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  • SAN FRANCISCO, April 24- Former National Security Agency Director Keith Alexander has asked the U.S. intelligence agency to review patent filings by his company to make sure that they do not reveal any secrets or misappropriate any government work. Alexander told Reuters he took the step to head off additional controversy about IronNet Cybersecurity, a...

  • Why is Greece flirting with the Russians? Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 11:46 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras attend a joint press conference at the Kremlin on April 8, 2015 in Moscow, Russia.

    Is the midst of a financial meltdown, Greece seeks cash and a pipeline deal from the Russians. But any agreement will need EU approval.

  • UPDATE 2-Russia deepens energy cooperation with Argentina Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 10:56 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 23- Russia and Argentina signed documents deepening energy cooperation on Thursday, underlining Moscow's drive to develop ties with South America since coming under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Russian state-owned gas producer Gazprom signed a memorandum on cooperation with Argentinian state oil company YPF, while Russia's...

  • MOSCOW, April 23- Russia and Argentina signed several cooperation documents in the energy sector on Thursday, underlining Moscow's drive to deepen ties with countries in South America since coming under Western sanctions over the Ukraine crisis. Russian state-owned gas producer Gazprom signed a memorandum on cooperation with state oil company YPF, while...

  • MOSCOW, April 23- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russian gas producer Gazprom was looking into the possibility of jointly developing hydrocarbon deposits in Argentina.

  • *Gazprom calls charges "unfounded", seeks political agreement. BRUSSELS, April 22- The European Union launched a legal attack on Gazprom on Wednesday, stoking tension with Moscow as it accused the Russian gas giant of overcharging buyers in Eastern Europe and hindering competition. The EU's new antitrust chief, Margrethe Vestager, who a week ago announced a...

  • MOSCOW, April 22- President Vladimir Putin has appointed Alexander Tkachev, governor of the southern Krasnodar region, as Russia's new agriculture minister, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, a move that could strengthen the ministry. Russia's former agriculture minister, Nikolai Fyodorov, was appointed as an adviser to Putin, the Kremlin said in a statement.

  • MOSCOW, April 22- President Vladimir Putin has proposed appointing Alexander Tkachev, governor of the southern Krasnodar region, as Russia's new agriculture minister, the Kremlin said on Wednesday.

  • ATHENS, April 21- Greece held "constructive" talks with the head of Russian gas giant Gazprom who visited Athens on Tuesday and hopes that the two sides would soon reach a deal on a pipeline that will bring Russian gas to Europa via its territory. Greece expressed interest in the pipeline during talks between Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President...

  • Kazakh leader to extend long rule, promises stability Tuesday, 21 Apr 2015 | 9:57 AM ET

    ALMATY, April 21- President Nursultan Nazarbayev will extend his nearly 26- year rule of Kazakhstan in an election on Sunday which investors hope will maintain stability in the Central Asian state despite criticism of his rights record. The 74- year-old former steelworker has held power since 1989 when the oil-producing nation of 17 million stretching from...

  • LONDON, April 20- Britain on Monday ordered Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman to sell his newly acquired North Sea gas fields within six months, ratcheting up the pressure on one of Russia's most influential businessmen just two weeks before the May 7 national election. Upping the ante in a standoff that some Russian businessmen say shows Russian capital is...

  • MOSCOW/ BERLIN, April 18- Russia denied on Saturday a German media report suggesting that it could sign a gas pipeline deal with Greece as early as Tuesday which could bring up to five billion euros into Athens' depleted state coffers. During his visit to Moscow, Tsipras had expressed interest in participating in a pipeline that would bring Russian gas to Europe...

  • SINGAPORE, April 17- U.S. crude futures slipped towards $56 a barrel on Friday as soaring oil production from OPEC members stoked concerns over a global glut, but Middle East tensions kept a floor under prices. It climbed 32 cents to settle at $56.71 the day before, after hitting a 2015- high of $57.42. *Russian President Vladimir Putin said Iran's flexibility over...

  • Vladimir Putin takes your calls: His 5 best quotes Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 2:05 PM ET
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    Vladimir Putin addressed the Russian public, took questions, and had some testy exchanges in his yearly Q&A session.

  • MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin tried to reassure Russians over the ailing economy and said Washington wanted "vassals" rather than allies in his annual phone-in on Thursday, but offered no new financial remedies and gave no ground over Ukraine. For nearly four hours, the Russian leader fielded mostly tame questions from across the country on...

  • Talking to Putin   Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 11:43 AM ET
    Talking to Putin

    Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed the Russian public, took questions, and had some testy exchanges with anchors in his yearly "Direct Line with Putin," which this year lasted four hours. CNBC's Dina Gusovsky breaks down the most important headlines.

  • MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy could return to growth in less than two years, despite Western sanctions which he said were intended to "contain" his country. In a confident performance during a televised call-in show, Putin sounded defiant and patriotic, assuring viewers that Russia will survive an economic crisis...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- The Russian rouble and share indexes declined on Thursday during an annual televised call-in by President Vladimir Putin, who offered few new ideas on Russia's crisis-ridden economy. Putin said he expected Russia's economy to return to growth within two years. Putin also defended Russia's decision to provide modern anti-aircraft missiles...

  • Putin sees return to growth in Russia in under 2 years Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 5:57 AM ET

    MOSCOW, April 16- President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy could return to growth in less than two years, even though he considers it unlikely that the West will lift economic sanctions over the Ukraine crisis soon. Sitting at a desk in a television studio in front of rows of telephone operators taking calls from viewers, Putin said the...

  • MOSCOW, April 16- Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday Russia's economy could return to growth in less than two years. In a televised call-in with the nation, Putin was reminded that he had said the economy could return to growth in two years. He said: "It may be quicker.