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  • Putin to back nationalist McDonald's replacement? Thursday, 9 Apr 2015 | 10:23 AM ET
    Russian film directors Andron Konchalovskiy (R) and his brother Nikita Mikhalkov attend the opening ceremony of a memorial board to their mother Natalya Konchalovskaya, January 18, 2015 in Moscow.

    Two Russian directors have requested $18.5 million from president Vladimir Putin to roll out "an alternative to McDonald's."

  • MOSCOW, April 8- Russia is considering soon giving Greece funds based on future profits it could earn from shipping Russian gas to Europe as part of a pipeline extension, two Greek government sources said on Wednesday. The extension to the Turkish Stream pipeline, which would take Russian gas from Turkey to Europe via Greece but has yet to be finalised, might also...

  • MOSCOW, April 8- Russia is considering soon giving Greece funds based on future profits Athens could earn from shipping Russian gas to Europe as part of an extension of the Turkish Stream pipeline, a Greek government official said on Wednesday. The extension to Turkish Stream, which has yet to be finalised and would take Russian gas from Turkey to Europe via...

  • WRAPUP 1-Greek PM gets support, not money from Putin Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 1:21 PM ET

    *Greece could run out of money within weeks. *Putin says Greece did not ask for aid. Tsipras added: " Greece is not a beggar going around to countries asking them to solve its economic problem, an economic crisis that doesn't only concern Greece but is a European crisis.

  • MOSCOW, April 8- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras won pledges of closer cooperation from Russia at talks in the Kremlin on Wednesday but President Vladimir Putin said Athens had not asked for money to ease its debt crisis. The visit, as Athens seeks funds to make debt repayments, caused concern in some European Union states that Greece could break ranks over...

  • BERLIN, April 8- Germany has no reason to think that Athens has softened its stance towards sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia over the Ukraine crisis, a foreign ministry spokeswoman said on Wednesday when Greece's prime minister was due to visit Vladimir Putin.

  • *Russia turns more to Asia as sanctions bite. *Russia puts aside wariness over Chinese investment. Last September, President Vladimir Putin, who has been seeking new markets in Asia for Russian energy exports to replace traditional customers in Europe, announced that he would welcome Chinese investment in Vankor, a vast new oil field in remote eastern Siberia...

  • MOSCOW, April 8- Greece has not asked Russia for money to help cope with its debt and financial problems and wants to resolve them within the European Union, a Greek government official said on Wednesday. "We have not asked for financial aid," the official said before talks in Moscow between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

  • MOSCOW, April 8- Greece has not asked Russia for financial aid and wants to resolve its debt problems within the European Union, a Greek government official said on Wednesday. "We have not asked for financial aid," the official said before talks in Moscow between Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Russian President Vladimir Putin. "We want to solve our issues of...

  • *Russia turns more to Asia as sanctions bite. *Russia puts aside wariness over Chinese investment. Last September, President Vladimir Putin, who has been seeking new markets in Asia for Russian energy exports to replace traditional customers in Europe, announced that he would welcome Chinese investment in Vankor, a vast new oil field in remote eastern Siberia...

  • MOSCOW, April 7- The Russian government could consider removing Greece, Hungary and Cyprus from its ban on most Western food imports, Russian Agriculture Minister Nikolai Fyodorov was quoted as saying on Tuesday. Russia's ban, which should run until early August, was imposed in retaliation to Western sanctions on Russia over Moscow's role in the Ukraine crisis.

  • MOSCOW/ JOHANNESBURG, April 7- Russia is pursuing costly state oil and platinum projects in Africa despite an economic crisis at home, hoping they will bolster sales, including of arms, for businesses hit by Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. Moscow has mostly focused on building ties with Asia since the U.S. and European Union sanctions came into...

  • The delay is the latest blow to Rosneft, which has also been forced to suspend drilling at an oil project in the Arctic after sanctions imposed on Russia by the West over the Ukraine crisis halted cooperation with ExxonMobil. Rosneft, which has spearheaded President Vladimir Putin's drive to increase oil and gas output and secure Russia's energy dominance,...

  • MOSCOW/ JOHANNESBURG, April 7- Russia is persuing costly state oil and platinum projects in Africa despite an economic crisis at home, hoping they will bolster sales, including of arms, for businesses hit by Western sanctions over the conflict in Ukraine. Moscow has mostly focused on building ties with Asia since the U.S. and European Union sanctions came into...

  • US farmers among winners in sanctions-hit Russia Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 8:08 AM ET

    Here is a look at Russia one year after the Western sanctions kicked in hours before Russia's March annexation of Crimea.

  • MOSCOW, March 31- Russia will extend gas price discounts for Ukraine into the second quarter, TASS news agency reported President Vladimir Putin as saying on Tuesday, but any further decisions would be taken in three months and depend on the price of oil. Russia's gas monopoly Gazprom on Monday asked the government to extend a price discount for gas supplies to...

  • *President wants rich to keep money in Russia. The former Mrs Russia and Mrs Globe beauty pageant winner is among Russia's super rich but even she and many of her wealthy friends are feeling the pinch from the economic crisis. But the enforced modesty has not yet driven the super wealthy out of Russia or against President Vladimir Putin, who has fanned patriotism...

  • Greek PM Tsipras: I seek no rift with Europe Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | 11:13 PM ET
    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, right, and Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis are shown at the Greek parliament in Athens.

    Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday that he sought no rift with Europe after his cash-strapped country submitted a list of reforms to its lenders in a bid to secure much-needed funds.

  • ATHENS, March 28- Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said on Saturday that he sought no rift with Europe after his cash-strapped country submitted a list of reforms to its lenders in a bid to secure much-needed funds. After answering a question regarding government attempts to deal with corruption, Tsipras was asked whether he wanted a rift or a solution with...

  • ATHENS, March 28- Greece's Energy Minister Panagiotis Lafazanis will meet his Russian counterpart and the CEO of energy giant Gazprom in Moscow on Monday, as he hit out at the EU and Germany for tightening a' noose' around the Greek economy. Outspoken Lafazanis, on the left wing of Greece's co-ruling Syriza party, will meet Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak...