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  • 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...

  • "Security in the region cannot be created against Russia... it can be developed only with Russia," Orban said, emphasizing the need for a peaceful, negotiated solution to the situation in neighboring Ukraine. Experts said Tuesday's visit was symbolically more important for Putin than Orban because it showed that, despite the conflict in Ukraine and European Union...

  • 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.

  • BRUSSELS/ ESSEN/ MOSCOW, Feb 13- Russia's plan to cut out Ukraine as a gas transit route is unrealistic because the EU will seek non-Russian gas rather than build the links it would need to Moscow's proposed new pipeline to Turkey, industry sources and analysts say. Last year, as violence flared in eastern Ukraine and Moscow faced new sanctions, President Vladimir...

  • Despite Ukraine cease-fire, default risk still high Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 1:50 PM ET
    Members of the Ukrainian armed forces ride on an armored personnel carrier near Debaltseve, Ukraine, February 12, 2015.

    Despite a tentative cease-fire and multibillion-dollar IMF aid package, Ukraine's economy remains in peril.

  • MINSK, Feb 12- Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed a deal offering a "glimmer of hope" for an end to conflict in eastern Ukraine on Thursday, but the United States said continued, intense fighting ran counter to the spirit of the accord. The deal, announced after more than 16 hours of discussions through the night in the Belarussian capital Minsk, was followed...

  • Altman: If Putin reneges on Ukraine, US should ... Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 9:39 AM ET
    Vladimir Putin

    Former Clinton Deputy Treasury Secretary Roger Altman tells CNBC it's too early to say if the Russia-Ukraine cease-fire is a good deal.

  • BRUSSELS/ FRANKFURT, Feb 12- The European Central Bank raised pressure on Greece on Thursday to extend a bailout deal with its international creditors as new leftist prime minister Alexis Tsipras told EU leaders austerity is killing his economy and they must find an alternative. Other leaders said it was up to Greece to respect budget discipline and economic...

  • Luring Greece? Putin flirts with Athens Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 8:27 AM ET
    Russian President Vladimir Putin

    As ministers held emergency meetings to keep Greece in the euro zone, Russia repeated an offer to provide Greece with funding to rebuild its economy.

  • Russia looks 'profoundly weak': Roger Altman  Thursday, 12 Feb 2015 | 8:01 AM ET

    Evercore Partners Chairman Roger Altman, shares his thoughts on Russia's economy and whether sanctions are working to keep Putin in check.

  • MINSK, Feb 12- Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine agreed a deal that offers a "glimmer of hope" for an end to fighting in eastern Ukraine after marathon overnight talks. In a further sign of its fragility, a Ukrainian military spokesman said around 50 tanks, 40 missile systems and 40 armoured vehicles had crossed overnight into eastern Ukraine from Russia.