trumps military  Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 5:45 AM ET

    Barry Eichengreen, professor of economics and political science at Berkeley University, says that meaningful financial assistance for Ukraine would be more effective than military intervention from the West.

  • Ukraine-Russia ceasefire 'won't work': Kiev Post  Monday, 16 Feb 2015 | 1:30 AM ET

    Brian Bonner, chief editor of the Kiev Post, says the cease-fire negotiated between Russia and Ukraine will not work, following reports of continued fighting despite the deal.

  • Why Russia's rich and powerful still back Putin Friday, 13 Feb 2015 | 11:57 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Feb. 13, 2015.

    Despite having lost millions of dollars because of sanctions against Russia, the rich there still support their leader.