The Scotland "no" vote brought great relief to a White House worried about the impact of a schism on many fronts, Politico's Ben White says.» Read More
*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.
This former Soviet state could be Russia's next goal, and it's a NATO member and is counting on the West, the Fiscal Times reports.
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.
BRUSSELS— The European Union on Monday shied away from slapping new economic sanctions on Russia right away over its actions in eastern Ukraine. Ukraine, Russia and the Kremlin-backed separatists agreed Friday to an immediate cease-fire and an exchange of prisoners. But they have said the penalties could be lifted if tensions between Ukraine and Russia ease.
NOVI SAD, Serbia— Radivoje Miljanic, the owner of " Putin Cafe," has no dilemma over the course Serbia should take over Ukraine: turn off the pro-Western path and forge a strong alliance with Slavic ally Russia.
*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.
TBILISI, Georgia— In the face of growing aggression by Russia, the United States and Georgia moved Sunday to expand their defense relationship— including the possible sale of U.S.
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.
Obama also addressed the international community's response to the threat of the Islamic State.
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.
*Conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq dominate NATO summit. *NATO says Moscow has thousands of combat troops in Ukraine. NEWPORT, Wales, Sept 4- NATO demanded on Thursday that Moscow withdraw its troops from Ukraine as U.S.
NEWPORT, Wales/ DONETSK, Ukraine, Sept 4- U krainian President Petro Poroshenko and the main pro-Russian rebel leader said they would both order ceasefires on Friday, provided that an agreement is signed on a new peace plan to end the five-month war in Ukraine's east.
Treasurys were lower after the ECB unexpectedly cut already ultra-low interest rates and detailed plans to start buying loans and bonds next month.